Family Tree

2013 TV-MA 1 season

Family Tree

2013 TV-MA 1 season
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In this mockumentary series from Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, Chris O'Dowd plays a 30-year-old struggling to find his identity. Luckily, he inherits a box full of characters when a great-aunt leaves him her belongings.
Chris O'Dowd, Nina Conti, Tom Bennett, Jim Piddock, Michael McKean, Lisa Palfrey
  • SEASON  1

Summary of Season 1 (2013) - 2 discs

This mockumentary series follows 30-year-old Tom Chadwick, whose sense of identity is shattered after he loses both his job and his girlfriend. But things begin to fall into place when his great aunt leaves him an intriguing box of her possessions.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Family Tree gets slapped with a "mature" TV rating mainly for its language (which includes unbleeped instances of "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," etc.), although salty talk isn't constant. Along with the swearing, you'll also hear sexually charged jokes regarding masturbation and intercourse that are cheeky, but hardly graphic. There's some light social drinking, too.

Sexual Content

Sexual humor is suggestive rather than overt, with brief jokes about masturbation and intercourse. The main character inherits a box of family heirlooms that includes a Victorian dildo and a used jock strap, etc.


Not applicable


Audible language includes "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "ass," and "hell."

Social Behavior

Although it's constructed as a mechanism for comedy, the main character's earnest exploration of his roots nets some surprising family connections and brings him closer to his father. Kids who watch might also be inspired to look into their own family trees.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Light social drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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