Animals airs Fridays, 11:30pm on HBO.
Despite Animals receiving mostly negative reviews, I think the show 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 that bad if you actually watch an episode or two. You know how they say to never judge a book by its cover? Well, you shouldn’t judge a show by its trailers either. That’s what I almost did and I’m glad I actually had the sense to sit myself down and watch the show before I brought out my judgemental side.
Currently, Animals holds a 54% out of 100 on Metacritic and a 60% 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 alone make it worth watching. I feel like other journalists and bloggers are so quick to give negative reviews of this show because of the animation quality. Obviously the budget for this comedic safari is lacking, 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:
The second season of Animals comes to end on May 19th, and I am going to continue keeping up with this series. It’s not everyday that I actually like a raunchy animated comedy!