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  • Premiered: 
    February 5, 2016
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  • Network: HBO
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Animated
  • Concept: 
    Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano 
  • Subject Matter: Animal
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass, ANIMALS is a half-hour, animated comedy series that follows downtrodden creatures living in New York City. 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 these non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own. Each 30-minute episode features three stories, including: a rat that invents pants; a moth that tries neon light for the first time; two fish couples having a tense dinner; a papillon being thrust into an unwelcoming dog park; a dog-walking group dealing with an unexpected secret; two dogs dissecting their owners' first date; two privileged feline siblings finding their perfect day interrupted by a crafty alley cat; a goose that sets off on his own, attempting to bond with a flock of Central Park swans; and many more tales of animals living in Earth's least habitable environment. Guest voices include Eric Andre, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Rocky, Katie Aselton, Jessica Chastain, Rob Corddry, Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass, Ellie Kemper, Nick Kroll, Lauren Lapkus, Melanie Lynsky, Marc Maron, Kumail Nanjiani, Horatio Sanz, Adam Scott, Molly Shannon, Wanda Sykes, Cobie Smulders, Kurt Vile, Matt Walsh, Zach Woods and Steve Zissis. On Friday, March 17, 2017 at 11:30pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the second season of ANIMALS. In the season opener, "Rats.," while stuck in an animal testing lab, rats Mike and Phil enter a love triangle with their imaginary friend, which inadvertently reveals the truth of their situation. Two fleas discuss their basketball dreams and ponder life while stuck on a monkey's back. An algae questions its existence. The season premiere features the voices of Jason Alexander, Michael Rapaport, Katie Aselton, Emilia Clarke, Neil Casey, Harmony Korine, and Meghan O'Neill. Other guest voices for Season 2 include: Fred Armisen, Big Boi, Alex Borstein, Andy Dick, Mark Duplass, Kim Gordon, Judy Greer, Tim Heidecker, January Jones, Mindy Kaling, Killer Mike, Lauren Lapkus, Jon Lovitz, Demetri Martin, Thomas Middleditch, Vincent Pastore, Michael Pitt, Andy Richter, RuPaul, Pauly Shore, Raven Symone and Usher.
On Friday, May 19, 2017 at 11:30pm ET/PT, HBO premiered the Season 2 finale of ANIMALS., with an episode written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. In the season ender, "Dog.," an old dog reflects on her life and doles out sage advice. As high school graduation approaches, rat teens Phil and Mike consider what comes next, as their paths appear to be going separate ways.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Duplass Brothers Television


  • - New York City, New York USA