Animal Kingdom (TV series)
by David Michôd
|Developed by||Jonathan Lisco|
|Theme music composer||Atticus Ross & Claudia Sarne|
|Composer(s)||Alexis & Sam|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
Los Angeles, California
|Running time||47-54 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||June 14, 2016– present|
Animal Kingdom is an American drama television series developed by Jonathan Lisco. It is based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name by David Michôd, who is executive producer for the series, alongside Liz Watts who also produced the movie. The series follows a 17-year-old boy, who, after the death of his mother, moves in with the Codys, a criminal family clan governed by matriarch Smurf. Ellen Barkin portrays the leading role of Janine "Smurf" Cody, played by Jacki Weaver in the 2010 film.
Animal Kingdom debuted on TNT on June 14, 2016, and was renewed for a second season on July 6, 2016, of thirteen episodes that premiered on May 30, 2017. On July 27, 2017, TNT renewed the series for a third season that debuted on May 29, 2018. On July 2, 2018, TNT renewed the series for a fourth season.
Cast and characters
- Ellen Barkin as Janine "Smurf" Cody, the tough matriarch of the family and J's estranged grandmother. Smurf is protective of her family and presents a borderline-incestuous love towards them. All of her sons have different fathers.
- Scott Speedman as Barry "Baz" Blackwell, Smurf's adopted son and leader in the Codys' robberies. Despite his quiet demeanor, he is manipulative and self-centered. (seasons 1–3)
- Shawn Hatosy as Andrew "Pope" Cody, the oldest Cody son, who is mentally disturbed and considers suicide. He reappears after serving three years in Folsom State Prison and has an obsessive infatuation with Baz's girlfriend Catherine.
- Ben Robson as Craig Cody, the middle Cody son, who has a predilection for drugs and extremely risky activities.
- Jake Weary as Deran Cody, the youngest Cody son, a former competitive surfer who is gay and opens a bar as a legitimate side business.
- Finn Cole as Joshua "J" Cody, Smurf's grandson who moves in with her and his uncles following the death of his mother, Julia, who was Pope's twin sister.
- Daniella Alonso as Catherine Blackwell (season 1), Baz's girlfriend, and mother to their daughter, Lena.
- Molly Gordon as Nicky Belmont, J's girlfriend who falls in with the Codys and their crime.
- Carolina Guerra as Lucy (recurring, season 1; main, season 2–present), Baz's mistress from Mexico with whom he rekindles a romance after Catherine's disappearance.
- Aamya Deva Keroles as Lena Blackwell, Baz and Catherine's daughter.
- Spencer Treat Clark as Adrian, Deran's on-again/off-again boyfriend who runs a surfboard shop and is a competitive surfer.
- C. Thomas Howell as Paul Belmont (season 1; guest, season 3), a United States Navy Lieutenant Commander at Camp Pendleton, and Nicky's father.
- Nicki Micheaux as Det. Sandra Yates (season 1), a sharp, focused detective trying to catch the Cody family.
- Dorian Missick as Patrick (seasons 1–2), a tough cop with a sweet spot for Catherine.
- Christina Ochoa as Renn Randall, Craig's drug dealer on-again/off-again girlfriend.
- Ellen Wroe as Alexa Anderson (season 1), J and Nicky's teacher, who works undercover with Detective Yates to try to take down the Codys.
- Michael Bowen as Vin (season 1), a man previously incarcerated with Pope.
- Kaitlin Huwe as Miriam
- Jack Conley as Jake, a former member of Smurf's gang, and Craig's father.
- Alex Meraz as Javier "Javi" Cano (season 2), a man from a dangerous gang that Smurf worked with while her own sons were too young to commit crimes.
- Jennifer Landon as Amy (season 2), an employee at a megachurch whom Pope meets and briefly dates.
- Tembi Locke as Monica (season 2), a smart, low-key woman who is the technical brains of a criminal operation that the Codys rely on to fence their stolen goods.
- Laura San Giacomo as Morgan Wilson (season 2–present), Smurf's lawyer.
- Andy Favreau as Mark Liston (season 2), a powerful businessman who the Codys encounter at the church, and who has a fling with Deran.
- Karina Logue as Gia
- Ray Baker as Isaiah
- Gil Birmingham as Pearce (season 2–present), an unflappable law enforcement officer with a dry sense of humor and more than 20 years on the job.
- Sohvi Rodriguez as Mia Benitez (season 3), a tough young woman raised in a gang who is very rough around the edges.
- Damon Williams as Clark Lincoln (season 3), a former motorcross rider and X Games participant who now works as an ER nurse.
- Denis Leary as Billy (season 3), Deran’s drifter dad who Smurf kicked out years ago.
- Dichen Lachman as Frankie (season 3), Billy's edgy, free-spirited and dangerous younger girlfriend.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||June 14, 2016||August 9, 2016|
|2||13||May 30, 2017||August 29, 2017|
|3||13||May 29, 2018||August 21, 2018|
TNT ordered the pilot of Animal Kingdom in May 2015, with Barkin and Speedman the first to be cast in July 2015 as matriarch Smurf and her adopted son Baz, respectively. In August, Cole and Weary were added as J and Deran, with Hatosy and Robson soon cast as the remaining Cody brothers Pope and Craig. Alonso was later announced as Baz's wife Catherine, and Molly Gordon as J's girlfriend Nicky.
The project was picked up to series with a 10-episode order in December 2015. The show debuted on June 14, 2016, and on July 6, 2016 TNT renewed it for a 13-episode second season. On July 27 TNT announced it would be renewing Animal Kingdom for a third season, which premiered on May 29, 2018. The season three premiere was aired after a game on TNT beginning 12:30/11:30 central the day before the premiere. On July 2, 2018, TNT renewed the series for a fourth season.
The first season of Animal Kingdom has received positive reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 74% based on 31 reviews. The consensus is: "Bolstered by Ellen Barkin's acting prowess, Animal Kingdom is a darkly intriguing, although occasionally predictable, twisted family drama." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 65 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Avg. viewers
|1||Tuesday 9:00 pm||10||June 14, 2016||1.31||August 9, 2016||1.51||1.27||0.43|
|2||13||May 30, 2017||1.19||August 29, 2017||1.41||1.17||0.38|
|3||TBA||May 29, 2018||1.61||TBA||TBD||TBD||TBD|
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|2018||Saturn Awards||Best Action-Thriller Television Series||Animal Kingdom||Nominated|||
The first season was released in DVD and Blu-ray formats on April 28, 2017. Each set contains behind-the-scenes featurettes and deleted scenes. The home media is distributed by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.
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