Animal Control cast: Who’s in the new FOX comedy series?

ANIMAL CONTROL: L-R: Vella Lovell as Emily, Joel McHale as Frank, Michael Rowland as Shred, Ravi Patel as Patel and Grace Palmer as Victoria in the all-new ANIMAL CONTROL. CR: Kharen Hill /FOX © 2023 FOX Media LLC.
ANIMAL CONTROL: L-R: Vella Lovell as Emily, Joel McHale as Frank, Michael Rowland as Shred, Ravi Patel as Patel and Grace Palmer as Victoria in the all-new ANIMAL CONTROL. CR: Kharen Hill /FOX © 2023 FOX Media LLC. /
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The Animal Control cast is led by Joel McHale. Viewers who tune into FOX’s new comedy, which premieres Feb. 16 at 9:01 p.m. ET, are in for a treat with this master of the genre. If you love a workplace comedy, this is the show for you.

The series focuses on a group of Animal Control officers who have an easier time working with the wild and domestic creatures they’re called to wrangle, assist, or take away than they do with humans. In fact, it’s homo sapiens who complicate their lives and can make situations worse.

Though that’s not to say these officers aren’t a pain in each other’s sides either. After all, the premiere “Weasels and Ostriches” will see Frank putting a Slim Jim in Shred’s pocket when they’re on a call involving ostriches. I think you can guess what’s about to go hilarious wrong there.

Here’s the full rundown of the Animal Control cast and their character descriptions.

Animal Control cast

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ANIMAL CONTROL: L-R: Vella Lovell as Emily, Joel McHale as Frank, Michael Rowland as Shred, Ravi Patel as Patel and Grace Palmer as Victoria in the all-new ANIMAL CONTROL. CR: Kharen Hill /FOX © 2023 FOX Media LLC. /

As reported by Deadline:

Joel McHale as Frank Shaw, the curmudgeon of this group of Animal Control workers. Frank is a former cop who was ousted after he tried to expose corruption in his department. The experience left him with a not so pleasant view of the world and people. He loves a good book though, the man’s about as well-read as he is opinionated and eccentric. Frank’s also scarily good at reading animals.

Michael Rowland as Fred “Shred” Taylor, the optimist to Frank’s cynic. Shred’s a rookie who’s the cranky officer’s new partner. Despite sustaining a knee injury that ended his career as a professional snowboarder mere months before the Olympics, he’s still an upbeat guy with a positive outlook on life.

Vella Lovell as Emily Price, the awkward head of the precinct who’s beloved by her team for her endearing, sweet-natured personality. She is, however, quite possibly in over her head as their boss.

Ravi Patel as Amit Patel, a family man who’s overwhelmed by his responsibilities at home. He’s also Victoria’s partner and the two couldn’t be more different. It’s like night and day.

Grace Palmer as Victoria Sands, the complete opposite of Amit. Victoria is free-spirited hedonist who doesn’t tend to stay at home.

Gerry Dee as Templeton Dudge, an Animal Control officer from a different precinct who’s after Emily’s job and isn’t above using her receptionist against her as an informant. He’s described as having a real chip on his shoulder.

Kelli Ogmundson as Dolores Stubb, the precinct’s receptionist who adores Templeton and is keeping tabs on Emily’s mistakes for him. She’s considered the office killjoy.

Alvina August as Dr. Summers, the Animal Control veterinarian Frank has a crush on, but she’s into winter sports and is in awe of Shred.

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Animal Control  airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on FOX. New episodes are available to stream next day on Hulu. Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more TV news and coverage!