Ozark (TV series)
Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, and produced by Media Rights Capital. Jason Bateman stars in the series; he also directed the first two and last two episodes of season 1, and the first two of Season 2. The first season comprises nine one-hour episodes and a final 80-minute episode, and was released on Netflix on July 21, 2017. The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017, which was released on August 31, 2018.
Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney portrays his wife, Wendy Byrde, a public relations manager on political campaigns who became a homemaker before the family moved to the Ozarks, and has since been a real estate stager and lobbyist.
- 1 Plot
- 2 Cast
- 2.1 Main
- 2.2 Recurring
- 3 Production
- 3.1 Opening credits
- 4 Episodes
- 4.1 Season 1 (2017)
- 4.2 Season 2 (2018)
- 5 Reception
- 5.1 Critical reception
- 5.1.1 Season 1
- 5.1.2 Season 2
- 5.2 Accolades
- 5.1 Critical reception
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Financial planner Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to Osage Beach, a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he must make amends to a Mexican drug cartel by setting up a bigger laundering operation in the Ozarks. When the Byrdes arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals including the Langmores and Snells.
- Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a self-employed financial advisor, based in Chicago before moving to the Ozarks. In 2007, he and his business partner began to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel.
- Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde (née Davis), Marty’s wife, and Charlotte and Jonah’s mother. Formerly a public relations operative for political campaigns, after moving to the Ozarks she becomes an advance person and stager for a local realtor.
- Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde, Marty and Wendy’s 15-year-old daughter, who strives to return to Chicago.
- Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde, Marty and Wendy’s 13-year-old son.
- Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, a 19-year-old woman who is part of a local criminal family.
- Jordana Spiro as Rachel Garrison, owner of the Blue Cat hotel and bar, and Marty’s reluctant business partner
- Jason Butler Harner as Roy Petty, an FBI agent investigating Marty (seasons 1–2)
- Esai Morales as Camino Del Rio (“Del”), a ruthless crime lord for a Mexican cartel for whom Marty launders money (season 1)
- Peter Mullan as Jacob Snell, an established local crime lord (seasons 1–2)
- Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, Jacob’s wife
- Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Russ’s elder son and Ruth’s cousin. (recurring season 1, main season 2)
- Carson Holmes as Three Langmore, Russ’s younger son, Wyatt’s brother and Ruth’s cousin.
- McKinley Belcher III as Trevor Evans, an FBI agent and Petty’s ex-lover.
- Robert C. Treveliar as Sheriff John Nix, who is indebted to the Snells.
- Kevin L. Johnson as Sam Dermody, a real estate agent in the Ozarks.
- Evan George Vourazeris as Tuck, employee at the Blue Cat and Jonah’s first friend in the Ozarks.
- Trevor Long as Cade Langmore, Ruth’s incarcerated and later paroled father, brother of Russ and Boyd. (seasons 1–2)
- Michael Mosley as Pastor Mason Young. (seasons 1–2)
- Harris Yulin as Buddy Dyker, the Byrdes’ terminally ill tenant. (seasons 1–2)
- Michael Tourek as Ash, an enforcer for the Snells. (seasons 1–2)
- Marc Menchaca as Russ Langmore, Wyatt and Three’s father, Ruth’s uncle, and Boyd and Cade’s brother. (recurring season 1, guest season 2)
- Josh Randall as Bruce Liddell, Marty Byrde’s Chicago business partner. (season 1)
- Christopher James Baker as Boyd Langmore, uncle of Ruth, Wyatt and Three, and Russ and Cade’s brother. (season 1)
- Adam Boyer as Bobby Dean, owner of the Lickety Splitz strip club. (season 1)
- Bethany Anne Lind as Grace Young, Pastor Mason Young’s pregnant wife. (season 1)
- Sharon Blackwood as Eugenia Dermody, Sam’s controlling, overbearing mother who works for her son’s real estate business. (season 1)
- Joseph Melendez as Garcia, an enforcer for Del. (season 1)
- Janet McTeer as Helen Pierce, Chicago-based attorney who represents the cartel (season 2)
- Darren Goldstein as Charles Wilkes, a wealthy businessman and political donor (season 2)
- Damian Young as Jim, Wilkes’ right-hand man (season 2)
- Nelson Bonilla as Nelson, Pierce’s enforcer (season 2)
- Melissa Saint-Amand as Jade, a stripper who forms a bond with Sam. (season 2)
- Pedro Lopez as Jorge Mendoza, a member of the Navarro Cartel. (season 2)
The show is set at a modest waterfront resort at Lake of the Ozarks, inspired by the Alhonna Resort and Marina, where series creator Dubuque worked as a dock hand while attending college in Missouri during the 1980s. Most of the shooting locations are in the Atlanta area at Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, rather than at the Lake of the Ozarks, because of tax breaks offered by the state of Georgia. The film crew constructed a set in Georgia after extensively studying the Alhonna Resort property. Some scenes are filmed at Chicago locations. Only a few scenes of the pilot were shot in the city of Lake Ozark, Missouri; these include shots of the locally famous “Welcome To Lake Of the Ozarks” sign and the “Injun Joe Muffler Man” statue. Originally, Jason Bateman was supposed to be the sole director for the first season, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from filming all 10 episodes, so only first two and last two were shot by him. The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017.
Graphic designer Fred Davis created a white letter ‘O’, which is featured on a black background at the beginning of each episode. Within the quartered circle of the ‘O’ are four symbols which foreshadow the main plot points in that episode. Additionally, each of these hand-drawn symbolic images are formed to represent the remaining letters in “Ozark”. For example, for episode one, a kneeling man represents “Z”; a building represents “A”; a gun represents “R”; and a falling man represents “K”.
Season 1 (2017)
Season 2 (2018)
The first season of Ozark received positive reviews, with major praise aimed at Bateman’s performance. On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 66 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a approval rating of 68%, with an average rating of 6.81/10 based on 62 reviews. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Ozark hasn’t yet reached the same level as the classic crime dramas to which it will inevitably be compared, but its satisfyingly complex plot – and a gripping performance from Jason Bateman – suggest greater potential.”
Brian Lowry of CNN wrote, “While the fish-out-of-water concept is one of TV’s oldest, Ozark carves out its own path with clever twists — including a late-in-the-run flashback explaining how the cartel came into his life — and the sheer strength of the performances.” TV critic Sonia Saraiya of Variety wrote that Ozark is “smart, well-crafted, and says something,” and that the series “comes together under Bateman’s disarming and deceptively complex performance as Marty.” Tim Dowling of The Guardian wrote “Laura Linney is, as ever, magnificent”.
Critics compared Ozark positively to Breaking Bad, both of which involve a seemingly normal protagonist suddenly immersed in a world of crime. According to Film Daily, “Once you get past the surface similarities, Ozark shines as something special and inventive, an intense crime opera where the scenery is as much the star as anyone in the cast.”
The second season received mixed reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season has a weighted average score of 59 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 67%, with an average rating of 6.11/10, based on 27 reviews. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Engaging and entertaining – if not particularly challenging – Ozark's descent into darker waters is kept afloat by another superb turn from Laura Linney.”
- Ozark on Netflix
- Ozark on IMDb