Ozark (TV series)

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Ozark
Netflix Ozark.jpg
Genre Crime drama
Thriller
Created by Bill Dubuque
Mark Williams
Starring
Composer(s) Danny Bensi
Saunder Jurriaans
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jason Bateman
Chris Mundy
Bill Dubuque
Mark Williams
Production location(s) Lake Allatoona, Georgia
Lake Lanier, Georgia
Running time 52–80 minutes
Production company(s) Media Rights Capital
Aggregate Films
Zero Gravity Management
Headhunter Films
Man, Woman & Child Productions
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original network Netflix
Original release July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21) – present
External links
Website

Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams[1][2] and is produced by Media Rights Capital.[3] Jason Bateman stars in the series; he also directed the first two and last two episodes of season 1.[4] The first season is composed of nine one-hour episodes and a final 80-minute episode;[3] it was released on Netflix on July 21, 2017.[5]

Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney portrays his wife, Wendy Byrde, a homemaker turned real estate agent.[6] The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017[7] which is set to be released on August 31, 2018.[8]

Plot[edit]

Financial planner Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks[9] after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he must pay off a debt to a Mexican drug lord. When the Byrdes arrive, they become entangled with local criminals as well.[5]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a self-employed accountant, based in Chicago. In 2007, he and his business partner began to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel.[4]
  • Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde (née Davis), Marty's wife, and Charlotte and Jonah's mother. After moving to the Ozarks, Wendy becomes a realtor.[6]
  • Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde, Marty and Wendy's 15-year-old daughter, who strives to return to Chicago.[4]
  • 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.[9]
  • Jordana Spiro as Rachel Garrison, a local hotel owner and Byrde's business partner
  • Jason Butler Harner as Roy Petty, an FBI agent investigating Marty
  • Esai Morales as Camino Del Rio, a ruthless crime lord for a Mexican cartel for whom Marty launders money
  • Peter Mullan as Jacob Snell, an established local crime lord
  • Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, Jacob's wife
  • Janet McTeer a Chicago-based attorney (season 2)[10]

Recurring[edit]

  • Josh Randall as Bruce Liddell, Marty Byrde's Chicago business partner.
  • Harris Yulin as Buddy Dyker, the Byrdes' terminally ill tenant.
  • Marc Menchaca as Russ Langmore, Wyatt and Three's father, Ruth's uncle, and Boyd and Cade's brother.
  • Christopher James Baker as Boyd Langmore, uncle of Ruth, Wyatt and Three, and Russ and Cade's brother.
  • Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Russ's elder son and Ruth's cousin.
  • Carson Holmes as Three Langmore, Russ's younger son and Ruth's cousin.
  • Trevor Long as Cade Langmore, Ruth's incarcerated father, brother of Russ and Boyd.
  • McKinley Belcher III as Trevor Evans, an FBI agent.
  • Robert C. Treveliar as Sheriff John Nix.
  • Kevin L. Johnson as Sam Dermody, a real estate agent in the Ozarks.
  • Adam Boyer as Bobby Dean, owner of the Lickety Splitz strip club.
  • Michael Mosley as Pastor Mason Young.
  • Bethany Anne Lind as Grace Young, Pastor Mason Young's pregnant wife.
  • Evan George Vourazeris as Tuck, employee at the Blue Cat and Jonah's first friend in the Ozarks.
  • Sharon Blackwood as Eugenia Dermody, Sam's controlling, overbearing mother who works for her son's real estate business.
  • Joseph Melendez as Garcia, an enforcer for Del.
  • Michael Tourek as Ash, an enforcer for the Snells.

Production[edit]

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.[11] 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.[12][13] The film crew constructed a set in Georgia after extensively studying the Alhonna Resort property.[11] Some scenes are filmed at Chicago locations.[14] 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. The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017.[7]

Opening credits[edit]

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.[15] Additionally, each of these hand-drawn symbolic images spell out the word "Ozark".[16]

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
210August 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Sugarwood"Jason BatemanStory by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
Marty Byrde and his partner Bruce are Chicago-based financial advisors who launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. Bruce and the trucking company owners who haul the cash engage in an operation that skims $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 life, Marty uses a promotional flier Bruce showed him as the start point for a claim that the Ozarks are a good potential location for laundering, and that if allowed to live, he’ll move $500 million in three years. Partly persuaded, Del gives Marty a few days to replace the $8 million Bruce stole, and then tells him to move his family to the Ozarks and prove his claim by laundering it in three months. Marty's wife Wendy is having an affair with Sugarwood, and follows his advice to leave Marty and take their two children and as much money as she can secure, which causes Del to have Sugarwood killed.
22"Blue Cat"Jason BatemanStory by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
July 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
Wendy, Marty and their two children make it to the Ozarks and begin to meet local residents, including several members of the Langmore family who work at the hotel where they're staying. Marty attempts to find local businesses he can invest in so that 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's clear they'll 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's somehow involved. Marty considers committing suicide so Wendy can collect his life insurance and flee with the children, but changes his mind after he realizes that the Blue Cat inn and restaurant might be a suitable place to invest in.
33"My Dripping Sleep"Daniel SackheimRyan FarleyJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
The Byrdes move into a lakefront house while Buddy, the terminally ill homeowner, moves to the basement. FBI Agent Trevor Evans, Roy Petty's former boyfriend, follows Roy's instructions to approach the Byrdes, who are not intimidated and continue maintaining their innocence. The Byrdes learn 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 learn 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 doesn't 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.
44"Tonight We Improvise"Daniel SackheimPaul KolsbyJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
Marty gathers information on the Lickety Splitz 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, causing his parents to worry it's a sign of future troubles. They're relieved to find that he was only studying the vultures that came to feed. Marty hires Ruth to break into the Lickety Splitz safe. Petty 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.
55"Ruling Days"Andrew BernsteinMartin ZimmermanJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
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, the sheriff realizes he has no evidence the Bydes had a motive to kill Bobby, and takes no further action. Jacob Snell attempts unsuccessfully to persuade Marty to launder money for him at the strip club. 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 takes actions, including hiring new staff, that turn the club into a money maker. Roy continues to use Russ as a fishing guide, and attempts to kiss him, provoking a violent reaction. Ruth continues to follow her incarcerated father'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.
66"Book of Ruth"Andrew BernsteinWhit AndersonJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
The Snells show Marty their operation, and inform him they've been using Mason's church on the lake to distribute heroin. They warn Marty to stop church construction, with implied threats to Mason's family if Marty doesn't persuade him to resume boat-based services. Marty appears likely to meet the three-month deadline for laundering the $8 million he brought from Chicago, and he and Wendy temporarily reconcile in celebration. During sex, Marty intentionally reminds her of an encounter with Sugarwood. She discovers the video Marty's private investigator made, which causes her to confront Marty. Charlotte works at the Blue Cat, and turns down Wyatt’s “anti-tourists” party invitation to go with Zach, a tourist from Chicago. She drinks with Zach and loses her virginity, and Zach leaves the next day without saying goodbye, prompting Wyatt to tell her the tourists always leave, and she's now "one of us", i.e. a permanent local resident. Russ acknowledges he's gay, and begins a sexual relationship with Roy. Ruth reveals to Russ her plan to kill Marty at her father's instigation. Russ tells Roy, who secretly intervenes, preventing Marty's death. Marty receives Del’s package, and recognizes the contents as a warning to speed up the money laundering.
77"Nest Box"Ellen KurasAlyson FeltesJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
88"Kaleidoscope"Ellen KurasRyan FarleyJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
99"Coffee, Black"Jason BatemanWhit AndersonJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)
1010"The Toll"Jason BatemanChris MundyJuly 21, 2017 (2017-07-21)

Season 2[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [17]
111TBAJason Bateman[18]TBAAugust 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
122TBAJason Bateman[18]TBAAugust 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)

Reception[edit]

Ozark received positive reviews, with major praise aimed at Bateman's performance. On Metacritic, the series has a score of 66 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 67% approval rating, with an average score of 6.81/10 based on 60 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."[20]

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."[21] 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."[22] Tim Dowling of The Guardian wrote "Laura Linney is, as ever, magnificent".[23]

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."[24]

Accolades[edit]

Year Awards Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Jason Bateman Nominated [25]
Location Managers Guild Award Outstanding Locations in Contemporary Television Wes Hagan, Kevin Dowling Won [26]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman Pending [27]
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Jason Bateman (for "The Toll") Pending
Daniel Sackheim (for "Tonight We Improvise") Pending
Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series (One Hour) Ben Kutchins (for "The Toll") Pending
Outstanding Production Design for a Narrative Contemporary Program (One Hour or More) Derek R. Hill, John Richardson, & Chuck Potter (for "My Dripping Sleep") Pending
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman Nominated [28]
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 [29]

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