Television has just lost its best snarky monkey hand puppet.
"Family Tree," the first try at a scripted television series from filmmaker
The decision is hardly a surprise. In a world of niche programming, the quirky show about an affable Englishman played by
Despite being embraced by many critics, the show struggled for ratings even at HBO, which has a history of airing programs with low viewership. The show, co-created by Guest and
When the show premiered, Times TV critic Robert Lloyd wrote it was "sweet and funny and not a little melancholy," adding that "Guest gives the world a quarter-twist toward the ridiculous, without losing sight of the human dreams and strivings, obsessions and acommodations that are his main and constant subject."