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Animal Kingdom 

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Centers on a Southern California family, whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ellen Barkin ...  Janine 'Smurf' Cody 49 episodes, 2016-2019
Shawn Hatosy ...  Andrew 'Pope' Cody 49 episodes, 2016-2019
Ben Robson ...  Craig Cody 49 episodes, 2016-2019
Jake Weary ...  Deran Cody 49 episodes, 2016-2019
Finn Cole ...  Joshua 'J' Cody 49 episodes, 2016-2019
Molly Gordon ...  Nicky 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Carolina Guerra ...  Lucy 29 episodes, 2016-2018
Aamya Deva Keroles ...  Lena 29 episodes, 2016-2019
Spencer Treat Clark ...  Adrian Dolan 27 episodes, 2016-2019
Scott Speedman ...  Barry 'Baz' Blackwell 25 episodes, 2016-2018
Sohvi Rodriguez ...  Mia Trujillo 20 episodes, 2018-2019
Christina Ochoa ...  Renn Randall 20 episodes, 2016-2019
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Storyline

The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody, who 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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Bad is bred

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Animal Kingdom See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Trivia

In Season 2 Episode 5, "Pope" (Shawn Hatosy) is seen watching the credits of an undisclosed film (at 37min 40secs). The credits of the "film" list the actors "In Order of Appearance". However, all of the "actors" listed by name in the credits are not actually actors but film and TV industry crew (such as 1st & 2nd AD's, editors, lighting techs etc. etc.), some of whom have worked directly on Animal Kingdom and/or other well known productions in film and TV, in what is a nice little piece of "meta" humour buried within this particular fictional universe. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Krusty the Clown (2018) See more »

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Ruining Smurf
3 July 2019 | by kohutianSee all my reviews

I love the concept of the show. As a psychotherapist for many years, it never gets tiring to watch the origins and development of psychopathy. The actors do a fabulous job, and I especially appreciate Ellen Barkin's portrayal of Smurf, especially when she emotionally seduces her sons (and Jay) with moments of warmth, homemade meals and emotional comfort while simultaneously psychologically castrating them and putting them in horrifically dangerous situations. Such duplicitous messages are the ingredients to create madness in others. Her sense of maintaining control over her emotions as well as the show keeping her a potent sexual woman is imperative to her character.

Therefore.... 1. Changing Smurf into a helpless character and/or unattractive character compromises our fascination with this character. I think it was a mistake to keep her incarcerated for such an extended time.... or to not find ways for her to maintain her aura of power & control while imprisoned. (She should have at least had some sexual affair with the warden or some other powerful figure there to keep her maintaining her sense of self in her world). 2. Again for the exact same reasons as above - I think it is a terrible mistake to subject Smurf to having cancer. It would have been more interesting to see HER reaction to one of her children becoming dangerously ill...to assess whether external situations can modify one with a such an extreme personality/character disorder. 3. The flashbacks of Smurf's earlier life in Season 4, are awful....and distract the viewer from the storyline. There are so many more creative ways to help the viewer understand her and her past.

Thanks for taking the time to read this commentary.


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