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Family Tree: Cancel or Renew for Season Two?

Family Tree: season two or cancel?HBO’s new Family Tree TV series recently completed its eight episode first season. There’s been no word yet on the show’s future. Should HBO cancel it or bring it back for a second season instead?

Family Tree is a documentary-style comedy that follows a young man who’s feeling pretty unsure about himself after he loses his job and his girlfriend. That starts to change when a distant aunt dies and leaves him a mysterious box of belongings. This leads him to start investigating his lineage. He uncovers a world of unusual stories and acquires a growing sense of who he and his real family are.

Executive produced by Christopher Guest, the show stars Chris O’Dowd, Nina Conti, and Tom Bennett.

Family Tree may have some devoted fans but there don’t seem to be many of them. It’s HBO’s lowest rated series and first run episodes averaged just 540,000 viewers each week. Though HBO isn’t ratings dependent like the commercial channels, other HBO shows with similar ratings have been cancelled.

On the positive side, Family Tree is a co-production with the BBC so it’s not costing HBO as much as a regular series. On top of that, HBO’s most concerned with image and creating an impression that they have high-quality content. Having a Christopher Guest series fits the bill.

Ultimately, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully a decision will be announced soon.

But, what do you think? Would you like to see Family Tree return for a second season or, should it be cancelled to make way for something new?


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Jennifer Carmichael January 11, 2015 at 2:10 am

Found this show by accident so it’s not advertised enough hence the low audience. Brilliant please bring back a second season, l’ve told everyone I know to watch it.


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K July 2, 2014 at 1:23 am

Bring back this show!!! It is so funny! I need to be a multimillionaire so I can pay them to make more episodes!


plh June 21, 2014 at 12:44 pm

Love this quirky show. Please renew.


Barbie Walker March 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

Please bring this brilliantly unique and funny show back! My partner and I are fully invested and devoted to the series. Christopher Guest’s work is sheer genius.


Tere January 22, 2014 at 7:39 pm

PLEASE bring this show back…LOVE it!


Sandy January 17, 2014 at 6:40 pm

Please, please, please bring Family Tree back!!!!!! I need this extremely funny and well written show in my life! There are too many terrible TV shows out there. This one is a diamond in the rough. I’m sure more people will catch on.


Ilene January 12, 2014 at 10:37 pm

I miss monk!!!! Bring them back please!!!!!


sheryl cappetta January 10, 2014 at 2:38 pm

Bring it back! !!!!!


george s January 7, 2014 at 5:02 pm

Love it, more please!


Gena Hrbek January 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

Bring back Family Tree! It’s one of the smartest and funniest shows on TV right now.


Matt December 9, 2013 at 8:06 pm

A brilliant show and a great example of fine BBC-HBO collaboration. This show needs to be renewed!


Kate Mankowski November 26, 2013 at 12:34 pm

Yes, please bring it back. One of the funniest shows ever!


Donna La November 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Family Tree might be one of those serjes that might have to grow on you. My husband and I, however, LOVED LOVED the premier season! Very dry, nuanced humor that we find so funny. I think that if given another season, it will be able to develop the main characters and get even better. We want it to be renewed….to0 many stupid reality shows on TV and it is so refreshing to have a quality comedy show to look forward to.


glenn November 21, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I am one of the devoted 540K – please bring this crazy, immensely entertaining show back for another season


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