Ozark (TV series)
Ozark is an American crime drama web television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix and produced by Media Rights Capital. Jason Bateman portrays the lead character in the series; he also directed four season 1 and two season 2 episodes. The first season of ten episodes was released on July 21, 2017. The second season of ten episodes was released on August 31, 2018. On October 10, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, scheduled to be released in 2019.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||52–80 minutes|
|Original release||July 21, 2017 –|
Bateman portrays financial planner Marty Byrde, and Laura Linney portrays his wife Wendy, a public relations consultant on political campaigns who became a housewife before the family moved to the Ozarks.
Economic advisor Marty Byrde suddenly relocates the family from the Chicago suburb of Naperville to the summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri, after a money laundering scheme goes wrong, and he must make amends to a Mexican drug cartel by setting up a bigger laundering operation in the Ozarks. When the Byrdes arrive in Missouri, they become entangled with local criminals including the Langmores and Snells.
- Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a self-employed financial advisor, based in Chicago before moving to the Ozarks. In 2007, he and his business partner began to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel.
- Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde (née Davis), Marty's wife, and Charlotte and Jonah's mother. Formerly a public relations operative for political campaigns, after moving to the Ozarks she becomes an advance person and stager for a local realtor, and then a lobbyist for Marty's proposal to construct a casino.
- Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde, Marty and Wendy's 15-year-old daughter, who strives to return to Chicago.
- Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde, Marty and Wendy's 13-year-old son, who learns money laundering from Marty and has his fellow students pay him for doing their homework.
- Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore, a 19-year-old woman who is part of a local criminal family
- Jordana Spiro as Rachel Garrison, owner of the Blue Cat hotel and bar, and Marty's reluctant business partner
- Jason Butler Harner as Roy Petty, an FBI agent investigating Marty (seasons 1–2)
- Esai Morales as Camino Del Rio ("Del"), a ruthless crime lord for a Mexican cartel for whom Marty launders money (season 1)
- Peter Mullan as Jacob Snell, an established local crime lord (seasons 1–2)
- Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell, Jacob's wife
- Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore, Russ's elder son and Ruth's cousin (recurring season 1, main season 2)
- Carson Holmes as Three Langmore, Russ's younger son, Wyatt's brother and Ruth's cousin
- McKinley Belcher III as Trevor Evans, an FBI agent and Petty's ex-lover
- Robert C. Treveliar as Sheriff John Nix, who is indebted to the Snells
- Kevin L. Johnson as Sam Dermody, a real estate agent in the Ozarks
- Evan George Vourazeris as Tuck, employee at the Blue Cat and Jonah's first friend in the Ozarks
- Trevor Long as Cade Langmore, Ruth's father and brother of Russ and Boyd. Initially shown to be incarcerated, he is later paroled. (seasons 1–2)
- Michael Mosley as Pastor Mason Young (seasons 1–2)
- Harris Yulin as Buddy Dyker, the Byrdes' terminally ill tenant (seasons 1–2)
- Michael Tourek as Ash, an enforcer for the Snells (seasons 1–2)
- Marc Menchaca as Russ Langmore, Wyatt and Three's father, Ruth's uncle, and Boyd and Cade's brother (recurring season 1, guest season 2)
- Josh Randall as Bruce Liddell, Marty Byrde's Chicago business partner (season 1)
- Christopher James Baker as Boyd Langmore, uncle of Ruth, Wyatt and Three, and Russ and Cade's brother (season 1)
- Adam Boyer as Bobby Dean, owner of the Lickety Splitz strip club (season 1)
- Bethany Anne Lind as Grace Young, Pastor Mason Young's pregnant wife (season 1)
- Sharon Blackwood as Eugenia Dermody, Sam's controlling, overbearing mother who works for her son's real estate business (season 1)
- Joseph Melendez as Garcia, an enforcer for Del (season 1)
- Janet McTeer as Helen Pierce, Chicago-based attorney who represents the cartel (season 2)
- Darren Goldstein as Charles Wilkes, a wealthy businessman and political donor (season 2)
- Damian Young as Jim, Wilkes' right-hand man (season 2)
- Nelson Bonilla as Nelson, Pierce's enforcer (season 2)
- Melissa Saint-Amand as Jade, a stripper who forms a bond with Sam (season 2)
- Pedro Lopez as Jorge Mendoza, a member of the Navarro Cartel (season 2)
The show is set at a modest waterfront resort at Lake of the Ozarks, inspired by the Alhonna Resort and Marina, where series creator Dubuque worked as a dock hand while attending college in Missouri during the 1980s. Most of the shooting locations are in the Atlanta area at Lake Allatoona and Lake Lanier, rather than at the Lake of the Ozarks, because of tax breaks offered by the state of Georgia. The film crew constructed a set in Georgia after extensively studying the Alhonna Resort property. Some scenes are filmed at Chicago locations. Only a few scenes of the pilot were shot in the city of Lake Ozark, Missouri; these include shots of the locally famous "Welcome To Lake Of the Ozarks" sign and the "Injun Joe Muffler Man" statue. Originally, Jason Bateman was supposed to be the sole director for the first season, but scheduling conflicts prevented it, so he directed only the first two and last two. The series was renewed for a 10-episode second season on August 15, 2017.
Graphic designer Fred Davis created a white letter 'O', which is featured on a black background at the beginning of each episode. Within the quartered circle of the 'O' are four symbols which foreshadow the main plot points in that episode. Additionally, each of these hand-drawn symbolic images are formed to represent the remaining letters in "Ozark". For example, for episode one, a kneeling man represents "Z"; a building represents "A"; a gun represents "R"; and a falling man represents "K".
|1||10||July 21, 2017|
|2||10||August 31, 2018|
Season 1 (2017)Edit
|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 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 two 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 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 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 he realizes 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, causing his parents to worry it is a sign of future troubles. 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, the sheriff 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. 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 have been using 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. 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 then discovers the video Marty's private investigator made, which causes an angry confrontation. 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 departs for Chicago the next day without saying goodbye, prompting Wyatt to tell her the tourists always leave, and she is now "one of us", i.e. a permanent local resident. Russ acknowledges he is gay, and begins a sexual relationship with Roy. Ruth and Russ devise a plan to kill Marty at Cade's instigation. Russ tells Roy, who secretly intervenes. Wendy opens Del's package, and Marty and she recognize the contents as a warning to speed up the money laundering.|
|7||7||"Nest Box"||Ellen Kuras||Alyson Feltes||July 21, 2017|
|Mason does not end construction at the church, and to dissuade the Snells from killing him, Marty hands over the $700,000 of cartel cash he has not yet laundered. Marty tells Mason the Snells are drug dealers, and want him to resume services on the lake. The Snells tell Mason Marty was only constructing the church so he could launder money. Understanding Marty's claims of philanthropy and temporary construction delays 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 in St. Louis and bring her back. Roy convinces Russ to try starting a bait and tackle shop and get Marty to invest. Roy also convinces Russ to say that he will not be involved in any more attempts to kill Marty. Cade tells Ruth not to visit him in prison 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. As a public relations operative for political campaigns, 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 Tuck buy him a rifle in a straw purchase. Marty and Wendy previously convinced her employer, 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 is an informant and 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 his brother 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 intervenes to keep them from leaving. Jonah sneaks out and returns with his rifle. When he attempts to shoot Garcia, he finds Buddy unloaded it. Buddy holds a shotgun on Garcia as Wendy and the children depart, then shoots him. Rachel finds part of the $50 million, which she takes as she drives away. Del tortures Marty to find out where Garcia is. Marty explains a plan to use 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's a deal. Del and the Snells agree, but Darlene kills Del when he replies to her putdowns 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)Edit
|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's apprehensive and tells Marty to go to "the lake house". Marty and Wendy learn this is the home of businessman and political donor Charles Wilkes and meet him 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 Mercer an unsubtle message, causing state senate support for the casino bill to waver. Marty capitalizes on Buddy's prior relationship with Mafia head 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 can't be associated with Marty during state scrutiny of the casino application. Buddy's health declines, and he's 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 to Helen, but Helen's associates subject Ruth to waterboarding interrogation. Ruth does not crack, and Helen tells Marty she is impressed with Ruth's willpower. Marty reminds Wendy that she cheated on him, and Charlotte overhears and informs Jonah. Charlotte and Jonah discuss using what is left of their money 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, and 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 argues with Cade, who kills him 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 a Navarro associate kills him. 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.|
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has an approval rating of 69% based on 64 reviews, with an average rating of 6.84/10. 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." On Metacritic, it has 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".
Critics compared Ozark positively to Breaking Bad, both of which involve a seemingly normal protagonist suddenly immersed in a world of crime. 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."
On Rotten Tomatoes, the second season has an approval rating of 72% based on 36 reviews, with an average rating of 6.54/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Engaging and entertaining – if not particularly challenging – Ozark's descent into darker waters is kept afloat by another superb turn from Laura Linney." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 59 out of 100 based on 14 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Alison Foreman of Mashable noted how 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."
|2018||Golden Globe Awards||Best Actor – Television Series Drama||Jason Bateman||Nominated|||
|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|
|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|||
|2019||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|||
|Casting Society of America||Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot & First Season — Drama||Alexa L. Fogel, Tara Feldstein Bennett, Chase Paris and John Ort||Won|||
|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|||
|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|||
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