Netflix has renewed Ozark for season 2. The show, which debuted last month, marked a dramatic turn for Jason Bateman, who's spent the bulk of the last two decades proving his comedy chops in Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Office Christmas Party, and the like. (Notably, he also stars in Arrested Development, which found a second life on Netflix back in 2013).
In Ozark, he stars as Marty Byrde, a financial advisor who's been secretly laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. In a last-ditch effort to appease his angry (but also horrible) bosses, he convinces them he'll regain traction in Missouri's untapped market, and suddenly uproots his family from their Chicago home to set up shop in its seemingly tame lakeside community. Problem is, he inadvertently interrupts the area's already thriving drug trade, putting him at odds with local ruffians as he attempts to skirt the FBI and placate the kingpins still on his case. Without spoiling the ending, it closed with a finale that couldn't be considered an outright cliffhanger but certainly left room for more story, and apparently, Netflix has taken the bait.
The streaming service announced on Tuesday that the series has been greenlit for a second season, which will include another 10 episodes. The news comes on the heels a particularly robust period for the company. In the last week alone, it renewed wrestling comedy GLOW, cancelled psychodrama Gypsy, handed out a 10-episode pickup to Chuck Lorre comedy The Kominsky Method, and lured super-producer Shonda Rhimes away from network TV to sign an exclusive overall deal.
Still, Ozark's renewal slightly surprising considering the series' largely mixed reviews: Some praised the gritty crime drama's ability to make a well-trod genre feel fresh, while others felt it ultimately fell flat. But Netflix has made clear in recent months that it's not afraid to make bold moves, whether that means giving a beloved show like Sense8 the ax or renewing a controversial effort like 13 Reasons Why despite widespread backlash.
Committing to a sophomore run of Ozark shows the company is invested in the project, and it's willing to take the risk that it may fare no better during its next outing. Perhaps the series will find its stride in the second season — there have, after all, been plenty of excellent shows that struggled at the outset — or perhaps it won't. But Netflix is betting that it will.
Ozark Season 1 is currently available to stream on Netflix.
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