OZARK returns to Netflix today with the first seven episodes of its fourth and final season, but the critically-acclaimed series was once billed as a poor man’s Breaking Bad.
A smart, light-hearted horror series, Ozark stars Jason Bateman as a financial advisor who takes his reluctant wife (Laura Linney) and children (Sofia) Hublitz and Skylar Gaertner) to Missouri’s Ozarks.
But this is no ordinary family relocation, with Bateman’s character Marty on the run from a fraudulent money-laundering scheme for a Mexican gang syndicate in Chicago.
The bastard lured the middle class Byrde clan to the summer resort community of Osage Beach to atone for his big mistake by setting up an even larger money laundering organization in the area.
There, as Marty struggles to wipe out $500 million over a five-year period to appease the corporate tycoon, the family finds themselves caught up in local crooks and gangs.
Ozark has amassed a huge and growing fan base globally, but in its early days, the show was considered bland and plagiarized by many.
One series it is often compared to is Breaking Bad, with both being led by middle-class fathers venturing into the murky depths of their sleepy locale.
Rolling Stone, for example, savagely labeled Ozark: “Peak TV’s greatest hits played by a masterful cover band.” Roaring!
What an incredible thing the 81 show creators Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams have witnessed since their amazing baby’s debut.
Five years on and many critics hailed it as a true masterwork, knocking Breaking Bad down the TV series rank one notch.
In this fourth and final season, the Byrdes are making money as they run their own casino, but the group is also running into enemies.
Who knows if they’ll see a happy ending – fans will just have to wait until Netflix releases the final seven episodes later this year.
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