ANIMALS. SEASON 2 EPISODES

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New York City, Earth’s least habitable environment, is home to a host 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 these non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.

Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, from Duplass Brothers Productions, the animated adult television series ANIMALS. returns for its ten-episode second season FRIDAY, MARCH 17 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The series is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

Matarese and Luciano voice many of the characters on the show, which also features guest voiceover artists, including Jason Alexander, Fred Armisen, Katie Aselton, Big Boi, Alex Borstein, Emilia Clarke, Andy Dick, Mark Duplass, Kim Gordon, Judy Greer, Tim Heidecker, January Jones, Mindy Kaling, Killer Mike, Harmony Korine, Lauren Lapkus, Jon Lovitz, Demetri Martin, Thomas Middleditch, Vincent Pastore, Michael Pitt, Michael Rapaport, Andy Richter, RuPaul, Pauly Shore, Raven Symone and Usher.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #20 (season 2, episode 10): “Dog.” (season finale)

Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 19 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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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.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #19 (season 2, episode 9): “Words Birds Possums.”

Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 12 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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In an interconnected exploration of the urban food chain, two ends of a worm search for love and independence, a pair of newly hatched bluebirds fight for survival, and an opossum father and son butt heads over the reality of being predators.

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Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #18 (season 2, episode 8): “Cats Part 2.”

Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 5 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT)

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In the conclusion of the war for power among New York’s cat gangs, Phil runs the show while Mike looks for a way out, leading to a dramatic showdown between pussies.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #17 (season 2, episode 7): “Cats Part 1.”

Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 28 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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As rival alley-cat crews face off for control of the streets of Little Italy, a young feline, Phil, rises to the top of the pack. A trio of owls gathers for Christmas celebrations.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #16 (season 2, episode 6): “Rats.”

Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 21 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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Rat teens Mike and Phil plot to exploit a human baby for profit, but things take a dark turn as the stakes increase. Two bees fight over the love of a tulip.
Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #15 (season 2, episode 5): “Humans.”

Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 14 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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Inside the headquarters of evil conglomerate Pesci Co., the unscrupulous Dr. Labcoat prepares for the roll out of the “Green Pill,” a mysterious cure for the virus plaguing New York City. This special live-action episode stars RuPaul as Dr. Labcoat and also features Neil Casey, John Early, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Andy Richter and Raven Symone.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #14 (season 2, episode 4): “Squirrels.”

Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT)

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With New York City quarantined and in disarray, squirrels Mike and Phil prepare for their mother’s remarriage. As Mike tries to impress a female guest, Phil plots to stop the wedding, squaring off with his soon-to-be little brother, the attention-hog Mason.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #13 (season 2, episode 3): “Roaches.”

Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 31 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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When an exterminator puts a roach town in crisis, the survivors band together to travel to the world outside their wall and guarantee the survival of their species. Stuck together by a piece of litter, a group of seagulls struggles to live as one.

Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #12 (season 2, episode 2): “Pigeons.”

Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 24 (11:30 p.m.-midnight)

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As a virus sweeps New York, teen pigeon Jacob’s jealousy over his angelic little brother prompts a wacky spirit quest that teaches him about courage and responsibility. Two foxes rap about a hard-knock life on the city streets.
 Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

Episode #11 (season 2, episode 1): “Rats.”

Debut: FRIDAY, MARCH 17 (11:30 p.m.-midnight ET/PT)

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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.
Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.


The animation for ANIMALS. was created with Starburns Industries, the studio known for the TV series “Rick & Morty” and the feature film “Anomalisa.”

ANIMALS. was created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano; executive producers, Mark Duplass & Jay Duplass; executive producers, directors, writers, voices, Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano; co-executive producer, Jen Roskind; producers, Jen Roskind, James Fino, Joe Russo II, Kenny Micka.

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