Here’s everything we’re excited about coming to Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, Disney+, and more next month.
August will be a fun month with a jam-packed schedule of new things to watch. While Reelgood has compiled 10 of the most exciting premieres and streaming debuts happening over the next four weeks, arguably the coolest addition to the streaming landscape is HBO Max getting several A24 films finally added to its library. While several newer titles like Everything Everywhere All At Once won’t be joining the catalog, some earlier gems like the Tom Hardy-starring Locke, the Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, the Scarlett Johansson as alien thriller Under The Skin, and the understated gambling drama Mississippi Grind all hit the streamer on the first of the month. If it’s too hot to go outside, might as well catch up on these films and TV shows.
August 1: Industry (TV Series, HBO Max)
There haven’t been new episodes of Industry, BBC’s and HBO Max’s finance drama, since 2020, but the critically acclaimed gritty workplace series returns for another season. Basically, the show tends to look at the darker underbelly of the corporate world of fictional London banking firm Pierpoint & Co. where folks lie, engage in dubious ethics, take ketamine, and fool around. Leads Myha’la Herrold returns as Harper, Harry Lawtey as Robert, and Marisa Abela as Yasmin, while Jay Duplass joins the cast as Jesse Bloom, a hedge fund manager.
August 3: Reservation Dogs (TV Series, Hulu)
This is undoubtedly one of the best shows on TV. Last year on Hulu, this series about a group of indigenous friends growing up on a reservation in rural Oklahoma was charming, gritty, and hilarious even if it was heartwrenching at times. It was a no-pretension and no-BS look at life as a Native American grappling with their own familial history, traumas of lost friends, and wanting a better life outside the confines of where they grew up. Main actors Devery Jacobs, D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai, Lane Factor, and Paulina Alexis have all been fantastic. The show was created by Sterlin Harjo and Taika Waititi.
August 4: All or Nothing: Arsenal (TV Series, Prime Video)
There’s a glut of sports docuseries on streaming services right now: shows that promise a behind-the-scenes look at your favorite teams and athletes, recapping all the dramatic storylines of the season prior. The best of the bunch besides the masterful F1: Drive to Survive on Netflix is Prime Video’s All Or Nothing series. What originally started as an answer to HBO’s long-running football docuseries Hard Knocks now has film crews following teams from what seems like every sport: the NHL, the NFL, college football, national team soccer, Serie A, and the Premier League. This year, they follow London Premier League club Arsenal as they battle a rough start to the 2021-22 season.
August 4: Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butthead (TV Series, Paramount+)
Since everything is seemingly getting some sort of revival or reboot for the streaming age, it only makes sense that Paramount+ would try to reintroduce Beavis and Butthead to a younger generation. However, these animated ‘90s slacker nincompoops return to the present as they grapple with the social media and fast-paced world of 2022. The series is the follow-up to Beavis and Butthead Do the Universe, the film-length revival that’s streaming on Paramount+. In an interview, showrunner Mike Judge said that fans of the original series will find things to like with this revival. “We talked about all that stuff, and it comes back to, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’” Judge told The Hollywood Reporter about updating these characters. “I’d like them to look better, but every time we tried to make them look better, it would make them less funny.”
August 5: Licorice Pizza (Movie, Prime Video)
Paul Thomas Anderson films are always must-watches from There Will Be Blood to The Master and Punch Drunk-Love. His latest, the Academy Award-nominated Licorice Pizza is a nostalgic look at the 1970s San Fernando Valley. Starring Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s son Cooper Hoffman in his first ever role as well as HAIM sister Alana Haim, the unlikely pairing both cast-wise and plot-wise makes a memorable debut together in this coming-of-age romp.
August 12: A League of Their Own (TV Series, Prime Video)
Speaking of remakes of a beloved cultural force from the ‘90s, A League of Their Own is back but in series form. Starring Broad City alum Abbi Jacobson, The Good Place highlight D’Arcy Carden, Chanté Adams, Nick Offerman, Kate Berlant, and more, the series will also feature Rosie O’Donnell, star of the original film, returning in a new role. It’ll likely follow similar beats as its source material as a tagline reads, “Following the journey of the WWII All-American professional women’s baseball league players as they travel across a rapidly changing U.S.” There aren’t any reviews for this revival of the classic baseball comedy but the cast and its great-looking new trailer should make the collective excitement tangible.
August 17: She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (TV Series, Disney+)
The Marvel Cinematic Universe hasn’t really made a universally loved TV series yet, despite Ms. Marvel being solid but under-watched. Considering the trailer, which is slightly campy, it’s tough imagining She-Hulk: Attorney at Law becoming the breakout hit of the summer but it does have one of the most charismatic and versatile stars in Tatiana Maslany. You may recognize Maslany from the long-running BBC America thriller Orphan Black, where Maslany had to play multiple roles and embodied each distinct character effortlessly. It’s one of the best TV performances of the last decade so it’s great that Maslany gets a chance to run her own Marvel superhero. She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is a comedy, something Maslany can absolutely nail, and features co-stars Jameela Jamil, Tim Roth, and Mark Ruffalo.
August 21: House of the Dragon (TV Series, HBO Max)
It’s been over three years since Game of Thrones ended on a controversial and divisive finale. While three years is more than enough time to get a palate cleanser and a breather from the dense fantasy world of Westeros, now fans get to dive back in with HBO’s prequel to the series in House of the Dragon. Because the events in House of the Dragon take place 300 years before GoT does, calling it a prequel seems like an oversell. But with new characters and a storyline referenced in the original series (think about all the times characters spoke solemnly about “The Mad King”), new showrunners Ryan Condal and Miguel Sapochnik have the chance to create their own take on George R.R. Martin’s mythical universe.
August 30: The Patient (TV Series, Hulu)
In this limited series, Steve Carrell plays a lonely and soft-spoken therapist whose patient, played by Domhnall Gleeson, is a serial killer. While the stakes are already high with such a dangerous patient, Gleeson’s character ends up holding his therapist hostage all while making unreasonable demands to help him overcome his violent urges. (This is not a spoiler, it’s literally in the IMDB show description page. This seems like a much darker twist on the Tim Baltz comedy Shrink (now on Peacock) or In Treatment (both iterations of this series are on HBO Max). With ample star power in Carrell and Gleeson, this might be the most exciting premiere of the summer.
August 31: Andor (TV Series, Disney+)
Andor is a spin-off of a spin-off in the Star Wars cinematic universe. If you watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the 2016 spinoff movie that was a direct prequel to the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, you’ll probably remember Diego Luna’s character Cassian Andor. This series is the spinoff about Andor’s life and time in the Rebel Alliance fighting the Empire and making plans to destroy the Death Star (for obvious reasons, this is a Rogue One prequel). While this isn’t about a character as ubiquitous and beloved as Obi-Wan, Luna has the chops to carry the series and tastefully expand the Star Wars universe.