Animal Kingdom: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1
Animal Kingdom

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 33


Audience Score

User Ratings: 373
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Air date: Jun 14, 2016
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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
Molly Gordon
as Nicky Belmont
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Critic Reviews for Animal Kingdom Season 1

All Critics (33) | 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…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

As gritty, dysfunctional family, crime-fueled dramas go, Animal Kingdom roars with dark promise.

Jun 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…
Top Critic

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…

Audience Reviews for Animal Kingdom: Season 1

  • 6h ago
    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!!
  • Apr 01, 2019
    I was thoroughly entertained and do not regret any time I spent watching
  • Jun 04, 2018
    love this show soooo much. I'm hoping the grandson starts taking over and making moves. the roles of the characters are pl ayed beautifully ....flawless
  • May 31, 2018
    I love love this show.
  • Nov 22, 2017
    Ellen Barkin is a force of nature. This show feels like a blend of Damages and The Shield. Lots of moral gray areas and suspense. Underrated.
  • Sep 19, 2017
    One of the best shows on TV! Totally binge worthy.

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