Whether you’re looking for a documentary about an iconic marching band, a gritty new series that profiles killers on death row, a documentary series that seeks to solve decades-old missing person cases, or all kinds of original movies and dramas, Netflix has your back in August.
Like Father (August 3)
Like Father adds to Netflix’s already huge roster of original series in a big way. The show has plenty of star power, with Seth Rogen, Kristen Bell, and Kelsey Grammer. In the series, Grammer plays Bell’s father as they try to reconnect on a Caribbean cruise after Bell was left at the altar by her fiance. Expect this family dramedy to supply plenty of laughs when it arrives August 3.
Insatiable (August 10)
Insatiable is a new teen comedy with dramatic elements that hits Netflix on August 10. In Insatiable, Debby Ryan and Alyssa Milano star alongside Dallas Roberts in a coming-of-age tale that features a high schooler trying to prove bullies wrong by entering the high-pressure world of beauty pageants. Critics already claim the show encourages body shaming, but it’s centered around the judgmental world of beauty pageants – what do you expect?
Ozark: Season 2 (August 31)
It seems like it’s been forever since Ozark arrived on Netflix, pitting a squirrelly, resourceful Jason Bateman against a growing cast of redneck criminals, Mexican drug lords, and various other ne’er-do-wells as he scrambles to launder enough cash to save his and his family’s lives. When season two debuts on August 31, you can expect the stakes to get even higher.
I Am A Killer (August 3)
In Making a Murderer, Netflix challenged viewers to decide whether a man and his nephew had been wrongfully convicted of a vicious murder. In I Am a Killer, the picture will be considerably more clear, as the series features interviews with convicted murderers who convince the terrible details of the crimes they were locked up for.
Marching Orders (August 3)
On August 3, Marching Orders makes its Netflix debut. The documentary follows Bethune-Cookman University’s world famous marching band, allowing viewers to see all of the hard work that goes into the pageantry and precision of such an elite marching band. The production is sure to surprise people who want to know how so many people can come together as a cohesive unit.
Cocaine Coast (August 3)
If you’re into shows such as Narcos, Cocaine Coast may be right for you. The series will not be set in an urban area, but instead in the fishing community of Galicia, Spain, where a young fisherman gets involved with the wrong types of people and soon finds himself immersed in the world of illegal drug smuggling. Cocaine Coast arrives on August 3.
All About The Washingtons (August 10)
In All About The Washingtons, Joseph Simmons (better known as Run of Run-D.M.C.) plays MC Joe Speed, a rapper who retires to play Mr. Mom while his wife gets to finally focus on her own career. As a result, he has to adjust to life as a stay-at-home father while getting reacquainted with his four children. Run’s real-life wife Justine Simmons will play his wife on the show, which launches August 10.
Ultraviolet (August 17)
Ultraviolet is yet another new Netflix series, this one surrounding a woman who witnesses a strange crime scene that doesn’t seem to be what the authorities are making of it. Ola Serafin plays the protagonist, who teams up with Ultraviolet, a team of eccentric investigators who want to solve crimes that the police aren’t getting solved themselves. Show creator Wendy West calls it “a kind of DIY CSI.”
The Innocents (August 24)
The Innocents is a miniseries consisting of eight episodes set to hit Netflix on August 24. On the show, a pair of teenage lovebirds run away together, but June (Sorcha Groundswell) discovers along the way that she has supernatural abilities. This discovery puts her and boyfriend Harry (Percelle Ascott) in unimaginable danger and complicates their lives along the way.
The House of Flowers (August 10)
On August 10, The House of Flowers (La Casa de las Flores) will debut on Netflix. It’s a Spanish-language series that follows a wealthy Mexico City family that owns a popular flower shop, but has plenty of dysfunction just beneath the surface. Even viewers who don’t speak Spanish will want to use the subtitles and follow the trickery, scandal, and lies that pollute the family from within.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (August 10)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a Netflix film that stars Lily James as Juliet, a writer during World War II that meets up with a secret literary society that operates in defiance of the Nazi occupation of Guernsey. Throughout the quirky drama, secrets are revealed, a love triangle commences, and much more.
Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (August 10)
Demetri Martin is a favorite of standup comedy fans and a regular contributor to Netflix’s impressive collection of comedy specials. On August 10, he’ll add his newest special to the collection, giving viewers an hour full of laughs. He’ll provide his trademark quirky views on topics that include “the alphabet’s most aggressive letters” and doughnut holes.
Zion (August 10)
Zion will be an ideal watch for anyone who has a few minutes to spare and wants to see a compelling view into an inspiring story. The 10-minute documentary special focuses on legless wrestler Zion Clark, who was able to succeed in one of the most demanding sports around despite being born without legs and spending much of his childhood bouncing from foster home to foster home.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before (August 17)
It wouldn’t be Netflix without a young adult romantic comedy or two, so here’s To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before to give you your fix for the month of August. Lana Condor stars as Lara Jean Song Covey, a lovestruck girl who pens secret love letters to the boys she’s had crushes on in the past, only to find out that someone sent the letters to five former crushes!
Disenchantment (August 17)
Fans of adult animation such as Bojack Horseman will want to check out Disenchantment, a satirical Dark Ages-era comedy cartoon that includes plenty of dark humor and the distinctive style of Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons. From alcoholic princess Bean to her angry elf friend, Elfo, you’ll know right away that this isn’t your grandmother’s fairy tale.
The Investigator: Season 2 (August 19)
This British crime series will return on August 19 for a second helping after focusing on the mysterious disappearance of Carole Packman, who has been missing since 1985. In season two, The Investigator will focus on missing teen Louise Kay. After she vanished, she was suspected to have been murdered at just 18 years old. Former police detective Mark Williams-Thomas will try to crack the case.
Follow This (August 23)
Follow This is a little different than most of what you’d find on Netflix, as it’s a documentary series where each episode follows a BuzzFeed reporter as they investigate a strange or interesting new trend or craze. Some of the topics include safe injection spaces for opioid addicts, for instance. The series hits Netflix on August 23.
The After Party (August 24)
The After Party, which debuts on August 24, is a musical comedy featuring Kyle Thomas Harvey (also known as the rapper Kyle). Harvey plays an aspiring rapper who accidentally goes viral, but not for the reasons he’d hoped. Also starring in the Netflix original movie are fellow music stars Wiz Khalifa, French Montana, and Teyana Taylor.
Deadwind (August 23)
The new Netflix crime thriller series Deadwind comes out of Finland and follows a detective who is mourning the death of her husband while embroiled in a crazy murder investigation. She then has to try to manage being a single mother, grieving for her lost husband, and investigating the murder case of a lifetime, which is sure to lead to some dramatic moments.
Switched (August 1)
Japanese schoolgirls Ayumi and Zenko are quite the pair: Ayumi is beautiful and popular, with a handsome boyfriend, while Zenko is pretty envious of everything Ayumi has. However, the two somehow switch bodies, causing Ayumi to frantically search for answers while Zenko lives it up in her body. This series sounds like quite an interesting comic romp.
The Comedy Lineup: Part Two (August 31)
It’s always fun to watch new, fresh comedians who have a take on things that’s unlike what you’ve seen anywhere else. Netflix’s first The Comedy Lineup featured several comics doing quick 15-minute stand-up sets, and the second installment should be just as fun. Aisling Bea, Emma Willmann, Janelle James, Matteo Lane, and others will be featured.
Batman Begins (August 1)
Is it possible that anyone out there hasn’t seen Batman Begins? Well, if you somehow haven’t, you want to watch it again, or you’re just feeling too lazy to put the Blu-Ray disc in, it’s coming to Netflix for your convenience. This excellent take on the superhero genre features Christopher Nolan directing Christian Bale and an excellent cast.
Clerks (August 1)
Speaking of classic, Clerks is coming to Netflix as well, giving you the chance to check out Kevin Smith’s directorial debut. The 1994 film not only launched Smith’s career, but also introduced the world to the unforgettable duo known as Jay and Silent Bob. The film is like a time capsule to the early ’90s and features all kinds of pop culture conversations that inform the way movie dialogue has been written ever since.
Dreamcatcher (August 1)
In the last year or two, we’ve seen Stephen King come back to the forefront of horror films with not only the blockbuster remake of It, but also the successful Netflix adaptations of Gerald’s Game and 1922. Now, 2003’s Dreamcatcher joins the fold. It’s worth a watch if you want to see something scary.
Million Dollar Baby (August 1)
Million Dollar Baby is another film just about everyone has probably seen by now, but if you somehow haven’t or want to relive it again, it’s available beginning August 1 on Netflix. You’ll be hard-pressed to find three better performances than those of Clint Eastwood, Hilary Swank, and Morgan Freeman, and Eastwood is no slouch in the director’s chair, either.
Steel Magnolias (August 1)
Yet another classic film will come to Netflix as Steel Magnolias comes to Netflix on August 1. This film features a ridiculously talented cast including a young Julia Roberts, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, and Shirley MacLaine. Oh, and also Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis. Seriously, you have to see this film if you somehow never have.
No Country For Old Men (August 1)
On August 1, No Country for Old Men makes its way to Netflix, allowing viewers to enter the modern Western world expertly carved out by the Coen Brothers. The film features Javier Bardem in a star-making performance alongside such favorites as Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin (long before he played Thanos). Even Woody Harrelson joins the fun!
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (August 1)
From one Disney icon to another, Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway reprise their roles in the sequel to the massively successful The Princess Diaries. In the sequel, Princess Mia gets ready to take on the throne, only to find that she has to get married within 30 days to qualify. As you might expect, all types of shenanigans ensue.
The Aviator (August 1)
Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more Oscar-winning films hitting Netflix during August, The Aviator swoops in to start the month. Leonardo DiCaprio is brilliant as eccentric tycoon Howard Hughes in yet another great performance captured by iconic director Martin Scorsese. Keep an eye out for Cate Blanchett and Kate Beckinsale as Katharine Hepburn and Ava Gardner.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (August 1)
This kind of falls into the “How have you not seen this yet?” category, but it’s always good to take another trip to Peter Jackson’s mesmerizing take on Middle-earth, isn’t it? The kickoff to the Lord of the Rings trilogy has all the wonder and imagination you can likely handle, and it’s a great way to spend a night at home, whether you’re alone or cuddled up with your significant other.