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'Animals' on HBO turns our furry friends into the obnoxious bro next-door

'Animals' on HBO turns our furry friends into the obnoxious bro next-door

For years, I've wished animals could speak, but it took only four half-hour episodes of HBO's new animated series "Animals" for me to pray they'd shut up.

Seriously, who knew that urban rats, pigeons, dogs, cats, swans and geese were so weirdly insecure and blindly narcissistic? Awkward at parties, concerned about their virility, traumatized by rejection, the predominantly male city fauna just want to find love and gain respect, but it's just so hard, you know?

Oh, we know, we know. With few exceptions (a pair of rich cat brothers need their own show), it's an interspecies interpretation of the kind of "bro is me" humor that has infused America ever since...

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