1,419 votes
Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom

TNT 2016

17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Animal Kingdom

Animal Kingdom - S5E11

#1 - Trust the Process


Season 5 - Episode 11

J and Pope take a road trip to clean up the aftermath of some family business that went sideways. Deran and Craig scout a new mark with the help of Frankie.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Animal Kingdom - S4E12

#2 - Ghosts


Season 4 - Episode 12

The Cody family sets off on Smurf’s mysterious heist, unaware of the surprises that await them when they arrive, which will change the family forever.

The episode was rated from 647 votes.

Animal Kingdom - S2E13

#3 - Betrayal


Season 2 - Episode 13

When Smurf realizes she may be in jail a lot longer than expected, she pits her sons against one another, the consequences be damned.

The episode was rated from 1258 votes.

Animal Kingdom - S4E13

#4 - Smurf


Season 4 - Episode 13

In the aftermath of Smurf’s heist, the Codys have to protect their reputation, while friends and enemies from the past close in. Deran realizes there is only one way to keep Adrian safe. Craig struggles to adapt to a new pace of life as Pope and J’s growing tension reaches a boiling point.

The episode was rated from 630 votes.

Animal Kingdom - S3E11

#5 - Jackpot


Season 3 - Episode 11

Smurf enlists the boys in a surprise job that results in devastating consequences; Pope is forced to confront the truth about Baz's murder as J steps up for the family in an unexpected way.

The episode was rated from 722 votes.

#6 - Relentless
Season 5 - Episode 10

Desperate for cash, and with pressure mounting, the Codys discover what they thought was a solution to their problems may be the biggest threat of them all.

The episode was rated from 219 votes.
Animal Kingdom - S4E8
#7 - Ambo
Season 4 - Episode 8

The Codys head out for a big job, even though Smurf is nowhere to be found. All eyes are on J as he assumes a leadership position in a risky heist.

The episode was rated from 652 votes.
Animal Kingdom - S1E10
#8 - What Have You Done
Season 1 - Episode 10

Puzzled by Catherine's disappearance, Baz hunts down all leads. With J caught in the middle, the cops close in on the Codys and threaten to take them all down.

The episode was rated from 1548 votes.
#9 - Gladiators
Season 5 - Episode 8

Pope helps a new friend. Deran, J, and Craig deal with the fallout from past mistakes as they make new friends and enemies.

The episode was rated from 271 votes.
Animal Kingdom - S3E13
#10 - The Hyenas
Season 3 - Episode 13

J realizes the danger of balancing his role in the family with his personal ambitions. Deran wants to take his relationship with Adrian to the next level, but it’s not as easy as he hoped.

The episode was rated from 752 votes.

Last updated: sep 24, 2021



This show is just "okay". -- And while I know it's inspired by the Australian crime-drama, Animal Kingdom (2010), I can't help but see how it parallels with Sons of Anarchy, a show that began in 2008 and ended in 2014. AK's opening credits even features a montage of tattooed bodies -- similar to SOA opening titles. *No Spoilers* Animal Kingdom tries desperately to be a gritty, macho, controversial crime drama, but falls just short of an unsophisticated, less inspired kin to Sons of Anarchy. SOA is one of my favorite shows, ever. As a woman of color, who leans slightly toward the title of feminist, this may come as a shock to some. But, unlike Animal Kingdom-- which currently lacks strong, smart, and crafty female characters -- SOA had a beautifully woven architecture of complex relationships, poeticism, and coming of age stories that were grounded in actual heartbreaking character development. In other words, we somehow came to care about the baby mommas, and the stomach-churning addicts. So far, AK as done little to make me want to care about the protagonist's (Josh/ "J") journey within this abysmal family. With knockoff Gemma Teller (Smurf) manipulating what's left of his shattered youth, it's hard to see how "J" could become a character worth adoring. The show wants to pick-up where SONS left off. It wants you to take it seriously, it also wants you to know that it can provocative, bloody, messy and sometimes a little violent. What it doesn't want is to be interesting, or remarkable at all -- even the cinematography is, meh. Animal Kingdom just wants to be "okay", a good summer fling on a cool Tuesday night. While I'm watching these grown men bully a young, teenage boy, I'm wondering, when will they grow up? Will it take all of season 1? Season 2? Or will we forever have to watch these "man-babies" be coddled by their mother (you know, the wanna-be Gemma Teller)? I'll admit that I have not seen the source material, but it seems that watching it may be a more satisfying expereince than the series. Nevertheless, I'm hoping the show grows up a bit overtime and can separate itself from those that have done this genre better.


It's getting better with each episode starting to get into it well worth a visit


A very promising TV show.


Amazing show, just needs more seasons


Fantastic show and holds up the high standards of the Australian movie. [spoiler]No more Smurf but I say no more problems[/spoiler]


Really good show. Ellen Barkin is excellent. Every few episodes there's a caper that usually entails some kind of Point-Break-esque stunt or stunts.


Think Sons of Anarchy with the bikers replaced by a family of young surfers. My problem is that unlike in SOA, the main charachters are just bad guys with very few redeeming qualities. They are not very likable and very hard to root for. In SOA at least, the gang was supposedly keeping the streets clean, and also they were fighting other gangs. Here? they are just the worst and you end up rooting for the cops, which I don't think is intended.


Really like that serie, everyone have something to hide, threatening each other for cash. Well, I like this kind of serie, every season we have a surprise. Can't wait season 4 !


getting worse every episode, pretty bad show.


I liked it a lot!,especially after season 1 ,I will give it 4 and a half stars! LOL


Level "Excellent" • 8 :heart: • Recommended.


I really hate these flash backs. They've just ruined the show for me. Not sure I'll even finish watching season 5. I skipped through them in season 4. Didn't know they were going to be persistent.


It was very good from the first, now with more history unfolding its must be amongst Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul


Ellen Barkin is a demented far left, hateful person, but this show is very good!


Not my normal type of show, tried numerous like it such as SOA but couldn’t get in to them. But, this had me hooked from the start. I’m late to the party to watch it, and surprised I’ve no one seems to know about it. A hidden gem I’m my opinion.

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