The BEST Episodes of Animal Kingdom (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 14, 2020

Network: TNT (US)

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.


#1 - Ghosts

Season 4 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 13, 2019

The Cody family sets off on Smurf’s mysterious heist, unaware of the surprises that await them when they arrive, which will change the family forever.

star 8.18
587 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells

#2 - Smurf

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 20, 2019

In the aftermath of Smurf’s heist, the Codys have to protect their reputation, while friends and enemies from the past close in. Deran realizes there is only one way to keep Adrian safe. Craig struggles to adapt to a new pace of life as Pope and J’s growing tension reaches a boiling point.

star 8.13
551 votes
Directors: David Rodriquez
Writers: Eliza Clark

#3 - Betrayal

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 29, 2017

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 8.11
1,264 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
What Have You Done

#4 - What Have You Done

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 9, 2016

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 8.05
1,543 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Jonathan Lisco

#5 - Ambo

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 16, 2019

The Codys head out for a big job, even though Smurf is nowhere to be found. All eyes are on J as he assumes a leadership position in a risky heist.

star 8.02
594 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Bradley Paul

#6 - Jackpot

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 7, 2018

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 8.01
670 votes
The Hyenas

#7 - The Hyenas

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Aug 21, 2018

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 7.97
696 votes
The Leopard

#8 - The Leopard

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 15, 2017

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 7.92
1,269 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Eliza Clark
Low Man

#9 - Low Man

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 10, 2018

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
722 votes
Judas Kiss

#10 - Judas Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 2, 2016

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
1,549 votes
Writers: John Wells

#11 - Julia

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 6, 2019

Pope grows suspicious of J when Angela reveals the circumstances of her disappearance. As the threats against Adrian loom larger, Deran scrambles to find a way out. Craig navigates new complications in his relationship with Renn. Janine takes on a different role in the crew’s latest heist as she plans for her future with Colin.

star 7.87
560 votes
Directors: Shawn Hatosy
Writers: Daniele Nathanson

#12 - Homecoming

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 14, 2018

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 7.86
676 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Forgive Us Our Trespasses

#13 - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 27, 2017

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

star 7.85
1,488 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Rasheed Newson, T.J. Brady

#14 - Incoming

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 17, 2018

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 7.85
686 votes
Off The Tit

#15 - Off The Tit

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 31, 2018

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
711 votes
Cry Havoc

#16 - Cry Havoc

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 11, 2017

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 7.85
1,360 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Broke From The Box

#17 - Broke From The Box

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 3, 2018

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 7.85
728 votes
Man In

#18 - Man In

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 26, 2016

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 7.84
1,655 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Eliza Clark
You Will Be Gutted

#19 - You Will Be Gutted

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 22, 2017

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

star 7.84
1,245 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco

#20 - Reap

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Jun 25, 2019

Pope learns disturbing details about where Smurf has been, and the revelation puts Angela’s spot in the house in jeopardy. Adrian’s return to Oceanside leads to a confrontation with Deran, as J lays the groundwork for a new job.

star 7.81
597 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Matt Kester

#21 - Grace

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 25, 2017

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
1,402 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Megan Martin
Exit Strategy

#22 - Exit Strategy

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 30, 2019

Smurf orders the Cody boys to plan a dangerous job while she orchestrates an elaborate party at the house. J tries to ally himself with Pope, but learns he’s in way over his head. Craig responds to a challenge to his newly formed family with Renn.

star 7.80
576 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Matt Kester

#23 - Wolves

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 19, 2018

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 7.80
740 votes

#24 - Dig

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 18, 2017

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
1,414 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Eliza Clark
The Killing

#25 - The Killing

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired May 29, 2018

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 7.79
832 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells