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The Best Episodes of Animal Kingdom

Every episode of Animal Kingdom ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Animal Kingdom!

17-year-old Joshua "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.


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The best episode of "Animal Kingdom" is "Ghosts", rated 9.5/10 from 955 user votes. It was directed by John Wells and written by John Wells. "Ghosts" aired on 8/13/2019 and is rated 0.3 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Ambo".

  • Ghosts
    9.5/10 955 votes

    #1 - Ghosts

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2019-08-13

    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.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: John Wells

  • Ambo
    9.2/10 697 votes

    #2 - Ambo

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2019-07-16

    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.

    Director: David Rodriguez

    Writer: Bradley Paul

  • Betrayal
    9.1/10 673 votes

    #3 - Betrayal

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2017-08-29

    When Smurf realizes she may be in jail a lot longer than expected, she pits her sons against one another, the consequences be damned.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: John Wells

  • What Have You Done
    9.0/10 828 votes

    #4 - What Have You Done

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2016-08-09

    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.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: Jonathan Lisco

  • Judas Kiss
    8.9/10 775 votes

    #5 - Judas Kiss

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2016-08-02

    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.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: John Wells

  • Cry Havoc
    8.9/10 600 votes

    #6 - Cry Havoc

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2017-07-11

    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.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Jonathan Lisco

  • Jackpot
    8.9/10 534 votes

    #7 - Jackpot

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2018-08-07

    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.

    Director: Shawn Hatosy

    Writer: Matt Kester

  • The Hyenas
    8.9/10 549 votes

    #8 - The Hyenas

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2018-08-21

    J realizes the danger of balancing his role in the family with his personal ambitions. Deran wants to take his relationship with Adrian to the next level, but it’s not as easy as he hoped.

    Director: Christopher Chulack

    Writer: John Wells

  • Fubar
    8.9/10 841 votes

    #9 - Fubar

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2022-08-28

    The Cody boys embark on their most dangerous job yet. Andrew commits the original sin that destroyed the family.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • You Will Be Gutted
    8.8/10 538 votes

    #10 - You Will Be Gutted

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2017-08-22

    With Smurf in jail, Baz makes his move to run the family, but his brothers have other plans.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Jonathan Lisco

  • Forgive Us Our Trespasses
    8.6/10 574 votes

    #11 - Forgive Us Our Trespasses

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2017-06-27

    As the boys put the megachurch heist in motion, Craig has second thoughts. Javi surprises Smurf with a visit.

    Director: Laura Innes

    Writer: T.J. Brady

  • Treasure
    8.6/10 531 votes

    #12 - Treasure

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2017-08-08

    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.

    Director: Josef Kubota Wladyka

    Writer: T.J. Brady

  • The Leopard
    8.6/10 526 votes

    #13 - The Leopard

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2017-08-15

    Baz puts his plan to take down Smurf in motion as Marco cashes in a favor with Craig and Deran. Pope seeks the truth behind the reasons for Catherine's death.

    Director: Michael Morris

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • Wolves
    8.6/10 520 votes

    #14 - Wolves

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2018-06-19

    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.

    Director: James Hanlon

    Writer: Bradley Paul

  • Incoming
    8.6/10 499 votes

    #15 - Incoming

    Season 3 Episode 8 - Aired 2018-07-17

    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.

    Director: David Rodriguez

    Writer: Daniele Nathanson

  • Homecoming
    8.6/10 461 votes

    #16 - Homecoming

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2018-08-14

    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.

    Director: David Rodriguez

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • Smurf
    8.6/10 543 votes

    #17 - Smurf

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2019-08-20

    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.

    Director: David Rodriquez

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • Launch
    8.6/10 423 votes

    #18 - Launch

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2021-10-03

    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. A deadly secret from the past is also revealed. Season finale.

    Director: Nick Copus

    Writer: Daniele Nathanson

  • Dig
    8.5/10 542 votes

    #19 - Dig

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2017-07-18

    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.

    Director: David Rodriguez

    Writer: Eliza Clark

  • The Killing
    8.5/10 626 votes

    #20 - The Killing

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2018-05-29

    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.

    Director: John Wells

    Writer: John Wells

  • Julia
    8.5/10 464 votes

    #21 - Julia

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2019-08-06

    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.

    Director: Shawn Hatosy

    Writer: Daniele Nathanson

  • Exodus
    8.5/10 321 votes

    #22 - Exodus

    Season 6 Episode 12 - Aired 2022-08-21

    Pope offers information on a cold case in exchange for a prison transfer. Deran says goodbye to the bar, J makes plans with Penny, and Craig chooses Renn and Nick. Smurf learns Julia has been dishonest.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Off the Tit
    8.4/10 470 votes

    #23 - Off the Tit

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2018-07-31

    Tensions run high as Billy pressures the family to give him what he's owed. Craig has a surprise meeting that makes him reconsider his future. The Cody boys struggle to hold onto the freedom they had when Smurf was in jail.

    Director: Larry Teng

    Writer: Addison McQuigg

  • Exit Strategy
    8.4/10 424 votes

    #24 - Exit Strategy

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2019-07-30

    Smurf orders the Cody boys to plan a dangerous job while she orchestrates an elaborate party at the house. J tries to ally himself with Pope, but learns he’s in way over his head. Craig responds to a challenge to his newly formed family with Renn.

    Director: Nick Copus

    Writer: Matt Kester

  • Red Handed
    8.4/10 567 votes

    #25 - Red Handed

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2021-07-11

    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.

    Director: Nick Copus

    Writer: Daniele Nathanson