Animal Kingdom (TV series)
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 features a 17-year-old boy, who, after the death of his mother, moves in with his estranged relatives, 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.
|Based on||Animal Kingdom|
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||4|
|No. of episodes||49 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Oceanside, California|
Los Angeles, California
|Running time||47-54 minutes|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||June 14, 2016 –|
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 that premiered on May 28, 2019.
On July 24, 2019, TNT renewed the series for a fifth season.
Cast and charactersEdit
- 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. J is the only one who will challenge Smurf and wants to take power over her and her life.
- 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. She later comes down with terminal cancer and plans an elaborate heist to die on her own terms and take at least Pope with her. However, it fails and she is shot dead by J, who fulfilled her wish. (seasons 1-4)
- Scott Speedman as Barry "Baz" Blackwell, Smurf's adopted son and leader in the Codys' robberies . He later ends up being shot to death by Mia for framing Smurf. (seasons 1-3)
- Shawn Hatosy as Andrew "Pope" Cody, the oldest Cody son, who is mentally disturbed and considers suicide. He reappears after having served three years in Folsom State Prison and had an obsessive infatuation with Baz's girlfriend Catherine. He is attached to Catherine's daughter, Lena, and takes it upon himself to give her a good life, until he puts her into the foster care system to protect her from her family's criminal lifestyle.
- 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 owns and operates a bar as a legitimate side business.
- Daniella Alonso as Catherine Blackwell, Baz's girlfriend, and the mother of their daughter, Lena. She is smothered to death by Pope on Smurf's orders. (season 1)
- Molly Gordon as Nicky Belmont, J's girlfriend who later hooks up with Craig. She leaves town and goes back to live with her parents. (seasons 1-3)
- Carolina Guerra as Lucy, Baz's mistress from Mexico with whom he rekindles a romance after Catherine's disappearance. She is the head of a Mexican gang with her brother. She is later shot dead by Mia. (Main seasons 2-3, recurring season 1)
- Sohvi Rodriguez as Mia Benitez, (Main season 4, recurring season 3) a tough young woman raised in a gang who is very rough around the edges. She later grows closer to the Cody family and becomes romantically involved with J and has a mysterious and dangerous night-life. She is later shot dead by J after she told him she killed Baz and robbed the family with her boyfriend Tupi.
- Aamya Deva Keroles as Lena Blackwell, Baz and Catherine's daughter. (seasons 1–3; guest, season 4)
- Spencer Treat Clark as Adrian Dolan (season 1-4), Deran's on-again/off-again boyfriend who ran a surfboard shop and is a competitive surfer.
- Christina Ochoa as Renn Randall (season 1-present), Craig's drug dealer and on-again/off-again girlfriend, and the mother of their son, Nick.
- 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 detective trying to bring the Cody family to justice for their crimes.
- Dorian Missick as Patrick Fischer (seasons 1–2), a tough cop with a sweet spot for Catherine.
- 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.
- Karina Logue as Gia (seasons 2, 4) she fences items for Smurf but dislikes dealing with the rest of Smurf's family.
- Jack Conley as Jake (seasons 1–2; guest, season 4) a former member of Smurf's gang, and Craig's father.
- Jon Beavers as Jake (season 4), Craig's father and a member of the crew that Smurf joins with him in 1977. He was with Smurf before she hooked up with Colin.
- Alex Meraz as Javier "Javi" Cano (season 2), Lou's son who Smurf ran jobs with. He is the head of a dangerous gang that Smurf worked with while her sons were too young to commit crimes.
- Jennifer Landon as Amy (season 2; guest, season 3), 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 2–3), Smurf's lawyer. She is murdered by J after conspiring with him to rob Smurf.
- Andy Favreau as Mark Liston (season 2), a powerful businessman whom the Codys encounter at the church, and who has a fling with Deran.
- 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. He is constantly trying to bring down the Cody family, placing pressure on both Smurf and Adrian with no luck.
- Reynaldo Gallegos as Pete Trujillo (season 3–present), Mia's cousin and Smurf's longtime associate who facilitates her assassinations of Baz and Lucy as well as the kidnapping of Marco.
- Dichen Lachman as Frankie (season 3–present), Billy's edgy, free-spirited, and dangerous younger ex-girlfriend. She later goes on to briefly date Craig, and employs him and his brothers in heists after Billy skips town. It's later revealed she was using Billy and Craig to get close to Smurf in order to use the Cody's for her own robbery ring.
- Damon Williams as Clark Lincoln (season 3), a former motorcross rider and X Games participant who now works as an ER nurse and had a fling with Deran.
- Denis Leary as Billy (season 3; guest, season 4), Deran's drifter father who Smurf kicked out years ago.
- Emily Deschanel as Angela (season 4) a recovering drug addict and Julia's best friend.
- Kelli Berglund as Olivia Dunn (season 4), a charming college student who shares a class with J. After a brief relationship, J uses her to commit a robbery.
- Leila George as a young Janine in 1977. (season 4)
- Grant Harvey as Colin (season 4), a violent ex-Vietnam War veteran member of a crew with Smurf from 1977 that commits armed robberies in town. He also dated Smurf and helps her become a better criminal. He is also Pope and Julia's father. Colin was killed in the ensuing shootout with the police.
- Rigo Sanchez as Manny (season 4), the leader of the crew that Smurf joins with her boyfriend Jake in 1977. He died of cancer on 2018 in Arizona.
- Lucca De Oliveira as Louis “Lou” Cano (season 4), a member of the crew that Smurf joins with her boyfriend in 1977. He is Javi's father.
- David DeSantos as Dennis Livengood (season 4), a DEA agent who Adrian made a deal with following his arrest for drug smuggling.
- Vinny Chhibber as Rahul (season 4), a haughty billionaire.
- James Remar as Detective Andre
- Eddie Ramos as Tupi (season 4), a dangerous, money-hungry ex-boyfriend of Mia's. After robbing the Cody's with Mia, he is killed by Pete.
- Milauna Jackson as Pamela “Pam” Johnson (season 4), Jake's girlfriend in 1977, she later robbed Manny's crew.
- Joseph Morgan as Jed (season 4), Colin's unstable brother who is a survivalist in 1977.
- Chris Mulkey as Jed (season 4), an older Jed from the present. He is shot dead by Smurf.
- Sarah Hunt as Laney (season 4). Jed's abused wife. She is the mother of his 3 sons: Odin, Jeremy and David.
- Matt Bushell as Odin (season 4), Jed's oldest son.
|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|
|4||13||May 28, 2019||August 20, 2019|
TNT ordered the pilot of Animal Kingdom in May 2015; Barkin and Speedman were 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 3 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. Production on the fourth season began on January 10, 2019. The fourth season premiered on May 28, 2019. On July 24, 2019, TNT renewed the series for a fifth season.
The first season of Animal Kingdom has received positive reviews. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 76% based on 33 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||13||May 29, 2018||1.61||August 21, 2018||1.37||1.31||0.39|
|4||13||May 28, 2019||1.35||August 20, 2019||1.39||1.21||0.33|
|Year||Award||Category||Recipient(s) and nominee(s)||Result||Ref.|
|2018||Saturn Awards||Best Action-Thriller Television Series||Animal Kingdom||Nominated|||
In Australia, it is available on Netflix with new episodes added weekly.
In Canada, the show is broadcast on Bravo (Canada), and its first three seasons are available on Netflix. Beginning with its fourth season, the episodes were broadcast on Bravo at the same time and day as the original TNT broadcasts.
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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