Animal Kingdom: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Animal Kingdom

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Bolstered by Ellen Barkin's acting prowess, Animal Kingdom is a darkly intriguing, although occasionally predictable, twisted family drama.



Critic Ratings: 34


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Air date: Jun 14, 2016

An upcoming heist is planned and Joshua "J" Cody discovers the intense nature of his estranged grandmother in the series premiere of this crime drama about a teen plunging into danger when he moves in with his wild relatives in a surf community.

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Air date: Jun 14, 2016

Fallout from a heist impacts the Codys when they discover not all went as planned. Smurf enlists the guys to tie up loose ends, but a deepening rivalry threatens the job. Meanwhile, Pope grows increasingly volatile.

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Air date: Jun 21, 2016

Craig recovers from a wound as Baz and Craig sharpen focus on old associates in Mexico. Meanwhile, Pope needs cash and draws Deran and J into a job without Smurf's knowledge, and Deran sends a terrifying message to J.

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Air date: Jun 28, 2016

Pope's birthday approaches as Smurf probes whether the boys are playing by her rules. Meanwhile, J makes discoveries about his mother's estrangement from the family.

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Air date: Jul 5, 2016

Pope goes to extreme measures when Deran won't return home. Meanwhile, Baz comes up with an idea for Cody's next job; J goes out with his teacher; and Smurf faces her past.

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Air date: Jul 12, 2016

Smurf does what's needed to keep the family intact when Pope tests positive for drugs. Also, Baz assembles his brothers to rob a home as part of his larger scheme, and J faces a moral dilemma.

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Air date: Jul 19, 2016

Craig and Deran throw a party as Smurf handles unfinished business. Meanwhile, Baz is forced to accelerate his timetable as he finalizes his big scheme, and J makes a perilous error.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2016

Tensions soar as the Codys prepare for their big heist. Also, Catherine gets a shock and must make a big family decision, and the police put pressure on J.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2016

The Codys aim for the biggest score of their lives as the cops put J in an impossible position. Meanwhile, Catherine arrives to make amends, raising Smurf's suspicions in the process, and Pope is enlisted to investigate.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2016

Baz is perplexed by Catherine's vanishing and tracks all leads in the Season 1 finale. Also: Authorities close in on the Codys, with J caught in the middle.

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Tv Season Info

After the death of his drug-addict mother, 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Finn Cole) finds himself living with his grandmother Janine "Smurf" Cody (Ellen Barkin), a formidable and manipulative criminal matriarch from the California coast. Throughout Season 1, the police close in on"J" as he gets more and more embroiled in the criminal underworld of his cousins Andrew aka "Pope" (Shawn Hatosy), Craig (Ben Robson), Deran (Jake Weary) and Barry aka "Baz" (Scott Speedman). Meanwhile, Detective Sandra Yates (Nicki Micheaux) is watching him closely, believing he could be the one to bring Smurf and the family down for good.


Finn Cole
as Josh
Ellen Barkin
as Janine "Smurf" Cody
Jake Weary
as Deran Cody
Scott Speedman
as Barry "Baz" Brown
Ben Robson
as Craig
Molly Gordon
as Nicky Belmont
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Critic Reviews for Animal Kingdom Season 1

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (16)

This series adaptation of the 2010 movie Animal Kingdom is remarkably confident from the start. The story unfolds naturally, the hand-held camerawork is quite effective, and the acting is aces.

Jun 13, 2016 | Full Review…

There's not a second of dead space in Wells' tautly directed opener, and barely a second of exposition either.

Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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TNT's latest failure to prove it's more than just a storing house for neatly packaged procedurals.

Jun 10, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Adapted from the arresting 2010 Australian thriller, the series contains glimpses of the gritty, compelling series it could be, but judged on its first three episodes, this tale of a dysfunctional Southern California crime family is more bark than bite.

Jun 14, 2016 | Full Review…
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As gritty, dysfunctional family, crime-fueled dramas go, Animal Kingdom roars with dark promise.

Jun 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The overall pace starts to get stalled in neutral or first gear at best. And some of the storytelling can be disjointed.

Jun 14, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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The show is definitely enthralling, intense and good enough to have been renewed for a second season amidst the first season.

Jul 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In Animal Kingdom, the television action is much more exciting than the austere realization of the original feature film. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 8, 2018 | Full Review…

If you want to be intrigued by a working-class crime family filled with pretty people and petty deeds, Animal Kingdom is the imperfect, but entertaining summer offering you need in your life.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

There's nothing particularly fresh or insightful here about the volatile culture of macho posturing and career crime but it's a gritty crime show in the bright California sun filled with violence and sex and reckless, raw characters...

Jun 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite featuring a cast of mostly unknowns and being developed from foreign-produced source material, the show managed to suck viewers in... with slick production values, fine performances, taut direction and a tension-filled narrative throughline.

Aug 10, 2016 | Full Review…

Animal Kingdom bites hard and doesn't let up.

Jun 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Animal Kingdom: Season 1

  • Jul 11, 2020
    If you havent yet binged this is one than you shouldn't miss and get on it. It's creators have scripted a well versed world of intensity that keeps you bolted to the edge of your seat wanting more while maintaining all the general aspects of broken families. This is one of those series you pause to use the bathroom or make popcorn because you don't want to miss anything. The characters are well played, it's believable, and has all the intrinsic features the general populous expects from a show like this. I cannot wait for season 5 and I hope they will keep it filming longer. Too many great shows cut short on life I hope this isn't one of them. Click that remote and get watching.
  • Jun 27, 2020
    Trying too hard to act tough.. but they aren't. Only Pope and smurf are scary because they're crazy, all the rest are average pretty boys acting tough.
  • Dec 20, 2019
    Underrated, because it's awesome!
  • Nov 26, 2019
    Good to finally see women in a power position. Not the hero's girlfriend. Which in this series the females have the smarts and use the men's muscle. Lot s and lots of eye candy for female viewer. Finally!!!!! I was obsessed! Loved it ! Bit like a few families I grew up with. Thank God that life's over . Great great show. I want more .
  • Nov 24, 2019
    Hard to take Ellen Barkin seriously. Her face doesn't move. None of the characters matter to me. The writers have no clue about police investigations or how to be a criminal. The great ideas of these people would have them in jail the next day.
  • Aug 17, 2019
    I will admit when I first saw previews 4 seasons ago I wasn't that motivated to watch this then new show. I would see previews for episodes along the four seasons and every now and then Id be like I need to watch this show and Id move on. Then Twitter blew up with Ellen Barkin aka Smurf being shot and I looked up the show on Amazon Prime. Now Im a binge watching junkie and I cant quit watching. Im kicking myself for not watching before. Hands down one of the best shows ever! Ellen Barkin and her boys are a force to be reckoned with! J is a smart kid that I look forward to getting to know and cant wait to see grow into a man thats going to wreak havoc on the family that turned their back on the daughter/sister (J's mom) they should have protected. Karma's a Mother with a long memory! When your motto is "Family FIRST" you really should follow it!
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Great addictive show keeps you going without getting bored, even the story unfolds slow at times. Acting is great, some complains about flaws but they seam to be intentional since nearly all characters have a bad past since childhood and that can produce exactly these characters. Well observed and written. Has some flair of Kingdom (Boxing Drama) mixed with some part of Son's of Anarchy core characters but overall it's mainly on it's own ground. Hope it's going for many more seasons.
  • Jun 06, 2019
    An extraordinary tale of surfing and crime in California. The cast is incredible, the writing, direction and production is a solid "A" it's great to see TNT turn out such a quality show on the level of HBO.
  • May 29, 2019
    A fun and addictive show - I love it. Sons Of Anarchy meets Point Break with undertones of The Godfather's young Michael Corleone
  • May 05, 2019
    Best show ever! Y'all better not get rid of it ever!!

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