Animals (U.S. TV series)

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Genre Comedy
Created by
  • Phil Matarese
  • Mike Luciano
Voices of
  • Phil Matarese
  • Mike Luciano
Composer(s) Julian Wass
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • James Fino
  • Kenny Micka
  • Jen Roskind
  • Joe Russo
  • Josh Polon
Production company(s) Karen BBQ
Duplass Brothers Television
Starburns Industries[1]
Original network HBO
Original release February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05) – present
External links

Animals. is an American animated comedy television series created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. The first two episodes were independently produced and presented at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015.[2] In May 2015, HBO picked the series up with a two-season order,[3] which premiered on February 5, 2016.[4] The series was renewed for a third season on May 19, 2017.[5] Season 3 premiered on August 3, 2018.


Each episode features a different cast of special guests, along with creators Matarese and Luciano playing various animals. The show features retroscripting and improvised dialogue based on plot outlines. Each season also has a story arc featuring humans in live-action sequences, such as a corrupt mayor and the events leading to his reelection in Season One.

In Season Two, the human story arc of a reporter investigating a virus outbreak by mad scientist Dr. Labcoat who is forced to release a gas that dissolves all human life in New York.

In Season Three which takes place three years after the dubbed "Green Day" incident, the animals of New York have formed their governments while they are being observed by two soldiers who are losing their grip on reality.



  • Phil Matarese as Himself
    • Humans: Private Matarese
    • Rats: Phil Jr. Also portrayed Phil Jr.'s biological father in the first episode.
    • Pigeons:
    • Cats: Emperor Phil, a sociopathic cat who was initially the mayor's cat. Also portrayed Phil, a mafia cat who took over the family business.
    • Dogs:
    • Flies:
    • Squirrels:
    • Roaches:
    • Worms:
    • Horses:
  • Mike Luciano as himself
    • Humans: Private Luciano
    • Rats: Mike, Phil Jr's best friend. Also portrayed Phil Jr.'s grandfather in his youth.
    • Pigeons:
    • Cats: Emperor Mike, a sociopathic cat who was initially the mayor's cat. Also portrayed Mike, a mafia cat leaving organized crime.
    • Dogs:
    • Flies:
    • Squirrels:
    • Roaches:
    • Worms:
    • Horses:



  • RuPaul Charles as Dr. Labcoat, the antagonist of season two's human storyline. A scientist of the unscrupulous conglomerate Pesci Co., Labcoat arranged for an epidemic in New York to sell the 'Green Pill' to enslave the populace. But after being exposed, Labcoat ends up destroying himself when he wiped out the human populace of New York. Posthumously, he established the Labcoat terrorists of season three.
  • John Early as The Assistant, Dr. Labcoat's aid and accomplice.
  • Demi Moore as The General, the antagonist of season three's human storyline.
  • Mel Rodriguez as The Lieutenant


Guest stars


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 February 5, 2016 (2016-02-05) April 8, 2016 (2016-04-08)
2 10 March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) May 19, 2017 (2017-05-19)
3 10 August 3, 2018 (2018-08-03) October 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)

Critical reception

The first season has received positive reviews from critics. As of April 2016, it holds a 60% "Fresh" rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 15 reviews, with an average of 6.3/10.[9] On Metacritic, the series holds a rating of 54 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "mixed or above average reviews".[10] Maureen Ryan of Variety gave the first season a negative review, writing, "The animated HBO show has a lot in common with programs like Girls, Louie and Baskets, and like Togetherness, it boasts Mark and Jay Duplass as executive producers. But the extraordinarily tedious Animals., unlike those shows, fails to hit any of its chosen targets. It is unfunny, its animation is unexceptional and the studied banality of its dialogue is excruciating."[11] Conversely, David Wiegand in the San Francisco Chronicle gave the season a positive review, writing, "The deadpan approach only enhances the delicious off the wall comedy of Animals. The series is batty and brilliant as it turns the whole notion of anthropomorphic cartoon animals on its fuzzy ear."[12]


  1. ^ "How Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano Turned Their Ad Agency Side Project Into HBO's New Animated Series, 'Animals'". February 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 20, 2015). "Animated Series 'Animals' Adds Indie TV Flavor To Sundance Film Festival". Deadline. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 29, 2015). "HBO Gives 2-Season Order To 'Animals' Animated Comedy From Duplass Brothers". Deadline. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  4. ^ "HBO Confirms Debut Date for Animated Adult Comedy Series "Animals"". The Futon Critic. November 25, 2015. Retrieved January 2, 2016.
  5. ^ Petski, Denise (May 19, 2017). "'Animals' Renewed For Third Season By HBO". Deadline. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab "Animals". HBO. Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d e Radish, Christina (February 3, 2016). "Animals': 14 Things to Know About HBO's Bewildering Animated Series". Retrieved April 3, 2016.
  8. ^ Nguyen, Hanh (March 1, 2017). "'Animals' Trailer: Season 2 Throws Down With Emilia Clarke, Judy Greer, Rupaul and Dan Harmon". IndieWire. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 1, 2017.
  9. ^ "Animals : Season 1 (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  10. ^ "Animals: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  11. ^ Ryan, Maureen (February 3, 2016). "TV Review: 'Animals'". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Wiegand, David (February 1, 2016). "'Animals' cuts the cute, but remains wildly kooky". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 10 April 2016.

External links

  • Official website
  • Animals on IMDb
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