Netflix’s drama Ozark is returning for a fourth season, and thanks be to the streaming gods, we now have a release date. Ozark Season 4, the series’ final season, will be released on Netflix on January 21, 2022, with the first seven episodes. With all the holiday cheer, you’ll be sick of watching Jason Bateman (Marty Byrde) be a bad guy (or is he just surviving?) and Laura Linney (Wendy) make her own devious plans while Ruth (Julia Garner) does Ruth things while everyone tries not to get killed. That’s just the thing to counteract all the holiday cheer. As a workaround for the time being, Ozark devotees can binge on similar series to Ozark until then.
We’ve compiled a list of seven shows that will keep you entertained if you’re bored with shows about people forced into criminal activity, violent drug cartel battles, or secretive families. Aside from Ozark’s predecessor, these shows will give you the next best thing after it has finished airing.
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As well as Netflix recommendations, we’ve got picks for the best true crime shows and thriller films.
As a fan of Glenn Close’s Marty, you’ll appreciate the lengths that Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) and Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) go to in Damages, a legal thriller that aired on FX and DirecTV for five seasons starting in 2007 and was distributed by Amazon Video. When an ambitious high-powered lawyer (Close) takes on a protégée (Byrnes), a complicated relationship develops between the two women, who grow increasingly suspicious of one another as the story progresses. Just to dispel any notions you might have, the first scene shows Ellen running through New York City covered in blood, instead of talking about objections, depositions, and other lawyerly matters. There will be deaths. You can see it on Hulu or Starz.
2. Queen of the South
Queen of the South, like Ozark, is about a “normal person who gets caught up in crime and gets a taste for it and then wants to be the kingpin of the world. After falling in love with a cartel member, she is forced to flee Mexico after his murder and becomes a cartel target. The show is based on Telemundo’s Spanish-language telenovela La Reina del Sur. When she arrives in the United States, she joins forces with a fellow drug trafficker in order to bring down the cartel and start her own business. So, it’s like Ozark, but she’s not Marty, the nerdy finance guy. You can see it on Netflix.
3. The Mosquito Coast
The Mosquito Coast on Apple TV+ is a must-see if you’re a fan of stories about families fleeing from the law and drug cartels. According to Justin Theroux, the series is an adaptation of the 1981 novel that was later made into the 1986 film starring Harrison Ford and stars as an anti-consumerist inventor named Allie Fox, whose life is turned upside down when federal authorities come to investigate him over past activities, forcing him to leave his wife and two children behind in the United States. You’ll be reminded of Ozark’s villains as Allie tries to wriggle out of sticky situation after sticky situation. The quality isn’t quite up to Ozark’s, but it does have a similar feel. [Apple TV+ users: see this video]
4. Breaking Bad
Ozark is like playing with GoBots instead of Transformers if you haven’t seen Breaking Bad or vice versa. Ozark wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for AMC’s classic crime drama, which is widely regarded as one of the top ten television series of all time. It’s not a coincidence that Bryan Cranston’s character, who has terminal cancer and must provide for his family, is similar to Ozark’s main character in many ways.
Ozark was based on Bryan Cranston’s character in many ways. Breaking Bad, on the other hand, has superior writing, directing, and acting, perfecting the high-wire intensity that many shows have attempted to imitate since. Breaking Bad has it all: drug cartels, money laundering, and a dysfunctional family. But it’s better. You can see it on Netflix.
Ozark has those moments where someone is horribly injured in an explosion, and then, out of nowhere, you see a stunning aerial shot of the Ozarks, and you wonder aloud if you ought to take your family on a vacation there? As engrossing as the crime is on Netflix’s Bloodline, the show’s breathtaking scenery only adds to the experience. The Florida Keys are used as a picturesque backdrop to hide corruption and criminality, exposing the series’ characters to even more existential questions.
One of the great TV leading men in Kyle Chandler plays local detective John Rayburn, a member of a supremely messed-up and powerful family who is shrouded in secrecy on Bloodline, just like Ozark and Jason Bateman in Ozark. However, when it all starts out as petty family drama that turns violent, you will remember Ozark for its sense of impending doom set amid breathtaking scenery. You can see it on Netflix.
6. The Outsider
As a result of Ozark, we now know that Jason Bateman is much more than just a funny actor who says things like, “Has anyone in this family ever seen a chicken?” In Ozark, he displayed some impressive dramatic skills as both an actor and a director. In the time between Ozark seasons, Bateman starred and directed this HBO miniseries in which he plays a Little League coach accused of murdering a young child. There are supernatural elements in this film because it is an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Outsider, but everything else about it—the melancholy atmosphere, the blue tint occasionally—is purely Ozarkian. [HBO Max subscribers: check this out]
7. Narcos/Narcos: Mexico
Once again, the Narcos franchise on Netflix will not disappoint if you want more of the ruthless cartel killing in Ozark — and who doesn’t love ruthless cartel killing? DEA agents track down Medelln cartel leader and world’s largest cocaine dealer Pablo Escobar in the first season of the original Narcos, which premiered in 2015. Narcos: Mexico, which may be even better than the original Narcos, followed the drug trade in Mexico and the Guadalajara cartel for its first three seasons. In the criminal world, there are no white men getting in over their heads except for the feds, but Ozark has all the action, violence and backstabbing you could ever want. You can see it on Netflix.
Cleanliness and staying one step ahead of the bad guys are top priorities in Ozark. A similar theme can be found in Spotless, a Netflix original series that was overlooked because it debuted on Esquire Network — yes, Esquire Network was a thing back in 2015 — as an Esquire Network original. Despite the fact that it’s primarily in English, the British-French co-production (don’t worry, most of it is) features plenty of Ozark’s gory messiness, thanks to the main character running a crime scene cleaning business in London.
It’s a world he never expected to be a part of, but when his brother shows up with a dead body in his trunk and an angry mob boss hot on his tail, everything changes. Fortunately, his singular ability frequently rescues him from sticky situations. In the vein of Ozark, Spotless is grim and tense, but with a dash of black comedy thrown in to lighten the mood just a smidge. “Did you cross the border with weed in your possession?” If they found the body, I assumed they’d be more forgiving of the weed. As far back as several years ago, the show was renewed for a second season. You can see it on Netflix.
9. Sneaky Pete
Underrated crime drama Sneaky Pete on Amazon centers on a man on the run from a crime boss who must also pretend that everything is normal to keep his family and friends from finding out the truth. Does this sound familiar to you? To get away from his troubled past, Giovanni Ribisi plays a recently released convict who adopts the identity of his cellmate.
Additionally, he meets up with his cellmate’s long-lost family and has to pass himself off as him while fending off thugs for the sake of his life. This places Ribisi’s character in an ever-tightening vice from which he manages to wriggle out about ten times in every episode of Ozark, as does Marty Byrde. If you still need more proof, Bryan Cranston and Margo Martindale both appear in and produce Sneaky Pete. Visit Amazon Prime to see this and other videos.
Cocaine traffickers among the Mennonites! Watch this Canadian crime drama for no other reason than that. It premiered on WGN America in 2017 before moving to Hulu and follows a Canadian Mennonite pastor who goes undercover to stop the cocaine trade in his community. Pure was heavily influenced by Breaking Bad. Before you scoff and point out how absurd this is, consider the following: It’s based on a true story, not a fictional one. As in Ozark, a man forced into crime learns on the job and is tempted by the dark side, and Ryan Robbins is excellent as the torn pastor. Mennonite drug traffickers, though? Although the show ran for two seasons of six episodes each, it’s not clear if it will be renewed for a third.