Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'
What TV Series Are Like Ozark?
Ozark is a fairly new show that started airing on Netflix in 2017. The plot revolves around Marty Byrde who moves with his wife and children from Chicago to a resort in Ozark. However, this is no family vacation. The residential shift happened as a result of Marty’s money-laundering blunder. He is at the mercy of a drug lord and will have to do anything necessary to keep his family safe. Earning a lot of money either requires a ton of hard work and patience or taking risks and our protagonist, unfortunately, chooses the latter. Was it worth it? Watching a chain reaction unfold makes the viewers question their own moral viewpoints. Ozark also shows you how a problem of this magnitude affects a family, from different perspectives.
The show has only run for two seasons as of yet, and it has been renewed for a third one. So while you wait to find out the fate of the Byrde family, here’s a list of similar shows to Ozark that’ll keep you occupied until the new season drops.
Series Like Ozark
- Breaking Bad
- Queen of The South
- The Mob Doctor
- Sharp Objects
1. Breaking Bad
No other TV show has a better story of a regular, family man gone rogue. Breaking Bad is the story of the transformation of Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher, into one of the most notorious meth-cooks in all of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
If IMDb ratings are to be believed, it’s the greatest TV show ever made, and the viewers seem to agree. After learning that he only has a few months to live due to inoperable lung cancer, Mr. White reflects on his life. This genius chemist has nothing to show for all the years he’s been alive. With another child on the way, his life is coming undone before his very eyes. At this point, any man would do the things necessary to make sure his family is taken care of after his demise.
Not only is the show a global success, but a spin-off called Better Call Saul has found reasonable success as well. Vince Gilligan, the talented writer, and creator of the show, came up with the script after a friend jokingly told him they should start selling meth to make money. Who could’ve imagined that a normal conversation between two friends could turn into one of the best stories to ever grace television screens?
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Giancarlo Esposito, considered the finest actors in the business, truly morphed into their respective characters. If someone asks me to recommend a great TV show for them, Breaking Bad would undoubtedly be the first on my list.
2. Queen of the South
We’ve all heard the stories of drug kingpins, but Queen of the South introduces the world to TV’s very first "Queenpin" (pun intended). Adapted from a book by Arturo Perez-Reverte, this American drama series revolves around a poor Mexican girl, Teresa Mendoza, who gets sucked into the world of narcotics after falling in love with a drug-cartel member. But dreams of escaping poverty with her boyfriend’s fade away after he’s killed. People behind his death will not stop until Teresa’s six feet under, too.
In the process of solving an issue, unforeseen events lead to the creation of a much bigger problem. If our protagonist wants to survive, she has to team up with other druglords and climb the crime ladder along the way. Money is no longer an obstacle for her, but she can’t get a moment’s peace without constantly having to worry about maintaining power.
The show is currently airing its fourth season, so you might want to catch up and see how it feels to be the queen of the underworld. If you’re looking for some cerebral shows like Ozark, Queen of The South should be your best bet.
3. The Mob Doctor
There are many obstacles one has to face as a medical practitioner, but Dr Grace Devlin has added one more to her list. After her brother gets on the mob’s bad side, Grace is forced to work for this criminal organization. Paying for someone else’s mistake is one of the worst things to happen to anyone, but what can you do when the family’s involved, right?
The show only lasted a year, during which it released one season with 13 episodes. The storyline, more or less, revolves around her working two jobs. On one hand, she saves the lives of many innocent people in the hospital but on the other, she saves criminals who will eventually kill more people. One way or the other, the blood is on her hands as well.
How long the lead character pay for the sins of her brother? There might come a time when the unofficial “job” requires her to do something inexplicable and horrendous. But until that day comes, she can feel a little bit better about all the lives she has saved. Watch a unique journey of a doctor as she deals with the mafia and the corrupt legal system.
Bankrolled by Netflix, Bloodline is one of the best mystery thrillers available on Netflix to this date. Every family has secrets confined within the household, but they are usually something embarrassing and trivial. However, the Rayburns might be hiding something so dark, it could potentially destroy the entire family if it ever got out. They have managed to keep it under wraps for many years behind a cheerful facade and uneventful social gatherings, but after the reappearance of Danny, the oldest brother of the family, a pandora’s box of devastating information might finally come out.
Once the layers of secrets unearth, the cracks in the family union finally begin to seep through. The pseudo bond they had over the years come undone in a matter of few moments. Everybody knows a little something about everybody else. Even the slightest wind could scatter their lies, a spectacle you’ll witness through three brilliant seasons. The show ended in 2017, so if you don’t want to stumble across some serious spoilers, start watching right away. Those looking for a show like Ozark would love what Bloodline brings to the table.
People associate anything they don’t understand or can’t explain to god or divine powers, but Resurrection truly shows something that science doesn’t have an answer for and compels the viewers to look beyond their personal beliefs.
Another Netflix special on the list, Resurrection tells the story of a young boy who mysteriously returns home one day after being presumed dead for many years. It sounds like a happy story at first, but there’s a catch - he returns after a few years and yet, he hasn’t aged a bit. This individual looks exactly like the boy he’s claiming to be. On top of that, he has all the information regarding his “previous life”.
Is this show really about a miracle with no answers outside religion, or is something dark waiting for us at the end of it? This ABC drama answers all of these questions to the best of its abilities, and it is an absolutely delightful experience to uncover these secrets. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in a higher power as Resurrection isn’t an attempt to religionize the viewers. It can be more accurately described as a way to make the audience re-examine their own standpoints and see if they can deal with an “unanswerable” phenomenon. So if you like challenging your own beliefs, watch this amazing drama series and take your mind for a memorable ride.
Most fans were devastated when the series ended in 2015 after just two seasons, but at least we got to witness one of the most eccentric story arcs along the way.
6. Sharp Objects
Starring popular Hollywood actress Amy Adams in the lead role, Sharp Objects is a highly acclaimed HBO mini-series. Reporter Camille Preaker returns home to investigate mysterious crimes and gets reunited with her estranged family. However, this isn’t a happy family reuniting after many years. This household appears to have had a tragic past, and more details are uncovered as the episodes go by. There are many flashback sequences full of death, dread, and atrocities that overlap with the present situation, which is just as haunting.
Home is usually a safe place for most people, but it’s exactly the opposite here. Many psychologists believe that every decision a person makes is directly linked to previous traumatic experiences. Camille is finding similarities between her own childhood days and the crimes she’s currently investigating. Maybe it’s a way to find closure or a way to assuage some guilt, but it is clear that Camille will get to the bottom of it.
Sharp Objects has eight intriguing episodes, and each one is brimming with fascinating performances in addition to great writing. So get ready to stay on the edge of your seats as you discover things best left forgotten.
Did I miss out on any other shows like Ozarks? Let me know in the comments section.