Netflix Original Shows and Movies to Check Out in August 2018
Netflix has been continuing to overwhelm subscribers with original content over the past few months, and that won’t be changing in August, when the streaming service plans to release dozens of new original TV shows and movies.
So of these originals, which ones look like they’ll be worth watching? Let’s take a look at some of the content that has the most potential, followed by a list of some other newcomers that are worth keeping an eye on.
Like Father – August 3rd
Two NBC sitcom stars, Kristen Bell and Kelsey Grammer, unite for this Netflix original film.
In Like Father, Bell plays a woman who is left at the altar and, after a night of heavy drinking, ends up on her honeymoon cruise with her father, who she hasn’t seen since she was five years old.
This is the directorial debut of actress Lauren Miller Rogen, who has appeared in films like Superbad and 50/50 and is married to Seth Rogen.
Insatiable – August 10th
This new Netflix comedy/drama series stars Debby Ryan as Patty, a high-schooler who is bullied for being overweight. After losing the weight, she seeks revenge on those who made her life a living hell.
The trailer for the show actually ignited a significant amount of controversy, with some feeling that it was an example of fat-shaming. In response, creator Lauren Gussis released a statement which said in part, “This show is a cautionary tale about how damaging it can be to believe the outsides are more important — to judge without going deeper. Please give the show a chance.”
If you want to give the show a chance, you can do so on August 10th.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society – August 10th
Based on the 2008 novel, the new Netflix original film The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society follows a London writer who bonds with the residents of Guernsey and learns about the book club they established during World War II.
Lily James stars in the lead role of Juliet Ashton in a movie that has mostly received positive reviews from critics.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – August 17th
The Netflix original romantic comedy film To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before asks the question, “What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?”
Lana Condor plays a high-schooler who writes letters to her crushes that she never intends them to see, but one day, she’s shocked to discover that all of the letters have somehow been delivered. In order to deal with the chaos, she and one of the boys at her school decide to pretend they’re in a relationship.
After the massive success of the romantic-comedy Set It Up, this adaptation of the 2014 novel by Jenny Han looks like it could be another winner for Netflix.
Disenchantment – August 17th
Matt Groening, the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama, is coming to Netflix with this new show, which promises to do for the medieval fantasy genre what Futurama did for the science-fiction genre.
Disenchantment revolves around an alcoholic princess (Abbi Jacobson), her elf companion (Nat Faxon), and her personal demon (Eric Andre). John DiMaggio, the voice of Bender on Futurama, and Billy West, the voice of Fry, will also be returning to play various characters.
The Innocents – August 24th
In this supernatural romance, two teenagers, Harry and June, run away together in order to escape their oppressive parents, but June’s supernatural abilities make life difficult for them. Meanwhile, June learns through a mysterious professor that she is not alone.
The British series stars Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, and Guy Pearce, and it will be released on August 24th.
Ozark Season 2 – August 31st
Last summer, a lot of Netflix subscribers were surprised by how much they loved Ozark, the crime drama in which Jason Bateman plays a man who suddenly moves his family to Missouri Ozarks as a drug lord is after him following a money laundering scheme gone wrong.
The critically-acclaimed series will return for its sophomore outing on August 31t.
Other originals to keep an eye on
Outside of these picks, here’s a look at some of the other movies and TV shows coming to Netflix next month that are worth keeping an eye on. Believe it or not, Netflix is putting out so much content that this is not an exhaustive list.
- Switched (August 1st) [TV Series]: A high-schooler’s perfect life is turned upside down when her classmate steals her body and her life.
- Cocaine Coast (August 3rd) [TV Series]: A young fisherman becomes a cocaine smuggler in 1980s Spain.
- Marching Orders (August 3rd) [TV Series]: A new series about a top-ranked college marching band.
- I AM A KILLER (August 3rd) [TV Series]: Death-row inmates convicted of capital murder provide first-hand accounts of what happened in this documentary series.
- Flavors of Youth (August 4th) [Film]: A new anime film from the producers of Your Name which explores “the simple joys of life through sensual memories and how the beating heart of love cannot be defeated by the flow of time.”
- All About the Washingtons (August 10th) [TV Series]: A sitcom in which Rev. Run (Joseph Simmons) and his wife, Justine Simmons, play fictional versions of themselves.
- Demetri Martin: The Overthinker (August 10th) [Stand-up Special]: The latest stand-up special from comedian Demetri Martin.
- Million Pound Menu (August 10th) [TV Series]: Restaurateurs open pop-up eateries to impress a panel of judges.
- The Package (August 10th) [Film]: A comedy about five teenagers who go on a camping trip, only for one of them to lose his penis in an accident. The teens must race home in order to protect his “most prized possession.”
- Zion (August 10th) [TV Series]: A documentary series about a teenager born without legs who hopes to become a professional wrestler.
- The Motive (August 17th) [Film]: An aspiring writer manipulates the lives of his neighbors so that he can use them for his stories.
- Magic for Humans (August 17th) [TV Series]: Justin Willman baffles audiences with his illusions in this magic series.
- Ultraviolet (August 17th) [TV Series]: A crime series in which amateur sleuths use technology to solve cases.
- Follow This (August 23rd) [TV Series]: A new documentary series from BuzzFeed exploring a variety of topics.
- Bert Kreischer: Secret Time (August 24th) [Stand-up Special]: The latest stand-up comedy special from comedian Bert Kreischer.
- Ghoul (August 24th) [TV Series]: A new Indian horror series about a prisoner who turns the tables on his interrogators. It will consist of three episodes.
- The After Party (August 24th) [Film]: An aspiring rapper who thinks his career is over after going viral for all the wrong reasons has one more chance to make the impossible happen at a New York afterparty.
- The Comedy Lineup Part 2 (August 31st) [Stand-up Comedy TV Series]: A variety of comedians perform 15-minute stand-up comedy acts. Part 2 will consist of Aisling Bea, Emma Willmann, Janelle James, Josh Johnson, JR De Guzman, Kate Willett, Matteo Lane, and Max Silvestri.
- The Laws of Thermodynamics (August 31st) [Film]: A romantic comedy about the tumultuous relationship between two people, but with a cerebral twist.