Animal Kingdom: 6 Reasons To Watch The TNT Show (Especially If You Like Thrilling Dramas)

Animal Kingdom is one of the best crime dramas currently airing. It follows the Cody family as they engage in criminal behavior – primarily theft, violence, and drug use. It is an original TNT television show based on an Australian film of the same name. Animal Kingdom premiered on TNT in 2016, and is currently airing the sixth and final season as one of major TV shows ending in 2022.

However Animal Kingdom is coming to an end, there is still plenty of time to catch up before the series finale. Despite the fact that Animal Kingdom is a really thrilling drama, it’s a show that doesn’t get enough attention. If you’ve never seen it, here are some of the reasons why you should watch it.

Ellen Barkin and Finn Cole in Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom has morally questionable characters who are always likeable

Many would say that morally questionable characters who are always likable are antiheroes, but I wouldn’t exactly classify the Cody family as antiheroes, nor do I think they are the the villains of this story. Rather, they fall into the category of complicated protagonists. They commit crimes, but that’s because that’s the way of life that’s been ingrained in them since birth.

They can take advantage of it sometimes, but I feel like if most of them knew another way to really live, they could stop crime. One of the things that makes these characters so fascinating is that they’re all extremely flawed and do some really terrible things at times, but you can understand their motivations.

It’s usually related to another problem, either from their childhood or from their destructive family relationships. Every character has, at least once, done something detrimental to themselves or others, but almost all are able to bring the audience back to their side. It’s as much a toxic relationship for the viewers as it is for the family. That’s kind of what makes it a compelling TV show.

Ben Robson and Jake Weary in Animal Kingdom

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Entertaining heist scenes

The Cody family often has a scheme or theft they need to increase their wealth, maintain their power, or simply to survive. As the seasons go by, there seems to be more heist scenes and activity. They’re not like the big ones hit heist moviesbut the scenes are interesting enough to keep viewers swept up in the outcome.

You stare at the edge of your seat wondering if J (Finn Cole), Pope (Shawn Hatosy), Deran (Jake Weary), and Craig (Ben Robson) will be able to execute their plan without getting caught. It’s thrilling and the type of action that makes the show exciting.

Scott Speedman, Jake Weary and Shawn Hatosy in Animal Kingdom

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A nice mix of comedy and drama

I’m someone who will preach that the best TV series can effortlessly blend comedy and drama. I want to be on the verge of crying or laughing anytime. Animal Kingdom is one of those shows that delivers in the comedy and drama departments. It’s definitely more dramatic than comedic, but that’s what makes these comedic moments so special. They come out of nowhere but fit the tone of the series perfectly. If the show was all drama, it would be a bit overwhelming, which is why it’s nice to have lighter moments for a little break from the intensity.

These comedic scenes also help establish family dynamics. Even the most dramatic family has a fun time once or twice.

Shawn Hatosy in Animal Kingdom

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Twists that are truly shocking

This Animal Kingdom The post is spoiler-free, so I won’t list the moments that shocked me. I consider myself someone who has watched enough TV shows and movies to see a twist coming a mile away. I can spot a televised death on Earth from space. Basically, I’m saying it’s really hard to shock me. Animal Kingdom surprised me more than once.

That’s one of the reasons I’m excited to see how this all ends, because I think I can guess what the future holds for all the main characters, but Animal Kingdom can still surprise me because he is not afraid to do the unexpected. Characters you expect to be invincible may die, characters who seem to get no further than the first episode have managed to survive, and the most unlikely source betrayals happen all the time. Animal Kingdom never allows its viewers to become completely comfortable. They must always fear an unexpected turn or event.

Shawn Hatosy in Animal Kingdom

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Award-winning performance

The whole of the Animal Kingdom the characters have been ruthless at one point, but they were also vulnerable, caring, and supportive when others were fighting some kind of demon. The actors behind these characters had a lot of different emotions to play and they played them well. There are plenty of TV shows that have been snubbed by the Emmys and other major award shows. In the past, it was almost a crime to ignore major TV shows, but in 2022, it’s almost understandable. There are so many great TV shows out there and it’s almost impossible to recognize everyone who deserves it. However, as a fan of Animal KingdomI wish the actors were more involved in the Emmy conversation.

Ellen Barkin, Shawn Hatosy, and Finn Cole are particularly worth discussing, as they gave outstanding performances throughout the TV show. Finn Cole singlehandedly deserves a nomination for having a believable American accent in all these seasons. Hatosy excels in delivering to us tortured popes week after week. I would like someone to recognize his efforts. It looks like these actors will never get the nominations they deserve, at least not for Animal Kingdom.

However, fans of the series know the greatness of the Animal Kingdom performances.

Ellen Barkin in Animal Kingdom

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Animal Kingdom is a good show to binge on because of the pacing and plot

When Animal Kingdom reaches its series finale, it will have 75 episodes in total. The first season only had 10 episodes, but the other five each had 13 episodes. It may seem like a lot of episodes, but the show’s pacing makes it easy to watch. At the end of the pilot episode, you are ready to play another one.

Because you’ll be thrilled to find out more, you might end up binge-watching the show for a few days to a few months. Luckily for those who don’t subscribe to TNT, Amazon Prime Video has a show to watch. The current season, however, is only available if you pay to pre-order it.

However, Amazon Prime Video usually makes past seasons available fairly quickly. They are usually available a little less than a year after the season airs and certainly before the start of the new season. Because Animal Kingdom Season 6 is the last one, Amazon Prime Video and TNT might make it available even sooner than some of the previous seasons.

Until then, newcomers to the series can watch the first five seasons on Amazon Prime (opens in a new tab). Animal Kingdom is currently one of the best shows of the summer 2022 TV Scheduleso it’s not too late to catch up.

Animal Kingdom airs every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. EST on TNT.