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"Animal Kingdom" (TV show) is an adrenaline-fueled drama series on TNT that stars Emmy and Tony winner Ellen Barkin ("Sea of Love," "This Boy's Life," "Oceans 13") as the matriarch of a Southern California family whose excessive lifestyle is fueled by their criminal activities, with Scott Speedman ("The Strangers," "The Vow") as her second in command. The cast also includes Shawn Hatosy ("Southland," "Reckless"), Ben Robson ("Vikings," "Dracula: The Dark Prince"), Jake Weary ("Pretty Little Liars,"
"It Follows"), Finn Cole ("Peaky Blinders," "An Inspector Calls"), Daniella Alonso ("Revolution") and Molly Gordon ("Love the Coopers," "Ithaca").

The series centers on 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Cole) who moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother overdoses on heroin. He finds himself in the care of his estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin), a woman who rules her sons with a firm but, at times, emotionally incestuous hand. Her second in command is Barry "Baz" Blackwell (Speedman), whose power and position in the family is threatened by the return of Pope (Hatosy), Smurf's eldest son just released from prison. Smurf's tough, impulsive middle son, Craig (Robson), has a drug problem beginning to cloud his judgment and endanger the rest of the family, and Deran (Weary), the troubled and suspicious "baby" of the family struggles with accepting his sexual identity. Hovering on the edge of this less-than-idyllic household are J's girlfriend, Nicky Belmont (Gordon) and Baz's daughter, Lena.



It isn't long before Josh is pulled into the family's life of indulgence and excess, but he soon discovers that it's all being funded by criminal activities. Joining the family comes with more danger and excitement than he might be ready to handle.

As the second season opens, the Cody clan is back to their old ways and in the midst of a fun, high-adrenaline heist. But when things don't go as planned, the family dynamics become more fractured than ever as some members advocate for independence from Smurf. Adding fuel to the fire is an external threat from Smurf's past that has come back to haunt her.

"Animal Kingdom" is produced by John Wells Productions in association with Warner Horizon Television, with Emmy winner John Wells ("Southland," "ER," "The West Wing," "Shameless") and Jonathan Lisco ("Southland," "Halt and Catch Fire," "Damages," "NYPD Blue") serving as executive producers. Wells directed the pilot from a script by Lisco. Andrew Stearn ("Southland," "Shameless") also executive-produced the pilot. The project is inspired by the award-winning feature film produced by Liz Watts and written & directed by David Michod, who will also serve as executive producers on the series.




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FACTS

Network: TNT
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: June 14, 2016
Seasons: 2
Production Companies:
John Wells Productions
Warner Horizon Television





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