The BEST Episodes of Animal Kingdom (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2021

Network: TNT (US)

17-year-old Josh "J" Cody 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.

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#1 - Launch

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 3, 2021

It’s all hands on deck as the Cody family uses all their tools, tricks, and vehicles to pull off the job of their lives and settle all scores. Also, a deadly secret from the past is revealed.

star 8.16
241 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Daniele Nathanson

#2 - 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 8.15
653 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
Loose Ends

#3 - Loose Ends

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Sep 26, 2021

The Codys resolve unfinished business and plan their biggest heist ever without Smurf.

star 8.12
273 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Matt Kester

#4 - 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 8.11
635 votes
Directors: David Rodriquez
Writers: Eliza Clark

#5 - 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
1,319 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells
What Have You Done

#6 - 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 8.04
1,613 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Jonathan Lisco

#7 - Relentless

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 12, 2021

Desperate for cash, and with pressure mounting, the Codys discover what they thought was a solution to their problems may be the biggest threat of them all.

star 8.03
296 votes
Writers: Bradley Paul

#8 - 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
727 votes

#9 - 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 7.99
655 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Bradley Paul
Trust the Process

#10 - Trust the Process

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Sep 19, 2021

J and Pope take a road trip to clean up the aftermath of some family business that went sideways. Deran and Craig scout a new mark with the help of Frankie.

star 7.97
290 votes
Directors: Shawn Hatosy
Writers: Shukree Tilghman
The Hyenas

#11 - 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 7.96
756 votes

#12 - Gladiators

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2021

Pope helps a new friend. Deran, J, and Craig deal with the fallout from past mistakes as they make new friends and enemies.

star 7.94
304 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Heath Corson
The Leopard

#13 - 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
1,330 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Eliza Clark
Judas Kiss

#14 - 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
1,622 votes
Writers: John Wells
Low Man

#15 - 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 7.87
776 votes

#16 - 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 7.86
618 votes
Directors: Shawn Hatosy
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
Off The Tit

#17 - 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
770 votes
Forgive Us Our Trespasses

#18 - 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
1,550 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: Rasheed Newson, T.J. Brady

#19 - 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
736 votes
Red Handed

#20 - Red Handed

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 11, 2021

Dealing with the blowback from Season 4, the Codys are forced to tie up some loose ends with the cousins and figure out what the family looks like without Smurf.

star 7.84
389 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Daniele Nathanson
You Will Be Gutted

#21 - 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
1,303 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Cry Havoc

#22 - 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 7.84
1,421 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco

#23 - 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 7.84
733 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Broke From The Box

#24 - 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 7.84
782 votes
Man In

#25 - 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
1,730 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Eliza Clark