Even with Netflix’s recommendation algorithm steadily serving you new movies, new TV shows and original programming tailored to your binging habits, the streaming service’s firehose of content makes what’s coming and going difficult to parse.
That’s why we break down each month’s additions with a spotlight on what to keep on your radar. Netflix’s own “new releases” category is an info dump. Consider us a picture-in-picture talking head, screaming recommendations at the screen.
August brings a full slate of Netflix Originals Like GLOW and She-Ra and the Princesses of Power along with the heavily anticipated feature-length revivals of Nickelodeon classics Rocko’s Modern Life and Invader Zim. Also, Rocky through Rocky V all arrive on the platform on Aug. 1, so you can start your month off right with some good ol’ boxing. Also notable are the arrivals of Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe’s newest anime, Carole & Tuesday, and the highly-anticipated prequel series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Available Aug. 1
Are We Done Yet?
Four Weddings and a Funeral
One of the Wachowski sisters’ most bonkers films, Jupiter Ascending stars Mila Kunis as maybe-reincarnated space queen opposite Channing Tatum as a “part-wolf super soldier bodyguard with magical flying space roller blades.” It’s ... a lot, but it’s also a stunning spectacle that’s sure to entertain and is worth giving a second change (or a first pass, if you missed it in 2015).
Now and Then
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
Available Aug. 2
Ask the StoryBots: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: Feeling forgotten on Mother’s Day, three best friends leave the suburbs and drive to New York City to surprise their adult songs.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 3 (Netflix Family)
From Nimona creator Noelle Stevenson, She-Ra and the Princesses of Power was a standout cartoon series debut of 2019. A reboot of the original, merchandise-focused series from the 1980s, the series hones in on the relationship between Adora — a.k.a She-Ra — and Catra, which in the original series was purely antagonistic. The newest season brings Adora and Catra to the Crimson Waste, while Hordak’s portal research in the Fright Zone puts all of Etheria at risk.
Available Aug. 4
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: In this weekly show, Hasan Minhaj brings his unique comedic voice and storytelling skill to explore the larger trends shaping our fragmented world.
Available Aug. 5
Enter the Anime (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: Steps away from being exposed as an imposter, Nick works harder, faster and smarter to right the Thompsons’ wrongs and spring her father out of jail.
Available Aug. 6
Sebastian Maniscalco: Why Would You Do That
Available Aug. 8
Dollar (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: In 1980s Japan, one determined man turned every crushing setback into opportunity. His name was Toru Muranishi, and he revolutionized his industry.
Wu Assassins (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Available Aug. 9
Cable Girls: Season 4 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
The Family (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Investigative journalists expose The Fellowship, a Christian fundamentalist organization quietly operating in the corridors of power in Washington, D.C.
GLOW: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: As the gang kicks off a run of shows in glamorous Las Vegas, power struggles, sexual tension and shifting priorities threaten their bond.
The InBESTigators (Netflix Family)
From Netflix: 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 over 20 years off the air, beloved Nickelodeon cartoon Rocko’s Modern Life is finally back in a feature-length film. Series creator Joe Murray told Polygon in 2018 that the film would focus on the ways that humans have become “slaves” to technology; in the film, Rocko returns to a technologically advanced O-Town after 20 years in space to discover his friends addicted to social media. While the film was originally supposed to air on Nickelodeon proper, Netflix bought the rights in May.
Sintonia (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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
Available Aug. 13
Knightfall: Season 2
Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Available Aug. 15
Cannon Busters (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: 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.
Available Aug. 16
45 rpm (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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.
Better Than Us (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Diagnosis (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
Another nostalgia-heavy revival, Invader Zim is finally back over 15 years after its original run on Nickelodeon in 2001 and 2002. Enter the Florpus will return to Zim and Dib’s antagonistic relationship after Zim learns that his superiors, known as “The Tallest,” aren’t coming to Earth to check up on his progress. Per the most recent teaser for the film, he also ... maniacally laughs in a toilet, which is pretty on brand.
The Little Switzerland (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: 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.
MINDHUNTER: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Beyond the Lights: Season 3 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: After a terrorist attack shakes downtown Bilbao leaving destruction in its wake, police launch an investigation to hunt down the attackers.
Available Aug. 17
The Punisher (2004)
Available Aug. 20
Gangs of New York
Simon Amstell: Set Free (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Honest, introspective comic Simon Amstell opens up about his neuroses, coming out to his father, relationships and more in a new stand-up special.
Available Aug. 21
American Factory (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Hyperdrive (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built.
Available Aug. 22
Love Alarm (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Available Aug. 23
El Pepe: Una vida suprema (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: This documentary follows José “Pepe” Mujica, former political prisoner turned Uruguayan president, as he talks about his life, ideals and the future.
HERO MASK: Part II (Netflix Anime)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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.
Available Aug. 27
Million Pound Menu: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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!
Available Aug. 29
Falling Inn Love (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: 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.
Kardec (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: As Kate adjusts to her new normal, Anne redirects her anger, Frankie hits her professional stride and Jenny tries to be a better mom.
Available Aug. 30
The A List (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: Where pleasantries end, a chilling new normal begins. Welcome to the majestic -- and mysterious -- Peregrine Island.
Carole & Tuesday (Netflix Anime)
Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe’s newest anime from Studio Bones is a breakout hit of the 2019 anime season. Taking place on a future Mars settlement in which the vast majority of music is produced and written via artificial intelligence technology, Carole and Tuesday work to bring original, organically created music back into the mainstream. The series features an all-English singing cast including artists like Nai Br.XX, Celeina Ann, and Thundercat that will reportedly not be re-recorded for the English dub of the series.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
Droppin’ Cash: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
From Netflix: 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.
La Grande Classe (Netflix Film)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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)
From Netflix: 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.
Available Aug. 31
Luo Bao Bei: Season 1