Show Review: The exciting thrill of ‘Ozark’

Matthew Zandi, Staff Reporter

The streaming industry saw a big boom as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. People were locked inside of their houses with nothing better to do, so they turned to Netflix, Disney Plus, Hulu, and other streaming services. Netflix  is currently the most popular streaming service in the world, according to Statista. Some of the most popular shows in the world have come from the brand, including Squid Game, Bridgerton, and more. Now, Netflix has released the fourth season of the show Ozark

The release was only the first part of the new season, consisting of seven episodes. The other seven episodes in the season will be released later on, but no date has been specified for the second release. Part 1 of the new season peaked at number one on the Netflix daily charts since its release. Since its release on January 21, it has been inside the Top 10 of Netflix shows in the United States every day, and is currently number three as of February 8. 

Ozark season one came out on July 21, 2017. The show follows main character Marty Byrde, a financial advisor from Chicago. He finds himself in a feud with a Mexican Cartel crime boss in the city. In order to appease the boss, he moves his family to the Missouri Ozarks and begins a money laundering business. He needs to launder $8 million in just one summer to appease the Cartel. Byrde goes through many troubles throughout the show, including run-ins with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The show is meant to be fast-paced, with no boring moments. Marty and his family are constantly on the run, trying to get away from crime in any way they can. Many shocking deaths occur throughout, with twists and turns along the way. 

The show has been ranked third on best Netflix shows to watch in 2022 by What’s On Netflix. The four seasons overall have scored an 86% by critics on Rotten Tomatoes. It has also received 90% audience score from the fans. 

New viewers of the show don’t need to worry about catching up before the release of new episodes, as the show ends with the release of season four part two. It is not uncommon for a Netflix original to end after four seasons. Some of the most popular titles on Netflix including 13 Reasons Why and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ended after four seasons. 

The show is similar to that of Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, appeasing to drama and thriller fans across the world. It is listed as TV-MA by Netflix, which is intended for mature audiences. Although the end is near, it may go down as one of the most popular shows on Netflix.