I almost forgot to set a timer for this one last week. Boy, I'm glad I didn't forget.
In the spirit of Best in Show and A Mighty Wind, Christopher Guest has given us "Family Tree". Critics are indicating that it will take a few episodes before it really gets rolling, but all the promise was there in the first episode.
This show gently mocks, but also subtly respects, those who are led to pursue their genealogy by the accidental discovery of just one ancestor they didn't know know had existed.
It's a half hour a week of pure amusement for those who love Guest's work. From one review:
Employing some of the same comic tone of his work on memorable mockumentaries (“This Is Spinal Tap,” “Waiting for Guffman,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” “For Your Consideration”), Guest has assembled a worthy and adept ensemble of oddballs.....
Chris O’Dowd (“Bridesmaids”; “Girls”) stars as Tom Chadwick, a Londoner who is compelled to start looking into his family history when a great aunt he hardly knew, Victoria, leaves him a box of random keepsakes — mostly rubbish — after her death. Tom, who’s been recently dumped by his girlfriend and downsized out of a job, finds hope in the idea that these objects mean something. This is always the soothing discovery of the genealogy nut, who realizes the weight of history. Generations come and go, and our biggest problems and griefs are just a mere stitch in the tapestry.
Tom’s father, Keith (Michael McKean), lives in the suburbs and obsessively watches old sitcoms — one of the best things about “Family Tree,” at this stage, is its deft lampooning of British TV...
The pilot is repeated Sunday prior to the airing of episode 2.