Idris, Tiffany, Julia, Veronica, Rocko – a few of the stars coming to your streaming services in August.

What’s new on Netflix NZ and every other streaming service in August

What are you going to be watching in August? The Spinoff rounds up everything that’s coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Lightbox, Neon, Amazon Prime and TVNZ on Demand.

Click here to read our listings for July.

The Biggies

Veronica Mars (Neon, Seasons 1-4 + Movie, August 2)

Praise be, because our Veronica Mars drought is over: NEON have not just picked up the rights to the much-buzzed about fourth season, but to the first three seasons and the movie. The show has a vaunted place in local NZ culture, partly due to its bizarre placing on primetime television and partly because it’s genuinely one of the best shows of the aughts. The latest season promises to be more of a good thing: Veronica cracking wise with her dad, kicking asses of people whose asses basically have a target painted on her back, and being one of the most believably, internally conflicted people on television. / Sam Brooks

The Wire (Neon, Seasons 1-5, August 23)

By now, entreaties to watch The Wire are so commonplace as to become a cliche. “Oh, you haven’t seen it? It’ll change your life!” exclaim the irritating devotees of a television show. The problem is, they’re right. It really is that good. Yes, it’s a show about big themes, and the ugly conclusions it draws about policing in America, political corruption and the media itself will probably stick with you a long time.

But the show really stands on compelling, richly drawn characters who grow and reveal more of themselves, the more you come to understand the world they inhabit. If you haven’t seen it, set aside a few hours for an initial binge. And if you have seen it, watch it again to see the things you didn’t pick up on the first time around. / Alex Braae

GLOW (Netflix, Season 3, August 9)

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back, and they’re heading to Las Vegas. Having spent two seasons building their fanbase in the drab backstreets of 1980s Los Angeles, the gang’s move to America’s capital of kitsch is set to raise the show’s tongue-in-cheek flamboyance to a whole new level (if there isn’t a Siegfried & Roy appearance, I’ll riot). Haven’t given GLOW a go yet? Take the imminent arrival of season 3 as a sign to catch up on this wildly entertaining show about super badass women, starring Alison Brie, Marc Maron and the fantastic Betty Gilpin. The campy premise is easy to dismiss, but it’s so much more than just high-cut leotards and hairspray. / Catherine McGregor

Carnival Row (Amazon Prime, August 30)

According to the synopsis, Carnival Row “follows mythical creatures who have fled their war-torn homeland and gathered in the city, where tensions between the inhabitants and immigrants flare up”. The trailer tells me that it stars Orlando Bloom (Lord of the Rings, Katy Perry’s beau) and Cara Delevingne (uhhh, things?) as a detective and a fairy duo who may or may not have some kind of romantic past together. Basically, it appears to be Jack the Ripper but steampunk and fantasy, which is bonkers enough that I, unfortunately for my schedule, am 100% here for it. / SB

Gentleman Jack (NEON, August 15)

Based on the the story of a real-life lesbian trailblazer, Gentleman Jack follows Anne Lister (played by Doctor Foster‘s Suranne Jones, an absolute legend) and her quest to restore her family estate Shibden Hall through coal mining. The year 1832 wasn’t a time that an androgynous, forthright lesbian should have succeeded, but Anne didn’t let that stop her. She also found time to have several relationships, the sweetest and most notable being with the shy Ann Walker, her future wife. It’s part drama, part comedy, part biography, and full of heart. / Sam Rutledge

The Notables

Succession (NEON, Season 2, August 12)

If you reckon your own family is dysfunctional, then get a load of the Roys, the bunch of delightfully spoiled brats battling for control of their family’s media empire in HBO’s Succession. When ageing patriarch Logan Roy refuses to step down from the family business on his 80th birthday, his four pampered children have to team up to try and push him out.

Think the Trumps, think the Murdochs, think King bloody Lear, because Succession is one big power struggle where the  complicated Roys fight to come out on top. Best of all, it’s funny as hell. Who knew watching people behave badly could be so entertaining? / Tara Ward

Veep (NEON, Season 7, August 8)

There’s not much for me to say here: Veep is the funniest, darkest, and most prescient show of the past decade. It predicted Trump when people were predicting Hilary, and when Trump happened, Veep didn’t comment on what was happening; instead it looked forward into the dark void that awaits us all. Also, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ work as Selina Meyer, a testament to the banal villainy present in every human who wants, stands as the best work of an already storied career. / SB

Derry Girls (Netflix, Season 2, August 2)

The final moments of Derry Girls’ first season are amongst my favourite conclusions to a season ever, in part because they come so unexpectedly. For the majority of its run the show seemed content to be just another brilliant teen dramedy, one which contained universal elements (crushes, horniness, boredom, misbehaviour) against an extraordinary backdrop (Northern Ireland during the Troubles) which was played as ordinary life.

The peculiarities of the language, culture and attitude toward England are mined for specific veins of comedy, but somehow the fact it operates within mostly familiar tropes is what makes the closing so powerful: shows like this don’t end like that. It also leaves a big question hanging over season two – whether that resonance was a harbinger of things to come, or simply its creator Lisa McGee showing off her extraordinary range. Either way, it presents as one of the year’s most exciting returns. Duncan Greive

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready (Netflix, August 13)

These comedy lineup shows on Netflix can be a bit hit or miss, but if there’s one person I trust to know funny, it’s Tiffany Haddish. Not only is her own stand-up hilarious and severely underrated (I implore you guys to check out She Ready) but she seems exactly like the kind of person who doesn’t give a crap how famous someone is, so long as they’re funny. So a six-person line-up show, including five women of colour and a trans woman, curated by Haddish? Sign me up. / Sam Brooks

Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix, August 30)

Chuck on your leg warmers and neon leotards, because the ‘80s are back. Jim Henson’s groundbreaking but creepy as heck 1982 film Dark Crystal has been rebooted for 2019, returning as a 10 episode series on Netflix called ‘Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’. It’s a prequel that “returns to the world of Thra, where three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, and set out to ignite the fires of rebellion and save their world”.

I don’t know what any of that means, but what’s not to love about a nostalgic puppet extravaganza voiced by stars like Helena Bonham Carter, Eddie Izzard, Sigourney Weaver, Alicia Vikander and Simon Pegg? Executive produced by Lisa Henson (daughter of Muppets genius Jim), Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will be a winner for fantasy and puppet fans alike. / TW

Mindhunter (Netflix, Season 2, August 16)

Two years ago, Mindhunter’s first season ended with an exceedingly creepy episode – directed by David Fincher, natch – revealing clear signs that FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) was slipping into the same kind of psychopathy he’d made a career of investigating. Season 2 focuses on a real-life series of 28 killings between 1979 and 1981 known as the Atlanta child murders, with cameo appearances from David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam, and man of the moment Charles Manson. Unsurprisingly given its subject matter, Mindhunter is gruelling viewing, and certainly not for everyone. But the exploration of the early days of criminal profiling is careful and detailed, and the slow degradation of Ford’s psyche as he immerses himself in depravity is utterly gripping. / CM

The Movies

Falling Inn Love (Netflix, August 28)

“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.” If there’s anything that lights my eyes up like nothing else, it’s an international film set in New Zealand, using New Zealand actors, making fun of what international people think New Zealand is like. Combine that with early aughts one-hit-wonder Christina Milian and the abdominally-endowed Adam Demos, and you’ve got something I’ll be watching at 2am on a Sunday morning this month./ SB

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling (Netflix, August 9)

What’s up, fellow kids! Who remembers Rocko, the Nickelodeon wallaby with a clearly fake Australian accent? He and his friends, Heffer Wolfe the cowardly cow and Filburt the nerd turtle, have been lost in space since they went off the air in 1996. Now, they’ve crash-landed back on Earth and are acclimatising to the scary new 21st-century world; it’s “Rocko’s post-modern life,” if you will. / Josie Adams

Detective Pikachu (Lightbox, August 21)

Detective Pikachu is the best film I’ve seen in the cinema all year – although I’d have to note that, at the halfway point in the current film festival, I have yet to even crack open the programme, so take all the grains of salt in this shaker. I’ve also been playing Pokemon for nearly two thirds of my life, so take even more salt. But what seemed like a kitschy, uncanny valley abomination from the first trailer turns out to actually be a surprisingly mature, yet extremely lively, film noir that just happens to feature an electric rat voiced by Ryan Reynolds. I cried, I laughed, I felt things. / SB

I Love You, Now Die (NEON, August 18)

Buckle in because this is some bleak stuff. In 2014, 18 year old Conrad Roy committed suicide after being encouraged to do so by his 17 year old girlfriend Michelle Carter. The documentary I Love You, Now Die follows the ensuing trial, and investigates the level to which Carter was culpable for her actions, and her defence of what she did. It’s a complex case that serves as a perfect microcosm to our modern-day relationships with communication and identity, and will scratch that problematic true crime itch that we’ve all developed over the past decade or so. / SB

The Rest

What follows is a list of what is coming up on every streaming service this month.

The Matrix, obviously.

Netflix

August 1

The Matrix Trilogy

Wolfblood: Seasons 1- 3

Are We Done Yet?

Failure to Launch

Ghost Town

Down a Dark Hall

Rock of Ages

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

The Cabin in the Woods

Black ’47

August 2

Dear White People: Volume 3

Basketball or Nothing

Derry Girls: Season 2

Otherhood

Ask the StoryBots: Season 3

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Season 3

August 4

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

August 5

Enter the Anime

No Good Nick: Part 2

The Wandering Earth

August 7

The Wilde Wedding

August 8

The Naked Director

Wu Assassins

Dollar

The Mechanic

The cast of Cable Girls.

August 9

Sintonia

Cable Girls: Season 4

GLOW: Season 3

The Family

Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling

Spirit Riding Free: Pony Tales

The InBESTigators

Beyond Valkyrie: Dawn of the Fourth Reich

August 10

47 Metres Down

August 13

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

August 15

Jersey Boys

The Prestige

Cop Out

Arthur

Cannon Busters

Dumb and Dumber

Suicide Squad

August 16

Better Than Us

45 rpm

QB1: Beyond the Lights: Season 3

Frontera verde

Victim Number 8

Sextuplets

Diagnosis

The Little Switzerland

Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus

Super Monsters Back to School

Shakespeare in Love

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy

Psycho

Blue Crush

The Shallows

Chicken Run

Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant

American Pie Presents: Beta House

Dazed and Confused

Patch Adams

The Dilemma

What Dreams May Come

Charlie Wilson’s War

Peter Pan

Vertigo

August 20

Simon Amstell: Set Free

August 21

Hyperdrive

American Factory

August 23

Southpaw

Rust Valley Restorers

El Pepe: Una vida suprema

Hero Mask: Part II

August 24

Criminal

August 26

Gone Girl

Deliver Us from Evil

August 28

The Nice Guys

Droppin’ Cash: Season 2

August 29

Workin’ Moms: Season 3

Falling Inn Love

Kardec

August 30

Carole & Tuesday

Styling Hollywood

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The A List

La Grande Classe

Mighty Little Bheem: Season 2

True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Wild Wild Yetis

Amy Adams in Enchanted.

NEON

August 2

On Tour With Asperger’s Are us

August 4

Beneath New Zealand S2

At The Heart of Gold: Inside the USA Gymnastics Scandal

The Nun

August 5

The Rook

Beauty and the Beast

August 6

Boy Erased

August 8

Veep: Season 7

Enchanted

August 10

Fallen

Kin

August 12

Succession: Season Two

Bad Times at the El Royale

August 13

The Sixth Sense

August 14

Mortal Engines

August 15

Gentleman Jack

August 16

Chicken Little

August 17

Bohemian Rhapsody

Old Dogs

Share

August 18

Absentia S2

I Love You, Now Die

The cast of the critically acclaimed Sorry to Bother You.

August 19

The Righteous Gemstones

Sorry To Bother You

Years and Years

August 20

Up

August 21

Madam Secretary: Season Five

Monsters, Inc.

The Girl in The Spider Web

August 23

The Wire: Seasons 1-5

August 24

Bull: Season 3

Man Of Steel

August 25

Our Idiot Brother

August 26

Ballers S5

The World’s End

August 27

The Affair: Season Five

A Star is Born

August 29

Oz The Great and Powerful

August 30

R.I.P.D

The cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Lightbox (All movies are pay-per-view, from $4.99)

August 5

Preacher (Weekly)

August 6

Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Six

August 7

Imposters: Season One and Two

Long Shot

The Curse of the Weeping Woman

Poms

The Chaperone

Iron Sky: The Coming Race

August 14

The Family

The Kindergarten Teacher

Miss Bala

Then Came You

Batman Hush

August 15

Single Parents

August 21

The Resident

Detective Pikachu

Batman Family Matters

Gloria Bell

August 23

The Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce: Season Five

August 28

The Wedding Guest

All Is True

Red Joan

The Sun is Also a Star

Billie Piper in The Secret Diary of a Call Girl.

TVNZ on Demand

August 1

The Price of $ex

August 6

Bachelor in Paradise

Back to Life

BossBabes

August 11

Yours Faithfully

August 20

My Mad Fat Diary: Season 1-3

Secret Diary of a Call Girl: Season 1-4

August 28

The Family Law: Season 1-3

Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom in Carnival Row.

Amazon Prime

August 2

This is Football

August 9

Free Meek

August 16

Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time

August 23

Alice Wetterlund: My Mama is a Human and So Am I

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Mike E. Winfield: StepMan

August 30

Carnival Row


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