This March showcases returning seasons of prestige dramas (Ozark, My Brilliant Friend, Westworld), anticipated reboots (Amazing Stories), fan-favorite minority stories (On My Block, One Day at a Time), and half-hour comedies (Better Things, Brockmire). All that and more in this month’s binge guide below.
What it is: The semi-autobiographical, humanistic half-hour dramedy is not new terrain for television. But Better Things stands out from the pack thanks to Pamela Adlon, who stars as a version of herself, Sam Fox — a single mother to three daughters who is juggling life as a working actor in Hollywood.
Why you should watch it: Adlon is an Emmy Award–winning voiceover artist for King of the Hill and Golden Globe and Emmy nominee for starring on and creating FX’s Better Things. Her series is an emotional concoction of dry witticisms and familial love unlike anything else on TV. The fact that it’s one of the most realistic portrayals of single motherhood to grace the small screen is just the cherry on top. Season 4 premieres March 5 on FX.
Commitment: Approx. 14 hours (for the first three seasons)
What it is: This now-classic but short-lived Emmy-winning sci-fi and fantasy series from creator Steven Spielberg not only featured a who’s-who cast of guest stars each week enlivening bold and boundary-pushing television, but it also helped further establish Spielberg’s bold and boundary-pushing filmmaking career as one of the auteurs of his age, sci-fi or otherwise.
Why you should watch it: The newly rebooted series takes inspiration from the original Amazing Stories to transport streaming audiences to never before seen worlds and creations. Spielberg serves as executive producer. The new series premieres March 6 on Apple TV+.
Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the original two seasons)
What it is: This hit dramedy with critics and audiences alike from creators Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, and Jeremy Haft follows a teen quartet played by relative newcomers Sierra Capri, Jason Genao, Brett Gray, and Diego Tinoco as they navigate high school hallways set in a very real inner-city world.
Why you should watch it: What’s groundbreaking about On My Block is its articulation of everyday coming-of-age hiccups (first loves, first heartbreaks, shifting friendships, growing parental pains, party culture, and more) through the lens of a world not often depicted onscreen. A rivetingly talented and diverse young cast set in the heart of inner-city Los Angeles truly takes the series’ international audience to the confined intimacies of a single American block — and all that entails. Season 3 premieres March 11 on Netflix.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first two seasons)
What it is: This Spanish-language thriller series from creators Darío Madrona and Carlos Montero follows three teens from working class families — Samuel (Itzan Escamilla), Nadia (Mina El Hammani), and Christian (Miguel Herrán) — who, after their school collapses, are enrolled on scholarship at a prestigious private school.
Why you should watch it: With Elite, it’s all in the name. But what begins as a socially-tinged story of the haves and have-nots, as Samuel, Nadia, and Christian assimilate into their new school primed with society’s elite, eventually builds to a lurid and soapy murder mystery — with streaming-only sex appeal to spare. Season 3 premieres March 13 on Netflix.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 13 hours (for the first two seasons)
What it is: In this hit series, the titular Westworld is a vacation destination for regular men and women to live out their most elaborate — and at times, sickening — fantasies in a Wild West–inspired society manipulated by behind-the-scenes programmers and otherwise populated by artificially intelligent “hosts.” The series’ main action begins, however, when Westworld’s hosts begin realizing they may have more control over their false reality than they think.
Why you should watch it: Has any other new series of the last five years excited and divided critics and audiences in quite the same way as Westworld? Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s HBO debut marks one of the most thought-provoking, epic sci-fi dramas seen on the pay cable channel to date. Matched with its ambition are breathtaking performances from Hollywood heavy-hitters as varied as Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, Ed Harris, and now Aaron Paul. Season 3 (finally) premieres March 15 on HBO.
Commitment: Approx. 20 hours (for the first two seasons)
What it is: Based on the beloved first installment of Italian author Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels series, My Brilliant Friend begins with the disappearance of Lila Cerullo. The vanishing inspires her lifelong friend, Elena Greco, to reflect on the early days that brought the two girls of different backgrounds together 50 years prior in Naples.
Why you should watch it: My Brilliant Friend’s first season became a bit of an international phenomenon upon its first season’s November 2018 premiere — and what’s not to love? Transporting period-specific sets and costumes; impeccable performances from the multi-generational actors playing the central pair of lifelong friends; an entrancing, time-hopping story told from the perspective of one of the most compelling first-person narrators to come around the small screen in some time — it all made for appointment television, and we imagine its second installment, titled My Brilliant Friend: The Story of a New Name, will have that in spades. Season 2 premieres March 16 on HBO.
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours (for the first season)
What it is: After suffering a public meltdown in the aftermath of his wife’s string of affairs, nationally acclaimed sports announcer Jim Brockmire (Hank Azaria) turns to drugs and alcohol to cope. Then one day, 10 years later, he decides to pick himself up, move to a small town, and get back to work calling games for the minor league Morristown Frackers.
Why you should watch it: Six-time Emmy winner Azaria is perhaps best known for his voice work on The Simpsons, but it’s always a pleasure to watch him get to work in front of the camera. The laughs still land. To watch his growth through the titular Brockmire’s character arc in the first three seasons is simply great (and easily binge-able) comedic TV — and that’s not to mention the firecracker energy Amanda Peet brings as Azaria’s co-lead. Season 4 premieres March 18 on IFC.
Commitment: Approx. 10 hours (for the first three seasons)
What it is: A remake of Norman Lear’s long-running 1975 sitcom of the same name, what began as Netflix’s little comedy that could is now making its grand, fan-pushed return on Pop. Stars like Justina Machado and West Side Story Oscar winner Rita Moreno all returning to continue telling the story of three generations of a Cuban-American family as they live under the same roof.
Why you should watch it: Few series today are as un-cornily heartwarming, funny, and timely as this long-in-the-making reboot. Each new season renewal, however, has come with a photo-finish, down-to-the-wire announcement, and when Netflix announced it was pulling the plug after season 3, fans corralled around it and it got saved by Pop (best known as the home of Schitt’s Creek). That fourth season premieres March 24.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 19 hours (for the first three seasons)
What it is: Ozark, from creators Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams, is the story of Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman, who’s also attached as director and executive producer), a financial adviser in Chicago who’s been laundering money for the cartel with his partner for years. But despite his meek, follow-the-leader personality, Marty talks his way out of a death sentence when things go awry with his crime boss and moves his family — including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) — to the Ozarks to keep the dealings afloat and the family alive.
Why you should watch it: Ozark isn’t the first series of its kind to portray good people doing bad things, but it’s about as good as those series come. The Emmy-winning series brings bleakness to the deceptive beauty of the Ozarks, and it establishes Bateman as so much more than the comedic actor most know him as today. Even more than just a vehicle for Bateman, however, it’s an ensemble drama (with an equally stellar Laura Linney and Julia Garner, no less) that tackles the power of wealth and greed, human nature, and the ties that bind within family and beyond. Season 3 premieres March 27 on Netflix.
Where to watch: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 21 hours (for the first two seasons)
Late-summer TV is underway, and we’ve got a nearly equal number of years-running returning series and sophomore season entries. From corrupt lawyers and Hollywood producers to megachurch pastors and struggling millennials, there’s plenty to choose from to get you through this last leg of the hot months, so curl up, cool off, and get ready to binge.
Why you should watch it: The series takes a character we think we know — the Saul Goodman who Breaking Bad’s Walter White eventually meets in that Albuquerque, New Mexico, strip mall — and breaks him down to his nuts and bolts, starting at Jimmy McGill. Played wonderfully by Bob Odenkirk in what could become his career-defining (certainly career-changing) role, Saul/Jimmy and his uneasy partnership with Jonathan Banks’ Mike Ehrmantraut make for must-watch hours for any lover of prestige TV, Breaking Bad die-hard or not. Season 4 premieres August 6 on AMC.
Commitment: Approx. 23 hours
Why you should watch it: Yes, Johnson ranks among the world’s highest paid and biggest movie stars (and that’s not just in terms of his 6′4″, 260 lb. build), but Ballers is definitive proof that he’s got the acting chops to back up his paycheck and larger-than-life appeal. Plus — like Entourage before it — watching high-rolling men butting heads and behaving badly often makes for entertaining TV. Ballers season 4 premieres August 12 on HBO.
Commitment: Approx. 15 hours
Why you should watch it: There’s something inherently funny about a murderous mobster finding his inner artist and sensitively grappling with those two divisions of his character. We saw it play out to great success earlier this year with Barry on HBO, but Get Shorty really mastered the formula nearly 30 years ago with Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel and its 1995 film adaptation starring John Travolta, Gene Hackman, and Danny DeVito. That film, however, Get Shorty the series is not. Darker and more character-driven than its feature counterpart, Get Shorty also boasts a welcome return to form for Ray Romano, whose B-movie producer Rick Moreweather is his juiciest role in years. Season 2 premieres August 12 on Epix.
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours
Why you should watch it: Issa Rae is utterly fearless, and Insecure is all the better for it. The freshly minted Emmy nominee weaves hot-button issues like gentrification, race, gender, and poverty into solid storytelling and character development. If you want to see what tough love and hard truths look like both in friendship and romance, Insecure serves those down-deep, human universals in spades — and it’s among the best series on television to do so. Season 3 premieres August 12 on HBO.
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours
Why you should watch it: Gleeson is the kind of actor who offers a natural gravitas to any situation, but Detective Hodges especially gives him a lot to chew on. Met mark-for-mark in this twisted game of cat and mouse by an impressive Treadaway (previously of Penny Dreadful) and a reliably pitch-perfect supporting turn from Holland Taylor as Hodges’ neighbor Ida, Gleeson’s latest isn’t just one of his strongest projects in recent memory — it’s one of TV’s finest hidden gems. Seek it out. Season 2 premieres August 22 on the Audience Network.
Where to watch: Audience
Commitment: Approx. 8 hours
Why you should watch it: Greenleaf packs an emotional punch, thanks largely due to its trio of lead performances and a hearty supporting turn from Ms. Winfrey herself. To little surprise, the drama in this Tennessee family runs thicker than their shared blood, and it makes for a savory and soapy hour of must-watch TV. Season 3 premieres August 28 on OWN.
Commitment: Approx. 20 hours
Why you should watch it: Ozark isn’t the first series of its kind to portray good people doing bad things, but it’s about as good as those series come. Now sitting pretty with three Emmy nominations going into September’s ceremony (including both Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series nods for star and director Jason Bateman), the series conjures an all-encompassing bleakness situated snug in the apparent beauty of the Ozarks, and it establishes Bateman as so much more than the comedic actor most know him as today. Even more than just a vehicle for Bateman, however, it’s an ensemble drama (with an equally stellar Laura Linney, no less) that tackles the power of wealth and greed, human nature, and the ties that bind within family and beyond. Season 2 premieres August 31 on Netflix.
Where to watch it: Netflix
Commitment: Approx. 10.5 hours
(Photo by Macall B. Polay/HBO)
Eager for warm weather already? Here’s an early look at spring/summer TV that might argue for you to stay indoors.
Thursday, Mar. 2
60 Days In: Atlanta (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Friday, Mar. 3
Annedroids: Season 4 (2016) Amazon
Sunday, Mar. 5
Once Upon a Time: Season 6 (2016) 89% 8 p.m., ABC (returning)
Making History: Season 1 (2010) 92% 8:30 p.m., FOX
Chicago Justice: Season 1 (2017) 73% 9 p.m., NBC
The Last Man on Earth: Season 3 (2016) 78% 9:30 p.m., FOX (returning)
The Arrangement: Season 1 (2010) 62% 10 p.m., E!
Blood Feuds: Bette and Joan (2016) 91% 10 p.m., FX
Shades of Blue: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Time After Time: Season 1 (2017) 67% 10 pm., ABC
Breaking Free (2015) 11 p.m., WGN
Tuesday, Mar. 7
The Americans: Season 5 (2017) 94% 10 p.m., FX
Saturday, Mar. 11
Samurai Jack: Season 5 (2017) 100% 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Tuesday, Mar. 14
Trial & Error: Season 1 (2017) 86% 9:30 p.m., NBC
Wednesday, Mar. 15
Greenleaf: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., OWN
() % 10 p.m., Sundance
Sunday, Mar. 19
The Circus: Inside the Biggest Story on Earth: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., Showtime
Into the Badlands: Season 2 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., AMC
Tuesday, Mar. 28
Rebel: Season 1 (2017) 38% 10 p.m., BET
Wednesday, Mar. 29
Harlots: Season 1 (2017) 92% Hulu
Imaginary Mary: Season 1 (2017) 27% 8:30 p.m., ABC (sneak preview)
Nobodies: Season 1 () 73% 10 p.m., TV Land
Lopez: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., TV Land
Thursday, Apr, 6
Dark Net: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., Showtime
Saturday, Apr. 8
The Son: Season 1 (2017) 52% 9 p.m., AMC
Tuesday, Apr. 11
Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season 4 (2016) 100% 8 p.m., FOX (returning)
Friday, Apr. 14
Chelsea: Season 2 (2017) Netflix
Fortitude: Season 2 (2017) 91% Amazon
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return: Season 1 (2017) 100% Netflix
Sunday, Apr. 16
The White Princess: Season 1 (2017) 76% 8 p.m., Starz
Guerrilla: Miniseries (2017) 75% 9 p.m., Showtime
The Leftovers: Season 3 (2017) 99% 9 p.m., HBO
Veep: Season 6 (2017) 94% 10:30 p.m., HBO
Wednesday, Apr. 19
Fargo: Season 3 (2017) 93% 10 p.m., FX
Monday, Apr. 24
Gotham: Season 3 (2016) 74% 8 p.m., Fox (returning)
Thursday, Apr. 27
The President Show: Season 1 (2017) 67% 11:30 p.m., Comedy Central
Sunday, Apr. 30
American Gods: Season 1 (2017) 92% 9 p.m., Starz
Monday, May 1
Lucifer: Season 2 (2016) 100% 9 p.m., Fox (returning)
Friday, May 5
Sense8: Season 2 (2016) 93% Netflix
Monday, May 8
Southern Charm Savannah: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., Bravo
Sunday, May 14
Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 3 (2017) 11:30 p.m., Cartoon Network
Tuesday, May 16
Born This Way: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Sunday, May 21
Dark Angel (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Return: The Return (2017) 94% 9 p.m., Showtime
Tuesday, May 23
Casual: Season 3 (2017) 100% Hulu
Wednesday, May 24
Dirty Dancing (2017) 19% 8 p.m., ABC
Friday, May 26
Gap Year: Season 1 (2017) Hulu
Bloodline: Season 3 (2017) 53% Netflix
Monday, May 29
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., A&E
Whose Line is it Anyway?: Season 5 (2017) 9 p.m., CW
Still Star-Crossed: Season 1 (2017) 52% 10 p.m., ABC
Tuesday, May 30
F Is for Family: Season 2 (2017) 89% Netflix
House of Cards: Season 5 (2017) 72% Netflix
Animal Kingdom: Season 2 (2017) 80% 9 p.m., TNT
Fear Factor: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., MTV
World of Dance: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., NBC
Thursday, June 1
Nashville: Season 5 (2017) 86% 9 p.m., CMT (returning)
Wednesday, June 7
Nightcap: Season 2 (2017) 8 p.m., POP
Thursday, June 8
Queen of the South: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., USA
Tuesday, June 13
Face Off: Season 12 (2017) 9 p.m., SyFy
Wednesday, June 14
Blood Drive: Season 1 (2017) 76% 10 p.m., SyFy
Thursday, June 15
The Tunnel: Season 2 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
Sunday, June 18
Grantchester: Season 3 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
Sunday, June 25
Power: Season 4 (2017) Starz
Preacher: Season 2 (2017) 91% 9 p.m., AMC
Prime Suspect: Tennison: Season 1 (2017) 10 p.m., PBS
Thursday, June 29
Big Brother Season 19 (2017) 9 p.m., CBS
Zoo: Season 3 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., CBS
Wednesday, Jul. 5
Snowfall: Season 1 (2017) 62% FX 10 p.m., FX
Friday, Jul. 7
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4 (2017) Netflix
Monday, Jul. 10
Penn & Teller: Fool Us: Season 4 (2017) 8 p.m., CW
() % 9 p.m., TNT
Friday, Jul. 14
Friends From College: Season 1 (2017) 26% Netflix
Monday, Jul. 17
Loaded: Season 1 (2017) 60% 10 p.m., AMC
Tuesday, Aug. 1
Manhunt: Unabomber (2017) 9 p.m., Discovery
Wednesday, Aug. 2
The Lowe Files (2017) 10 p.m., A&E
The Sinner: Season 1 (2017) 90% 10 p.m., USA
Thursday, Aug. 3
The Guest Book: Season 1 (2017) 64% 10 p.m., TBS
What Would Diplo Do? (2017) 10 p.m., Viceland
Friday, Aug. 4
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 (2017) Netflix
Tuesday, Aug. 8
Difficult People: Season 3 (2017) 100% Hulu
Wednesday, Aug. 9
Mr. Mercedes (2017) 8 p.m., Audience Network
Thursday, Aug. 10
Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update: Season 1 (2017) 9 p.m., NBC
Friday, Aug. 11
Atypical: Season 1 (2017) 74% Netflix
Sunday, Aug. 13
Get Shorty: Season 1 (2017) 78% 10 p.m., Epix
Monday, Aug. 14
Bachelor in Paradise: Season 4 (2017) 33% 8 p.m., ABC
Tuesday, Aug. 15
Greenleaf: Season 2 (2017) 10 p.m., OWN
Wednesday, Aug. 16
Marlon: Season 1 (2017) 50% 9 p.m., NBC
Friday, Aug. 18
Marvel - The Defenders: Season 1 (2017) 78% Netflix
Saturday, Aug. 19
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4 (2017) 100% 9 p.m., AMC
Sunday, Aug. 20
Endeavour: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., PBS
The Last Ship: Season 4 (2017) 9 p.m., TNT
Episodes: Season 5 (2017) 100% 10 p.m., Showtime
Survivor's Remorse: Season 4 (2017) 10 p.m., Starz
Dice: Season 2 (2017) 10:30 p.m., Showtime
Thursday, Aug. 24
Party Boat (2017) Crackle
(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
Netflix announced Tuesday that it has renewed its popular new crime drama Ozark for a second season. Star Jason Bateman spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about the surprise hit series and season 5 of Arrested Development, which just went into production last week and acts as the second part of what he sees as a three-part story arc for the Bluths — with a sixth season as its conclusion.
Ozark, which many fans have compared to award-winning drama series Breaking Bad, tells the story of Marty Byrde (Bateman) and his family, who trade the skyline of Chicago for the shoreline of the Lake of the Ozarks in southern Missouri to provide cover for a money-laundering scheme he is forced into by a drug cartel.
Bateman is “so glad it all came together so well,” especially because he is involved in so many aspects of making the series.
“The acting stuff is a very, very comfortable thing for me to do, and it allows me to stay open and aware of all the other points in the process,” Bateman said. “It just gives me a great seat to observe all those things too, having such great proximity to the actors and being able to affect the pacing of a scene — I enjoy that.”
(Photo by Jackson Davis/Netflix)
He also revealed that the initial pitch was for him to direct all 10 episodes of season 1, but they just couldn’t make that schedule work.
“We sold it to Netflix, and as we were going into budgeting and scheduling, we discovered we couldn’t create enough time for me to prep all 10 episodes, so I backed off on directing all 10 of them and did just the first two and the last two,” Bateman said. “Ultimately you have to put it all together, stick it in the oven and hope it’s cooked properly.”
Asked if he has gotten a sense of the show’s growing buzz, he said it’s always hard to tell just how popular a show is, especially on a streaming service.
“People on the street will come up and say, ‘Hey, I watched the show and I really like it.’ But those who don’t like it are obviously not stopping me on the street and saying, ‘Hey, your show sucks,’ so I’m hearing 100 percent praise from my little bubble,” Bateman said with a laugh. “But I am hearing from my friends that people are talking to them about it, a lot of people are finding it — at least in Los Angeles, but again, that’s another bubble, so I’m not sure. I’m not sure if middle America is loving and watching and embracing the show, but it seems like it’s getting a warm reception.”
Fans of the show have definitely noticed its similarities to another drama, a little show called Breaking Bad, which won 15 Emmys over the course of its five-season run. “There are worse shows to be compared to,” Bateman joked, but said Ozark is actually taking a different trajectory than Breaking Bad did.
“I’ve only seen the first season of Breaking Bad, and really, really liked it, but my understanding is that character [Bryan Cranston’s Walter White] really starts to lean into the criminal world, and we’re going to make sure that we don’t do that … [my character is] going to be constantly trying to end the show and get back to normalcy,” Bateman revealed. “It’s going to be the writers’ job to come up with legitimate reasons why he can’t end the show, and he has to stay and continue to put out fires.”
Spoiler warning: Skip down to the Arrested Development section if you haven’t watched all of season 1 of Ozark.
(Photo by Jackson Davis/Netflix)
Bateman and the other EPs had definitely talked about what season 2 could look like before the renewal announcement — just because Del (Esai Morales) is dead doesn’t mean the cartel is gone for good, though the local enemies may look very different in season 2.
“Now that Del is gone, the assumption is that another lieutenant would come into town to oversee this larger portion of money that I’m charged to wash,” Bateman said. “The riverboat casino would be able to handle that and then some. And probably that means that Marty’s obstacles are going to take the shape of unions and perhaps some St. Louis or Kansas City mob, which is actually pretty formidable.
“Politicians and bureaucrats and land management and zoning rights and all those kinds of things that take a lot of bribery, coercion,” he continued. “It’ll probably become a little — not white collar, but probably less moonshine and a little more… I don’t know if ‘Chardonnay’ would be the right term, but the criminals might be wearing ties next year as opposed to flannels.”
— Netflix US (@netflix) August 15, 2017
Bateman also said that Marty and his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney) are going to continue to rebuild their relationship because they finally started to get back on track at the end of the first season.
“They have found a place of unification by the end of the first season, in so far as their ability to try to manage the criminal aspect of their partnership,” Bateman said. “As far as them getting things back on track romantically and domestically, I think that that will continue to grow but probably at a slower rate … maybe there are new avenues of attraction as they build that business part of their relationship. Maybe it’ll grow through a side door there. It’s probably going to get a little worse before it gets better.”
Bateman mused that perhaps instead of an “anti-hero” show, this is an “anti-family” show, because it isn’t just Wendy who knows what Marty is up to; their kids Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) know as well, which creates an interesting family dynamic.
“The kids know what the parents are doing too, so there’s a strained dynamic there as well. The parents have demolished that idyllic dynamic that kids should have for their parents as these role models that you look up to. There is much more of a peer relationship there with the four of them, and we’ll be exploring that as well,” Bateman said of season 2.
(Photo by Sam Urdank/Netflix)
Bateman also talked about the latest season of Arrested Development, which went back into production last week, saying that season 5 is able to follow more of the format of the episodes that aired on Fox, rather than the cast being split up a lot like in season 4, and he urges fans to go back and watch season 4 (again) before season 5 premieres.
“I’ve read the first three scripts, and it all continues to be either all together or paired off in twos and threes, basically the same format as the Fox episodes, so that’s all back on,” he said.
“It is pretty much a direct pick-up from where we left off in season 4, so I would recommend before season 5 starts for people to go back through that fourth season and try to refamiliarize yourself as best you can with that, because the first two episodes of the fifth season basically stitch into the final parts of the fourth season as a sort of a continuation and it kind of zippers the two together, then starting in episode 3, really starts covering all the new ground of this fifth season,” he explained.
Bateman hopes the series gets a sixth season, because it would really bring the new chapter of Bluth family misadventures to a nice conclusion, he said.
“This fifth season is the second act. The fourth season was the first act, the fifth season is the second act, and hopefully, there would be a sixth season that would finish this three-act story that [creator] Mitch Hurwitz came up with after the Fox version of the show was done,” he said.
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.
Memento on Netflix, one of them classics like Pulp Fiction. Or No Country for Old Men
— Bugs (@BugsGuNNy_) August 4, 2017
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.
dark Jason Bateman + his humor + fast forward to s3 of Breaking Bad = Ozark. 100% all in on this show.
— Peter Nudo (@peternudo) July 26, 2017
So there's this new TV series called 'Ozark'. ?? If you loved Breaking Bad, you're definitely gonna love this one.
— Clout N9ne (@TheMaxyNe) July 26, 2017
If your looking for the new Breaking Bad – this is it on Netflix. OZARK – It's good!Jason Bateman is outstanding.
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.
— J. Macias (@Morning_Toast) July 25, 2017
Pitching Ozark to Netflix: "Imagine Michael Bluth was in American Beauty and Breaking Bad"
Netflix: "Sold and make it look like Fincher"
— Simon Osler (@SimonOsler_) August 4, 2017
Holy shit Ozark on Netflix is so good. Michael Bluth finally figured out the meaning of There's Money in the Banana Stand.
— Borsch (@DaBorsch) August 4, 2017
I've decided to watch #Ozark but pretend that it's what happens to Michael Bluth after the family actually runs out of money
— Shawn Swaney (@ShawnSwaney) August 2, 2017
This show Ozark is dope, Badass Michael Bluth
— Vertical Adam (@cleengenes) July 23, 2017
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!
— Dave (@davebushore) July 26, 2017
— Kevin Rasnick (@KevinJRasnick) August 3, 2017
#Ozark hands down best tv series created this year ??
— KD (@KelseyDethridge) August 4, 2017
I'm not a big TV show person, we are def movie people.. but on the recommendations of several friends I just finished…
— Jason J. (@leololauzone) July 26, 2017
— LAVAHOG (@Lavahog) July 30, 2017
Can we talk about Ozark yet or is it early for spoilers ???
Jason Bateman deserves an emmy
— Ahmed/A&R/6ig 6iz (@big_business_) July 29, 2017
— Adam Epstein (@The1SportsNerd) July 28, 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.
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) July 30, 2017
If you are looking for a show to binge watch with friends look no further than Ozark. I'm digging it.
— Dane Cook (@DaneCook) August 2, 2017
holy shit Ozark holy shit Linney and the Bates it's my favorite
— Dan Harmon (@danharmon) July 26, 2017
By no means am I here to tell you how to live your life, but if you're not watching #Ozark, you're just wasting days.
— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 29, 2017
Ozark ?? I love Bateman
— James Arthur (@JamesArthur23) July 27, 2017
— Grace Randolph (@GraceRandolph) August 2, 2017
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) July 27, 2017
— Chris Webby (@ChrisWebby) July 29, 2017
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.
— Lannisters up 3-0 ? (@ChrisCheats) July 30, 2017
This Ozark series be weird as shit:
This mans is fully jerking off to a video of his wife cheating on him.
— Olumide 'Folami (@MisterFolami) July 31, 2017
Watching Ozark and Bruh wife is cheating on him? Like he set up a cam and everything in the bedroom
— aka Lil Funyuns (@NeciaBelle_) July 25, 2017
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.
Me when I saw the pregnant stripper on Ozark pic.twitter.com/89yVGuSK0M
— MFF (@TheRealMFF) August 3, 2017
So I'm watching Ozark and they just had a pregnant stripper ?? like wth
— lex. (@fallexus) July 26, 2017
— Lisa Mcquade (@lasmcquade) July 30, 2017
This pregnant stripper on Ozark got me dead. Shorty full term onstage tryna get her coins. Get it how you live girl.
— Simone Alexa (@SimoneAlexa) August 4, 2017
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.
— Paul Farrell (@DangerouslyMJJ) July 31, 2017
Holy shit that #Ozark finale!!!!!!! One of the best things I've watched on Netflix ?
— Stacey ? (@staceyruit) August 1, 2017
— Candy Mummy ?? (@ms_jigglypuffs) August 4, 2017
Ozark's season finale is one of the hardest things I've ever watched but I'm so glad I watched it. Bravo, Jason Bateman and all involved.
— Cole Henry (@colehenry19) July 25, 2017
Fans are already clamoring for a second season.
"… and that is why I can't wait for Ozark season 2" pic.twitter.com/rTL2aLggyl
— Abstract Asshole (@brianmuuo) August 4, 2017
— Karim†R. (@morenoblack777) July 26, 2017
— Sharron Preston (@Shazzapre) July 25, 2017
Ozark is now available to stream on Netflix.
This weekend at the movies, we have Christopher Nolan at war (Dunkirk, starring Fionn Whitehead and Kenneth Branagh), Luc Besson in space (Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne), and four ladies on an R-rated excursion (Girls Trip, starring Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith). What are the critics saying?
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.
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