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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.


Jonathan Lisco
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Series cast summary:
Ellen Barkin ...  Janine 'Smurf' Cody 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Shawn Hatosy ...  Andrew 'Pope' Cody 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Ben Robson ...  Craig Cody 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Jake Weary ...  Deran Cody 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Finn Cole ...  Joshua 'J' Cody 41 episodes, 2016-2019
Molly Gordon ...  Nicky 30 episodes, 2016-2018
Carolina Guerra ...  Lucy 29 episodes, 2016-2018
Aamya Deva Keroles ...  Lena 28 episodes, 2016-2018
Scott Speedman ...  Barry 'Baz' Blackwell 25 episodes, 2016-2018
Spencer Treat Clark ...  Adrian 19 episodes, 2016-2019


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


Crime | Drama


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14 June 2016 (USA) See more »

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Animal Kingdom See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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The original Australian film is loosely based on the Melbourne crime scene in the 1980s, and the Pettingills crime family. See more »

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'Sons of Anarchy' -- without the anarchy
17 June 2016 | by wgingerySee all my reviews

I was disappointed because we've seen this all too often before, starting with the setting, a Disney version of Southern California, that demi-paradise of blue skies, beaches, drugs, palm trees, pools, etc. It should have been set in Fall River, Mass., Milwaukee, or Baton Rouge, cities that in their struggles against collapse, express a screwed up America.

The thing about the original missing here is the working class suburban setting that cries out betrayal and desperation. In contrast, the US version, with its large pool, well-nourished bodies, and tasteful, coordinated decor exudes middle class smugness and boredom.

Characters and relationships, too, come 'off-the-shelf.' The actors are competent, though not required to do much. Finn Cole ('J') seems to have been cast at least partly for his ability to wear a pair of tight jeans. The men take off their shirts -- and more -- from time to time, so, no complaints there. Adding a little twist: hints of a gay plot line.

I would like more of their -- evil? righteous? -- adversaries, the police, striving to put this family away. Maybe the writers will fill this in more as the show progresses. The family members badly need some strong characters to set them off, make them stretch themselves, and, most of all, give this show a jolt of energy.

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