Despite the show receiving mostly negative but mixed reviews, I think Animals is pretty brilliant actually. Created by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano and introduced at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival by the Duplass Brothers, it’s not bad if you actually watch an episode or two. You know how they say to never judge a book by it’s cover? Well you shouldn’t judge a show by their trailers either. That’s what I almost did and I’m glad I actually had the sense to sit myself down and actually watch the show before I brought out my judgemental side. Animals premiered on HBO on February 5, 2017 and it’s season one finale aired on April 8, 2016. So far the show has received a 54% out of 100 on Metacritic and a 60% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If I were to give this series my honest rating, I would give it at least a 70%. The comedy feels fresh and not overly-cliche, but it does resemble the same sense of humor as Girls, another show on HBO. There are some one-liners in the show that makes it actually worth watching. I feel like other journalists and bloggers are so quick to give negative reviews of this show because of the quality. Obviously the budget for this comedic safari is lacking a bunch, but I always try to give the plot & the writing content a chance.
My favorite scene from the entire series so far is the Turtles segment. Two female turtle roommates getting on each other’s nerves and fighting for the love of a plastic frog toy somehow makes my entire day. You just have to see the humor for yourselves:
Season 2 of Animals just debuted on March 17th and I am going to continue keeping up with this series. It’s not everyday that I actually like an animated series from HBO. Just a warning though, this show is not something you would like if you’re sensitive to NSFW content. Just putting that out there now.