27 March 2020 02:40

Ozark, Netflix's hit drama about money laundering and warring crime families, is finally back for a third season.

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Ozark, season 3 review: Netflix drama gets its mojo back with superb performances from Jason Bateman and Laura Linney

Ozark's third season launches today on Netflix — it first arrived in 2017 — and, without much fanfare, it has quietly become the greatest crime thriller on TV. Ozark Series 3 isn't really family viewing but, God, it's brilliant It takes its name from the resort in Missouri in which it's set — although some people call it the Redneck Riviera. Marty Byrde is a Chicago-based accountant involved in dubious activity for a Mexican drug cartel. Unfortunate events lead him to have to relocate his reluctant wife Wendy, and kids Charlotte and Jonah, to the resort of Ozark in order to begin a huge money-laundering operation to save their lives. Ozark was chosen as a last-minute destination after he remembered having a flyer for it in his pocket — the first time we note that Marty's decisions are not always based on a whole lot of thought.

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As the mysterious and rich Byrdes arrive in town, containers full of cash in tow, the race is on for them to ingratiate themselves with the local community and embroil themselves in the residents' lives. Crime thriller Ozark's third season launches today on Netflix Credit: AP:Associated Press propensity for flashing the cash attracts local criminals — as well as the FBI, curious as to why they have left Chicago. most read in film MARVEL-LOUS How to watch the Marvel movies in chronological order on Disney+ FEMME FATALE How film icon Gloria Grahame's affair with stepson even shocked Hollywood REAL LIFE DISNEY PRINCESS When is Elephant out on Disney+ & how is Meghan Markle involved? 'STAY HOME PEOPLE' Idris Elba reveals he has coronavirus and is self-isolating Exclusive MOVIE PANIC Star Wars & Jurassic World filming abandoned at Pinewood as coronavirus spreads LET IT GO How to watch Frozen 2 NOW without Disney+ Ozark's first series focuses on this set-up. The FBI are snooping, locals are not happy and there's a real rush on to get some money laundered.

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The second series deals with the fallout from the first, and the family have their eyes set on a casino. Ozark isn't really family viewing but, God, it's brilliant. OZARK SERIES 3 (18) 30 episodes, about 60 mins each The first series of Ozark (Netflix) was a tightly wound thriller about Marty and Wendy Byrde (Jason Bateman and Laura Linney), a professional couple forced to move from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks after they got entangled in a drug cartel's money laundering scheme. Sticking to the Breaking Bad formula, it showed the formerly middle-class family coming to relish their criminality. If there is a formula for prestige television, it is murderous gangs plus domestic strife, and Ozark served up plenty of both.

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Having established the Byrdes in their new environment, the writers didn't seem to know what to do with them, and the second series was flabbier. So it's a relief that for Ozark's third outing, it seems to have got its mojo back. It begins six months after the end of series two, and the Byrdes' riverboat casino, The Missouri Bell, is up and running, a legitimate enterprise relieving holidaymakers of their dough. Looking after things day to day is Ruth Langmore (Julie Garner), an anxious cobra of a manager, alternately charming and viscous, especially when it comes to local small-time mobster Frank Jr. Marty and Wendy have more to worry about. She sees an opportunity to go into bigger business with the Novarro cartel, who are under pressure from an ongoing drug war, and seeks out their lawyer, the steely Helen (Janet McTeer), to assist.

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Marty is happy with things as they are, seeing a path to stability, especially for their children, out of the chaos of their recent past. Ozark mostly makes up for any deficiencies in originality with its crisp execution. The leads are superb, especially Linney and Garner, and the direction keeps things at a high point of tension, lit so dimly that even the sun seems depressed. We will follow them down the rabbit hole, even though it can't end well, and it's to the writers' credit that the characters remain plausible while they take more and more extreme decisions. You might be able to evade the FBI and rampaging drug gangs.

After more than one year of waiting, Ozark season three is finally here and there is plenty more drama surrounding the Byrde family in the latest instalment of the crime thriller. What time is the highly anticipated new series released on Netflix? Express.co.uk has everything you need to know. What time is Ozark season 3 released on Netflix? Ozark season 3 will premiere on Netflix worldwide on Friday, March 27. The series will be released at midnight California time as this where Netflix's headquarters are based. Ozark will then premiere at different times across the globe depending on the time difference. UK fans of the crime drama will be able to watch the new series of Ozark from 8.01am GMT tomorrow. All 10 episodes will drop on Netflix in one go, meaning Ozark fans can binge-watch the series over the weekend. Netflix also has a download option which means you can watch the new series offline via the Netflix app. You can subscribe to Netflix now from £7.99 per month. The first two seasons of Ozark are streaming on Netflix now. READ MORE Ozark season 2 recap: What happened in the last series of Ozark? Ozark, Netflix's hit drama about money laundering and warring crime families, is finally back for a third season. Set six months after Season 2, Season 3 revolves around Marty and Wendy's power struggle and the return of Wendy's brother Ben. Netflix has not yet announced if Ozark will return for Season 4, but things are ratcheting up for the Byrdes, and Ozark's creative team has long planned for at least two more seasons. but that always seemed like a good number to us," Ozark showrunner Chris Mundy said during an April panel at the Milken Global Conference in Beverly Hills, per The Hollywood Reporter. He added that they've been gradually "building little things in, if we keep on track for the emotional ending we're guessing we'll have," but that ultimately, there are "people that are in bigger chairs than mine who make those decisions." It's very possible Ozark will be one of the few Netflix shows to make it beyond a third season, joining the likes of Orange is the New Black, Grace and Frankie, House of Cards, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. (Technically Narcos falls into this bucket too, since it ended after three seasons but spun off into Narcos: Mexico.) In 2017, Indiewire reported that Ozark was Netflix's most popular show, ahead of Narcos and even Stranger Things. While that was just for Ozark's first season, one can assume its kept a strong viewership in order to make it to Season 3. Steve Deitl/Netflix The reason why a lot of Netflix shows end with Season 3 is not totally clear, but Nellie Andreeva at Deadline suggested that Netflix's unique investment model causes costs to skyrocket after a show's second season. So, the streaming company gives its writers creative freedom to find an audience for two or three seasons, then tightens its renewal criteria as costs go up. But if Ozark is indeed as popular as the numbers suggest, it's likely to come back. The show was renewed for Season 3 just two months after Season 2's release, so we should be getting news either way sometime this summer. Netflix knows you're in need of some excitement, and the streaming giant is here to deliver. This week marks the return of Jason Bateman's rollercoaster of a crime drama, Ozark. But when exactly does Ozark Season 3 come out? Ozark started as a relatively simple story about an accountant who volunteers to launder money for a cartel to save himself and his family. But it didn't take long for the series to plummet deep into illegal madness. Here's how you can watch Ozark Season 3. When Does Ozark Season 3 Come Out? When Is the Ozark Season 3 Release Date on Netflix? This Friday, March 27, marks the premiere of Ozark Season 3 on Netflix. Finally we can watch Jason Bateman slowly implode as his world collapses around him. What Time Does Ozark Season 3 Come Out on Netflix? If you love Netflix originals, you already know the drill. Ozark Season 3 will launch on Netflix at 3/2c a.m. on March 27. If you don't see this new season appear on your Netflix account right away, relax. We know, it's been a while since Netflix took us on a tour of the Ozarks. But thankfully Decider has already covered what you need to know so you don't have to do a full rewatch. Check out our recap of Ozark Season 1. Where Can I Find an Ozark Season 2 Recap? Don't worry, we have you covered on last season, too. Here's Decider's guide to what you need to remember from Ozark Season 2. A full article is a bit too long and you really just want to know the bare bones? Last season, Ruth was waterboarded by the Navarro Cartel after it was revealed that she tried to kill Marty in Season 1. She and Marty are okay now, but things were shaky for a while. Half of those deaths were either directly or indirectly caused by Darlene Snell, so just remember: Darlene is still crazy and the FBI knows more than it's letting on. Watch Ozark on Netflix