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Animal Kingdom and Greenleaf are summer surprises

BARKIN HAS BITE She plays the savage matriarch of a crime family, reconnecting with her grandson (Finn Cole) after the death of his mother

JUST AS MOVIEGOERS SPEND THE HOTTEST months sating their collective appetite for car chases and alien invasions, so do television viewers find themselves, this time of year, hunting for programming of a slightly lower brow. This summer, two new prime-time soaps—TNT’s Animal Kingdom and OWN’s Greenleaf—provide gratifyingly visceral jolts, yet both have things to say.

Animal Kingdom, based on a 2010 Australian film, moves the

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