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What's Streaming This Month? Victorian Fairies, a Few Gelfling, and the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling

By Tori Preston | TV | August 2, 2019 |

By Tori Preston | TV | August 2, 2019 |

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You know, not that it’s a competition, but I think August might be the best month of the year. It should be depressing since August usually marks the moment when you realize summer has slipped through your fingers and it’s too late to do anything about it now like hastily plan a vacation or something. But instead, August is the month when nobody cares about anything anymore. It’s the year’s shrug. Your bosses are fully checked out, and probably won’t be in the office more than 50% of the time anyway. Your kids just wanna be left alone to savor their last moments of freedom before school starts. Hell, even your grass isn’t growing as fast anymore. And it’s kinda the same vibe I’m getting from our favorite streaming platforms, too! Hulu is barely going through the motions this month, Netflix’s slate is filled with new seasons of returning shows, and Amazon is dropping one big fantasy hit just in time for Labor Day. Point is, there’s some stuff to watch if you really want to. But nobody would judge you if you decided to just crack open a microbrew and go watch the flames dance in your propane grill instead.

Mmmm. Fire.


If you haven’t started it yet, Mindy Kaling’s reboot of Four Weddings and a Funeral just launched on July 31st, and I think they’re banking on everyone watching that and/or continuing to binge the new season of Veronica Mars this month. Beyond that, there’s another installment of the monthly horror anthology Into the Dark launching on August 2 called “School Spirit”, and then there’s Jawline, a documentary that premiered at Sundance about a 16-year-old streaming star trying to turn his online popularity into a ticket out of his small town (August 23):


If you’re still nursing your Megan Rapinoe crush (WHO ISN’T?!), you might wanna check out This Is Football, a six-part documentary about the global impact of the sport we (foolishly) call soccer (August 2). Then there’s Free Meek, a five-part documentary about rapper Meek Mills and probation reform, produced by Jay-Z (August 9). But mostly Amazon is saving up its heaviest hitter for the end of the month, when it launches the highly anticipated fantasy epic Carnival Row on August 30. Now, most people would be excited about this one because Orlando Bloom is playing a very dapper detective and Cara Delevingne is playing a faerie in this monster murder mystery, but I know the crowd I’m playing to ‘round these parts, so let me point out that Jared Harris and Indira Varma also star.


If there’s a show you like on Netflix, there’s a good chance it’s returning this month. On August 2 the streamer is launching the third season of Dear White People, the third season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, and the second season of Derry Girls. Hasan Minhaj is back with the fourth (fourth?!) season of Patriot Act on August 4, while GLOW Season Three lands on August 9,MINDHUNTER Season Two arrives August 16, and 13 Reasons Why Season Three will drop August 23.

Speaking of returning faves, Netflix is making a hard play for our collective nostalgia with two new animated movies that are technically a part of the “Netflix Family” brand but are clearly targeted to the “Netflix ME” demo: Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling debuts August 9, and… ahem… Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus hits August 16. While we’re on the topic of nostalgia, remember how Netflix was making that sequel to The Dark Crystal? Well, it’s really happening: The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will debut on August 30. And if nothing else, it certainly looks incredible:

Still, I have to be honest: There is nothing, not even that Invader Zim movie, that has me half as excited as I am for g*ddamn Wu Assassins (August 8):

Coming To Netflix in August (Originals in BOLD)

Sacred Games: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As Mumbai’s fate hangs in the balance, Sartaj Singh chases a connection to Ganesh Gaitonde’s third father, an enigmatic guru with a catastrophic plan.

Avail. 8/1/19

Are We Done Yet?
Boyka: Undisputed
Four Weddings and a Funeral
Groundhog Day
Jackie Brown
Jupiter Ascending
Now and Then
Panic Room
Rocky II
Rocky III
Rocky IV
Rocky V
Sex and the City: The Movie
Something’s Gotta Give
The Bank Job
The House Bunny
The Sinner: Julian
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar
Why Do Fools Fall in Love

Avail. 8/2/19

Ask the StoryBots: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
The StoryBots are standing by to field more questions from curious kids — from “Why do people look different?” to “Where does chocolate come from?”

Basketball or Nothing — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Follow the Chinle High basketball team in Arizona’s Navajo Nation on a quest to win a state championship and bring pride to their isolated community.

Dear White People: Volume 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As the students of Winchester embrace new creative challenges and romantic possibilities, a charismatic professor shakes up life on campus.

Derry Girls: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Change may finally be coming to Northern Ireland. But the high school hardships of Erin and her friends show no signs of letting up.

Otherhood — NETFLIX FILM
Feeling forgotten on Mother’s Day, three best friends leave the suburbs and drive to New York City to surprise their adult sons.

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 3 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Catra and Adora journey to the Crimson Waste, looking for redemption and answers, while Hordak’s portal research puts Etheria’s very reality at risk.

Avail. 8/4/19

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In this weekly show, Hasan Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to explore the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.

Avail. 8/5/19

Enter the Anime — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Seeking to understand anime, Tania Nolan interviews filmmakers behind notable productions from “Castlevania” to “Aggretsuko,” “Kengan Ashura” and more.

No Good Nick: Part 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Steps away from being exposed as an impostor, Nick works harder, faster and smarter to right the Thompsons’ wrongs and spring her father out of jail.

Avail. 8/6/19

Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That

Avail. 8/8/19

Beautiful executive assistant Zeina reluctantly teams up with self-assured Tarek to chase down an elusive dollar bill worth $1 million.

Jane The Virgin: Season 5
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

The Naked Director — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
In 1980s Japan, one determined man turned every crushing setback into opportunity. His name was Toru Muranishi, and he revolutionized his industry.

The last in a line of Chosen Ones, a wannabe chef teams up with a homicide detective to unravel an ancient mystery and take down supernatural assassins.

Avail. 8/9/19

Cable Girls: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Amid social changes in 1931, the friends get tangled in a murder mystery and must work together to solve it before one of them is sentenced to death.

Investigative journalists expose The Fellowship, a Christian fundamentalist organization quietly operating in the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.

As the gang kicks off a run of shows in glamorous Las Vegas, power struggles, sexual tension and shifting priorities threaten their bond.

Four very different kids start their own detective agency and vlog about their adventures, becoming fast friends in the process.

iZombie: Season 5

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling — NETFLIX FAMILY
After 20 years in space, Rocko returns to a technologically advanced O-Town and makes it his mission to get his favorite show back on the air.

Three teens living in the same São Paulo favela pursue their dreams while maintaining their friendship, amid a world of music, drugs and religion.

Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales — NETFLIX FAMILY
Find the fun and adventure of “Spirit Riding Free” in this quick mix of music videos and bite-sized stories featuring Lucky and all of her friends!

Tiny House Nation: Volume 1

Avail. 8/13/19

Knightfall: Season 2

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Comedian and Girl’s Trip breakout star Tiffany Haddish introduces the world to six of her favorite comedians in Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready - a bold new collection of hilarious half-hour stand-up comedy specials. Hosted and executive produced by Haddish and She Ready Productions, the special features a diverse group of comedians with whom she shares a personal history, including Chaunté Wayans (Wild n’ Out), April Macie (Last Comic Standing), Tracey Ashley (The Last O.G.), Aida Rodriguez (Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar), Flame Monroe (Def Comedy Jam), and Marlo Williams (BET’s Comicview). Legendary comic Wanda Sykes and veteran producer Page Hurwitz also serve as executive producers via their production company Push It Productions.

Avail. 8/14/19

The 100: Season 6

Avail. 8/15/19
Cannon Busters — NETFLIX ANIME
A robot, a renegade and a sensational pink Cadillac join the infectiously upbeat friendship droid S.A.M. on her quest to find her missing best friend.

Avail. 8/16/19

Forming an uneasy love triangle, three characters with ties to the music industry set out to create a new record label and live a rock-and-roll lifestyle in the conservative political environment of 1960s Spain.

Apache: La vida de Carlos Tevez — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Based on the life of Carlos Tevez, this series follows the Argentine soccer player, from his troubled childhood growing up in a low-income neighborhood riddled with crime, to his debut for Boca Juniors.

Set in Moscow in a not-so-distant future where human beings coexist with robots, a man finds himself entangled in the first murder committed by an experimental humanoid.

Based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ hugely popular column in The New York Times Magazine, Diagnosis follows various patients on their respective journeys toward finding a diagnosis, and potentially a cure, for their mysterious illnesses. By combining the power of global crowdsourcing, social media, and established medical expertise, each case is untangled with illuminating new insights that had previously eluded doctors. From award-winning executive producers Scott Rudin, Simon Chinn and Jonathan Chinn, and in association with The New York Times, Diagnosis explores the life-changing impact of receiving a diagnosis for individuals who’ve been searching for answers, and the healing that comes with connecting with others who can empathize with their experiences.

Frontera verde — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
When a young Bogotá-based detective gets drawn into the jungle to investigate four femicides, she uncovers magic, Nazis and her own true origins.

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus — NETFLIX FAMILY
When Zim suddenly reappears to begin Phase 2 of his evil alien plan to conquer Earth, his longtime nemesis Dib sets out to unmask him once and for all.

The Little Switzerland— NETFLIX FILM
The discovery of the tomb of William Tell’s son in a town in the Basque Country spurs the village’s cantankerous citizens to lobby for Swiss annexation.

The Behavioral Science Unit’s killer instincts move from theory into action when the FBI joins in a high-profile hunt for a serial child murderer.

QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Three football phenoms set for stardom — Spencer Rattler, Lance LeGendre and Nik Scalzo — navigate the ultimate season of their high school careers.


Sextuplets — NETFLIX FILM
Father-to-be Alan is shocked to learn that he was born a sextuplet (all played by Marlon Wayans). With his newfound brother Russell riding shotgun, the duo sets out on a hilarious journey to reunite with their remaining long-lost siblings.

Super Monsters Back to School — NETFLIX FAMILY
Vida’s starting school in Pitchfork Pines, and the Super Monsters are helping their friend adjust to everything that’s new and different.

Victim Number 8 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
After a terrorist attack shakes downtown Bilbao leaving destruction in its wake, police launch an investigation to hunt down the attackers.

Avail. 8/17/19

The Punisher (2004)

Avail. 8/20/19

Gangs of New York

Simon Amstell: Set Free — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Honest, introspective comic Simon Amstell opens up about his neuroses, coming out to his father, relationships and more in a new stand-up special.

Avail. 8/21/19

American Factory — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
From Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy Award®-winners Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar (“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant,” “A Lion in the House,” “Seeing Red”) comes AMERICAN FACTORY, a Netflix Original Documentary presented by Higher Ground Productions and Participant Media. The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built.

Avail. 8/22/19

In a world where an app alerts people if someone in the vicinity likes them, Kim Jojo experiences young love while coping with personal adversities.

Avail. 8/23/19

13 Reasons Why: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Eight months after preventing Tyler from committing an unthinkable act at Spring Fling, Clay, Tony, Jessica, Alex, Justin, and Zach find ways to shoulder the burden of the cover-up together while helping Tyler move toward recovery. But when the aftermath of a tumultuous Homecoming game culminates in the disappearance of a football player, and Clay finds himself under police scrutiny, it’s up to a shrewd outsider to steer the group through an investigation that threatens to lay bare everyone’s deepest secrets.

El Pepe: Una vida suprema — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This documentary follows José “Pepe” Mujica, former political prisoner turned Uruguayan president, as he talks about his life, ideals and the future.

A former LIVE scientist’s daughter may hold the key to exposing its crimes, if James can keep her alive and the SSC can fend off their new director.

Rust Valley Restorers — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Old-school auto enthusiast Mike Hall, his pal Avery and son Connor go the extra mile to restore retro cars — and hopefully turn a profit.

Avail. 8/27/19

Million Pound Menu: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A new slate of food entrepreneurs who are determined to open up their own restaurants pitch delicious concepts to a panel of choosy investors.

Trolls: The Beat Goes On!: Season 7 — NETFLIX FAMILY
The next chapter in the Trolls’ hair-raising adventures. Join Poppy, Branch and their friends as they explore a fantastical world with new creatures, bigger adventures, and more parties!

Avail. 8/28/19

Droppin’ Cash: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
This Complex series follows the paper trail of musicians and athletes in Los Angeles as they blow through stacks on the finer things in life.

Avail. 8/29/19

Falling Inn Love — NETFLIX FILM
When city girl Gabriela (Christina Milian) spontaneously enters a contest and wins a rustic New Zealand inn, she teams up with bighearted contractor Jake Taylor (Adam Demos) to fix and flip it.

This biopic from director Wagner de Assis (“Nosso Lar,” 2010) tells the story of French influential author Allan Kardec, the founder of Spiritism.

Workin’ Moms: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
As Kate adjusts to her new normal, Anne redirects her anger, Frankie hits her professional stride and Jenny tries to be a better mom.

Avail. 8/30/19

Where pleasantries end, a chilling new normal begins. Welcome to the majestic — and mysterious — Peregrine Island.

Part-timer Carole meets rich girl Tuesday, and each realizes they’ve found the musical partner they need. Together, they just might make it.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world.

La Grande Classe — NETFLIX FILM
Two best friends return to their hometown for a middle school reunion, hoping to show up their former bullies and reconnect with teenage crushes.

Locked Up: Season 3

Mighty Little Bheem: Season 2 — NETFLIX FAMILY
Join Bheem for another season of playful antics and superpowered feats as he cheerfully dodges danger and makes friends in unlikely places.

Styling Hollywood — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Stylist and interior designer Jason Bolden and husband Adair Curtis of JSN Studio make the magic happen on the red carpet and at home for A-listers.

True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Wild Wild Yetis — NETFLIX FAMILY
True and her friends learn about the lives and habits of the Yetis, including how important the Yeti traditions are and how tricky it is to babysit Yeti triplets

Un bandido honrado — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
A mafia boss decides to reform and get away from his past crimes and sins. But he soon finds that the path to redemption is full of temptation.

Avail. 8/31/19

Luo Bao Bei: Season 1

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Tori Preston is the managing editor of Pajiba. She tweets here. You can also listen to her weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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