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Netflix Has Renewed ‘Ozark’ Starring Jason Bateman For A Second Season

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Netflix Has Renewed ‘Ozark’ Starring Jason Bateman For A Second Season

American crime drama Ozark has officially been given the green light for a second season, provoking much excitement from fans.

Jason Bateman stars as Martin 'Marty' Byrde in Bill Dubuque's thriller, who starts laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel with his pal Rachel Garrison, played by Jordana Spiro.

Marty, his wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two kids relocate from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where Byrde gets caught up with the cartel after a different money-laundering scheme goes wrong.

The show has been compared to Breaking Bad, but judging from its extremely popular reception, it can clearly stand on its own.

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Mark Perigard from the Boston Herald says: "The violence is stunning, shocking, messy and unexpected. Bateman, who also serves as executive producer, directed four episodes and is a master behind the camera. His work squeezes the suspense in any scene. The locations are both beautiful and sinister, and the show is superbly scored."

That's backed up by Variety's Sonia Saraiya: "The taut thriller veers close toward storytelling pitfalls that other prestige dramas have made - strippers, money laundering, infidelity, a sex tape, bags of cash, barrels of acid - but deftly avoids falling into the bleak soup of bloated streaming dramas about a tortured male soul.

"Ozark so carefully guides the audience through the story that it is one of the most compulsively watchable debuts of the year - a crime story that is part-thriller, part-caper, and endlessly surprising."

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Other fans of the show are thrilled that it's been given another season.

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Showrunner Chris Mundy reckons the thriller could go for much longer: "We've always talked about five. Four would be fine, six would probably be fine, but it's always felt like [five is] a good number to tell the story."

Netflix hasn't yet announced the release date for the new instalment.

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Topics: Netflix

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