A seemingly legit businesswoman in a Southern California beach town, Smurf is really the provocative matriarch of a close-knit crime family composed of her four grown sons. One moment coddling, the next menacing, the unpredictable and manipulative Smurf has a warped emotional hold over "her boys" that makes them fear and resent her while still vying for her love and approval.
Adopted by Smurf when he was 12 and outwardly the most levelheaded of the Cody boys, Baz is Smurf's chief lieutenant in the planning of the family's armed robberies. He is also Smurf's frequent confidant – though Smurf's simmering concerns that Baz may strike out on his own come to fruition when the family splinters in season two.
Mentally disturbed and recently out of prison (the only one caught three years ago in a robbery gone awry), Pope is the eldest and most volatile of the Cody boys, and Baz's childhood best friend. Pope can be ruthlessly violent, but he tries his best to fight against his dangerous impulses while Smurf encourages them.
Smurf's youngest son and the sharp-witted "baby" of the family, Deran has a chip on his shoulder from always having to prove himself among his brothers. J's entry into the family threatens Deran's place in the Cody hierarchy, and most perilously for J, in Smurf's affections.
Smurf's imposing middle son, who is ruled by his own desires, Craig is a fearless adrenaline junkie and recreational drug user not known for his ability to think through the consequences of his actions. Despite these flaws, and somewhat because of them, Smurf often regards Craig as the easiest of her boys to control.
Smurf's teenage grandson, J is taken in by the family when J’s mom (Smurf's estranged daughter) dies of a heroin overdose. Surrounded by his uncles for the first time in his life, J finds himself navigating a new world of material abundance and male aggression as he learns to survive in this new reality whilst keeping his own moral compass.
In full-scale rebellion against her bourgeois upbringing, teenage Nicky is drawn to the Codys for their unconventional lifestyle and the sense of danger that surrounds them. Her relationship with J is her point of entry into the family, but J worries that Nicky might be in over her head.