TV series is an American crime drama created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams for Netflix. The series is produced by Media Rights Capital. The show stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a couple who move their family for money laundering.
Jason Bateman works as the director and executive producer for the TV series. The first season was released on July 21, 2017, and a second season was released on August 31, 2018. The third season was released on March 27, 2020. In June 2020, the series was renewed for a fourth and final season, which will feature 14 episodes split into two parts.
The registered trademarked Netflix series received largely good feedback from critics and fans. The series received 32 Primetime Emmy Award nominations, including two for Outstanding Drama Series. Jason Bateman won Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series in 2019, and Julia Garner winning twice consecutively for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2019 and 2020.
Ozark centers around a money laundering scheme that goes wrong for a Mexican drug cartel. Financial advisor Martin “Marty” Byrde suggests a way to make up for the loss by creating a bigger money laundering operation in the Lake of Ozark in central Missouri. Overnight, Marty moves his family from Chicago to a resort community in Missouri. When the Byrde family arrives to Osage Beach, Missouri, they bump into local criminal families including the Kansas City Mafia.
Filming for Ozark took place in the state of Georgia due to the state’s tax breaks. The film crew constructed a set in Georgia after studying the Alhonna Resort property at Lake of Ozarks’ Alhonna Resort and Marina. Initially, Jason Bateman was going to be the only director for the first season, but due to the limited amount of time, he directed the first two and last two episodes.
To make the show as realistic as possible, the writers for the show hired an FBI agent who works on financial crimes into the writer’s room. Ozark also brought in a hedge fund manager to discuss how to move large sums of money.