For the first time in this year’s A to Z Challenge, I’m writing about a current TV show. “Ozark” is an American crime drama streaming television series created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix. The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a married couple who relocate their family to the Lake of the Ozarks for money laundering. Bateman also serves as a director and executive producer for the series.The first season of “Ozark” was released on July 21, 2017 and the show has completed three 10-episode seasons. Netflix has announced that there will be a fourth and final season, which will consist of 14 episodes split into two parts, but the actual release date of season four has not yet been announced.
Bateman plays Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. After a money laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel goes wrong, Byrde proposes to make amends by offering to set up a bigger laundering operation in the Lake of the Ozarks region of central Missouri and moves his family to a remote summer resort community of Osage Beach, Missouri. They become entangled with local criminals and, eventually, with the Kansas City Mafia. In order to keep his family safe, Byrde must pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord. While the fate of the Byrde family’s fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force them to reconnect.
“Ozark” has received many accolades and award nominations, including acting nominations for both Bateman and Linney and two Emmy awards for Julia Garner, who plays Ruth Langmore, a young woman who is part of a local criminal family. Bateman also won an Emmy for directing as well as two Screen Actors Guild awards for acting.
If you haven’t seen “Ozark,” I suggest that you binge watch the first three seasons on Netflix in preparation for the final season.