Ozark’s final season makes it the perfect time to binge

The murder and mayhem that characterized the poplar Netflix series ‘Ozark’ has come to an end – as season four concludes the gripping crime drama of the Byrde family. So now is the perfect time to binge-watch.

After moving from Chicago to a lakeside home in the Ozarks, Marty (Jason Bateman) and Wendy (Laura Linney) Byrde, along with their teenage offspring – Jonah (Skylar Gaertner) and Charlotte (Sofia Hublitz) – lead a life of corruption and crime.

On the run from the white-collar money laundering law, Marty is the financial mastermind of the operation, while the charming and cold Wendy is the cunning, if impulsive, strategist.

When Marty catches rude and messy Ruth Langmore (Julia Garner) stealing from him, he quickly hires her to work alongside him. She is insecure and ambitious, so their dogged relationship puts the Byrdes in direct conflict with Ruth’s petty crime family who live in nearby trailers.

The Langmores are legendary troublemakers: Uncles Russ (Marc Menchaca) and Boyd (Christopher James Baker), as well as Ruth’s hustler cousins ​​Wyatt (Charlie Tahan) and Three (Carson Holmes).

Then there are the Snells. Steely Darlene Snell (Lisa Emery) and her hapless husband operate an opium poppy farm that puts these high-spirited hicks at constant odds with local drug dealers.

Calmly convincing, Omar Navarro (Felix Solis) leads the Mexican cartel that Marty and Wendy have partnered with; his ambitious nephew Javier (Alfonso Herrera) is too hot-tempered for his own good. And their dogged lawyer, Helen Pierce (Janet McTeer), is a force to be reckoned with.

Plus, there’s pregnant FBI agent Maya Miller (Jessica Frances Dukes), disgraced ex-cop turned PI Mel Sattem (Adam Rothenberg), Wendy’s bipolar brother Ben (Tom Pelphrey), and her father. who beats the Bible (Richard Thomas).

Created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams with showrunner Chris Mundy, the fast-paced series is set in Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks; however, to take advantage of Georgia’s tax breaks, most of the production was shot in and around Atlanta. Why not? “Money doesn’t know where it comes from.”

On the Granger Gauge, “Ozark” is a thrilling 8, ending with a shocking twist. Streaming on Netflix.

Susan Granger has been a television and radio commentator and entertainment critic for over 25 years. Raised in Hollywood, Granger appeared as a child actress in films with Abbott & Costello, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball and Lassie. She currently resides in Westport.