The Best Episodes of Animal Kingdom (2016)

Last Updated: Nov 29, 2018

The series centers on 17-year-old Josh "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. Also prominent are Nicky, J's steady girlfriend, and Catherine, Baz's de facto wife and the mother of their 3-year-old 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.

Betrayal

#1 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 13

As the second season concludes, Smurf realizes she may be in jail a lot longer than expected, so she pits her sons against one another, the consequences be damned.

star 8.16
1,094 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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Jackpot

#2 - Jackpot

Season 3 - Episode 11

Smurf enlists the boys in a surprise job that results in devastating consequences; Pope is forced to confront the truth about Baz's murder as J steps up for the family in an unexpected way.

star 8.02
513 votes
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What Have You Done

#3 - What Have You Done

Season 1 - Episode 10

Puzzled by Catherine's disappearance, Baz hunts down all leads. With J caught in the middle, the cops close in on the Codys and threaten to take them all down.

star 7.99
1,359 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
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The Hyenas

#4 - The Hyenas

Season 3 - Episode 13

J realizes the danger of balancing his role in the family with his personal ambitions; Frankie opens new doors for Craig; Smurf offers to give the boys the independence they've been asking for, but it doesn't come for free.

star 7.96
513 votes
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The Leopard

#5 - The Leopard

Season 2 - Episode 11

Baz puts his plan to take down Smurf in motion as Marco cashes in a favor with Craig and Deran. Meanwhile, Pope seeks the truth behind the reasons for Catherine’s death.

star 7.96
1,109 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Eliza Clark
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Forgive Us Our Trespasses

#6 - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Season 2 - Episode 5

As the boys put the megachurch heist in motion, Craig has second thoughts. Javi surprises Smurf with a visit.

star 7.89
1,325 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: T.J. Brady, Rasheed Newson
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Cry Havoc

#7 - Cry Havoc

Season 2 - Episode 6

As Javi ratchets up the pressure on Smurf, she enlists J to help her. Baz is confronted by a secret Catherine kept from him. Pope and Baz clash in the wake of the megachurch job.

star 7.89
1,223 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
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Judas Kiss

#8 - Judas Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 9

While the Codys go after the biggest score of their lives, the cops put J in an impossible position. Catherine triggers Smurf's suspicions when she comes over to make amends. Smurf sends Pope to investigate.

star 7.88
1,396 votes
Writers: John Wells
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Low Man

#9 - Low Man

Season 3 - Episode 7

Deran leads the charge in planning the weed heist; Lucy calls Pope down to Mexico for some intel on Baz's murder; J reaches a breaking point with Smurf; Craig learns more about Billy's girlfriend, Frankie.

star 7.88
567 votes
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You Will Be Gutted

#10 - You Will Be Gutted

Season 2 - Episode 12

With Smurf in jail, Baz makes his move to run the family, but his brothers have other plans.

star 7.88
1,104 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
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Homecoming

#11 - Homecoming

Season 3 - Episode 12

The Cody family picks up the pieces from their showdown with Lucy; Smurf becomes determined to reel Pope back into the fold at any cost; J goes to extreme lengths to protect a secret.

star 7.85
505 votes
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Off The Tit

#12 - Off The Tit

Season 3 - Episode 10

Billy pressures the family to give him what he's owed; Craig has a surprise meeting that makes him reconsider his future; Smurf comes to the boys with a proposal as they struggle to hold onto the freedom they had when she was in jail.

star 7.85
543 votes
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Incoming

#13 - Incoming

Season 3 - Episode 8

The weed heist goes awry and leaves J and Deran stranded; Pope and Billy butt heads as Craig tries to keep the peace between them; Smurf learns about what J has been hiding from her since she's been away.

star 7.84
534 votes
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Broke From The Box

#14 - Broke From The Box

Season 3 - Episode 6

J tries to make his relationship with Nicky work as he faces pressure from Smurf to clean up loose ends; Craig gathers the boys to defend the Cody's reputation in town when outsiders move in on their territory; Billy gives Deran an idea for a job.

star 7.84
567 votes
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The Killing

#15 - The Killing

Season 3 - Episode 1

Baz fights for his life as the Cody boys figure out what their next move is in the aftermath of the shooting. Smurf gets some surprising news in jail and fields an offer from Pearce.

star 7.83
677 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
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Grace

#16 - Grace

Season 2 - Episode 8

As cops press Amy about the church robbery, Pope diverts their suspicions. Craig plans an unusual heist of his own. Baz tails Smurf to find out what she’s really hiding.

star 7.80
1,227 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Megan Martin
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Wolves

#17 - Wolves

Season 3 - Episode 4

With the cops on their tail, the Cody boys try to pull off their first heist without Smurf and Baz. They return to find unexpected guests waiting at home. Smurf demands that J get rid of them as she deals with a problem of her own in jail.

star 7.79
599 votes
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Dig

#18 - Dig

Season 2 - Episode 7

The boys consider how far they’ll go to help Smurf eliminate Javi. Shaken by what’s happened, Nicky and J get closer. Baz shares new information with Pope about Catherine’s disappearance.

star 7.79
1,221 votes
Writers: Eliza Clark
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Man In

#19 - Man In

Season 1 - Episode 8

Tensions run high as the Codys prepare for their big heist. Catherine gets a shock and must decide what's best for her family. J faces pressure from the cops.

star 7.77
1,438 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Eliza Clark
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Treasure

#20 - Treasure

Season 2 - Episode 10

As Craig leads the boys – and Nicky – in pirating the yacht, Smurf tries to find out who robbed her. Meanwhile, Baz considers what life would be like without Smurf calling all the shots.

star 7.77
1,094 votes
Directors: Josef Wladyka
Writers: T.J. Brady, Rasheed Newson
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Custody

#21 - Custody

Season 2 - Episode 9

When Baz bows out of the yacht heist, Craig and Deran consider their options. Meanwhile, Baz recruits J for a more personal job.

star 7.76
1,117 votes
Directors: Gary Goldman
Writers: Etan Frankel
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Libertad

#22 - Libertad

Season 3 - Episode 9

A decision from Deran's past comes back to haunt him; J works to get back into Smurf's good graces as she tries to take away his control over the family business; Billy uses his past with Smurf to his advantage.

star 7.74
539 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Bradley Paul
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Broken Boards

#23 - Broken Boards

Season 2 - Episode 4

With the bar set to open, Deran frets about telling Smurf about it. Pope and Amy go on a date, while Nicky must choose between Craig and J.

star 7.72
1,224 votes
Directors: Emmy Rossum
Writers: Etan Frankel
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The Center Will Hold

#24 - The Center Will Hold

Season 3 - Episode 3

Smurf navigates prison politics in pursuit of a potential job. J pulls the Cody boys together to keep the family enterprise going. Nicky gets into serious trouble when she tries to impress an old friend.

star 7.71
608 votes
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Prey

#25 - Prey

Season 3 - Episode 5

Deran gets to know his father, Billy, and helps J with a dilemma as Pearce closes in on Smurf's laundering operation; Craig uncovers a secret that sends him to Smurf; Nicky must decide whether she belongs in the Cody family or not.

star 7.70
547 votes
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