Breaking Bad Fans Have Found Their New Fix in Jason Bateman–Starrer Ozark

Arrested Development star takes a dramatic turn in the latest Netflix series to focus on the illegal drug trade.

by | August 4, 2017 | Comments

Have you heard about Ozark? It’s Netflix’s latest original drama, and after a somewhat quiet debut on July 21, the buzz around it is really growing.

The series, which currently has a 64% score on the Tomatometer, stars Jason Bateman as Marty, a financial advisor who has been laundering money for a drug kingpin. When his partner is caught cheating the business, Marty uproots his family to move the operation to the scenic Ozark Mountain region of Missouri, where they struggle to fit into this brave new world.

Ozark - Jason Bateman (Jackson Davis/Netflix)

Fans are comparing it to movies like Pulp Fiction and No Country for Old Men, but the biggest comparison it’s getting on social media is to the Bryan Cranston Emmy-winner Breaking Bad.

Been watching Ozark, it's pretty good. It's like if Walter White was an accountant instead of a teacher.Also, the TVTime app is really cool if you watch a lot of TV, definitely worth checking out.

Posted by Emmanuel Apilado on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

If your looking for the new Breaking Bad – this is it on Netflix. OZARK – It's good!Jason Bateman is outstanding.

Posted by Dan Asbury on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Ozark - Jason Bateman (Jackson Davis/Netflix)

But the show is more than standing on its own, with fans praising the writing and direction. Bateman actually directed four of the 10 season 1 episodes, including the premiere and the finale. Fans are on board for this darker, twistier Bateman, who in recent years has mostly been known for his work on Arrested Development — and some fans enjoy imagining  that Marty is really just bizarro Michael Bluth.

Ozark - Jason Bateman, Julia Garner, Carson Holmes, Marc Menchaca, Christopher James Baker (Jackson Davis/Netflix)

Fans are expecting Bateman and the show to get at least one (if not several) award nominations for its writing, acting, and directing.

Watch for strong female performances from Laura Linney as Marty’s wife Wendy Byrde, Julia Garner as crime boss–in–training Ruth Langmore (pictured), Sofia Hublitz as Marty’s teen daughter Charlotte Byrde, Jordana Spiro as financially troubled resort owner Rachel, and Lisa Emery as menacing Darlene Snell.

OZARK on Netflix is the best writing (and directing and acting) I have seen on TV in long time! Incredible!

Posted by Jack Plotnick on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I'm not a big TV show person, we are def movie people.. but on the recommendations of several friends I just finished…

Posted by Craig Smith on Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Civilians aren’t the only ones getting into Ozark, though. Celebrities like Kelly Clarkson, Dane Cook, and even Dan Harmon, the man behind cult TV hits Community and Rick and Morty, are all-in on this gritty drama.

Warning: Spoilers ahead — stop here if you haven’t watched season 1 of Ozark.

Ozark - Jason Bateman, Laura Linney (Jackson Davis/Netflix)

A few things are really standing out to viewers: The first is that Marty’s wife Wendy is having an affair and Marty totally knows about it — then things get super weird when he masturbates while watching a video of Wendy cheating.

The second stand-out to a lot of fans is Raven the pregnant stripper (Quinn Cooke). People are either disgusted at the sight of a nine-months-along pregnant lady sexily taking her clothes off or cheering as Raven gets hers.

Ozark - Jason Bateman, Esai Morales (Jackson Davis/Netflix)

But the biggest, buzziest moments definitely belong to the season 1 finale, which runs nearly 90 minutes is and chock full of OMG moments. From it looking like Pastor Mason (Michael Mosley) might drown his infant son to drug kingpin Del (Esai Morales, pictured) getting shot and killed, it’s a roller coaster of tension from start to finish.

Fans are already clamoring for a second season.

Ozark is now available to stream on Netflix.


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