10 Shows Like 'Ozark' to Watch Next

Now that 'Ozark' has wrapped its four-season run on Netflix, discover 10 other shows like it to watch next, ranked by Metascore.
by Jon Bitner — 

Laura Linney and Jason Bateman in 'Ozark'


After four seasons, three Primetime Emmy Award wins, two Screen Actors Guild Award wins, and a Writers Guild Award win, Ozark has come to an end.

The four season-run wrapped at the end of April 2022 with a series finale that saw the youngest Byrde family member sliding into the darkness in a big way. Along the way, there was a lot of loss — both in literal characters lives and in pieces of other characters' morality and, arguably, souls. Also along the way, the Netflix original managed to earn impressive reviews (Metascore: 70) and pull in millions of viewers, many of whom are looking for their next show now that Ozark finally came to an end.

At its core, Ozark is a standard crime drama, but its combination of lucrative white-collar crimes, well-paced scripts, star-studded cast, and moody southern Missouri landscape make it stand out in an otherwise saturated genre. There's nothing quite like Ozark on the small screen, although several other shows manage to capture a similar vibe.

Series executive producer, star, and director Jason Bateman was cast in one such series, another dark crime drama titled The Outsider (and more on that below). If you missed that one-season series when it aired on HBO in 2020, now is the time to check it out. Another (Peaky Blinders) is set in the 1910s, offering a similar tone to the Netflix Original, while bringing it to a locale significantly darker than the Lake of the Ozarks. Regardless of where they're set or who they cast, however, all 10 of the following shows offer the same moody atmosphere and impressive acting as seen in Ozark.

From classic detective stories to modern-day masterpieces, here, Metacritic highlights 10 crime dramas like Ozark to watch next. 


'The Wire'

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The Wire

Metascore: 91
Best for: Fans of gritty crime dramas
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunes,
Seasons: 5

Often cited as one of the best TV shows of the 21st century, The Wire takes an unapologetic look at the drug trade in Baltimore. Told from multiple perspectives and with a highly nuanced story, nothing is painted as black or white — every decision has a ripple effect and consequences are often felt throughout all five seasons of the show. Led by performances from Dominic West as Det. James McNulty), Lance Reddick as Lt. Cedric Daniels, and Michael K. Williams as Omar Little, The Wire has no problem dropping characters for an entire season to tell its story. Filled with violence and desperation yet undoubtedly grounded in reality, The Wire ran from 2002 to 2008 and picked up a Peabody Award in 2004.

"[If] you're willing to tolerate some initial confusion, The Wire rewards patience. The dialogue is sharply funny and richly colloquial, and the actors are a constant astonishment." — Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'

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Breaking Bad

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of the anti-hero
Where to watch: 

, Google PlayiTunes, Netflix
Seasons: 5

Like The Wire, Breaking Bad's title often comes up when discussing the best TV shows. Created and directed by Vince Gilligan, the show knows exactly where it wants to go and pulls no punches in getting there. Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a high school teacher-turned-meth cook who's trying to pay his medical bills. Things quickly escalate beyond Walter's initial intentions, however, and he's swept up in a massive, organized crime ring that includes the Mexican cartel and an overseas financier. What follows is a closer look at a flawed (but relatable) character, and the lengths he's willing to go to recapture the ambition of his youth.

"A radical type of television, and also a very strange kind of must-watch: a show that you dread and crave at the same time." —Emily Nussbaum, The New Yorker


Martin Freeman in 'Fargo'

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Metascore: 85
Best for: Fans of the original Fargo movie and anthology dramas
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes
Seasons: 4 (so far)

Loosely based on the hit 1996 film of the same title, Fargo is an anthology crime series that has no problem jumping through the decades and remaking itself every season. Its inaugural season starred Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo, Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard, and Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson, with Molly attempting to solve a series of murders that might be tied to Lorne and Lester. Throughout its run thus far, a variety of stars, including Chris Rock, Glynn Turman, Jessie Buckley, and Jason Schwartzman in the most recent season, have stepped into leading and supporting roles, although what remains consistent is creator and showrunner Noah Hawley's special tonal blend of black comedy with crime.

"The second season of Fargo is just as fantastic as the first. Hawley and his writers' greatest strength is incredible control of tone and atmosphere." —Molly Eichel, The Philadelphia Inquirer


Michael C. Hall in 'Dexter'

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Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of quirky crime dramas
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunesVudu
Seasons: 8 plus a limited revival series

Dexter follows Michael C. Hall as the eponymous Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter analyst working for the Miami Metro Police Department. He also happens to be a serial killer and eventually becomes a family man. Its scripts offer a few more laughs than Ozark, but Dexter is just as easy to root for as Marty Byrde despite their extralegal professions. The popular Showtime series recently came back to the small screen with a special one-off season set nine years post-finale (That season, subtitled New Blood, has a standalone Metascore of 61), but the original run has a bit more to offer fans of Ozark — its family conflicts are larger, its boats are better, and its suspense will keep you watching into the early hours of the night.

"Any fears you had that marriage and a baby would dull the sharp edge of Dexter —I admit it, I was worried — have been thoroughly allayed by Season 4's wonderfully swift, witty, and violent start." — Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly


Giovanni Ribisi in 'Sneaky Pete'

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Sneaky Pete

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of intricate crime dramas
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Seasons: 3

Sneaky Pete is more than a cute name — it describes the entire premise of the show. Giovanni Ribisi stars as Marius Josipovic, a conman who's assumed the identity of his old cellmate, Pete, to avoid being tracked by his enemies. Marius goes as far as reuniting with Pete's estranged family, although things quickly spiral out of control, and he once again finds himself in danger. Created by Cranston and David Shore, Sneaky Pete consistently ranks as one of the best Amazon Originals. Ribisi might not have the same name recognition as Bateman, but he puts on a great performance alongside Marin IrelandShane McRae, and Libe Barer.

"The pacing is quick, the plotline interesting and there's even a touch of Walter White/Breaking Bad-type humor (read: dark) courtesy of Cranston." — Michael Starr, New York Post


Cillian Murphy in 'Peaky Blinders'

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Peaky Blinders

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of historical dramas
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 6 (so far)

Set in 1919 Britain, Peaky Blinders follows an organized crime gang, and it's actually based on a historical gang that carried the same name during the 1890s. Cillian Murphy stars as Thomas Shelby, the titular gang's leader, as he attempts to expand the group's reach without drawing attention from authorities. However, the Royal Irish Constabulary catches wind of their criminal empire and dispatches an inspector to clean up their town. The struggle between the Peaky Blinders and the Royal Irish Constabulary is similar to that of the Byrdes against the FBI, and a concise script drives the action forward with each episode.

"It still has that heavy stamp of quality, the unique mix of early 20th-century gangsterism set against modern music and reassuringly uncorny dialogue." — Carol Midgley, The Times


Bill Pullman in 'The Sinner'

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The Sinner

Metascore: 73
Best for: Thrill seekers and fans of detective dramas
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 4

The Sinner is a taut detective drama with Season 1 based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. The series plays out as an anthology, with only Det. Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) returning every season to solve a new series of murders. Its cast might change every season, but its mature tone and dark atmosphere remain intact from beginning to end. You'll also continue to learn about Harry's tumultuous past throughout the series — each episode teases a bit more about his history and why he's drawn to such gruesome cases. 

"For drama fans (and crime drama fans in particular), The Sinner remains a very underrated anthology that always delivers a solid case with a great cast around it." — Allison Keene, Paste


Matthew McConaughey in 'True Detective'

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True Detective 

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of psychological thrillers
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes
Seasons: 3

This anthology crime series has a spotty Metascore history (Seasons 1 and 3 score considerably higher than Season 2), but the dark tone and moody filming locations make it an easy stream. Season 1 stars Matthew McConaughey as Det. Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Det. Marty Hart, who are tasked with solving a murder that has ties to a missing persons case. What starts as a standard detective drama quickly becomes a bit more complex, with Rust quoting German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche and discussing metaphysical concepts between interrogations. The following seasons never managed to pull in the same Metascore as the first, but the cast is always impressive, with Mahershala Ali leading in Season 3.

"The writing and the concept, by series creator and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, undulates from effectively brash soliloquies to penetratingly nuanced moments carried by sparse prose." — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter


Linda Cardellini in 'Bloodline'

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Metascore: 71
Best for: Fans of dysfunctional family dramas with lots of secrets
Where to watch: Google PlayiTunes, Netflix,

Seasons: 3

The Rayburn family is a bit more disheveled than the Byrde family, but there's no shortage of drama and violence across Bloodline's three season run. John Rayburn (Kyle Chandler) returns to Florida for his parents' anniversary at the start of the series, although it brings plenty of old, unpleasant memories to the surface. Encounters with his siblings (Danny Rayburn, played by Ben Mendelsohn, and Meg Rayburn, played by Linda Cardellini) further complicate his life, before he's ultimately wrapped up in a DEA investigation that might have ties to his family. The first season managed to earn an impressive Metascore, although it lost a bit of steam during its second and third. Despite the drop in ratings, however, Bloodline offers many of the same tropes as Ozark — a crime-ridden family, a picturesque backdrop, and a conflicted main character.  

"The show doles out morsels of information slowly, like a trail of breadcrumbs, which makes for a satisfying viewing experience and feeds your curiosity while making you question other aspects even more." — Diane Gordon, The Wrap


Ben Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo in 'The Outsider'


The Outsider

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of Stephen King
Where to watch: 

, HBO Max, iTunesVudu
Seasons: 1

It eventually takes a supernatural twist (it's based on a King novel, after all), but The Outsider remains a standard crime thriller for most of its 10 episodes. Ozark fans in particular will love to see Bateman in another dark role, as he plays the suspected killer of a young boy. The show's Metascore doesn't quite reach the highs of other crime dramas, but it still pulled in favorable reviews due to its unique script and impressive casting (Mendelsohn and Cynthia Erivo, especially). The story follows a jaded police officer (played by Mendelsohn) who is still grieving the loss of his own young son when he gets pulled into the case of another little boy's vicious murder, working with savant Holly Gibney (Erivo).

"Incredible cast, dynamite opening, too-leisurely progression, overly familiar execution. Watch with care, but watch." — Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly