Animal Kingdom: Season 1 (2016)



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


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Air date: Jun 14, 2016
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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…

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