The BEST Episodes of Animal Kingdom (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2019

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 - 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
1,147 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells

#2 - Ambo

Season 4 - Episode 8

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 8.13
356 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Bradley Paul

#3 - 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 8.04
603 votes
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 8.01
621 votes
What Have You Done

#5 - 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
1,423 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
The Leopard

#6 - 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
1,155 votes
Directors: Michael Morris
Writers: Eliza Clark
Low Man

#7 - 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 7.89
653 votes
You Will Be Gutted

#8 - 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
1,158 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Cry Havoc

#9 - 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 7.88
1,276 votes
Directors: Larry Teng
Writers: Jonathan Lisco
Forgive Us Our Trespasses

#10 - 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 7.88
1,375 votes
Directors: Laura Innes
Writers: T.J. Brady, Rasheed Newson
Judas Kiss

#11 - 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 7.87
1,464 votes
Writers: John Wells

#12 - 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 7.87
604 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Off The Tit

#13 - 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 7.86
640 votes
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 7.85
659 votes

#15 - 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 7.85
619 votes

#16 - Reap

Season 4 - Episode 5

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 7.82
405 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Matt Kester
The Killing

#17 - 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 7.82
773 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: John Wells

#18 - Janine

Season 4 - Episode 1

Season 4 starts as the Codys pull off a risky robbery. Smurf and Pope remain at odds even as Pope finds a new outlet for his anger. Deran involves Adrian in the family business, and J tests the waters of his new identity outside the family.

star 7.82
507 votes
Directors: John Wells
Writers: Eliza Clark

#19 - 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 7.81
1,275 votes
Directors: David Rodriguez
Writers: Eliza Clark

#20 - 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 7.81
1,282 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Megan Martin

#21 - 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 7.81
680 votes
Into the Black

#22 - Into the Black

Season 4 - Episode 6

Suspicion grows when Smurf learns of a new threat to the family. Craig tracks down Frankie in the wake of her betrayal, and Deran makes a dangerous decision to try and protect his relationship with Adrian.

star 7.80
397 votes
Writers: Bill Balas

#23 - 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 7.78
630 votes
Directors: Nick Copus
Writers: Bradley Paul

#24 - 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 7.78
1,143 votes
Directors: Josef Wladyka
Writers: T.J. Brady, Rasheed Newson
Man In

#25 - 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 7.78
1,506 votes
Directors: Tim Southam
Writers: Eliza Clark