What to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO and more in August 2021

UniqueThis 59 Aug 10

By Julia Lechner


"The Suicide Squad"
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From classic movies to original series, these are the new and notable titles coming to popular streaming services in August 2021.

Big titles this month include "The Suicide Squad" debuting in theaters and on HBO Max; the new comedy series "Only Murders In The Building" on Hulu; and more.

Click these links to jump ahead to your favorite streamers: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+, HBO Max, Apple TV+, Discovery+, Paramount+, Peacock.

Available Aug. 1 on Netflix: "30 Rock" Seasons 1-7
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Liz Lemon, the head writer of a sketch comedy show, deals with her self-important boss and an unpredictable star in this Emmy-winning series.

"30 Rock" stars Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin.

Available Aug. 3 on Netflix: "Pray Away"

From executive producer Ryan Murphy, "Pray Away" examines the "conversion therapy" movement and its harm to the LGBTQ+ community.

The film earned a nomination for best documentary feature at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Available Aug. 4 on Netflix: "Cooking With Paris" Season 1
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Paris Hilton is the center of attention in this cooking show from Netflix.

The celeb gets in the kitchen with her family and famous friends, including Kim Kardashian, Demi Lovato and Saweetie.

Available Aug. 6 on Netflix: "Vivo"

A music-loving kinkajou named Vivo embarks on an important journey in Netflix's animated musical comedy.

Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote original songs and also voices the titular character.

Available Aug. 11 on Netflix: "The Kissing Booth 3"
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Joey King reprises her role in the third and final installment of the Netflix teen romance trilogy.

Elle (King) must choose between moving away with her boyfriend or attending college with her best friend.

Available Aug. 13 on Netflix: "Beckett"
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An American tourist (John David Washington) goes on the run after becoming a target for assassination.

Alicia Vikander also appears in this Netflix original thriller.

Available Aug. 20 on Netflix: "The Chair" Season 1
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Golden Globe winner Sandra Oh is the first woman of color to chair the failing English department at a major university in "The Chair."

Fans can binge the first season when it premieres August 20.

Available Aug. 20 on Netflix: "The Loud House Movie"

Lincoln Loud, the middle child of the Loud family, travels to Scotland in this musical movie.

The family-friendly flick is based on the popular Nickelodeon TV series.

Available Aug. 20 on Netflix: "Sweet Girl"
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A family man who lost his wife goes on a quest for vengeance in this new Netflix original drama.

Jason Momoa stars.

Available Aug. 25 on Netflix: "Clickbait" Season 1
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A crime fueled by social media is the focus of this thriller starring Zoe Kazan, Betty Gabriel and Adrian Grenier.

Netflix subscribers can binge all eight episodes when they premiere August 25.

Available Aug. 27 on Netflix: "He's All That"
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In this reimagining of the teen classic "She's All That," an influencer (Addison Rae) tries to turn an unpopular classmate (Tanner Buchanan) into prom king.

Rae is a real-life influencer. Forbes dubbed her the highest-earning TikTok personality in 2020.

Available Aug. 6 on Amazon Prime Video: "Val"
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Actor Val Kilmer looks back at over 40 years of his home movies and film roles in this documentary from Amazon Prime Video.

Kilmer is known for his starring roles in "Top Gun," "The Doors," "Tombstone" and "Batman Forever."

Available Aug. 6 on Amazon Prime Video: "S.O.Z. Soldiers Or Zombies"
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A drug lord on the run encounters a new breed of zombies in this Mexican action-horror series.

"S.O.Z. Soldiers Or Zombies" is a Spanish-language show that will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video with English subtitles.

Available Aug. 13 on Amazon Prime Video: "Modern Love" Season 2
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This anthology series, based on the long-running New York Times column, returns for a second season this month.

The new episodes explore a one-night stand, a romance with an ex's ex, and more stories of love and betrayal.

Available Aug. 20 on Amazon Prime Video: "Annette"
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A stand-up comic (Adam Driver) and an opera singer (Marion Cotillard) have their worlds turned upside down when they welcome a daughter with a mysterious gift in this musical film.

"It's so unrestrained and unapologetic about what it's trying to do, you can't help but sing along," says Observer film critic Rafael Motamayor.

Available July 23 on Amazon Prime Video: "Jolt"
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Kate Beckinsale is Lindy, a woman with a neurological disorder that leads to murderous tendencies that can only be curbed with the help of electric shocks.

"I enjoyed it, and I love to see Kate Beckinsale getting to show off how funny she can be," says critic Christy Lemire of FilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles).

Available Aug. 27 on Amazon Prime Video: "The Courier"
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A British spy and his Russian source form an alliance in this Cold War thriller set against the backdrop of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock," "Doctor Strange") and Rachel Brosnahan ("The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "I'm Your Woman") lead the cast.

Available Aug. 12 on Hulu: "Homeroom"

This Hulu documentary follows Oakland High School's class of 2020 during an unprecedented school year.

The COVID-19 pandemic, calls for systemic change and the challenges of the college application are all at the forefront of "Homeroom."

Available Aug. 18 on Hulu: "Nine Perfect Strangers" Series Premiere
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Nicole Kidman, Regina Hall and Luke Evans are among the star-studded cast of this series, which takes place at a mysterious health-and-wellness resort.

The eight-episode Hulu original in based on The New York Times bestselling book by Liane Moriarty.

Available Aug. 27 on Hulu: "Vacation Friends"

A straight-laced couple can't shake a party-loving duo they meet at a Mexican resort in this raunchy comedy.

"Vacation Friends" stars Lil Rel Howery, Yvonne Orji and John Cena.

Available Aug. 31 on Hulu: "Only Murders In The Building" Series Premiere
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Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez are three strangers obsessed with true crime. They investigate a death in their building in this new series from Hulu.

The first episode of the 10-episode series premieres August 31.

Available Aug. 4 on Disney+: "Short Circuit" Season 2 Premiere

Any employee can pitch an idea for the chance to have the artists of Walt Disney Animation Studios bring it to life in this innovative Disney+ original.

The second season of "Short Circuit" features five all-new short films.

Available Aug. 6 on Disney+: "Mrs. Doubtfire"
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A divorced actor disguises himself as a matronly housekeeper to be closer to his kids in this memorable Robin Williams comedy.

Williams won a Golden Globe for his role.

Available Aug. 11 on Disney+: "What If...?" Series Premiere
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This Disney+ original reimagines famous events from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Hayley Atwell, Samuel L. Jackson and Chris Hemsworth are among the many Marvel stars reprising their roles by lending their voices.

Available Aug. 18 on Disney+: "Diary of a Future President" Season 2 Premiere
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This coming-of-age series follows a young Cuban American on her path to the U.S. presidency.

Gina Rodriguez is the executive producer and appears as Future Elena Cañero-Reed in the series starring Tess Romero as a young Elena.

Available Aug. 3 on HBO Max: "Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union"
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This political documentary addresses the United States' racial history and chronicles Barack Obama's life and presidency.

HBO's new three-part documentary about the former president debuts August 3, with additional episodes airing August 4 and 5.

Available Aug. 5 on HBO Max: "The Suicide Squad"
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Supervillains and cons team up in this over-the-top action movie from writer-director James Gunn ("Guardians of the Galaxy").

"The Suicide Squad" arrives in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service the same day.

Available Aug. 10 on HBO Max: "Hard Knocks '21: Dallas Cowboys" Series Premiere
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HBO Sports and NFL Films gives fans an inside look at the league's biggest teams in "Hard Knocks."

In the latest episodes, the series follows the five-time Super Bowl champion NFC East franchise, the Dallas Cowboys.

Available Aug. 12 on HBO Max: "The Hype" Series Premiere
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Ten talented designers go head-to-head in HBO Max's streetwear competition series.

Offset, Cardi B and Wiz Khalifa are among the stylish stars making appearances on "The Hype."

Available Aug. 12 on HBO Max: "Titans" Season 3 Premiere
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The young heroes of "Titans" make their way to Gotham City in the third season of this HBO Max original series.

The series heads to HBO Max after debuting its first and second seasons on DC Universe.

Available Aug. 19 on HBO Max: "Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is"
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Marlon Wayans' self-aware stand-up special delves into his biggest fears.

The actor and comedian is known for his television work on "The Wayans Bros." and "Marlon" and his big screen career with "Scary Movie," "White Chicks" and "Little Man."

Available Aug. 19 on HBO Max: "Sweet Life: Los Angeles" Series Premiere
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"Insecure" star Issa Rae delivers a new unscripted series this month that highlights what it means to be young, Black and pursuing one's dreams in Los Angeles.

The series follows the personal and professional lives of a group of friends in their mid-20s.

Available Aug. 20 on HBO Max: "Reminiscence"
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Hugh Jackman, Rebecca Ferguson and Thandiwe Newton star in this science-fiction thriller. Jackman's character helps clients relive past memories.

"Reminiscence" premieres in theaters and on HBO Max August 20.

Available Aug. 26 on HBO Max: "The Other Two" Season 2 Premiere
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Two older siblings watch their younger brother gain internet fame in this comedy from former "Saturday Night Live" co-head writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider.

The former Comedy Central series finds its new home on HBO Max this month.

Available Aug. 6 on Apple TV+: "Mr. Corman" Series Premiere
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A fifth-grade teacher faces life after his dreams of a music career and his relationship with his fiancé don't work out.

This comedy-drama series was written, directed and produced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the new Apple TV+ show.

Available Aug. 13 on Apple TV+: "CODA"
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Written and directed by Siân Heder, the drama stars Emilia Jones as a music-loving child of deaf parents.

"Coda" won four awards at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, including the U.S. Grand Jury Prize, the competition's top recognition.

Available Aug. 20 on Apple TV+: "Truth Be Told" Season 2
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Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is a true-crime podcaster investigating murders in this Apple TV+ original.

Kate Hudson ("How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days," "Almost Famous") joins the cast in the second season, in her first regular television role, to play a childhood friend of Spencer's.

Available Aug. 27 on Apple TV+: "See" Season 2
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Jason Momoa ("Game of Thrones," "Aquaman") stars in this science-fiction original where most humans have lost their sense of sight.

Dave Bautista ("Guardians of the Galaxy," "Army of the Dead") joins the second season of the series as Momoa's brother.

Available Aug. 12 on Discovery+: "Well Done with Sebastian Maniscalo" Series Premiere
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Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco's new food-exploration show takes a bite out of the Discovery+ streaming slate this month.

The comic goes on a culinary journey with the help of renowned chefs, restaurant owners and his family.

Available Aug. 22 on Discovery+: "Naked and Afraid of Love" Series Premiere

Sixteen strangers see if they'll find love while surviving the elements without food, water or clothing provided.

The new Discovery+ reality dating series comes from the team behind the Discovery franchise "Naked and Afraid."

Available Aug. 22 on Discovery+: "90 Day Journeys: Couples Updates"

"90 Day Journeys: Couples Updates" allows reality TV fans to follow a couples' love story from the beginning.

The latest edition features "90 Day: The Other Way" couple Jenny and Sumit.

Available Aug. 23 on Discovery+: "Celebrity IOU: Joyride" Series Premiere
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Car experts Ant Anstead and Cristy Lee help celebrities vamp up a vehicle for someone special in their lives in "Celebrity IOU: Joyride."

Danny Trejo, Mary J. Blige and Renée Zellweger are among the stars appearing in the new Discovery+ series.

Available Aug. 28 on Discovery+: "Guy: Hawaiian Style" Series Premiere
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Guy Fieri and his family are taking a trip to Hawaii in this new Discovery+ series, and his fans are invited along for the ride.

"Guy: Hawaiian Style" follows the famous foodie and his loved ones as they explore Hawaii's natural wonders and delicious eats.

Available Aug. 12 on Paramount+: "Star Trek: Lower Decks" Season 2 Premiere
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This animated comedy follows the antics of a starship's support crew.

The Star Trek series comes from creator Mike McMahan, whose other credits include "Solar Opposites" and "Rick and Morty."

Available Aug. 20 on Paramount+: "PAW Patrol: The Movie"
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A 10-year old kid and his canine friends face off against Mayor Humdinger in order to save Adventure City in this family-friendly flick premiering in theaters and on Paramount+ the same day.

Subscribers can also stream five seasons of the animated Nick Jr. television series on Paramount+.

Available Aug. 5 on Peacock: "Hart to Heart" Season 1
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Kevin Hart sits down with a glass of wine and A-list talent in this new interview series from Peacock.

The first three episodes premiere August 5, with additional episodes premiering on Thursdays.

Available Aug. 9 on Peacock: "John Wick"
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An ex-hitman searches for the people who killed his dog in this action-packed movie starring Keanu Reeves.

Watch all three films in the trilogy when they arrive on Peacock August 9.

Available Aug. 12 on Peacock: "Weeds" Season 1-8
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Mary-Louise Parker plays a widowed mother who sells marijuana in this Emmy-winning show, which first ran on Showtime from 2005 to 2012.

The series finds its home on Peacock beginning August 12.

Available Aug. 12 on Peacock: "Ex-Rated" Season 1
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Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," debuts his new Peacock original series this month.

In "Ex-Rated," single people receive candid feedback on their relationships and sexual history. All eight episodes of the new series premiere the same day.

First published on December 2, 2016 / 3:23 PM

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