These days it seems like Netflix is promoting or premiering a new series almost every day. That constant onslaught of new material means that it’s possible to miss some of Netflix’s offerings no matter how diligently you’re paying attention. If that’s what happened to you with the streaming service’s new crime series Ozark, then you’ve been missing out on a subversive, exhilarating series that will never fail to surprise. The series follows the Byrde family as they relocate to Missouri’s favorite tourist trap, the Lake of the Ozarks. The catch is that dad Marty Byrde is trying to wash eight million bucks for a Mexican cartel. The cartel, in turn, is run by a genuinely frightening man who is about a hair’s breath away from wiping out Marty, his wife Wendy, and their two kids. As the Byrdes set up shop in the Ozarks, things begin to spiral out of control in some truly shocking ways. If you’re not waiting intently for season 2 of Ozark, then you’re missing out on one of the most engrossing shows on television. Here’s why.
1. Jason Bateman Is Fierce
We all loved Jason Bateman as Arrested Development’s self-obsessed lead character, but pigeon-holing the actor into the role of flustered comedy straight man is a disservice to his talent. Thankfully, Ozark makes great use of Bateman’s range. Sure, there are moments where Bateman plays his insane predicament for laughs, but the lead character in Ozark is also allowed some moments of surprising pathos running the gamut from abject remorse to flat-out rage. Bateman is a revelation in the role and he alone makes the series worth watching.
More in TV
10 TV Characters Who Almost Ruined A Hit TV Show
It’s no secret that most TV shows have to keep bringing in fresh blood if they want to keep fans interested....May 4, 2018
All 14 American Idol Judges, RANKED
Now that American Idol is back on the small screen, Season 16 of the singing competition has us reminiscing about the...April 13, 2018
15 Biggest Mistakes In Popular TV Shows
Some of our favorite TV shows from the past and present have the ability to keep us on the edge of...January 30, 2018
11 Reasons You Should Start Watching ‘Ray Donovan’
With five seasons in the books and a sixth season slated for production in 2018, Showtime’s Ray Donovan has quickly become...November 27, 2017
10 TV Characters We Never Got to Fully Know
These characters were an important part of their respective shows, but a huge part of them still remains a mystery. In...November 22, 2017
Top 10 TV Shows That Saved Lives
Watching TV is much more than a source of entertainment. Some popular programs have actually saved lives. The next time someone...November 14, 2017