14 June 2016
| 8.1/10 |
Alexis & Sam
| Crime drama
by David Michôd
Atticus Ross & Claudia Sarne
Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary
Animal Kingdom is an American drama television series developed by Jonathan Lisco. It is inspired by the eponymous 2010 Australian film 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 will premiere on May 30, 2017.
Ellen Barkin as Janine "Smurf" Cody, the tough matriarch of the family and J's estranged grandmother. Smurf is protective toward her family and presents a borderline-incestuous love toward them.
Scott Speedman as Barry "Baz" Brown, Smurf's adopted son and leader in the Codys' robberies. Despite his quiet semblance, he is manipulative and self-centered.
Shawn Hatosy as Andrew "Pope" Cody, the oldest Cody son, who is mentally disturbed, and reappears after serving three years in Folsom State Prison and has an obsessive infatuation with Catherine. Smurf begins to secretly medicate Pope to control his unstable behavior.
Ben Robson as Craig Cody, the middle Cody son, who has a predilection for drugs and extreme actions.
Jake Weary as Deran Cody, the youngest Cody son, who is secretly gay and possessive toward his on-again/off-again lover, Adrian.
Finn Cole as Joshua "J" Cody, Smurf's 17-year-old grandson who moves in with Smurf and his uncles following the death of his mother, Julia, who was Pope's twin sister.
Daniella Alonso as Catherine, Baz's wife, and mother to their daughter, Lena. (Season 1)
Molly Gordon as Nicky Belmont, J's girlfriend.
C. Thomas Howell as Paul Belmont, a United States Navy Lieutenant Commander at Camp Pendleton, and Nicky's father.
Nicki Micheaux as Det. Sandra Yates, a sharp, focused detective trying to catch the Cody family.
Dorian Missick as Patrick, a tough cop with a sweet spot for Catherine.
Spencer Treat Clark as Adrian, a man with whom Deran is secretly in a volatile sexual relationship.
Carolina Guerra as Lucy, Baz's girlfriend in Mexico.
Christina Ochoa as Ren Randall, Craig's drug dealer girlfriend.
Ellen Wroe as Alexa Anderson, J and Nicky's teacher.
Michael Bowen as Vin, a man previously incarcerated with Pope.
Aamya Deva Keroles as Lena; Baz and Catherine's daughter.
Alex Meraz as Javi Cano (season 2)
Jennifer Landon as Amy (season 2)
Tembi Locke as Monica (season 2)
Animal Kingdom (TV series) Wikipedia
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. 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 girlfriend Catherine, and 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 10-episode second season.