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What’s on TV Friday: ‘Ozark’ and ‘Descendants 2’


Jason Bateman and Laura Linney in “Ozark.”

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Still longing for the middle-age male angst of “Breaking Bad”? Check out “Ozark,” starring Jason Bateman as an angry money launderer. “Dunkirk,” a BBC docudrama on BritBox, looks back at the World War II escape by British soldiers. And Disney adds some new villain kids to the fairy-tale mix in “Descendants 2.”

What’s Streaming

OZARK on Netflix. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman), a money manager enduring an unsatisfying routine in the Chicago suburbs with his wife (Laura Linney) and two children, finds his life turned on its head when he witnesses multiple murders at the hands of a drug lord for whom he has been laundering money. His way out: Move his family to Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, where there is, his now gruesomely deceased partner told him, more coastline than in California. His mission: To “clean” $8 million for Mexico’s second-largest cartel — or he and his family are finished. But Marty’s scent has drawn F.B.I. officers, cops and crime clans to his wooded lake lair, where the mishaps start stacking up like so many Russian dolls. If you have a taste for “a bloody mystery thriller frosted with darkly comic ganache,” Mike Hale wrote in The New York Times, “then you may well enjoy ‘Ozark.’” But the real reason to watch, he added, is a hilarious and sympathetic Ms. Linney.


A scene from the 2004 “Dunkirk.”


DUNKIRK on BritBox. Can’t get to “Dunkirk” the movie? Check out this 2004 BBC docudrama about the 1940 World War II campaign in Dunkirk, France, where more than 400,000 Allied soldiers — including some 200,000 members of the British Expeditionary Force — were penned in by advancing Germans. And in a moment that has reached near mythic status in British history, a civilian fleet of yachts, tugs, steamers, ferries and the like raced across the Channel to rescue the men. Narrated by Timothy Dalton, “Dunkirk” uses archival film footage, eyewitness accounts and dramatized sequences starring Simon Russell Beale as Churchill and Benedict Cumberbatch as a young lieutenant.

What’s on TV


China Anne McClain, left, and Dove Cameron.

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DESCENDANTS 2 (2017) 8 p.m. on ABC, Disney, Disney XD, Freeform, Lifetime and LMN. Frustrated by the pressure to be royally perfect as a lady of the court in idyllic Auradon, Mal (Dove Cameron), the daughter of Maleficent, returns to the Isle of the Lost, where her archenemy, Uma (China Anne McClain), the daughter of Ursula the sea witch, has roused her pirate gang to unleash all the imprisoned villains. “The kids are largely on their own” in this sequel to the 2015 Disney television movie, Neil Genzlinger wrote in The Times. “That makes for a dumber film, but the target audience for this colorful fluff won’t care and may even consider it an improvement.”

THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON 11:35 p.m. on NBC. Kevin Bacon chats about being directed by his wife, Kyra Sedgwick.

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