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'Animal Kingdom' season 4: Release date, plot, cast, trailer and everything else about the TNT show

The trailer to the fourth season is chilling. Smurf's boys have started pulling heists without her knowledge and how this unfolds is a story we will get to see soon.
UPDATED MAY 27, 2019

Trust us, we have to try really hard to keep ourselves from getting too excited as we type this: 'Animal Kingdom' is set to return on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, for its fourth season! And as exciting as the news is, we can't wait to see how the chaos unfolds over the next episodes.

The fourth season will likely feature some of the characters going to great lengths to make some money. The series is based on the 2010 Australian film of the same name created by David Michôd, who serves as executive producer for 'Animal Kingdom'. 

Release date

The fourth season will premiere on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, on TNT.


The series follows the story of a 17-year-old boy who moves in with his estranged relatives, the Codys, after the death of his mother.

The Codys are a criminal family clan governed by the matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody played by Ellen Barkin. Smurf is protective of her family and presents a borderline-incestuous love towards them. All of her sons have different fathers.


Ellen Barkin as Janine "Smurf" Cody

Ellen Barkin attends the Turner Upfront 2018 arrivals on the red carpet at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2018 in New York City. 376263 (Getty Images)

Barkin's breakthrough role came with the 1982 film 'Diner'. For her role in the 1991 film 'Switch', Barkin received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She won a Primetime Emmy Award for her performance in 'Before Women Had Wings' in 1997. She also received the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play for 'The Normal Heart'.

She has been on 'Animal Kingdom' since 2016.

Scott Speedman as Barry "Baz" Blackwell

Scott Speedman attends "The Sound of Silence" celebration at Stella's Film Lounge during the 2019 Sundance Film Festival at Stella's Film Lounge on January 26, 2019 in Park City, Utah. (Getty Images)

Speedman plays the role of Baz, Smurf's adopted son and leader in the Codys' robberies. The actor is known for his role of Ben Covington in 'Felicity', and the Lycan-Vampire hybrid Michael Corvin in the 'Underworld' films. His other films include 'Dark Blue', 'XXX: State of the Union', 'The Strangers' and 'The Vow'.

Finn Cole as Joshua "J" Cody

Actor Finn Cole at the Animal Kingdom Tacos and Tequila Event on May 15, 2017 in Burbank, California. 27011_001 (Getty Images)

J is Smurf's grandson who moves in with her and his uncles after the death of his mother Julia. As J, Cole is the only one who intends to challenge Smurf and take over her and her life.

Cole is most known for his role of Michael Gray in the hit BBC series 'Peaky Binders'.

Emily Deschanel as Angela 

Emily Deschanel attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Getty Images)

Deschanel, the newest entry to the series (season 4), plays the role of a recovering drug addict and Julia's best friend. The actress is best known for her role as Dr Temperance 'Bones' Brennan in 'Bones', a role for which she was nominated six times for the People's Choice Awards for Favourite TV Drama Actress, Favourite Crime Drama Actress and Favourite TV Crime Fighter.

Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary and Sohvi Rodriguez are the other cast members on the show.



The trailer to the fourth season is chilling. J (played by Finn Cole) warns his grandmother Smurf (played by Ellen Barkin), "Everything you have… everyone you ever loved… I'm gonna take it all."

At the same time, we see an out-of-control Pope (played by Shawn Hatosy) approaching Smurf with his eyes burning with fury and a bat in his hands! While Smurf (being Smurf) remains completely unfazed in the face of this adversity since her boys have now started pulling off heists without her knowledge. How this unfolds will be a story that'll unfold through the fourth season.

Where to watch

The series will premiere on TNT on May 28, 2019.

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