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Shageletic
Jul 25, 2007





Based off this Australian movie from 2010 (and not so co-incidentally my favorite movie of that year), this new summer TNT show 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.

Already renewed for a second season, its the summer show to watch, showing how a relatively innocent kid might survive being thrown into a wasps nest made out of his own family. The action is taut, the characters pretty ambigious, its crime TV that doesn't insult your intelligence.

The Cast:



Finn Cole (Peaky Blinders) plays the aformentioned 17 year old, Joushua "J" Cody a boy with youthful features that still doesn't hide a buried cunning just waiting to come out.



Ellen Barken (alot of good movies) plays the part of Janine "Smurf" Cody, a matriach of a crime clan that has been robbing banks and other establishments in Southern Cali for years. Sweet and adoring of her children, there is a hard-edge to her performance that nevertheless comes pricking out as sharp as a gleaming knife.



Scott Speedman plays Baz Blackwell, the male head of the family once the oldest son, Pope Cody, was sent to jail for three years. His easygoing and friendly facade hides a sharp criminal mind, and a rising tendency to perhaps prioritize his own concerns, which includes his young family, more than Smurf might wish.



Shawn Hatosy (ER, The Cooler, Southland, etc) plays Andrew "Pope" Cody, the recently freed oldest Cody brother. After three years away, he is trying to return to his previous role in the family, even as a few of them seem to be somewhat wary of his return. He is J's mother's twin.



Ben Robson plays Craig Cody, the middle child, a large and potentially very violent man that nevertheless is happy maintaining the peace of the family, and willing to play along with both Baz and Smurf.



Jake Weary (It Follows) plays the youngest son of Smurf, and Cody's youngest uncle. A party boy and wild-child, he has a violatile personality that sometimes clashes with the rest of his family.



Molly Gordon plays Nicky, Cody's young girlfriend, whose youthful rebellion increasingly has her being drawn to the Cody household.



Nikkii Micheaux playing a Detective, Sandra Yates, lurking around the Cody clan.



Christina Ochea, playing Renn Randal, a drugdealer linked with Craig Cody.



Ellen Wroe playing Alexa Anderson, a teacher of J's that has recently taken an interest in him.


Animal Kingdom is already scoring 6.7 million viewers a week, with the last episode an 18% jump from last, which occassioned TNT to quickly order a second season. Its good TV and it doesn't look its going to be cut-off anytime soon, so watch it already. You won't regret it.

Shageletic fucked around with this message at Jul 12, 2016 around 21:01

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DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



This is definitely a good show, Smurf is a badass (and her relationship with her children is creepy). The main character is playing almost the same role as in Peaky Blinders though (hey here is your estranged family also they are ruthless criminals)

DarkCrawler fucked around with this message at Jul 18, 2016 around 23:17

DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



No goons watching this? The Codys are some skeevy motherfuckers alright

of course Baz's nice guy image is revealed to be a complete facade

mrking
May 27, 2006

There's No Limit To What We Can't Accomplish


DarkCrawler posted:

No goons watching this? The Codys are some skeevy motherfuckers alright

of course Baz's nice guy image is revealed to be a complete facade

His was at least more genuine and believable than Smurf's

DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



mrking posted:

His was at least more genuine and believable than Smurf's

Yeah I bought that for about the 4.5 seconds we see her, then she stole her dead daughter's shirt

EDIT: show also has a great theme song

DarkCrawler fucked around with this message at Jul 18, 2016 around 23:16

Zero One
Dec 30, 2004

Z is the new C

Hot for teacher

DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



Wow that FBI Agent is the biggest piece of poo poo on the show huh

2 min later

wow nevermind I guess Baz takes the cake lol

Rocksicles
Oct 19, 2012

xetamang tili du xeta!


That drug dealer chick is something else.

Boosted_C5
Feb 16, 2008
Probation
Can't post for 3888 days!


Grimey Drawer

This show is great. Glad to hear people are actually watching it and we're gonna get more.

It doesn't feel like a TNT show. TNT shows usually feel kind of cheesy and "safe" almost like a cable version of CBS.

This show feels more like something that would be on AMC or FX. Really enjoying it.

Open Source Idiom
Jan 4, 2013


Boosted_C5 posted:

It doesn't feel like a TNT show. TNT shows usually feel kind of cheesy and "safe" almost like a cable version of CBS.

This show feels more like something that would be on AMC or FX. Really enjoying it.

Eh? Even SouthLand?

I guess TNT must have liked it, since this has a lot of crossover behind and in front of the cameras.

DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



Baz continues to be the worst

Looten Plunder
Jul 11, 2006


Grimey Drawer

Wow, did not realise it was getting 6.7million viewers a week. Good for them.

Boosted_C5 posted:

It doesn't feel like a TNT show. TNT shows usually feel kind of cheesy and "safe" almost like a cable version of CBS.

This show feels more like something that would be on AMC or FX. Really enjoying it.

Granted I don't live in America but isn't FX like a cable version of Fox and AMC basic cable version of HBO? All 3 would be comparable.

Rocksicles
Oct 19, 2012

xetamang tili du xeta!


This show belongs on Starz

Zero One
Dec 30, 2004

Z is the new C

Oh Jesus...

DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



Christ

badass heist though

Shageletic
Jul 25, 2007



Just caught up with the season. Jesus christ this show does not hold back. Some cool swerves, especially if you're familiar with the movie.

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DarkCrawler
Apr 6, 2009



Rewatching the first season. Wow, do they pack a lot of poo poo into each interaction, you don't know too much about the characters but you can sense the history between each one in every scene. I rarely see this kind of chemistry between the actors. This is seriously one of the best shows in a long time, I am really looking forward to S2. Shame it's so underrated here.

Rocksicles posted:

That drug dealer chick is something else.

Also amen to this, goddamn

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