Ozark (TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||30 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||52–80 minutes|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital 5.1|
|Original release||July 21, 2017 –|
Ozark is an American crime drama streaming television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix and produced by Media Rights Capital. The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple who relocate their family to the Lake of the Ozarks for money laundering. Bateman also serves as a director and executive producer for the series. The ten-episode first season was released on July 21, 2017; the ten-episode second season was released on August 31, 2018, and the third season (also ten episodes) was released on March 27, 2020. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which will consist of 14 episodes split into two parts.
Ozark has received a largely positive reception from critics, with praise towards its tone, acting, directing, and writing. The series has received 32 Primetime Emmy Award nominations including two for Outstanding Drama Series, with Bateman winning for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 2019 and Julia Garner winning twice consecutively for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020. Bateman has received two further Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor – Television Series Drama.
After a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel goes wrong, financial advisor Martin "Marty" Byrde proposes to make amends by offering to set up a bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region of central Missouri. Marty suddenly relocates his family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to the remote summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri. When the Byrdes arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals, including the Langmore and Snell families, and later the Kansas City Mafia.
Cast and characters
- Jason Bateman as Martin "Marty" Byrde, Wendy's husband and Charlotte and Jonah's father. He is a self-employed financial advisor based in Chicago in 2007, when he and his business partner begin to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel.
- Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde (née Davis), Marty's wife and Charlotte and Jonah's mother. She is a public relations operative for political campaigns; she becomes an advance person and stager for a local realtor, and then a lobbyist for Marty's proposal to construct a casino.
- Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde, Marty and Wendy's teenage daughter
- Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde, Marty and Wendy's teenage son
- Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, a young 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 (seasons 1–2)
- Jason Butler Harner as Roy Petty, an FBI agent investigating Marty (seasons 1–2)
- Esai Morales as Camino "Del" Del Rio, a lieutenant for Mexico's Navarro drug cartel (season 1)
- Peter Mullan as Jacob Snell, an established local heroin producer (seasons 1–2)
- Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, Jacob's wife and partner in the heroin business
- Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Russ's elder son and Ruth's cousin (season 2–present; recurring season 1)
- Janet McTeer as Helen Pierce, Chicago-based attorney who represents the Navarro cartel (season 3; recurring season 2)
- Tom Pelphrey as Ben Davis, Wendy's brother who suffers from bipolar disorder (season 3)
- Jessica Frances Dukes as Maya Miller, an FBI forensic accountant investigating the Byrdes' casino business (season 3–present)
- Felix Solis as Omar Navarro, the leader of the Mexican drug cartel for whom the Byrdes are laundering money (season 4; recurring season 3)
- Damian Young as Jim Rattelsdorf, Wilkes' right-hand man who becomes an ally of the Byrdes (season 4; recurring seasons 2–3)
- Adam Rothenberg as Mel Sattem, a disgraced former cop turned private investigator (season 4)
- Alfonso Herrera as Javi Elizonndro, a lieutenant for the Navarro cartel (season 4)
- 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 Treveiler 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 (season 1–2)
- Trevor Long as Cade Langmore, Ruth's father and brother of Russ and Boyd. (seasons 1–2)
- Michael Mosley as Pastor Mason Young (seasons 1–2)
- Harris Yulin as Buddy Dieker, 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 (season 1, guest role season 2)
- Josh Randall as Bruce Liddell, Marty'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)
- Darren Goldstein as Charles Wilkes, a wealthy businessman and political donor (season 2–present)
- Nelson Bonilla as Nelson, Helen Pierce's enforcer (season 2–present)
- Melissa Saint-Amand as Jade, a stripper who forms a relationship with Sam (season 2–present)
- Pedro Lopez as Jorge Mendoza, a member of the Navarro Cartel (season 2–present)
- John Bedford Lloyd as Frank Cosgrove, trucking company owner and leader of the Kansas City Mafia (season 2–present)
- Joseph Sikora as Frank Cosgrove Jr., son of Frank Cosgrove and Kansas City Mafia member (season 3–present)
- Marylouise Burke as Sue Shelby, the Byrdes' therapist (season 3)
- Madison Thompson as Erin Pierce, Helen's daughter (season 3)
- Bruno Bichir as Navarro's priest (season 4)
- Katrina Lenk as Clare Shaw, CEO of a prominent pharmaceutical company (season 4)
- CC Castillo as Sheriff Leigh Guerrero (season 4)
- Eric Ladin as Kerry (season 4)
- Bruce Davison as Randall Schafer (season 4)
Ozark 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. Originally, Jason Bateman was supposed to be the sole director for the first season, but because the schedule did not allow enough preparation time, he directed only the first two and last two episodes.
In order to make Ozark as realistic and sensible as possible when it comes to depicting money laundering, the writers for the show brought in an FBI agent who works on financial crimes into the writer's room. They also brought in a hedge fund manager, for information about moving large sums of money. Beam Solutions, a financial compliance software company, considered the series' accuracy to be "both plausible and very creative."
The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017. On October 10, 2018, the series was renewed for a 10-episode third season. On June 30, 2020, Netflix renewed the series for its fourth and final season, which will consist of 14 episodes split into two parts.
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".
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. Filming for the fourth season began on November 9, 2020, and is scheduled to conclude on September 30, 2021.
|1||10||July 21, 2017|
|2||10||August 31, 2018|
|3||10||March 27, 2020|
Season 1 (2017)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||1||"Sugarwood"||Jason Bateman||Story by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams|
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
|July 21, 2017|
|Marty Byrde and his partner Bruce Liddell are Chicago-based financial advisers who launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. Bruce and the trucking company owners who move the cash skim $8 million, which causes their cartel contact Del to kill Bruce, Bruce's fiancée Liz, and the father-son trucking company owners. To save his own life, Marty uses a promotional flier Bruce showed him as the inspiration for a spur-of-the-moment claim that the Ozarks are a good potential location for laundering, and that if allowed to live, he will wash $500 million in five years. Partly persuaded, Del gives Marty a few days to replace the $8 million Bruce stole, which he does by liquidating all his personal assets and closing all the company accounts. Del then tells Marty to move his family to the Ozarks and prove his claim by laundering the $8 million in three months. Marty's wife Wendy is having an affair with Gary "Sugarwood" Silverberg. She follows his advice to leave Marty and take their two children and as much money as she can secure, which causes Del to have Silverberg killed as a warning to Wendy to keep the family together.|
|2||2||"Blue Cat"||Jason Bateman||Story by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams|
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
|July 21, 2017|
|Wendy, Marty and their children arrive in the Ozarks and begin to meet local residents, including several members of the Langmore family who work at the hotel where they are staying. Marty attempts to find local businesses to invest in so he can commence money laundering for the cartel, while Wendy goes house hunting. Charlotte and Jonah disregard their parents' instructions to guard the hotel room, with Charlotte falling for a ruse planned by cousins Ruth and Wyatt Langmore. Ruth enters the vacant hotel room and steals part of the $8 million Marty is supposed to launder. Marty risks his life to recover the cash from Ruth, Wyatt and other Langmores, but it is clear they will continue to be trouble. The FBI discovers the remains of Bruce and the others who were killed with him, which makes them suspicious of Marty's sudden move from Chicago. Agent Roy Petty decides to follow Marty to the Ozarks, convinced he is somehow involved. Marty considers committing suicide so Wendy can collect his life insurance and flee with the children, but changes his mind after discovering that the Blue Cat Inn and restaurant might be a suitable place to invest in.|
|3||3||"My Dripping Sleep"||Daniel Sackheim||Ryan Farley||July 21, 2017|
|The Byrdes move into a lakefront house while Buddy, the terminally ill homeowner, moves to the basement. FBI Agent Trevor Evans, Roy's former boyfriend, follows Roy's instructions to approach the Byrdes, who are not intimidated and continue maintaining their innocence. The Byrdes are made aware that while skimming money, Bruce was also an FBI informant. Trevor sees that Roy is becoming obsessed, foretelling continued problems for the Byrdes. Charlotte and Jonah are told the real reason for their move to the Ozarks, and Jonah does online research to learn more about the cartel. Wendy gets a job as an advance person and "stager" for the real estate broker she dealt with when buying Buddy's house. Charlotte's job interview does not end well after she spots Wyatt outside the store and punches him in retaliation for his ruse at the hotel. Marty begins activities at the Blue Cat, despite the suspicions of Rachel, the primary owner. Ruth uses her knowledge of the Byrdes' cash to persuade Marty to hire her as a dishwasher at the Blue Cat, and informs her cousins and uncles that her plan is to learn Marty's money laundering operation, and then kill him and take the money.|
|4||4||"Tonight We Improvise"||Daniel Sackheim||Paul Kolsby||July 21, 2017|
|Marty gathers information on Lickety Splitz, a money-losing strip club; turned away by the owner previously, he still intends to control it so he can use it for money laundering. Jonah finds the carcass of a coyote and cuts it open, giving his parents cause for concern. They are relieved to find that he was only studying the vultures that came to feed. Marty hires Ruth to break into the Lickety Splitz safe. Working undercover, Roy watches Marty at the Blue Cat, and develops an interest in Russ Langmore, Wyatt's father and Ruth's uncle. Bobby Dean, the owner of Lickety Splitz, is arrested because of Ruth's plan, and Marty gains access to the safe. He posts Bobby's bail and uses the information from the safe to force Bobby to sell the club. Jacob and Darlene Snell are revealed as major heroin dealers, for whom Bobby was laundering money. They kill Bobby as retaliation for losing the club, and to keep their drug business secret. Marty shares business secrets with Jonah, including how to make new cash used in drug transactions look old so it can be mixed with cash from legitimate business before being deposited at the bank.|
|5||5||"Ruling Days"||Andrew Bernstein||Martin Zimmerman||July 21, 2017|
|Bobby's body turns up at the Byrdes' boat dock, which they unconvincingly explain away as an accident. Shown copies of the sale documents for the strip club, Sheriff Nix realizes he has no evidence the Byrdes had a motive to kill Bobby, and takes no further action. Jacob Snell attempts to persuade Marty to launder money for him at Lickety Splitz. Marty sees Mason Young, the local pastor, holding boat-based Sunday services on the lake, and realizes that building Mason a church could present an opportunity to launder money. Marty asks Ruth to run the strip club over the Fourth of July weekend, which leads to him hiring her as the full time manager. She betters Bobby's management with actions, including hiring new staff, that turn Lickety Splitz into a moneymaker. Roy continues to use Russ as a fishing guide, and attempts to kiss him, provoking a violent reaction, though he later accepts his feelings and they become lovers. Ruth continues to follow her incarcerated father Cade's advice to learn more about Marty's money laundering, and discovers the hiding place where he stashed the $8 million he brought from Chicago.|
|6||6||"Book of Ruth"||Andrew Bernstein||Whit Anderson||July 21, 2017|
|The Snells show Marty their operation and inform him they use Mason's church on the lake to distribute heroin. They warn Marty to stop church construction, with implied threats to Mason's pregnant wife Grace if Marty does not persuade him to resume boat-based services. Del sends Wendy and Marty a package containing a pair of eyeballs, which they recognize as a warning to speed up the money laundering. Marty appears likely to meet the three-month deadline for laundering the cartel's $8 million, and he and Wendy temporarily reconcile in celebration. During sex, Marty intentionally reminds her of an encounter with Sugarwood, causing her discovery of the video Marty's private investigator made. Charlotte works at the Blue Cat and declines Wyatt's "anti-tourists" party invitation to go with Zach, a tourist from Chicago. She loses her virginity, but Zach departs the next day without saying goodbye, prompting Wyatt to tell her tourists always leave, and she is now "one of us" – a permanent local resident. Ruth and Russ devise a plan to kill Marty at Cade's instigation. Russ tells Roy, who secretly intervenes. Rachel confronts Marty over irregularities in the Blue Cat's books.|
|7||7||"Nest Box"||Ellen Kuras||Alyson Feltes||July 21, 2017|
|Mason does not end church construction. To dissuade the Snells from killing him, Marty hands over the last $700,000 of cartel cash. Marty tells Mason the Snells are drug dealers and want him to resume services on the lake. The Snells tell Mason Marty was constructing the church so he could launder money. Understanding Marty's claims of philanthropy are false, Mason burns down the building's framework. Charlotte and Jonah start school, and Charlotte is depressed about the family's changed circumstances. After she skips classes to take a bus to Chicago, Ruth and Wendy catch up and bring her back. Roy convinces Russ to try starting a bait and tackle shop with Marty as an investor. Roy also convinces Russ to say he will not be involved in any more attempts to kill Marty. Cade tells Ruth not to visit him again unless Marty is dead. After returning home, Charlotte goes for a night swim. Ignoring Marty's advice to stay near the shore, she swims far into the lake. After nearly allowing herself to drown, she touches bottom and realizes the water is not as deep as she thought. She giddily makes her way back to shore, her depression gone.|
|8||8||"Kaleidoscope"||Ellen Kuras||Ryan Farley||July 21, 2017|
|A flashback to 2007 shows Wendy and Marty driving when she reveals she is pregnant again. While discussing the news, they are involved in a car accident that causes a miscarriage which results in Wendy's extended period of depression. Wendy unsuccessfully attempts to reenter the job market after the births of her children. An experienced public relations operative, she is revealed to have worked for Bobby Rush's early Congressional campaigns and Barack Obama's campaigns for the Illinois Senate. Del approaches Marty and Bruce to launder the cartel's money and after reviewing Del's ledgers they decline, but agree to reconsider. Marty expects Wendy will be opposed, but to his surprise, she approves. Bruce and Marty commit to work for Del, and Del has his previous financial advisor Louis killed in front of them. Not only was Louis skimming, which Del suspected and Marty confirmed when analyzing the ledgers, he was also informing to Roy at the FBI. Roy has a steady boyfriend and fledgling FBI career, but a difficult relationship with his mother, who is a heroin addict. Unhappy at the FBI's insistence on pursuing terrorists rather than drug dealers, Roy plots to get his way.|
|9||9||"Coffee, Black"||Jason Bateman||Whit Anderson||July 21, 2017|
|Buddy taught Jonah to shoot, and after realizing a cartel operative is shadowing the Byrdes, Jonah has Blue Cat employee Tuck buy him a rifle in a straw purchase. Marty and Wendy previously convinced Sam's mother Eugenia to deposit her savings in Marty's new "investment fund". Her $900,000 replaces the $700,000 Marty paid the Snells. With this influx, he completes laundering the $8 million on time. The cartel immediately delivers $50 million – the first of the $500 million Marty promised to wash. Eugenia dies in an accident, and Sam wants access to her savings to pay for her elaborate funeral. Instead, Marty and Wendy volunteer to pay, and end up buying the funeral home. Roy reveals to Russ that their relationship is a ploy, and he recorded Russ's admission of trying to kill Marty. This forces Russ to turn informant against Ruth, who Roy intends to turn informant on Marty. Instead, Russ and his brother Boyd plan to rob and kill Marty to finance a life on the run. Ruth suspects Russ intends to kill Marty. Realizing she will be blamed, she acts first, killing Russ and Boyd with the same method she had earlier tried on Marty.|
|10||10||"The Toll"||Jason Bateman||Chris Mundy||July 21, 2017|
|The Byrdes try to be supportive of Wyatt and Three, but Wyatt suspects Marty killed Russ and Boyd. Mason's conscience renders him unable to preach on the lake. He arrives home to find the Snells retaliated; Grace is gone, but he discovers a newborn. Marty decides it is not safe if his family stays. Garcia, the cartel operative, prevents them from leaving. Jonah sneaks out to retrieve his rifle. When he attempts to shoot Garcia, he finds Buddy unloaded it. Buddy holds Garcia at gunpoint as Wendy and the children depart, then shoots him. Rachel finds part of the $50 million. After a brief encounter with Del, she drives away with the cash. Del tortures Marty to find out where Garcia is. Marty explains a plan for the cartel to distribute Snell heroin while the Snells allow a casino on their property to launder cartel money. Del is intrigued and intends to explain away Garcia's death if there is a deal. Del and the Snells agree, but Darlene kills Del when he replies to her racist insults with one of his own. Wendy and the children decide to stay and face the risks with Marty rather than flee without him.|
Season 2 (2018)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|11||1||"Reparations"||Jason Bateman||Chris Mundy||August 31, 2018|
|Darlene and Ash cremate Del's body on the Snell farm. Marty and Jacob send Ash to Chicago with Del's car and credit cards to establish Del's presence there, enabling them to claim he was not in the Ozarks. Without Del there to negotiate, Marty and the Snells meet with Helen Pierce, the Navarro Cartel's attorney, to discuss the casino. Marty discusses with State Senator Brock Mercer the possibility of introducing legislation to allow casino construction. Mercer tells Marty to go to "the lake house". Marty and Wendy learn this is the home of businessman and political donor Charles Wilkes. They meet with Wilkes and try to persuade him to back the legislation. Helen shows the Byrdes video of Ash using Del's credit card in Chicago. She will overlook Del's death (and Garcia's) in exchange for "reparations" from the Snells but does not tell Marty what will be satisfactory. At Darlene's insistence, the Snells refuse to offer money, but Jacob understands a life must be paid, so he kills Ash to save Darlene. Marty and Wendy hide the truth from Charlotte and Jonah but acknowledge to each other that Ash's death satisfied the Navarros, meaning the casino project is still alive.|
|12||2||"The Precious Blood of Jesus"||Jason Bateman||David Manson||August 31, 2018|
|The Kansas City Mafia sends Senator Mercer an unsubtle message, causing state senate support for the casino bill to waver. Marty capitalizes on Buddy's prior relationship with Mafia associate Frank Cosgrove to reach agreement that the casino will be unionized, which keeps the project viable. Wendy attends a prayer breakfast to woo faltering senators and resorts to blackmail. Wilkes makes a play for Wendy as the price for obtaining the vote of the last senate holdout, but Wendy rebuffs him. Wendy sees Mason preaching on the streets of Jefferson City, baby Zeke at his side. Rachel's drug-and-drinking binge causes her to wreck her car, leading Roy to turn her into an informant against Marty and send her back to the Blue Cat. Cade is paroled and rebuffs the job Ruth persuaded Marty to offer. Marty gives Ruth more responsibilities, including entrusting her with the cash to pay for acquiring and moving the riverboat that will house the casino. Darlene looks for someone to love and nurture in Ash's place and asks Jacob if they can adopt a baby. Cade robs a diner to show Ruth that he has not changed and demands her help in locating Marty's money.|
|13||3||"Once a Langmore..."||Andrew Bernstein||Alyson Feltes||August 31, 2018|
|The casino bill passes, but Senator Blake commits suicide. The Byrde businesses are closed by state inspectors at Roy's instigation, while the Byrdes wonder who ordered it. Wilkes wants a large casino-adjacent development in exchange for his aid, but the Snells won't sell more land. The Snells, Marty, and Jonah go hunting to discuss it, and Jonah kills a deer. The Snells torch Wilkes' boat as a warning to stop pressuring them. Wendy talks Blake's widow out of suing Wilkes for wrongful death by promising a charity in Blake's name. Rachel attempts to obtain evidence against Marty, and Roy uses stolen drugs to keep her in line. Ruth creates a problem at the boat repair shop where Cade works, which persuades the owner to sell and gives Marty a new business for laundering. Charlotte spends time with Wyatt, who continues pondering the deaths of Russ and Boyd. The Byrdes have dinner at the Snell house to celebrate their rapprochement, including venison from Jonah's deer. Jonah uses his half of the $10,000 Charlotte took when helping hide the cartel's $50 million to open a bank account as Michael Fleming, the alias he received when the Byrdes fled after Garcia's death.|
|14||4||"Stag"||Andrew Bernstein||Ryan Farley||August 31, 2018|
|Wyatt's suspicion that Marty killed Russ and Boyd is heightened by Charlotte's admission that the Byrdes were at the scene. Roy pressures Rachel for useful information, including pretending to be a Blue Cat bar customer. Rachel has bathroom sex with a bar pickup and calls him Marty to irritate Roy, who is monitoring her transmitter. To deflect Marty's suspicion from her, Rachel suggests the man from the Blue Cat (Roy) might be a police officer. An infuriated Roy threatens her with a violent end if she does not produce evidence. The Byrdes' planned bribe of a state gaming official ends when Wendy correctly suspects a trap. Wendy tries to provide money to Mason, who angrily refuses. Marty pays scant attention to Ruth while handling other problems, so she confides in Rachel, who uses the relationship to gather evidence for Roy. He obtains a search warrant for the Byrde home, where he identifies himself to Marty and Wendy for the first time. Sam runs Lickety Splitz in name only because, as a felon, Ruth cannot be associated with Marty during state scrutiny of the casino application. Buddy's health declines, and he is hospitalized but recovers after returning home.|
|15||5||"Game Day"||Phil Abraham||Paul Kolsby||August 31, 2018|
|The FBI finds Charlotte's half of the $10,000 she took, which Roy brings up during Marty's interrogation in the hopes that he will turn informant. Roy also informs him that Ruth tried to kill him by wiring the dock the same way she did when she killed her uncles. Roy makes Ruth look like an informant, and Helen asks the Byrdes whether she can be trusted. Marty hesitates before saying yes, then races to the Langmores to warn Ruth. Ruth admits she tried to kill Marty, but says she will not try again because circumstances have changed, so he vouches for her, but Helen's associates subject Ruth to waterboarding interrogation. Ruth does not crack, and Helen tells Marty she is impressed with Ruth's toughness. Marty reminds Wendy that she cheated on him, and Charlotte overhears and informs Jonah. Charlotte and Jonah discuss using what is left of the money they took to buy a van and run away. Helen tells the Snells to burn their poppies so Roy will not find any evidence, but Darlene resists. Wendy brings Darlene adoption information, which is a ploy to enable Buddy to gain access to the Snell farm and burn the field.|
|16||6||"Outer Darkness"||Phil Abraham||Ning Zhou||August 31, 2018|
|Buddy dies in Wendy's car as they leave the Snell farm, and the Byrdes arrange an elaborate funeral. Jonah uses Buddy's Rolodex to contact his friends, and the large crowd at the service includes Frank and his Kansas City associates. Roy leads a raid on the Snell farm, and Jacob says the burned field was an intentional controlled fire. Roy scoffs, but is ecstatic to find buried bones. Mason returns, hoping the bones include Grace's remains, and volunteers Zeke for DNA testing. Marty and the Snells disinter several Snell ancestors and use their remains to replace the bones the FBI found, throwing off the test results and enabling Jacob to claim authorities desecrated his family's ancient burial places. Roy interrogates Wilkes, who offers to inform on Marty in exchange for Wendy's protection, but she refuses to leave Marty. Ruth agrees to help her father with his illegal activities, deciding that working with Marty will not produce the long term benefits she hoped for. Marty promises Rachel that after the casino is approved, he will return the Blue Cat to her. She kisses Marty to prevent him from revealing more, then reveals she is wearing a wire.|
|17||7||"One Way Out"||Alik Sakharov||Martin Zimmerman||August 31, 2018|
|Marty wants to keep Rachel working at the Blue Cat and use her to feed Roy misinformation. Wendy is suspicious of both Rachel and Marty's relationship with her. The police take Zeke into state custody, prompting Mason to kidnap Wendy and hold her in the basement of his home while demanding Marty's aid in getting Zeke back. Cade and Ruth attempt to steal the FLIR System from an expensive boat and sell it to a black-market buyer. The owner is unexpectedly home, forcing them to flee empty-handed. Ruth tells Cade she believes Marty's cartel money may be hidden at the funeral home and agrees to help him steal it. Marty and Wilkes succeed in retrieving Zeke from state custody. Marty brings him to Mason but ends up killing Mason during a confrontation afterwards. Marty and Wendy clean up the basement of Mason's house and cremate his body at the funeral home, then take Zeke home as a supposed foster child. The Byrdes use the baby to help present a likable family image during a news interview arranged by a public relations representative trying to create positive coverage of the casino project.|
|18||8||"The Big Sleep"||Alik Sakharov||David Manson||August 31, 2018|
|With Roy no longer giving Rachel drugs, she buys heroin and overdoses. The heroin distributed by the Navarros is laced with Fentanyl, and numerous ODs are traced to the Snells; Darlene spiked it as revenge for the cartel's insistence on burning the poppy field. The Navarros ambush the Snells. Ruth and Cade break into the funeral home, but find no cash. Wyatt is expelled for aiding Jonah during a school fight, but Marty gets it rescinded, keeping alive Wyatt's chances for admission to the University of Missouri. Charlotte steals an expensive book for Wyatt, which he refuses, explaining the disparity in punishment if a Langmore is blamed instead of someone like her. Wendy uses the laundering network Jonah created to donate to Wilkes's charity. When Wendy informs him he accepted cartel money, he realizes he is blackmailed into continuing to support the casino project. Marty learns Roy's mother is an addict and has a Navarro associate supply her with drugs. Roy returns home to care for her, enabling Marty to send Rachel to Miami for addiction treatment. After buying a van and living in it to stay away from home, Charlotte informs her parents of her desire for emancipation.|
|19||9||"The Badger"||Ben Semanoff||Paul Kolsby & Martin Zimmerman||August 31, 2018|
|Charlotte hires an attorney for her emancipation case. Jacob and Darlene survive the ambush, though Jacob is wounded. Marty and Helen inform Jacob that riparian rights and eminent domain enable the government to seize land for the casino if the Snells will not sell. Jacob acquiesces, and decides to kill Darlene to keep the peace. As he moves to stab her on their morning walk, he suddenly collapses. Darlene tells him she guessed his plan and poisoned his coffee, and they pledge their love to each other before he dies. Wilkes arranges for the Byrdes to meet the gaming commissioners and the chairman requests a non-union site in exchange for his support, to which Marty agrees, despite knowing it will anger Frank. The casino is approved, and Marty arranges an exit for his family that includes fleeing to Australia and leaving cartel business in Ruth's hands, to which Ruth agrees. Cade and Wyatt rob Lickety Splitz, and Ruth does not identify them to the sheriff, but does try to recover and return the money. Wyatt is accepted to college; he is not sure about going, but Ruth is determined to send him to keep him from a life of crime.|
|20||10||"The Gold Coast"||Amanda Marsalis||Chris Mundy||August 31, 2018|
|Roy returns to finish pending business before his Chicago transfer. He goes fishing and is confronted by Cade, who kills Roy and sinks his body. Darlene wants Zeke, and shaves Jonah's head as a warning, forcing the Byrdes to hand Zeke over. Marty shows Ruth details of cartel business in preparation for his family's departure, including the location of the cartel's $50 million – Buddy's mausoleum. Knowing he was recognized while hiding Roy's car, Cade plans to flee before he is arrested. He tries blackmailing Ruth for money by threatening to tell Wyatt she killed Russ and Boyd. Instead, Ruth tells Wyatt, who drives away in anger. Angry that Cade attacked Charlotte while trying to find Marty's money, Wendy offers him $500,000 to leave town. He takes it and drives away, but the payoff is a ruse and Nelson kills him in an ambush. At the casino's opening ceremony, Helen tells the Byrdes she is returning to Chicago. Wendy tells Marty the family is not fleeing to the Gold Coast because it is safer to stay. Frank blows up Marty's office as a warning to solve the union versus non-union labor issue.|
Season 3 (2020)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|21||1||"Wartime"||Jason Bateman||Chris Mundy||March 27, 2020|
|The Navarros are involved in a cartel war in Mexico. Marty and Ruth manage the Missouri Belle’s casino operations while Wendy and Charlotte handle public relations. Jonah makes money as a gold farmer. Charlotte insists Marty and Wendy attend couples therapy, but Marty secretly pays the therapist for sham sessions. Wendy suggests the Navarro cartel expand into legitimate businesses, but Marty thinks the plan is too risky. The cartel waterboards Helen to determine if her ex-husband Gene knows anything incriminating about her. Helen insists he does not, so she is released. After attending a new mothers group, Darlene slashes the tire of another mom’s car. Wyatt breaks into vacant homes to live and refuses the cash Ruth provides. He is arrested and declines Ruth’s bail money. Darlene overhears, posts Wyatt's bail, and employs him on her farm. Charlotte gives Jonah a drone, which he plans to use to improve security at the Byrde home. Marty devises a new money laundering method to evade FBI scrutiny. Wendy and Helen meet Navarro in Chicago and he approves Wendy's expansion plan. Ruth throws Frank Cosgrove Jr. overboard for becoming unruly at a Missouri Belle poker game. Wendy vandalizes the Byrde family's old home.|
|22||2||"Civil Union"||Jason Bateman||Martin Zimmerman||March 27, 2020|
|Wendy's brother Ben is teaching when students begin sharing a digital photo, so he throws their phones into a woodchipper, then fights with its operator. Marty and Ruth apologize to Frank Sr. for Ruth’s attack on Frank Jr. and agree to a larger percentage of casino profits as a peace offering. Helen and her daughter Erin move to the Ozarks for the summer, but Gene insists their son Seth stay with him. Marty and Wendy make an offer to Carl and Anita Knarlson for their Big Muddy casino in St. Joseph, but Marty secretly talks Carl into declining. Ben arrives for an extended visit. Marty pays Frank Sr. for a fire that closes the Knarlsons' competitor, which prompts Anita to decline Helen and Wendy's new offer. Navarro calls Wendy to ask whether his maid's accident was a bad omen and is appreciative when she calms him. Darlene talks to dead Jacob about how angry she was after seeing Wendy, and Wyatt admits he sometimes talks to his dead father. Ruth and Wendy rig the Big Muddy's slot machines for constant payouts, so the Knarlsons sell. Helen has Gene beaten. Trevor informs Marty the FBI will audit all Byrde businesses.|
|23||3||"Kevin Cronin Was Here"||Cherien Dabis||Miki Johnson||March 27, 2020|
|Wendy dreams of killing Marty. The Knarlsons refuse to sell their hotel. Marty and Ruth's plan to launder at the Big Muddy casino ends because Wendy closes it for renovations. Frank Sr. lets Wendy know Marty arranged for the fire. Helen tells Marty that Navarro does not want the Big Muddy used for laundering. Wendy tells Carl he should obtain Anita's agreement to sell by any means necessary. Helen asks Ruth if she could run the Missouri Belle without Marty. Ruth says yes and then tells Marty about the conversation. Carl and Anita argue and she falls to her death. Marty works out a laundering arrangement with REO Speedwagon when they play at the casino. Wendy provokes Darlene into striking her, giving Wendy cause for a custody hearing for Zeke. FBI agent Maya Miller offers Marty a deal that enables him to work for the FBI after 18 months of incarceration. Trevor identifies Tommy as one of the casino arsonists and obtains his cooperation. Marty uses monitoring software when Wendy calls Navarro to report buying the hotel. Navarro tells her their connection is compromised. Marty tells Maya he accepts. Cartel operatives seize Marty and thwart Ruth and Ben's pursuit.|
|24||4||"Boss Fight"||Cherien Dabis||John Shiban||March 27, 2020|
|Marty is brought to Navarro's home in Mexico. Ben tells Wendy that Marty was taken. Wendy tells Ben the truth about who they work for. Ben tells Charlotte and Jonah the truth about where Marty is. Helen learns from Mendoza that Navarro is testing them to see if they can launder without Marty. While being sleep-deprived in a cell, Marty has childhood flashbacks to his father's hospital room death. Navarro asks Marty why he spies on Wendy. Marty admits he fears her. Navarro says he admires Wendy because she is clear about her objective – "she wants it all." Ruth sets up a laundering team at the Missouri Belle which includes Ben. Charlotte admits to Helen that she knows about her parents' criminal activities. Helen cautions her not to tell Erin. Ruth discovers that one of their accounts is frozen for suspicious activity. Marty shows Navarro how to regain control of it. In response to Navarro's repeated question "What do you want?" Marty finally says he wants to launder only when he says it is safe. He also wants to be thanked for his superior expertise in laundering Navarro's cash. A cartel car returns Marty to the Byrde family home.|
|25||5||"It Came From Michoacán"||Amanda Marsalis||Laura Deeley||March 27, 2020|
|Wendy explains Ruth's laundering team ("smurfing") to Marty. As part of phasing it out, Wendy asks Sam to intentionally lose a large sum at the casino and be repaid in cash. Ruth tells Frank Jr. to stop loansharking because Marty's plan includes extending lines of credit to customers. Navarro instructs Wendy and Marty to buy a Kentucky horse farm. Erin insists on seeing Tommy, the Cosgrove employee who helped set the casino fire. He recognizes Helen's name and snoops in the Byrde house. Cosgrove's employees make a drop of Navarro cash to Ruth, lock her in the truck, and take her for a bruising ride. Wyatt lies at the custody hearing, so Darlene keeps Zeke. Wendy obtains information on Maya showing her as incorruptible, but Marty sees an opening. Darlene and Wyatt begin a sexual relationship. Darlene restarts her heroin business. Wendy asks the therapist, Sue, to help maneuver Marty into agreeing with Wendy. Ben covers Frank Jr.'s car in birdseed, and a flock of birds causes extensive damage. Helen gives Marty client information he uses to bait Maya. Navarro operatives at the horse farm geld the prize stud belonging to Navarro's enemy Lagunas. Marty pretends to cooperate with Maya.|
|26||6||"Su Casa Es Mi Casa"||Ben Semanoff||Paul Kolsby||March 27, 2020|
|Marty and Wendy reveal details of their illegal activities during a heated therapy session. Marty moves out. Darlene tells Helen she is restarting her heroin business. Erin insists on seeing Tommy, and a party at an isolated cove ends with Jonah, Charlotte, and Erin being arrested. Helen and Wendy argue over responsibility for Erin's activities. Tommy reports to Trevor on his efforts to obtain evidence against the Byrdes. Ruth and Ben spend a night together and Ben's inability to perform causes him to stop taking his bipolar disorder medication. Wendy plans to start a charitable foundation. Darlene and Wyatt attempt to hire Three to oversee Darlene's poppies. Three tells Ruth about Darlene and Wyatt's living arrangement. Wyatt tells Ruth he will not end it. Marty is being surveilled and the Byrdes spend the night in their dining room so Navarro operatives can stand guard. The next day, Helen reports the SUVs used to surveil Marty are headed to Chicago. Ben and Jonah use Jonah's drone to watch Ruth during the next Cosgrove cash drop. The same SUVs rapidly approach and Ben warns Ruth, who hides just before they arrive. The occupants shoot Frank Jr.'s men, then blow up Frank's truck.|
|27||7||"In Case of Emergency"||Alik Sakharov||Ning Zhou||March 27, 2020|
|Trevor and Maya interview Ruth, who denies knowledge of the truck fire and killings. Marty tells Frank Sr. the attack was executed by the Lagunas. Trevor and Maya accuse Marty of arranging it because he knew Tommy was an informant, which Marty denies. Frank Jr. tells Ruth that Trevor and Maya accused her of the attack, which Ruth denies. Wendy persuades Navarro that the Byrdes' plan to expand his business into legitimate ventures remains viable. After Maya questions Sam about his losses, Sam calls Marty, who promises to keep him out of trouble. Frank Jr. attacks Ruth, who is hospitalized, so Marty cuts ties with Frank Sr. Erin refuses her mother's request to return to Chicago. Recognizing he is politically ambitious, Wendy gives Andrew Wade the information on Helen's client that Maya refused to accept. Wyatt tells Darlene that Ruth killed Russ and Boyd, and Darlene admits she killed Jacob. Helen is concerned about Sue's knowledge of the Byrdes and has Nelson kill her and remove the Byrdes' files from her records. Ruth tells Marty and Wendy she wants Frank Jr. killed but Marty refuses. Wyatt visits Ruth at home and blames the Byrdes for all the Langmores' troubles.|
|28||8||"BFF"||Alik Sakharov||John Shiban||March 27, 2020|
|Sue is not home and Marty realizes she has been killed. Erin, Charlotte, and Jonah perform community service. Helen confirms to Wendy that Sue is dead and says she is tired of cleaning up after the Byrdes. Marty gives Maya information on another financial fraud, but Maya refuses to accept. Wendy gives it to Senator Wade, who gives it to Special Agent in Charge Clay. Clay criticizes Maya's refusal and orders her back to Washington, DC when her warrant to investigate the Byrdes expires. Ben drives Ruth's truck past trucking company guards to get to Frank Jr., but several employees appear and force a hasty retreat. Afterwards, Ben gets drunk at a bar and attacks another customer. Ben confronts Marty and Wendy at the launch party for the charity, punches Marty, and gets committed to the state mental hospital. Ruth visits Ben, who tells her he realized Wendy had Cade killed. Helen tells Navarro that Wendy and Marty are liabilities, and Navarro tells her to do what she thinks best. Darlene persuades Nix to get Ben released in exchange for Nix's deputies not being included in Darlene's drug business. Ben goes to Helen's house, where he confronts Helen and Erin.|
|29||9||"Fire Pink"||Alik Sakharov||Miki Johnson||March 27, 2020|
|In a taxi following his confrontation with Helen and Erin, Ben engages in an extended, incoherent monologue. Marty goes to Ruth's and asks why she worked for Ben's release. Ben arrives and admits he went to Helen's house. Ruth hides Ben at Darlene's. Erin confronts Charlotte and Jonah and they admit Ben is right. Erin tells Helen she knows the truth about Helen's work and returns to Chicago. Recognizing they are vulnerable because Ben exposed Helen to Erin, Marty and Wendy plot to show Navarro they are more valuable to him than Helen. Ben leaves Darlene's so he can pledge his love to Ruth. Nelson follows him into the casino, so Marty takes Ben out a side exit. Nelson follows Ruth home and Ruth challenges him about Cade's murder. Marty engineers a sudden increase in casino profits, giving Maya a reason to stay in town and continue auditing the Byrdes. Ben flees with Wendy, but calls police on himself. Wendy talks officers out of arresting him. Ben calls Helen to apologize but Wendy ends the call before Helen learns Ben's location. Wendy abandons Ben at a restaurant, then breaks down during a call to Marty. Ben sees Nelson arrive.|
|30||10||"All In"||Alik Sakharov||Chris Mundy||March 27, 2020|
|Ben's body is cremated at the funeral home. Lagunas cartel members attack Navarro's son's baptism. Helen tells Navarro she wants to take over the Byrde businesses. Maya arrests Sam for suspected money laundering. Ruth and Wendy argue about blame for Ben's and Cade's deaths. Ruth quits working for Marty. Wendy admits she made the call revealing Ben's location. Marty consoles her by agreeing with her plan to make Navarro see their value. Wendy and Marty realize the way to win Navarro over is to end the cartel war. Marty provides still photos from Jonah's drone video of the attack on Cosgrove's truck to Maya, resulting in arrests of Lagunas members. Darlene avenges Ruth by shooting Frank Jr. in the genitals. She then brings Frank Sr. into her business as a peace offering. Jonah confronts Helen at gunpoint about Ben's death, but Helen talks him out of shooting. Maya tells Marty that Trevor gave Helen a copy of the confession Marty made to Maya. Navarro requires Wendy, Marty and Helen to attend his son's second baptism in Mexico. Upon arrival, Nelson executes Helen, and Navarro tells Marty and Wendy this is the beginning of increased cooperation between the three of them.|
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|31||1||"The Beginning of the End"||TBA||TBA||TBA|
|1||70% (69 reviews)||66 (29 reviews)|
|2||76% (45 reviews)||59 (14 reviews)|
|3||98% (48 reviews)||77 (12 reviews)|
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season had an approval rating of 70% based on 69 reviews, with an average rating of 6.84/10. The website's critics consensus read: "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." On Metacritic, it had a weighted average score of 66 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
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".
Nick Hanover wrote in 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." Alan Sepinwall of Uproxx was critical of the series' lack of humor (which he unfavorably compared to Breaking Bad) and failure to distinguish itself enough from numerous other contemporary shows about anti-heroes, stating that "Your show needs something special to be worth the bother — particularly when too many shows are demanding too much patience from their viewers, with not enough reward — and Ozark doesn’t really deliver the goods." Despite Sepinwall's negative assessment, however, he commended Julia Garner's performance as Ruth to be the series' highlight.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season had an approval rating of 76% based on 45 reviews, with an average rating of 6.54/10. The website's critics consensus read: "Engaging and entertaining – if not particularly challenging – Ozark's descent into darker waters is kept afloat by another superb turn from Laura Linney." On Metacritic, it had a weighted average score of 59 out of 100, based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Alison Foreman of Mashable said the female characters are not just "emotional fodder" for the male characters, stating "Season 2 of Netflix's Ozark, however, champions female stories through all 10 of its episodes with an array of women that rivals the ensemble complexity of HBO's The Sopranos."
As of March 2021[update], on Rotten Tomatoes, the third season had an approval rating of 98% based on 48 reviews, with an average rating of 8.21/10. The website's critics consensus read: "Ozark finally finds its footing in a third season that ramps up the tension and shines a brighter spotlight on Laura Linney's exceptional performance." As of January 2021[update], on Metacritic, it had a weighted average score of 77 out of 100, based on 12 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|Golden Reel Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Music/Musical||Jason Tregoe Newman and Bryant Fuhrmann||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Dialogue/ADR||Nick Forshager, Steve Grubbs and Todd Niesen (for "The Toll")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Effects/Foley||Nick Forshager, Steve Grubbs, Matt Temple, Jeff Cranford and Daniel Raphael (for "The Toll")||Won[a]|
|Location Managers Guild Awards||Outstanding Locations in Contemporary Television||Wes Hagan and Kevin Dowling||Won|||
|People's Choice Awards||The Drama TV Star of 2018||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|The Bingeworthy Show of 2018||Ozark||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman (for "The Toll")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Daniel Sackheim (for "Tonight We Improvise")||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||Ben Kutchins (for "The Toll")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)||Derek R. Hill, John Richardson and Chuck Potter (for "My Dripping Sleep")||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Laura Linney||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||New Series||Whit Anderson, Bill Dubuque, Paul Kolsby, Mark Williams, Martin Zimmerman, Ryan Farley, Alyson Feltes and Chris Mundy||Nominated|||
|Casting Society of America||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot and First Season Drama||Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett, Chase Paris and John Ort||Won|||
|American Cinema Editors Awards||Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television||Cindy Mollo and Heather Goodwin Floyd (for "One Way Out")||Nominated|||
|Art Directors Guild Awards||Excellence in Production Design for a One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Television Series||Derek R. Hill (for "The Gold Coast")||Nominated|||
|Cinema Audio Society Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series – One Hour||Felipe Borrero, Larry B. Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Phillip McGowan, Matt Hovland and David Torres (for "The Badger")||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Julia Garner||Nominated|||
|Directors Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series||Jason Bateman (for "Reparations")||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|Golden Reel Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Music/Musical||Ozark (for "The Gold Coast")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Episodic Long Form – Dialogue/ADR||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, David Manson, Alyson Feltes, Ryan Farley, Patrick Markey, Erin Mitchell and Matthew Spiegel||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman (for "Reparations")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Laura Linney (for "One Way Out")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Julia Garner (for "The Gold Coast")||Won|
|Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series||Jason Bateman (for "Reparations")||Won|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series||Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett and Chase Paris||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)||Derek R. Hill, John Richardson and Kim Leoleis (for "Outer Darkness", "The Gold Coast")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series||Cindy Mollo and Heather Goodwin (for "One Way Out")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)||Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Felipe 'Flip' Borrero and Dave Torres (for "The Badger")||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama||Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, David Manson, Alyson Feltes, Ryan Farley, Patrick Markey, Matthew Spiegel and Erin Mitchell||Nominated|||
|Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman, Lisa Emery, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Darren Goldstein, Jason Butler Harner, Carson Holmes, Sofia Hublitz, Laura Linney, Trevor Long, Janet McTeer, Peter Mullan, Jordana Spiro, Charlie Tahan, Robert Treveiler and Harris Yulin||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman||Won|
|Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Julia Garner||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Episodic Drama||David Manson (for "The Precious Blood of Jesus")||Nominated|||
|Casting Society of America||Television Series – Drama||Alexa L. Fogel, Chase Paris, Tara Feldstein Bennett and Kathryn Zamora-Benson||Nominated|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Drama Series||Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, Patrick Markey, John Shiban, Miki Johnson, Erin Mitchell, Martin Zimmerman, Peter Thorell and Matthew Spiegel||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman (for "Su Casa Es Mi Casa")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series||Laura Linney (for "Fire Pink")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Julia Garner (for "In Case of Emergency")||Won|
|Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series||Alik Sakharov (for "Fire Pink")||Nominated|
|Ben Semanoff (for "Su Casa Es Mi Casa")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series||Chris Mundy (for "All In")||Nominated|
|John Shiban (for "Boss Fight")||Nominated|
|Miki Johnson (for "Fire Pink")||Nominated|
|Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards||Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series||Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett and Chase Paris||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour)||Armando Salas (for "Boss Fight")||Nominated|
|Ben Kutchins (for "Civil Union")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Contemporary Makeup (Non-Prosthetic)||Tracy Ewell, Jillian Erickson and Jack Lazzaro (for "In Case of Emergency")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)||Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans (for "All In")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More)||David Bomba, Sean Ryan Jennings and Kim Leoleis (for "Wartime")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series||Vikash Patel (for "Fire Pink")||Nominated|
|Cindy Mollo (for "Wartime")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One-Hour)||Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Felipe 'Flip' Borrero and Phil McGowan (for "All In")||Nominated|
|American Cinema Editors Awards||Best Edited Drama Series for Non-Commercial Television||Cindy Mollo (for "Wartime")||Won|||
|Art Directors Guild Awards||Excellence in Production Design for a One-Hour Contemporary Single-Camera Series||David Bomba (for "Wartime")||Won|||
|Cinema Audio Society Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Series – One Hour||Filipe Borrero, Larry B. Benjamin, Kevin Valentine, Phil McGowan, Chris Navarro and Amy Barber (for "All In")||Nominated|||
|Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Drama Series||Ozark||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Drama Series||Laura Linney||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series||Tom Pelphrey||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series||Julia Garner||Nominated|
|Directors Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series||Jason Bateman (for "Wartime")||Nominated|||
|Golden Globe Awards||Best Television Series – Drama||Ozark||Nominated|||
|Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Jason Bateman||Nominated|
|Best Actress – Television Series Drama||Laura Linney||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress – Television||Julia Garner||Nominated|
|Hollywood Music in Media Awards||Best Music Supervision – Television||Gabe Hilfer||Nominated|||
|Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards||Best Television Series, Limited or Miniseries or New Media Series – Best Contemporary Make-Up||Tracy Ewell, Jillian Erickson and Susan Reilly Lehane||Nominated|||
|Best Television Series, Limited or Miniseries or New Media Series – Contemporary Hair Styling||Rita Parillo, Anna Hilton and Tanya Walker||Nominated|
|Motion Picture Sound Editors Awards||Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Dialogue and ADR for Episodic Long Form Broadcast Media||Nick Forshager, Todd Niesen and Steve Grubbs (for "All In")||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Sound Effects and Foley for Episodic Long Form Broadcast Media||Nick Forshager, Matt Decker, Matt Temple, Mark Allen, Amy Barber, Jonathan Bruce, Julia Huberman, Jonathan Bruce and Ben Parke (for "All In")||Nominated|
|Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Music Score and Musical for Episodic Long Form Broadcast Media||Jason Tregoe Newman and Stephen Lotwis (for "Kevin Cronin Was Here")||Nominated|
|Producers Guild of America Awards||Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama||Jason Bateman, Chris Mundy, Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, Patrick Markey, John Shiban, Miki Johnson, Matthew Spiegel, Erin Mitchell, Martin Zimmerman and Peter Thorell||Nominated|||
|Satellite Awards||Best Television Series – Drama||Ozark||Nominated|||
|Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series||Jason Bateman||Nominated|
|Best Actress in a Drama / Genre Series||Laura Linney||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film||Tom Pelphrey||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman, McKinley Belcher III, Jessica Frances Dukes, Lisa Emery, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, Sofia Hublitz, Kevin L. Johnson, Laura Linney, Janet McTeer, Tom Pelphrey, Joseph Sikora, Felix Solis, Charlie Tahan and Madison Thompson||Nominated|||
|Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series||Jason Bateman||Won|
|Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series||Laura Linney||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America Awards||Drama Series||Laura Deeley, Bill Dubuque, Paul Kolsby, Miki Johnson, Chris Mundy, John Shiban, Ning Zhou and Martin Zimmerman||Nominated|||
|Episodic Drama||Miki Johnson (for "Fire Pink")||Won|
In November 2017, it was reported that the series helped increase tourism and notoriety of the Lake of the Ozarks, but did not have a significant economic impact. In February 2018, a real life restaurant called "Marty Byrde's" was opened in Lake Ozark, Missouri that is inspired by the series, and includes menu items based on the show, including "Ruth's Smoked Wings".
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