If you were a huge fan of “Breaking Bad” and you so desperately miss that show that you’re willing to watch a shameless ripoff, then Netflix’s “Ozark” might be the show for you.

Not only does it feel like a big ol’ ripoff, but it comes across as a vanity project for star/executive producer Jason Bateman, who also directs a couple of episodes. Like Bateman was out to prove that he’s a Serious Actor, and Netflix was trying to keep Bateman happy so he’ll star in another season of “Arrested Development.”

(Season 5 is slated to stream on Netflix in 2018.)

In “Ozark,” Bateman stars as Walter White … er, uh, he stars as Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial planner whose company has been laundering money for a drug cartel. Unbeknownst to Marty, his partner has been skimming money from the cartel — and in the first episode, cartel enforcer Del (Esai Morales) wreaks revenge by murdering pretty much everybody in Marty’s office.

It’s very violent and very graphic.

Marty manages to stave off death by convincing Del that he can move to the Ozarks and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in what amounts to virgin territory for the drug cartel. And so Marty has a matter of hours to uproot his family and move them to Tennessee.

Laura Linney stars as Marty’s wife, Wendy; Marty and Wendy are the parents of Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner).

Episode 1 is about the collapse of Marty’s life; Episode 2 is about the move to Tennessee; and, beginning in Episode 3, Marty discovers that Tennessee is not the virgin territory that he believed. Everywhere he looks, there are criminals — hillybilly crooks — and everything he does creates a new complication.

“Ozark” is the complete opposite of “Arrested Development.” It’s unremittingly dark and completely lacking humor. It’s a lot like AMC’s late, unlamented “Low Winter Sun,” which is not a coincidence in that they share the same showrunner, Chris Mundy.

And for all the effort to be the Next “Breaking Bad,” Mundy, Bateman & Co. apparently didn’t watch that earlier show carefully enough to catch that it was sometimes very funny.

No, it’s not really fair to compare any show to the amazing “Breaking Bad” or to compare Bateman’s performance to Bryan Cranston as Walter White, because neither is something any show or any actor should be expected to match.

But the folks behind “Ozark” clearly set out to attempt the impossible. And it’s no surprise that they fell short,



If you were a huge fan of “Breaking Bad” and you so desperately miss that show that you’re willing to watch a shameless ripoff, then Netflix’s “Ozark” might be the show for you.

Not only does it feel like a big ol’ ripoff, but it comes across as a vanity project for star/executive producer Jason Bateman, who also directs a couple of episodes. Like Bateman was out to prove that he’s a Serious Actor, and Netflix was trying to keep Bateman happy so he’ll star in another season of “Arrested Development.”

(Season 5 is slated to stream on Netflix in 2018.)

In “Ozark,” Bateman stars as Walter White … er, uh, he stars as Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial planner whose company has been laundering money for a drug cartel. Unbeknownst to Marty, his partner has been skimming money from the cartel — and in the first episode, cartel enforcer Del (Esai Morales) wreaks revenge by murdering pretty much everybody in Marty’s office.

It’s very violent and very graphic.

Marty manages to stave off death by convincing Del that he can move to the Ozarks and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in what amounts to virgin territory for the drug cartel. And so Marty has a matter of hours to uproot his family and move them to Tennessee.

Laura Linney stars as Marty’s wife, Wendy; Marty and Wendy are the parents of Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner).

Episode 1 is about the collapse of Marty’s life; Episode 2 is about the move to Tennessee; and, beginning in Episode 3, Marty discovers that Tennessee is not the virgin territory that he believed. Everywhere he looks, there are criminals — hillybilly crooks — and everything he does creates a new complication.

Ozark” is the complete opposite of “Arrested Development.” It’s unremittingly dark and completely lacking humor. It’s a lot like AMC’s late, unlamented “Low Winter Sun,” which is not a coincidence in that they share the same showrunner, Chris Mundy.

And for all the effort to be the Next “Breaking Bad,” Mundy, Bateman & Co. apparently didn’t watch that earlier show carefully enough to catch that it was sometimes very funny.

No, it’s not really fair to compare any show to the amazing “Breaking Bad” or to compare Bateman’s performance to Bryan Cranston as Walter White, because neither is something any show or any actor should be expected to match.

But the folks behind “Ozark” clearly set out to attempt the impossible. And it’s no surprise that they fell short,


Not only does it feel like a big ol’ ripoff, but it comes across as a vanity project for star/executive producer Jason Bateman, who also directs a couple of episodes. Like Bateman was out to prove that he’s a Serious Actor, and Netflix was trying to keep Bateman happy so he’ll star in another season of “Arrested Development.”

(Season 5 is slated to stream on Netflix in 2018.)

In “Ozark,” Bateman stars as Walter White … er, uh, he stars as Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial planner whose company has been laundering money for a drug cartel. Unbeknownst to Marty, his partner has been skimming money from the cartel — and in the first episode, cartel enforcer Del (Esai Morales) wreaks revenge by murdering pretty much everybody in Marty’s office.

It’s very violent and very graphic.

Marty manages to stave off death by convincing Del that he can move to the Ozarks and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in what amounts to virgin territory for the drug cartel. And so Marty has a matter of hours to uproot his family and move them to Tennessee.

Laura Linney stars as Marty’s wife, Wendy; Marty and Wendy are the parents of Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner).

Episode 1 is about the collapse of Marty’s life; Episode 2 is about the move to Tennessee; and, beginning in Episode 3, Marty discovers that Tennessee is not the virgin territory that he believed. Everywhere he looks, there are criminals — hillybilly crooks — and everything he does creates a new complication.

Ozark” is the complete opposite of “Arrested Development.” It’s unremittingly dark and completely lacking humor. It’s a lot like AMC’s late, unlamented “Low Winter Sun,” which is not a coincidence in that they share the same showrunner, Chris Mundy.

And for all the effort to be the Next “Breaking Bad,” Mundy, Bateman & Co. apparently didn’t watch that earlier show carefully enough to catch that it was sometimes very funny.

No, it’s not really fair to compare any show to the amazing “Breaking Bad” or to compare Bateman’s performance to Bryan Cranston as Walter White, because neither is something any show or any actor should be expected to match.

But the folks behind “Ozark” clearly set out to attempt the impossible. And it’s no surprise that they fell short,


Not only does it feel like a big ol’ ripoff, but it comes across as a vanity project for star/executive producer Jason Bateman, who also directs a couple of episodes. Like Bateman was out to prove that he’s a Serious Actor, and Netflix was trying to keep Bateman happy so he’ll star in another season of “Arrested Development.”

(Season 5 is slated to stream on Netflix in 2018.)

In “Ozark,” Bateman stars as Walter White … er, uh, he stars as Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial planner whose company has been laundering money for a drug cartel. Unbeknownst to Marty, his partner has been skimming money from the cartel — and in the first episode, cartel enforcer Del (Esai Morales) wreaks revenge by murdering pretty much everybody in Marty’s office.

It’s very violent and very graphic.

Marty manages to stave off death by convincing Del that he can move to the Ozarks and launder hundreds of millions of dollars in what amounts to virgin territory for the drug cartel. And so Marty has a matter of hours to uproot his family and move them to Tennessee.

Laura Linney stars as Marty’s wife, Wendy; Marty and Wendy are the parents of Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) and Jonah (Skylar Gaertner).

Episode 1 is about the collapse of Marty’s life; Episode 2 is about the move to Tennessee; and, beginning in Episode 3, Marty discovers that Tennessee is not the virgin territory that he believed. Everywhere he looks, there are criminals — hillybilly crooks — and everything he does creates a new complication.

Ozark” is the complete opposite of “Arrested Development.” It’s unremittingly dark and completely lacking humor. It’s a lot like AMC’s late, unlamented “Low Winter Sun,” which is not a coincidence in that they share the same showrunner, Chris Mundy.

And for all the effort to be the Next “Breaking Bad,” Mundy, Bateman & Co. apparently didn’t watch that earlier show carefully enough to catch that it was sometimes very funny.

No, it’s not really fair to compare any show to the amazing “Breaking Bad” or to compare Bateman’s performance to Bryan Cranston as Walter White, because neither is something any show or any actor should be expected to match.

But the folks behind “Ozark” clearly set out to attempt the impossible. And it’s no surprise that they fell short,