Netflix's hit crime drama series 'Ozark' is back with its anticipated season 2

  • The second season of Netflix’s hit crime drama “Ozark” is now available.
  • The show’s new season has earned more positive reviews than its first, which was divisive among critics but had a strong following of viewers.

Netflix’s hit crime drama “Ozark” returned with its anticipated second season on Friday.

The series stars Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a married couple who move to the Missouri Ozarks after a money-laundering scheme with a drug cartel goes sideways.

Critical reaction to the first season of “Ozark” was divided, but it garnered a strong following among audiences, notably including the rapper Drake, who called the series one of his favourite shows in an interview last year.

While the show’s first season earned a 68% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it got a 92% rating among audience members on the site.

Most critics are calling the new season of “Ozark” an improvement on the first, and season two had at a 73% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of Friday afternoon.

Season two follows the Byrdes as they “struggle to balance their family interests amid the escalating dangers presented by their partnerships with the power-hungry Snells, the cartel and their new deputy, Ruth Langmore,” per Netflix’s description.

“In season two, ‘Ozark’ dramatically quickens its pace, as if it’s brought a gun to a chess match,” Michael Haigis wrote in a review for Slant magazine.

“A definite page-turner (we’ll have to come up with a boxset equivalent term for this, I refuse to use ‘binge’ any longer) and one that goes to some incredibly dark places you might have thought impossible for two characters named Marty and Wendy,” Christopher Hooton wrote in a review for The Independent.

Season two of “Ozark” is now available on Netflix.

Watch a trailer for the new season below:

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