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Best of Netflix: what you need to watch in August

Netflix is our favorite way to enjoy movies, TV and documentaries on our various devices, but it can be hard to keep track of all the cool content coming and going every month. What are the must-watch new arrivals, and what should you try and catch before it disappears? In this monthly list, we'll answer these questions with our best tips for Netflix.

Netflix: best shows and movies coming in August 2018

While it's not possible to do a comprehensive analysis of all the shows coming to Netflix this month, we've presented a few special recommendations below. Just want to look at the schedule? Jump ahead to a simple list of shows.

Will Disenchantment have that Matt Groening magic?

This ain't your fairytale. Disenchantment is the new animated series from Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, following the escapades of Princess Bean of Dreamland, a royal rebel whose hard-drinking, independent ways lead her to forsake the responsibilities of running a fantasy kingdom to go off on her own adventures with her personal demon, Luci, and her elf friend...Elfo.

Matt Groening's previous shows are beloved for a reason, and Futurama overcame a so-so first season to become a fantastic show full of wackiness and warmth, skewering sci-fi hopes left right and center along the way. Can Disenchanted do the same with the fantasy genre? Groening's experience is leavened by hot young talent like Broad City star Abbi Jacobson and surrealist comedian Eric Andre. Could be just the right recipe for the perfect magic potion.

Available: August 17

Get heavy with No Country for Old Men

Of all the movies coming to Netflix in August, No Country for Old Men is an absolute can't miss. When a veteran (Josh Brolin) nabs a suitcase filled with money from the scene of a botched drug deal, he triggers a chain of violent events far beyond his control or comprehension, drawing in a grizzled old sheriff (Tommy Lee Jones) determined to prove that there's some justice in this cruel world, and a sociopathic assassin (Javier Bardem) who will stop at nothing to retrieve the missing lucre.

The Coen brothers, better known for more humorous work like The Big Lebowski, adapt Cormac McCarthy's West Texas neo-Western novel into one of the most thrilling and intense movies to come out of Hollywood. 

Available: August 11

Ozark returns for season 2

It's never a good idea to steal money from Mexican drug cartels, but it is an awfully popular plot driver in entertainment nowadays. Don't let that put you off Ozark, however. The second season of this acclaimed drama has more trouble in store for financial adviser Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman)  whose shady dealings force him to relocate to Missouri with his family.

Family drama, gangster intrigue, police procedural, backwoods Americana, Ozark's got a lot going on in the mix and pulled it off with compelling aplomb in the first season last year. In season 2, we'll see some of the long term consequences of the first season kick in, but also higher stakes as Wendy and Marty get deeper into business together while their marriage falls apart. If you miss the thrills of Breaking Bad back in the day, then Ozark's definitely got your fix.

Available: August 31

Halloween comes early with Ghoul

One of the most interesting horror series picked up by Netflix actually comes from India. Ghoul follows a promising young military recruit stationed at a remote facility where a prisoner has begun exhibiting powerful, terrifying supernatural abilities. The prisoner uses his power to turns the tables on his interrogators, exposing their shameful secrets. 

The series stars Bollywood celebrity Radhika Apte (Sacred Games, Lust Stories) and looks absolutely thrilling from the trailer. This summer, get ready to get your chills from this indian horror story.

Available: August 24

Headscratchers and belly laughs with Demetri Martin: The Overthinker

Daily Show alumnus Demetri Martin has always had a rather analytical style of comedy, finding the humor in the various illogical and absurd elements of our daily lives. His new Netflix special finds him wondering if he might have always been overdoing it a little.

If you're tried of the traditional stand-up format, you mind find that a little overthinking actually does some good by checking out Martin, who brings a few outside-the-box approaches to joke telling as he muses on doughnut holes, dogs, sports bars, the alphabet’s most aggressive letters and more.

Available: August 10

So, what else is on?

August 1

  • The Aviator
  • Batman Begins
  • Chernobyl Diaries
  • Clerks
  • Constantine
  • Dreamcatcher
  • Edge of Fear
  • Eraser
  • The Golden Compass
  • Gran Torino
  • House of Deadly Secrets
  • The Informant!
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar (Season 1)
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • No Reservations
  • Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Moby
  • Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Nile Rodgers
  • Once in a Lifetime Sessions with Noel Gallagher
  • Once in a Lifetime Sessions with TLC
  • The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Secretariat
  • Silverado
  • Steel Magnolias
  • Stripes
  • Switched

August 2

  • Emelie

August 3

  • Brij Mohan Amar Rahe
  • Cocaine Coast
  • Dinotrux Supercharged (Season 3)
  • I Am A Killer
  • Like Father
  • Marching Orders

August 4

  • Flavors of Youth: International Version
  • Mr. Sunshine
  • On Children

August 5

  • Paid in Full

August 9

  • The Originals (Season 5)
  • Perdida

August 10

  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
  • Afflicted
  • All About the Washingtons
  • Demetri Martin: The Overthinker
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
  • Insatiable
  • La casa de las flores
  • Million Pound Menu
  • The Package
  • The Ponysitters Club
  • Voltron: Legendary Defender (Season 7)
  • Zion

August 11

  • No Country for Old Men

August 13

  • Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
  • The Nut Job
  • Splash and Bubbles (Season 2)

August 15

  • Adventures in Public School
  • Hostiles
  • The 100 (Season 5)

August 16

  • Evan Almighty
  • Wish I Was Here

August 17

  • Disenchantment
  • Magic For Humans
  • The Motive
  • Pinky Malinky
  • Spirit Riding Free (Season 6)
  • Stay Here
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
  • Ultraviolet

August 19

  • The Investigator: A British Crime Story (Season 2)

August 21

  • Year One
  • August 23
  • Deadwind
  • Follow This
  • Great News (Season 1)

August 24

  • The After Party
  • Ask the StoryBots (Season 2)
  • Bert Kreischer: Secret Time
  • Ghoul
  • The Innocents
  • Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 3)
  • Young & Hungry (Season 5)

August 28

  • The Good Place (Season 2)

August 29

  • Inequality For All

August 31

  • The Comedy Lineup: Part 2
  • Inside the Criminal Mind
  • The Laws of Thermodynamics
  • Ozark (Season 2)
  • Paradise PD
  • Ultimate Beastmaster: Survival of the Fittest
  • Undercover Law

What are you looking forward to see on Netflix in August? Let us know in the comments!

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  • storm 3 weeks ago Link to comment

    This feels like off topic advertising. It has nothing to do with the site's topic of interest. Save this for off topic discussion in your forum, not prime estate on the main web site


  • Quite a solid lineup for this month. I might have to renew my subscription.

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