Ozark (TV series)

Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque[1][2] and 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]

Ozark
Netflix Ozark
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
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 – present
External links
Website

Plot

Financial planner Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from 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

Main

  • 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, Marty's wife, and Charlotte and Jonah's mother. After moving to the Ozarks, Wendy becomes a realtor and starts to identify businesses for Marty to use to launder money.[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, who begins to show strange interests in dead animals and guns.
  • Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, a 19-year-old woman who has the potential to become a dangerous criminal. She becomes part of Marty's money laundering operation and is in charge of the day-to-day operations of a local strip club, known as "Lickety Splitz".[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 as "a Chicago-based attorney who has links to the cartel. In making a deal with the devil, she becomes a potential threat to the Byrdes." (season 2)[10]

Recurring

  • 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, FBI agent and Roy Petty's former lover.
  • 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 and watchdog of the Byrdes.
  • Michael Tourek as Ash, an enforcer for the Snells.

Production

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

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

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Sugarwood"Jason BatemanStory by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
July 21, 2017
2"Blue Cat"Jason BatemanStory by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
July 21, 2017
3"My Dripping Sleep"Daniel SackheimRyan FarleyJuly 21, 2017
4"Tonight We Improvise"Daniel SackheimPaul KolsbyJuly 21, 2017
5"Ruling Days"Andrew BernsteinMartin ZimmermanJuly 21, 2017
6"Book of Ruth"Andrew BernsteinWhit AndersonJuly 21, 2017
7"Nest Box"Ellen KurasAlyson FeltesJuly 21, 2017
8"Kaleidoscope"Ellen KurasRyan FarleyJuly 21, 2017
9"Coffee, Black"Jason BatemanWhit AndersonJuly 21, 2017
10"The Toll"Jason BatemanChris MundyJuly 21, 2017

Reception

Ozark received positive reviews, with particular praise for Bateman's performance. On Metacritic, the series has a score of 66 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[17] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a 66% approval rating, with an average score of 6.81/10 based on 59 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."[18]

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."[19] 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."[20] 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."[21]

Accolades

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome Source
2018 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Jason Bateman Nominated [22]
Location Managers Guild Award Outstanding Locations in Contemporary Television Wes Hagan, Kevin Dowling Won [23]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Jason Bateman Pending
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 [22]
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 [22]

References

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  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 25, 2016). "Netflix Picks Up Jason Bateman's Drama Series 'Ozark' From MRC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
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  4. ^ a b c "Jason Bateman's New Series Goes To Netflix, Will Be Dark Dangerous Drama". Slashfilm. February 25, 2016. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Ozark trailer: Exclusive look at Netflix's gritty, dark new drug trade drama". The Independent. May 25, 2017. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Petski, Denise (July 27, 2016). "Laura Linney To Star In Jason Bateman's Netflix Drama Series 'Ozark'Ozark". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 27, 2016.
  7. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (August 15, 2017). "'Ozark' Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
  8. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (2018-06-21). "'Ozark' Sets Season Two Premiere Date, Gives First Look At Netflix Drama". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
  9. ^ a b Roshanian, Arya (October 25, 2016). "Netflix Drama 'Ozark' Adds Julia Garner Opposite Jason Bateman and Laura Linney". Variety. Retrieved October 26, 2016.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley. "'Ozark' Recruits Janet McTeer for Season 2 (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  11. ^ a b Keegan, Harrison (July 1, 2016). "Fame anticipated as Jason Bateman's Netflix series explores Lake of the Ozarks". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved May 1, 2017. Some Hollywood types, including Bateman, have been visiting Alhonna — as well as area restaurants, attractions and police officials — this spring and summer scouting locations, taking photos and measuring dimensions.
  12. ^ Watson, Nick (October 15, 2016). "Coming Netflix series to shoot scene at Flowery Branch restaurant". The Gainesville Times. Georgia (U.S. state). Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  13. ^ Coyne, Amanda C. (February 2, 2017). "Jason Bateman Netflix series filming in Gwinnett County". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  14. ^ Metz, Nina (August 19, 2016). "Netflix series 'Ozark' to film a few days next week in Chicago". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  15. ^ Wojdylo, Jesse. "Symbols in the O at the Beginning of Each Ozark Netflix Episode". Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  16. ^ Cobb, Kayla. "Here's What The Symbols in Ozark's Hypnotizing Opening Credits Mean". Decider.com. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Ozark – Season 1 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  18. ^ "Ozark: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 10, 2017.
  19. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 20, 2017). "Jason Bateman shines in Netflix's grim 'Ozark'". CNN. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  20. ^ Saraiya, Sonia (July 12, 2017). "TV Review: Netflix's 'Ozark,' Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  21. ^ "Nature is the true star of Netflix's impressive Ozark". Film Daily. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  22. ^ a b c "Ozark - Awards". IMDb.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  23. ^ Caranicas, Peter (7 April 2018). "'Dunkirk,' 'Baby Driver' Score Motion Picture Wins at LMGI Awards". Variety. Retrieved 8 April 2018.

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