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Whether it's a chemistry teacher getting increasingly pulled into the world of methamphetamine production or a soccer mom-turned-pot-dealer, there's just something mesmerizing about the idea of an everyman venturing into the dangerous world of criminal enterprise. There's something almost Faustian about the idea of a typical, almost boring American trying to dabble in crime only to get pulled in deeper and deeper. But as the Byrde family in Netflix's "Ozark" learns, stepping into the world of organized crime is like stepping into quicksand.
The story follows financial advisor Marty Byrde's failed attempts to break free of a cartel after a years-long money laundering venture goes south thanks to his sticky-fingered partner. Starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a couple trapped in a hellishly toxic marriage, the series weaves Southern gothic elements through a tale that explores the American dream gone wrong.
With its grim, cynical worldview, "Ozark" stands out in its exploration of the erosion of the American family, serving as an apt metaphor for the despair so many Americans feel as they clamor to survive in a world where very few hold true power over their lives. Over the course of the show's first three seasons, the series earned praise for its powerful performances and suspenseful writing. These are the best Ozark episodes from the drama's first three seasons, according to IMDb.