Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque 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. The first season is composed of nine one-hour episodes and a final 80-minute episode; it was released on Netflix on July 21, 2017.
Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney portrays his wife, Wendy Byrde, a homemaker turned real estate agent. The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017 which is set to be released on August 31, 2018.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
Lake Allatoona, Georgia|
Lake Lanier, Georgia
|Running time||52–80 minutes|
Media Rights Capital|
Zero Gravity Management
Man, Woman & Child Productions
|Original release||July 21, 2017 – present|
Financial planner Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from Chicago suburb of Naperville to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks 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.
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. 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 spell out the word "Ozark".
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Sugarwood"||Jason Bateman||Story by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams |
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
|July 21, 2017|
|2||"Blue Cat"||Jason Bateman||Story by : Bill Dubuque & Mark Williams |
Teleplay by : Bill Dubuque
|July 21, 2017|
|3||"My Dripping Sleep"||Daniel Sackheim||Ryan Farley||July 21, 2017|
|4||"Tonight We Improvise"||Daniel Sackheim||Paul Kolsby||July 21, 2017|
|5||"Ruling Days"||Andrew Bernstein||Martin Zimmerman||July 21, 2017|
|6||"Book of Ruth"||Andrew Bernstein||Whit Anderson||July 21, 2017|
|7||"Nest Box"||Ellen Kuras||Alyson Feltes||July 21, 2017|
|8||"Kaleidoscope"||Ellen Kuras||Ryan Farley||July 21, 2017|
|9||"Coffee, Black"||Jason Bateman||Whit Anderson||July 21, 2017|
|10||"The Toll"||Jason Bateman||Chris Mundy||July 21, 2017|
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". 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."
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."
|2018||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|Location Managers Guild Award||Outstanding Locations in Contemporary Television||Wes Hagan, Kevin Dowling||Won|||
|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|||
|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|||
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.