Jason Bateman and Laura Linney, Ozark | Photo Credits: STEVE DIETL/NETFLIX

We’re still waiting on a premiere date for the fourth and final season of Ozark, which has us more antsy than watching the pressure cooker that was Season 3. But unfortunately we have to wait ’til who knows when to see the conclusion of Netflix’s tense crime saga. Still, after watching Season 3 of Ozark and seeing Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) continue to walk a tightrope between staying alive by laundering money for the cartel and getting caught by the cops or killed by hillbillies, we’re looking for more nerve-racking dramas about desperate crooks.  

If you’re looking for more shows featuring someone forced into a life of crime, violent battles between drug cartels, or families hiding secrets, we’ve put together a list of seven shows that will tide you over. From the show that paved the way for Ozark to some undiscovered gems that follow the same model, these shows will provide the next best thing. 

Looking for more recommendations of what to watch next? We have a ton of them! We also have recommendations for the best reality crime dramas on Netflix and best thriller movies to watch.

Breaking Bad

How to watch: Netflix

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Breaking Bad

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Watching Ozark without having seen Breaking Bad is like playing with GoBots instead of Transformers. Ozark wouldn’t exist without AMC’s classic crime drama, which is considered by many to be a top 10 series of all time (it’s squarely at No. 1 in my book). The similarities are not coincidental; Bryan Cranston plays a man thrust into the crime game (making and selling meth) under dire circumstances (he has terminal cancer and wants to provide for his family), forming the blueprint on which Ozark was based. But the writing, directing, and acting on Breaking Bad is superior to Ozark, perfecting the high-wire intensity that many shows have since tried to emulate. Cartels, money laundering, a family on the edge, it’s all here in Breaking Bad, and it’s much better. 


How to watch: Netflix

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Kyle Chandler and Linda Cardellini, Bloodline

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You know how you watch Ozark, and someone will get grotesquely blown up in an explosion, and then all of a sudden there will be this gorgeous drone shot of the Ozarks, and you think to yourself, maybe I should take the wife and kids down to Missour-uh for a vacation? The series’ stunning scenery is just as engrossing as the crime, and that feeling is also all over Netflix’s Bloodline. In this case, the Florida Keys serve as the picturesque setting that provides cover for corruption and criminality, which only further exposes its characters to the series’ questions of the extents of morality. Like Ozark and Jason Bateman, Bloodline is fronted by one of TV’s great leading men in Kyle Chandler, who plays local detective John Rayburn, a member of a supremely messed-up and powerful family buried in secrets. What begins with family disputes ends up devolving into crime and murder, but it’s the creeping sense of doom in a beautiful place that will most remind you of Ozark

The Outsider

How to watch: HBO Max

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Jason Bateman, The Outsider

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