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Review of "Ozark" 7/22/17 by Suzanne
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This is a very interesting show because it shows an ordinary family getting involved with drug dealers and having to move to the Ozarks to operate a money laundering business.  Jason Bateman plays Marty, a financial planner who works at a small firm. They've been laundering money for a drug cartel for years, and the cartel's local boss, Del (Esai Morales) has figured out that someone's been skimming. Marty watches as his business partner and others are murdered. As he prepares to be shot next, he hatches a desparete scheme to move to the Ozarks and launder millions more of Del's money. Del gives him a chance to prove it.

In the meantime, Marty finds out from a private eye that he previously hired that his wife, Wendy (Laura Linney) has been cheating on him, adding more tension to the story.  Still, his family is not too keen on fleeing their lives in Chicago, to move to the Ozarks, to become money launderers.

This is not my type of show because I don't generally like shows where everyone is a criminal or sleazeball, but the writers do a good job of making everyone likable or relatable, especially Marty.  The actors are fantastic and will blow you away.  There is a lot of nudity and violence (like you might find on pay cable).  The plot has many great twists and turns, too. Check it out, and you might like it.  The show has already been renewed for season two.


A Chicago financial advisor, who has been quietly laundering money for a drug kingpin, must quickly uproot his family and move the operation to The Ozarks, after his partner is caught cheating the business. There, he bumps heads with both a local drug dealer whose business he inadvertently interrupts, and a clan of ruffians, led by their 19-year-old niece, who want his money, all the while avoiding the eye of a tenacious FBI agent. He must complete his laundering, to save the life of his family, as they struggle to find their own path in this seemingly foreign way of life.

Multi-Award Winner Laura Linney Stars Alongside Jason Bateman in New Netflix Original Drama Series Ozark

Beverly Hills, CA - July 27, 2016 - Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, has ordered Ozark, a 10-episode first season, one-hour drama, from Media Rights Capital, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. Bateman also serves as an executive producer and director on the series. Grounded in dark reality, this money-centric present day story revolves around financial planner Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy Byrde (Laura Linney) and their family's sudden relocation from the suburbs of Chicago to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks. Rather than the familiar skyscrapers and trading floors, Ozark explores capitalism, family dynamics, and survival through the eyes of (anything but) ordinary Americans. The series will premiere worldwide on Netflix in 2017.

“Laura is such a brilliant talent, and we have been such admirers of her work, that we are elated to have her working in this compelling world that Jason Bateman, Bill Dubuque and Chris Mundy are bringing to life,” said Cindy Holland, Netflix Vice President of Original Content.

Bill Dubuque (The Judge) created the series and will executive produce alongside showrunner Chris Mundy (Hell on Wheels, Criminal Minds) and Jason Bateman (Bad Words, The Family Fang). The series is produced by Bateman’s Aggregate in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix.

Laura Linney can currently be seen starring in Michael Grandage’s film Genius and recently wrapped Clint Eastwood’s Sully, Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals, and Oren Moverman’s The Dinner. Ozark will mark Laura’s first foray in television since she starred in and produced the Showtime series The Big C for which she won an Emmy & Golden Globe Award. Laura will follow Ozark by starring in The Little Foxes, which will be directed by Daniel Sullivan at Manhattan Theatre Club. Laura has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, won 2 Golden Globe Awards, 4 Emmy Awards, 1 SAG award, and 1 National Board of Review Award. She has also been nominated for 3 Tony Awards and 1 BAFTA Award.

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