The first time I saw TNT’s Animal Kingdom it was for just a couple of minutes, and I was in a noisy, overcrowded bar. I wasn’t able to hear anything that was being said over the loud music, but I could read the closed captions that appear when TVs are muted. And though I had no idea what was happening or who the characters were -- and was only at the bar for a date in the first place -- I just couldn’t tear my eyes away. Whenever I wasn’t pretending to listen to the person next to me, the captivating visuals and seemingly intense pace had my full attention. At the time I was only vaguely familiar with the show because of some promotional material I’d coincidentally crossed paths with during my everyday life, but I do clearly remember thinking to myself (as I actively ignored the person I was supposed to be entertaining), “If this is how gripping this show is when muted, it must be f**kin’ dope with the volume up.” Well, I’ve now seen every Animal Kingdomepisode to date, and let me just say it feels good to be right.