It won't be easy to say farewell to Ozark following four exhilarating seasons. Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, and Julia Garner brought dizzying levels of unmatchable energy and skill to the adrenaline-fueled family crime drama about a financial planner who finds himself funneling money for a Mexican drug cartel.
Now that the series is officially over, you may find that you've got an Ozark-shaped hole in your heart. The complex family dynamics, the subterfuge, the intoxicating suspense—we know, it's pretty tough to replicate. That's why we've put together this list of 11 TV shows that explore complicated issues like the international drug trade, dysfunctional families, secret identities—and the multilayered reasons why seemingly moral people sometimes choose to live on the edge.
Nancy Botwin is a bereaved mom of two boys (Silas and Shane) who starts selling marijuana to support her family after her husband's untimely death.
What begins as Nancy's desperate attempt to keep her family financially afloat—selling weeds to the bored housewives in her affluent suburban community—quickly devolves into a tangled web of corruption and nefarious activity. Adding to the complexity of Nancy's increasingly selfish decisions are the presences of her slacker brother-in-law Andy, obnoxious friend Doug Wilson, and narcissistic neighbor Celia Hodes. The Botwin family—and their misfit community of misbehaving adults—becomes increasingly entangled with illicit behavior and underground schemes as the show progresses.
The Fall (2013)
The masterfully-made series The Fall follows the teeth-gnashing pursuit of a serial killer. Stella Gibson (portrayed by Gillian Anderson) is a serious investigator who leads the search once it's suspected that a single perpetrator is responsible for a string of recent murders.
Making this series particularly innovative is the fact that her male counterparts largely relinquish power, follow her example, and appreciate her wisdom and authority. She has traded the domestic for the professional—though she does indulge in the periodic "sweet night" to gratify her sexual hunger.
Inventing Anna (2022)
In Inventing Anna, a young reporter researches the story of Anna Delvey, the German heiress who became an Instagram sensation after stealing the hearts—and cash—of New York's party scene. But is Anna a manipulative con artist, or is she merely the new embodiment of the American dream?
As Anna awaits her prosecution, our journalist races against time to find an answer to the most pressing topic in NYC—who is Anna Delvey?—they develop a darkly humorous love-hate relationship. "How Anna Delvey Tricked New York's Party People" by Jessica Pressler—who is also a producer on the show—was the inspiration for the series.
Hewes and Associates is a professional extortion and blackmail operation; it is not a legitimate law business. Patty Hewes never appears in court because, long before her adversaries can force her into one, she will stop at nothing to ruin them. Because she's battling high-profile corporate crooks and other despicable plutocrats, we should forgive her. And we do, but the real beauty of the idea is that you can't completely get rid of the residual taste of corruption.
The Mosquito Coast (2021)
The modern minivan-driving family is reimagined in this series as anti-capitalists with an escape-oriented American dream. Over nine years and six different identities, the Foxes live off the grid—collecting cooking grease for fuel, homeschooling their kids, and avoiding authority figures they don't trust. No smartphones, no digital traces, their home is a pleasant unconventional California lifestyle of tranquil blues and cheerful yellows—as long as they don't get into any trouble.
Breaking Bad (2008)
When high school chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with late-stage cancer, he's got nothing to lose (other than everything.) He fears that when he dies, he'll leave behind nothing for his family—wife Skylar and their cerebral palsy-affected teenage son Walter Jr—so he begins to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine. Walt enlists the help of former student Jess and the two demonstrate remarkable proficiency in their newfound career path. The series explores Walt's descent into corruption—and its devastating impact on all those in his life—as he becomes a significant player in the drug trade.
In addition to being a clever and attractive forensic investigator in the Miami police department, Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) also has a gruesome secret: he's a serial killer. However, Dexter upholds a rigid code of honor—instilled in him by his late father, who saw the inevitability of what Dexter would become—which serves as both his savior and his eternal burden. Deeply at odds with the world and the impulses within himself, Dexter is torn between his fatal compulsion and his longing for true happiness.
Narcos tells the true-life story of how the cocaine drug cartels grew and expanded over the world—as well as how law enforcement efforts to confront them head-on in a murderous war. The narrative revolves around Steve Murphy, a DEA agent deployed to Colombia on a U.S. mission to apprehend and eventually kill Pablo Escobar, the infamous Colombian drug kingpin.
A Mennonite pastor named Noah Funk is determined to purge his neighborhood of drug dealers by turning a fellow Mennonite in to the police.
However, rather than resolving the issue, Noah's activities compel mob boss Eli Voss to demand that he join the criminal enterprise in order to safeguard his family. Noah decides that if he must serve the mafia, he will covertly amass enough proof to bring down the group. Throughout every step of the journey, both Noah's ideals and convictions are tested. Battling to save his soul and finish his goal, Noah receives assistance from an unlikely source: Bronco Novak, his high school rival and the neighborhood cop.
The Outsider (2020)
The Outsider opens with a seemingly basic investigation into the horrific murder of a young child. But when a sneaky supernatural entity enters the investigation, it forces both a veteran police officer and a nonconformist investigator to reevaluate their entire worldview.
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The latest chapter of Fargo takes place in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Luverne, Minnesota, where a young State Police Officer named Lou Solverson—just returned from Vietnam—looked into a case involving a significant mob organization and a local crime gang.
Solverson's father-in-law, Sheriff Hank Larsson, assists him in making sense of the situation. Karl Weathers, the town attorney of Luverne, Minnesota, is among the colorful ensemble of personalities they will encounter throughout their research. Karl, a veteran of the Korean War, is a flowery drinker with the wit and elegance of a true scam artist. Joe Bulo, the front man for a Kansas City crime syndicate's northern expansion.