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      Season 1 – Animals.

      2016 Comedy Animation List
      68% 19 Reviews Tomatometer 87% 100+ Ratings Audience Score HBO's decidedly adult animated comedy series ventures into the nether regions of Earth's least inhabitable environment, New York City, which is home to a motley crew of downtrodden creatures. Whether it's lovelorn rats, gender-questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove remarkably similar to those of humans. Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano -- who voice many of the characters -- and produced by Jay and Mark Duplass ("Togetherness"), the series features such guest voiceover artists as Eric Andre, Jessica Chastain, Rob Corddry, Horatio Sanz, Molly Shannon, Ellie Kemper, Marc Maron, Wanda Sykes, Cobie Smulders and Jon Lovitz. Read More Read Less

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      Critics Consensus

      While the humor is uneven and the characters verge on obnoxious, Animals compensates with its straightforward approach and wacky social commentary.

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      Episode 1 Aired Feb 5, 2016 Rats. A rat gets mating tips from his friend at a subterranean party; a pair of police horses complains about an old acquaintance; a bedbug has a midlife crisis. Details Episode 2 Aired Feb 12, 2016 Pigeons. A naive male pigeon prepares himself for motherhood; a pigeon is challenged by a New Jersey rival; one caterpillar's metamorphosis is another's lament. Details Episode 3 Aired Feb 19, 2016 Cats. Two privileged feline siblings find their perfect day interrupted by an alley cat; a goose grows bored with the monotony of his life and attempts to bond with a flock of Central Park swans. Details Episode 4 Aired Feb 26, 2016 Dogs. A papillon is thrust into an unwelcoming dog park; a dog-walking group deals with an unexpected secret; two dogs dissect their owners' first date. Details Episode 5 Aired Mar 4, 2016 Rats. A rat invents pants; a moth tries neon light for the first time; two fish couples endure a tense dinner. Details Episode 6 Aired Mar 11, 2016 Pigeons. Pigeon Phil runs into trouble after being reunited with the father who abandoned him; Mike struggles to encourage his son to be a seagull scout; two turtles fight over the love of a mechanical frog; a skunk learns the truth about his date's past. Details Episode 7 Aired Mar 18, 2016 Flies. A pair of flies experience the highs and lows of life over a few hours; a self-conscious horse is encouraged to let it out; bodega-dwelling cats rap. Details Episode 8 Aired Mar 25, 2016 Squirrels. After their home collapses, two squirrel brothers find their survival skills tested while on a journey to freedom; a snake and her mouse prey face off; pet store puppies settle a turf war. Details Episode 9 Aired Apr 1, 2016 Squirrels. The squirrels reach the conclusion of their treacherous journey out of their collapsed tree home; a queen ant goes undercover as a worker ant. Details Episode 10 Aired Apr 8, 2016 Turkeys. After his wife is taken from him, a turkey seeks revenge on the mayor during the Thanksgiving parade; two rat teens venture out of the sewer. Details

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      Kory Grow Rolling Stone Ever since the animated series premiered on HBO earlier this month, it's presented a comically perverse look at the animal kingdom. May 30, 2018 Full Review Michael Andor Brodeur Boston Globe There's nothing particularly new about television shows trying to humanize animals, but "Animals" pushes this tendency to the extreme. May 30, 2018 Full Review Abraham Riesman New York Magazine/Vulture This isn't a show that's trying overly hard to impress you with its technical achievements; the visuals are there primarily to give you something to look at while you listen to the charmingly loose and surprisingly subtle vocal performances. May 30, 2018 Full Review Peter Sciretta Slashfilm I could see this hilarious television series either becoming a big hit with a strong word of mouth ("have you seen that show...") or, at very worst, earning its place amongst other loved cult classics. May 30, 2018 Full Review Andrew Husband Uproxx The ridiculousness of it all is what makes the show work its magic. Mar 2, 2016 Full Review Melissa Camacho Common Sense Media Animals observe, imitate humans in crude animated comedy. Rated: 3/5 Feb 16, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member HBO original animated series Animals is the best and mostly funny! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent show and anyone who dislikes it apparently has zero sense of humor! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member I absolutely love this show! I’m a little upset about the bad reviews. It’s so funny. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member "Animals." is a cleverly sardonic, hilariously realistic take on the hypothetical lives of animals if they were to have consciousness and complex thought like humans. While it's easy to dismiss this notion in real life, it's even easier to get lost in it in "Animals.", as you're taken through the eerily relatable, sometimes ridiculous trials and daily happenings of these NYC-dwelling, urbanite critters' lives. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Amazing. An instant favorite. Smart, funny with terrific animation and illustration. So many characters to love. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Funny, unique and engaging. The shows narrative is spun rather well. It goes from strength to strength as the season progresses. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a review

      Season Info

      Executive Producer
      Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass
      Comedy, Animation
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Feb 5, 2016