News

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.

 

Tag Cloud

Emmys rt archives thriller dramedy classics true crime Starz BAFTA independent slashers halloween Box Office south america crime drama Dark Horse Comics boxing Superheroe ESPN documentary australia Marvel Television Trophy Talk transformers blockbuster hispanic sitcom Amazon Western Film Film Festival Character Guide Britbox spy thriller critics comiccon Reality Competition indie Arrowverse Apple TV Plus historical drama christmas movies jamie lee curtis science fiction CNN breaking bad Ellie Kemper Epix batman FOX cancelled game of thrones venice adaptation movie zombies vampires Paramount Television Critics Association IFC emmy awards Tubi binge President movies social media TruTV Best and Worst cartoon LGBT theme song elevated horror sports game show 2018 Food Network unscripted tv talk Acorn TV deadpool 72 Emmy Awards 71st Emmy Awards spanish language anthology robots anime Elton John Mary poppins Toys Discovery Channel Spring TV Comics on TV Women's History Month Lifetime Christmas movies Quiz Summer TV Land Heroines Apple TV+ Red Carpet Sundance Now spinoff docudrama Musical Fox Searchlight SDCC superhero Valentine's Day technology biography scorecard BBC One FX Amazon Prime TV renewals Black History Month 20th Century Fox festivals Drama Teen 2015 Shondaland witnail Showtime HBO RT History Pixar travel Video Games Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Disney animated teaser 007 Calendar X-Men award winner political drama TCM Amazon Studios Trailer green book Columbia Pictures golden globes remakes franchise cats Vudu Syfy dogs dceu chucky Freeform hollywood universal monsters Sci-Fi festival sequel FX on Hulu television New York Comic Con Music cancelled television PaleyFest toronto canceled casting screenings mutant Marathons Premiere Dates foreign Disney Channel ID Hear Us Out crossover Avengers Academy Awards aliens CMT Comic Book Lucasfilm Funimation rotten Family ghosts harry potter PlayStation free movies Turner Classic Movies spanish fresh Martial Arts FXX 4/20 Mary Poppins Returns USA Network comic boxoffice Country Winners worst psychological thriller zombie RT21 Television Academy cars Rock richard e. Grant Action book obituary Binge Guide revenge National Geographic natural history Tomatazos 24 frames CW Seed A&E Walt Disney Pictures E! Lifetime IFC Films Pride Month Extras BET VH1 GLAAD discovery ABC crime nfl Grammys Cosplay laika CBS All Access Song of Ice and Fire dragons MSNBC a nightmare on elm street Cannes First Look reboot BBC America children's TV Mindy Kaling quibi criterion football Disney Plus BET Awards 99% rotten movies we love Paramount Network TCA Fox News Oscars ratings best VOD stoner medical drama comedies APB canceled TV shows japanese Trivia Holiday American Society of Cinematographers Sneak Peek Crackle french Brie Larson mockumentary LGBTQ blaxploitation mission: impossible GoT Comedy adventure Tumblr MCU disaster Emmy Nominations DirecTV films Pop Winter TV Captain marvel twilight NYCC Mudbound Amazon Prime Video Watching Series BBC USA scary movies Holidays Animation Netflix Christmas movies ABC Family sag awards black romantic comedy name the review cults DC streaming service Fantasy Infographic WarnerMedia toy story die hard kids finale concert Christmas cancelled TV shows 2019 cops Musicals cinemax YouTube Red news Ghostbusters SundanceTV OneApp Horror AMC fast and furious Esquire YouTube video on demand serial killer zero dark thirty satire Sony Pictures Superheroes Photos Awards Reality TBS Star Trek Nominations Writers Guild of America Classic Film Nat Geo NBC renewed TV shows Apple miniseries A24 dc WGN Sundance Election DGA Spectrum Originals The Witch Super Bowl child's play Turner joker Year in Review asian-american Anna Paquin Marvel Rocketman archives Kids & Family werewolf OWN TCA Awards Logo spain james bond Universal screen actors guild The Academy Podcast Pirates Marvel Studios Stephen King Set visit documentaries Warner Bros. Schedule First Reviews Crunchyroll YouTube Premium HBO Max video Rom-Com History Masterpiece PBS 45 war YA San Diego Comic-Con Shudder See It Skip It The Walking Dead space singing competition talk show cancelled TV series Comedy Central El Rey Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Arrangement Peacock crime thriller The Purge Netflix Thanksgiving TCA 2017 E3 series 2017 CBS all-time 2016 parents romance TV VICE Mystery worst movies Biopics Pet Sematary Travel Channel period drama Hulu Endgame Disney streaming service what to watch ITV TCA Winter 2020 The CW police drama 2020 latino Fall TV supernatural Adult Swim GIFs comic books doctor who HBO Go Tarantino hist Sundance TV Interview Disney+ Disney Plus Mary Tyler Moore DC Universe comics reviews TLC versus Spike Alien dark Creative Arts Emmys MTV diversity TIFF TNT Hallmark SXSW cooking stop motion Awards Tour Cartoon Network halloween tv politics psycho 21st Century Fox facebook Pop TV Chernobyl Lionsgate justice league DC Comics italian Polls and Games strong female leads Certified Fresh streaming Countdown Opinion Baby Yoda nature Black Mirror Nickelodeon Star Wars Bravo Hallmark Christmas movies nbcuniversal Ovation Rocky spider-man sequels indiana jones composers based on movie directors stand-up comedy