13 Shows Like ‘Ozark’ to Tide You Over Until Season 4
Ever since Netflix confirmed a fourth and final season of Ozark in 2020, we've been keeping our eyes peeled for updates, from new production details to the premiere date. Unfortunately, we're still none the wiser about the latter, but we do know that the hit crime drama is nearly done with filming. Per Looper, production is set to end around October 2021, which means we'll have to wait until 2022 to revisit the Lake of the Ozarks.
To tide us over as we wait (fingers crossed there are no further delays), we've compiled a list of gripping shows like Ozark, from Breaking Bad to Bloodline. Keep reading for 13 options to stream on Netflix, Hulu and more.
Who’s in it? Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Cotter Smith
What’s it about? FBI agents Holden Ford (Groff) and Bill Tench (McCallany) team up with a psychologist to run the Behavioral Science Unit, where they interview serial killers to solve their cases. The psychological thriller explores the minds of ruthless criminals, which will have you thinking about the terrifying drug cartel in Ozark.
Who’s in it? Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Joanna Christie
What’s it about? Set during the late '70s in Colombia, this intense drama tells the true story of Pablo Escobar, a drug kingpin who earns a fortune by producing and distributing cocaine. From fascinating archival footage to action-packed sequences, there's never a dull moment.
3. ‘Breaking Bad’
Who’s in it? Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris
What’s it about? After being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, high-school chemistry teacher Walter White turns to a life of crime, making and selling crystal meth to provide for his family. But navigating the criminal underworld leads to several complications, putting his entire family in danger.
4. ‘Better Call Saul’
Who’s in it? Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian
What’s it about? Well, we can't include Breaking Bad without mentioning its equally gripping spin-off and prequel, Better Call Saul. This time, we see how former con man Jimmy McGill (Odenkirk) transformed into the self-absorbed criminal lawyer known as "Saul Goodman."
Who’s in it? Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn, Linda Cardellini, Norbert Leo Butz
What’s it about? The gorgeous scenery in the Ozarks is a stark contrast to the darker themes tackled throughout the show—and the same can be said for Bloodline, with its spectacular Florida Keys ocean views and palm trees. The series follows the Rayburns, four well-off adult siblings whose lives are turned upside down when their brother suddenly returns home, forcing them to confront their darkest secrets.
6. ‘Animal Kingdom’
Who’s in it? Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Finn Cole
What’s it about? Following the death of his mom, 17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody (Cole) is sent to live with his relatives. However, he's shocked to learn that they're actually a criminal clan run by his no-nonsense grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody (Barkin).
7. ‘Peaky Blinders’
Who’s in it? Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson
What’s it about? Set in England during the aftermath of World War I, this epic centers on the the Peaky Blinders gang, which is run by their charismatic boss, Tommy Shelby (Murphy). The characters were inspired by the real-life street gang, who gained power towards the 19th century.
8. ‘Sneaky Pete’
Who’s in it? Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae, Libe Barer, Ethan Embry
What’s it about? While Marty uproots his entire family to appease a cruel drug boss, freed convict Marius Josipović (Ribisi) steals his former cellmate's identity to avoid a vicious gangster who's after him. But can he pull off this con without raising eyebrows?
9. ‘The Sopranos’
Who’s in it? James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli
What’s it about? With a whopping 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes to its name, The Sopranos has become the gold standard for well-crafted crime dramas. The HBO series follows Tony Soprano (Gandolfini), who struggles to navigate his double life as a mob boss and a loving family man—something that Marty can certainly relate to.
10. ‘Boardwalk Empire’
Who’s in it? Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon
What’s it about? Inspired by real-life political figure Enoch Lewis Johnson, Boardwalk Empire follows "Nucky" (Steve Buscemi), an Atlantic County treasurer whose lavish lifestyle and rise to power during the Prohibition Era leads to scrutiny from the federal government. The character-driven series is filled with stunning performances and raw, violent scenes that are not for the faint of heart.
11. ‘The Mosquito Coast’
Who’s in it? Justin Theroux, Melissa George, Logan Polish
What’s it about? Like Marty, Allie Fox (Theroux), a skilled off-the-grid inventor, is forced to uproot his family because of criminal activity. Only in this case, our leading man is an eccentric idealist who could easily spend hours ranting about American consumerism and greed. Plus, his wife's involvement makes the story all the more intriguing.
Who’s in it? Michael C. Hall, Julie Benz, Jennifer Carpenter, Erik King
What’s it about? Is it just us, or is it impossible to see blood spatter patterns without thinking of Dexter? He may not be involved in money laundering, but the seemingly normal forensic analyst is actually serial killer by night. The crime series is dark, twisted and packed with plenty of drama.
Who’s in it? Marco D'Amore, Salvatore Esposito, Fortunato Cerlino, Maria Pia Calzone
What’s it about? Based on show creator Roberto Saviano's book of the same title, the crime drama follows Ciro Di Marzio (D'Amore), member of the Savastano Camorra clan in Naples, Italy. When their leader, Pietro Savastano (Cerlino), gets arrested, a bitter power struggle ensues, putting Ciro's life and his family’s safety at risk.