Animals.: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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While the humor is uneven and the characters verge on obnoxious, Animals compensates with its straightforward approach and wacky social commentary.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 144

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Air date: Feb 5, 2016

The anthropomorphic adventures of feathered, furry and feral populations of New York City are featured in this animated comedy series, which begins with an inexperienced rat getting tips on the opposite sex at a party; and a pair of horses bashing an old acquaintance who hit the big time.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2016

A pigeon is challenged by a rival from New Jersey; caterpillars undergo metamorphosis; a male pigeon prepares for parenthood.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2016

A goose sets off on its own out of boredom and tries to make friends with swans in Central Park; two feline siblings live the good life but are plagued by a cunning alley cat.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2016

A papillon feels unwelcome at a dog park; two dogs discuss their owners' first date; a dog-walking group confronts an uncomfortable secret.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2016

The invention of pants by a rat; a moth trying a neon light for the first time; a tense dinner for two fish couples.

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Air date: Mar 11, 2016

A pigeon gets into trouble after a reunion with the father who abandoned him, while another has difficulty giving his son advice on extracurricular activities. Also: Two turtles are love with the same mechanical frog; and a skunk discovers something unsavory about his date's past.

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Air date: Mar 18, 2016

Two flies' lives play out in just a few hours of success, failure, love and loss; cats rap in a bodega; a horse advises a peer not to hold anything back.

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Air date: Mar 25, 2016

Two squirrel brothers try to survive after their home collapses; a mouse confronts a snake that's about to eat it; a turf war between puppies is settled at a pet store.

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Air date: Apr 1, 2016

The squirrels' wild journey after the collapse of their home ends; a queen ant tries to make friends by going undercover as a worker.

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Air date: Apr 8, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, a turkey plots revenge on the Mayor during the Thanksgiving Day Parade after losing his wife. Meanwhile, two sewer-dwelling teenage rats get a taste of life aboveground.

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The animated comedy series follows the lives of animals in New York City. Each episode of Season 1 features a set of animals dealing with different problems: Rats falling in love and raising children, birds mistaking golf balls for eggs, caterpillars going through metamorphosis, and kleptomaniac cats. The lives of the animals also intertwine with those of some humans, part of a bigger story arc: The corrupt mayor of the city is trying to cover up the accidental death of a hooker, while he's campaigning for his reelection and his wife is cheating on him. Among the actors lending their voices to the characters are Jon Lovitz, Mindy Sterling, Eric Andre and Jonah Hill.

Cast & Crew

Jay Duplass
Executive Producer
Mark Duplass
Executive Producer
Mike Luciano

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Audience Reviews for Animals.: Season 1

  • Mar 21, 2016
    A lazy, vulgar comedy that serves better as a radio series.
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  • Nov 22, 2020
    HBO original animated series Animals is the best and mostly funny!
  • Nov 03, 2018
    Excellent show and anyone who dislikes it apparently has zero sense of humor!
  • Aug 28, 2018
    I absolutely love this show! I’m a little upset about the bad reviews. It’s so funny.
  • Mar 10, 2017
    "Animals." is a cleverly sardonic, hilariously realistic take on the hypothetical lives of animals if they were to have consciousness and complex thought like humans. While it's easy to dismiss this notion in real life, it's even easier to get lost in it in "Animals.", as you're taken through the eerily relatable, sometimes ridiculous trials and daily happenings of these NYC-dwelling, urbanite critters' lives.
  • Jun 08, 2016
    Amazing. An instant favorite. Smart, funny with terrific animation and illustration. So many characters to love.
  • Apr 17, 2016
    Funny, unique and engaging. The shows narrative is spun rather well. It goes from strength to strength as the season progresses.
  • Apr 08, 2016
    A very original show, with great animation that is also very original. It's really funny, and frequently had some very hard laughs! It's TV-MA only because they need to make it very obvious that it is not a children's show, because it could very easily be confused as one from just looking at it, considering it's called "Animals.", and it's animated. But other than protecting kids, I'm not really sure why. They say fuck a few times, but other than that, it doesn't seem like it needs to be TV-MA. The season as a whole isn't perfect, with some parts of episodes not being great, and some full episodes not being as good as others, or not very good at all. But, I really liked the way the season finale ended, and I'm definitely excited for Season 2! I would definitely buy this on DVD! Oh, also, I would definitely recommend this show for fans of "The Office", "Parks and Recreation", etc, because a lot of the humor is more like, awkward. Also dry and sarcastic. But other people can enjoy too!
  • Mar 27, 2016
    This show is hilarious. After watching shows like Real Time & Vice, it's nice to sit back & laugh at some very non-serious animals in some adult situations. I'd watch 50 episodes of Animal rather than one episode of Girls any day!!
  • Mar 18, 2016
    I feel like there's a lot of potential and it does do SOME things right, while most of it is an epic fail. Problem 1: The voice actors make me want to commit suicide at how annoying they are FIND NEW VOICE ACTORS! Problem 2: Was the script written by an 8th grader going through puberty?! Some jokes land and others fall flat on there face a bathe in clichéness and pointing out the obvious. Good things: Animation is spot on with what the show is trying to do. When it is funny the humor is black dark, which is always good. These are all my opinions, form your own.

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