Animal Kingdom – The New Sons of Anarchy?

Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter
Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

We came across a pretty interesting article last night, and it is definitely in need of the opinions of our trusty SOA Fanatics. The promo released for TNT Networks Animal Kindgom, and they’re boasting that Sons of Anarchy fans will love the show, as its been dubbed the “new Sons of Anarchy”. The series, which is set to premiere on June 7, 2016, is based off of the 2010 Australian film Animal Kingdom, and focuses on the family’s matriarch in Southern California. Sound familiar?

The series will star Emmy and Tony Award-winner, Ellen Barkin, as the family Matriarch Janine “Smurf” Cody. Also starring is Scott Speedman as right-hand man Baz Brown, and Finn Cole as Smurf’s grandson, Joshua “J” Cody. Other stars include Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Daniella Alonso, and Molly Gordon. This information has been provided by

Check out the official trailer for the series below, as well as a synopsis and photo gallery of the show, and tell us in the comments if you think it really could be, or could even come close to being the next Sons of Anarchy. Do you think Smurf can hold a candle to Gemma (Teller-Morrow, Katey Sagal)? Will you be tuning in to watch Animal Kingdom on TNT in June?


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Animal Kingdom centers on 17-year-old Joshua “J” Cody (Cole), 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 (Barkin) and her right-hand Baz (Speedman), who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope (Hatosy), the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig (Robson), the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran (Weary), the troubled, suspicious “baby” of the family. Also prominent are Nicky (Gordon), J’s steady girlfriend, and Catherine (Alonso), 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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