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Animal Kingdom Season 5: Premiere Date, Cast, Recap, Update

Updated August 20, 2019
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‘Animal Kingdom’ is an American crime-drama television series that is based on the 2010 David Michod Australian movie of the same name. The film was critically acclaimed at the time of its release and is based on the true events centered around the Pettingill criminal family, based out of Melbourne. The series itself has been created by Jonathan Lisco. John Wells Productions and Warner Horizon Television are the companies backing the project, while Michod himself is on board as an executive producer/

‘Animal Kingdom’ airs on TNT, and first premiered on June 14, 2016. Needless to say, the show was quick to attract a fan base becuase of the popularity of original movie. Critics lauded the show as well, especially some of the performances, and while they agreed that the plot was predictable in places, it gave the overall impression of being a darkly intriguing twisted family drama. The show has had four successful seasons so far. Here’s everything we know about its next season.

Animal Kingdom Cast: Who is in it?

The cast of ‘Animal Kingdom’ is led by Ellen Barkin, who plays the role of Janine “Smurf” Cody, the tough matriarch of the family, who displays borderline incestuous love towards her children and grandchildren. Finn Cole plays Joshua “J” Cody, Smurf’s grandson who moves in with her and his uncles following the death of his mother. Scott Speedman stars as Barry “Baz” Blackwell, Smurf’s adopted son and leader in the Codys’ robberies. Shawn Hatosy plays Andrew “Pope” Cody, the oldest Cody son, who is mentally disturbed and considers suicide. Ben Robson stars as Craig Cody, the middle Cody son, who has a predilection for drugs. Jake Weary plays Deran Cody, the youngest Cody son, a former competitive surfer who is gay.

Other cast members include Emily Deschanel as Angela, Kelli Berglund as Olivia, Grant Harvey as Colin, Rigo Sanchez as Manny, Lucca De Oliveira as Lou, David DeSantos as Dennis Livengood, Vinny Chhibber as Rahul, Eddie Ramos as Tupi,  Joseph Morgan as Jed.

All the major cast members are expected to return for season 5.

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Animal Kingdom Plot: What is it about?

‘Animal Kingdom’ centers around Cody family, from Southern California, who resort to a life of crime to fuel their excessive lifestyles. As the Cody family falls apart, Smurf, family’s matriarch, looks to rebuild their legacy and establish their supremacy over the town. However, it is not an easy task to keep all her boys in control. The dominance of the matriarch over her sons, thus, emerges as an important theme that reverberates across the seasons.

Smurf relies a lot on her grandson to handle the day to day operations. However, J, the grandson, is not afraid to bite the hand that feeds it, and there is a power struggle between Smurf and him. Moreover, Smurf might be protective of her family, but there is a detective who has been after them for years, named Pearce, and sometimes she narcs on her family members to keep them in line. It is an unusual punishment, but it reminds them who is boss.

In season 4, we see Smurf’s youth in flashbacks. We see her robbing banks with her boyfriend and his gang. As viewers, we become aware that her life has always been wild beyond imagination. More importantly, we get to know how she rose to the top. The season ends with The Codys trying to protect their reputation as friends and enemies from the past close in.

Season 5 is expected to continue the twisty story of the Cody family.  The struggle of power will intensify and some of the important characters many lose their lives in the process.

Animal Kingdom Season 5 Release Date: When will it premiere?

‘Animal Kingdom’ season 4 premiered on May 28, 2018 and ended its run on August 20, 2019 after 13 episodes. The good news for the fans is that on July 24, 2019, TNT announced that the show has been renewed for another season. Considering the good viewership of the show, it was expected that TNT would continue for another season. Even though no release date was revealed, it is expected that ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 5 will premiere sometime in the last week of May, 2020. We will update this section as soon as we learn more.

Should You Watch Animal Kingdom?

Definitely, if you love crime dramas. Otherwise, you can choose to stay away.

What stands out about the show is the gritty storyline. The Cody family is dysfunctional as far as families go, and a lot of the drama from that makes up the content for the show. However, in some parts, all of the sex and violence begins to feel a little gratuitous. Some might argue that it goes to service the narrative, but it is overused, to the extent that it does not really pad the storyline, but becomes a major aspect of it. The title of the show suggests that everyone is out there looking for themselves, and only the fittest will survive. Overall, the show is about trying to choose between putting one’s family, or oneself first, and ‘Animal Kingdom’ uses good drama to show just that.

Animal Kingdom Trailer:

While we wait for ‘Animal Kingdom’ Season 5, check out the season 4 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to TNT to catch all the previous episodes.

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