Animal Kingdom

The Animal Kingdom is an American television series of the drama genre, developed by Jonathan Lisco. It is also based on the Australian film of the same name released in 2010 by David Michod. David Michod is hence the executive producer for the series, alongside Liz Watts. So, the series is about a 17-year-old boy, who moves in with his relatives, the Codys which is a criminal family clan governed by matriarch Smurf after the death of his mother. The leading role which is Janine “Smurf” Cody is hence played by Ellen Barkin in the series which was portrayed by Jacki Weaver in the 2010 film.

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The Animal Kingdom debuted on the 14th of June, 2016 on TNT, and was hence renewed on the 6th of July, 2016 for a second season of thirteen episodes that premiered on the 30th of May, 2017. TNT renewed the series for a third season on the 27th of July, 2017, that also debuted on the 29th of May, 2018. The fourth season was also renewed on the 2nd of July, 2018, that premiered on the 28th of May, 2019. The fifth series was hence renewed on the 24th of July, 2019.



  • Finn Cole as Joshua “J” Cody
  • Ellen Barkin as Janine “Smurf” Cody
  • Leila George as a young Janine
  • Scott Speedman as Barry “Baz” Blackwell, Smurf’s adopted son and also a leader in the Codys’ robberies.
  • Shawn Hatosy as Andrew “Pope” Cody who is the oldest son
  • Ben Robson as Craig Cody who is the middle son
  • Jake Weary as Deran Cody who is the youngest son
  • Daniella Alonso as Catherine Blackwell and also Baz’s girlfriend
  • Molly Gordon as Nicky Belmont and J’s girlfriend who later hooks up with Craig
  • Carolina Guerra as Lucy who is Baz’s mistress from Mexico

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  • Sohi Rodriguez as Mia Benitez, also a member of the gang.


  • Aamya Deva Keroles as Lena Blackwell, who is Baz and Catherine’s daughter recurring in seasons 1-3
  • Spencer Treat Clark as Adrian Dolan who is Deran’s on-again/off-again boyfriend
  • Christina Ochoa as Renn Randall who is Craig’s drug dealer and on-again/off-again, girlfriend
  • C. Thomas Howell as Paul Belmont who is Nicky’s Father
  • Nicki Micheaux as Det. Sandra Yates who is hence a detective trying to bring the Cody family to justice.
  • Dorian Missick as Patrick who is also a cop
  • Ellen Wroe as Alexa Anderson who is hence J and Nicky’s teacher
  • Michael Bowen as Vin
  • Jack Conley as Jake
  • Alex Meraz as Javier “Javi” Cano
  • Jennifer Landon as Amy
  • Tembi Locke as Monica
  • Laura San Giacomo as Morgan Wilson who is also Smurf’s lawyer.
  • Andy Favreau as Mark Liston
  • Gil Birmingham as Pearce

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  • Reynaldo Gallegos as Pete Trujillo
  • Dichen Lachman as Frankie
  • Damon Williams as Clark Lincoln
  • Denis Leary as Billy
  • Emily Deschanel as Angela
  • Kelli Berglund as Olivia Dunn
  • Grant Harvey as Colin
  • Rigo Sanchez as Manny
  • Lucca De Oliveira as Louis «Lou» Cano
  • Jon Beavers as Jake
  • David DeSantos as Dennis Livengood
  • Vinny Chhibber as Rahul who is hence a haughty billionaire
  • Eddie Ramos as Tupi
  • Joseph Morgan as Jet
  • Matt Bushell as Odin, the oldest Jed’s son.