Netflix Spotlight: Ozark

Olivia Wilson, Staff Writer

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The 2017 crime thriller series, Ozark, is this week’s Netflix spotlight. The Netflix Original currently has one season of ten episodes which first became available to stream in July of 2017.

The show follows Marty Byrde, a financial planner from Chicago, and his family as they flee to the summer tourist city in the Missouri Ozarks. Marty Byrde, portrayed by Jason Bateman, has been laundering millions of dollars for a Mexican drug lord. The whole scheme goes wrong therefore he flees with his family in attempts to escape and by more time. His wife, Wendy is portrayed by actress, Laura Linney, and two kids, Charlotte and Jonah, portrayed by Sofia Hublitz, and Skylar Gartner, begin to ask questions that Marty doesn’t even have the answer to yet. Then the introduction of the Snell family in which the children befriend, and Marty begins to work alongside, and things begin to get crazy in the not so normal tourist town.

This show has you hooked from the first couple minutes of watching, and makes you want to binge the whole thing in one night. It gives you so many different aspects, there’s intense crazy chase scenes, then there’s heartbreak, and pretty much every emotion in between. The beauty of these Netflix Original’s is that the entire season is available all at once so there’s no need to wait around to watch it all.

The first season gave Jason Bateman a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actor in a television series along with a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for both him and Laura Linney. Bateman who serves as a producer on the show also directed four episodes during the season. The show which was rated 8.3 stars on IMDB, has been renewed for a second season, which will be available to stream starting July 1st.

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