All the faces, faces and faces you’ll be streaming on Netflix, Neon and everything else in August.
All the faces, faces and faces you’ll be streaming on Netflix, Neon and everything else in August.

TelevisionAugust 1, 2022

What’s new to Netflix NZ, Neon and other streaming services in August

All the faces, faces and faces you’ll be streaming on Netflix, Neon and everything else in August.
All the faces, faces and faces you’ll be streaming on Netflix, Neon and everything else in August.

What are you going to be watching in August? We round up everything coming to streaming services this month, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Apple TV+, Neon and TVNZ+.

The biggies

House of the Dragon (on Neon from August 22)

It’s finally here. A little over three years since the last, hugely disappointing episode of Game of Thrones – during which time HBO green-lit, cast and shot a whole other spinoff, abandoned after just one episode – we’re returning to Westeros, and I couldn’t be more excited. House of the Dragon is set about 300 years prior to the events covered in the original, so don’t expect any familiar faces to pop up this time around. But do get ready for a lot of CGI dragons – this was the era before they all but died out, remember – and plenty of Targaryen-blond wigs, including on stars Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and newcomer Emma D’Arcy.  / Catherine McGregor

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (on Disney+ from August 17)

What if Ally McBeal had superpowers? That appears to be the question that She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is answering, and I for one cannot wait. The series, the latest instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, follows Jennifer Waters (Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany), the cousin of the Hulk who also somehow has his powers. She also happens to be an attorney, whose specialty is defending low-level superheroes who get held up in court. This promises to be a more comedic take on the MCU, but I’m dubious that like the rest of the shows it’ll end in a CGI light show showcase. / Sam Brooks

The Sandman (on Netflix from August 5)

Sadly, this is not a show about Mr Sandman the jaunty pop song with impressive harmonies, but a new dark fantasy series based on a DC comic by Neil Gaiman. After years of imprisonment, a king of dreams named Morpheus heads off on a journey to find out what has been stolen from him while he was in the sleep slammer and claim all his power back. He sounds like a lot of fun, much like a good nap. This promises to be a dark adventure across the time and space continuum, and also possibly into your nightmares? Keep the lights on, you’ll be fine. / Tara Ward

Five Days at Memorial (on Apple TV+ from August 12)

It seems we can’t get enough of “based on true events” drama at the moment, but Apple TV+’s new series Five Days at Memorial is a story you wish hadn’t happened. Set during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the series follows the doctors and nurses in a New Orleans hospital who were stranded with patients when the storm hit, and with no chance of rescue, had to make unimaginable decisions that would follow them for years. Adapted from a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sheri Fink, expect Five Days at Memorial to be both harrowing and hugely compelling. Bring nerves of steel and plenty of tissues. / TW

The notables

The Rehearsal (on Neon from August 27)

Nathan Fielder, the star and creator of cringe masterpiece Nathan for You, hires a group of artists, performers and other professionals to help him manufacture a life so he, and the complete strangers he interacts with or ropes in, can “rehearse” life’s key moments. If Nathan for You was your thing, this absolutely will be. If even say, The Office was too cringe or awkward for you, you might want to stay away. Fielder is a genius, but like many geniuses, also an acquired taste. / SB

The Bear (on Disney+ from August 31)

Come for the sandwiches, dripping in blood red beef juice and pickles and sauces. Come also for the heroic, doe-eyed lead performance from Jeremy Allen White, and the excellent supporting roles – especially rising talent Ayo Edebiri. But stay for the tension, the brutal behind-the-scenes look at what running a popular Chicago sandwich bar really is like. The Bear is hotblooded, incessant television that slices and dices everything in its path. It will leave scars. It’s also my favourite show of the year. / SB

A League of Their Own (on Amazon Prime Video from August 12)

A League of Their Own is, hands down, one of the best movies of the 90s. Penny Marshall’s brilliant comedy isn’t just a bunch of actors at their best (Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Rosie O’Donnell, Madonna) but a genuinely smart, funny, and heartfelt story of a women’s baseball team. This reboot stars Abbi Jacobsen, D’Arcy Carden, Chante Adams and Kate Berlant, with Nick Offerman taking on Tom Hanks’ role. I’m dubious if it can match the 1992 film, but even halfway would be good enough for me. / SB

Players (on TVNZ on Demand from August 5)

An e-sports mockumentary? Sure! Players follows a fictional League of Legends pro (no product placement) esports team as they pursue their first championship after years of coming quite close to winning and just missing out. However, to win it all, Creamcheese (Misha Brooks), the 27-year-old veteran player has to team up with Organizm (Da’Jour Jones), a prodigy. Egos will be set aside, inside jokes will be made, and it’ll probably be a skewering of a sport that could use a laugh. / SB

The movies

Venom: Let There Be Carnage (on Neon from August 16 and Amazon Prime Video on August 18)

If you’ve been iffy on the Venom movies because they look like just another comic book movie, I need to tell you to run, not walk to these films. What seems like a grimdark take on the superhero genre is actually a deeply bizarre, deeply appealing, odd couple story between Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) and the symbiote that lives in his body, Venom (also Tom Hardy). The movies are so silly they’re basically screwball comedies, and Let There Be Carnage just takes it deeper. / SB

Lightyear (on Disney+ from August 3)

No, it’s not based on the toy Buzz Lightyear. It’s origin story of the real man that the toy is based on. If that doesn’t sound like complete gibberish to you, you might enjoy Pixar’s latest outing, Lightyear. / SB

The rest

Netflix

August 1

Big Tree City

Top Gun

Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible II

Mission: Impossible III

Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible – Fallout

August 2

Ricardo Quevedo: Tomorrow Will Be Worse

August 3

Good Morning, Veronica: Season 2

Buba

Don’t Blame Karma!

Clusterf**k: Woodstock ’99

August 4

Lady Tamara

Wedding Season

Super Giant Robot Brothers

Kakegurui Twin

August 5

The Sandman

Carter

Darlings

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; The Movie

August 6

Reclaim

August 8

Code Name: Emperor

Team Zenko Go: Season 2

August 9

I Just Killed My Dad

August 10

Instant Drama Home

Iron Chef Brazil

Locke & Key: Season 3

School Tales The Series

Indian Matchmaking: Season 2

Heartsong

Bank Robbers: The Last Great Heist

The Bureau of Magical Things: Season 2

Rams

August 11

Stay on Board: The Leo Baker Story

DOTA: Dragon’s Blood: Book 3

August 12

Never Have I Ever: Season 3

A Model Family

13: The Musical

Day Shift

August 15

Deepa and Anoop

August 16

Untold: Volume 2

Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist

Untold: The Rise and Fall of AND1

Untold: Operation Flagrant Foul

Back to the Future

August 17

High Heat

Unsuspicious

Look Both Ways

Royalteen

August 18

Inside the Mind of a Cat

He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: Season 3

Tekken: Bloodline

August 19

Echoes

Kleo

The Girl in the Mirror (Alma)

Glow Up: Season 4

The Next 365 Days

The Cuphead Show: Part

August 20

Fullmetal Alchemist: The Revenge of Scar

August 23

Chad and JT Go Deep

August 24

Lost Ollie

Mo

Queer Eye: Brazil

Selling the OC

Under Fire

Watch Out, We’re Mad

Running with the Devil: The Wild World of John McAfree

Superwog

August 25

That’s Amor

History 101: Season 2

Angry Birds: Summer Madness: Season 3

Rilakkuma’s Theme Park Adventure

August 26

Drive Hard: The Maloof Way

Ludik

Loving Adults

Me Time

Seoul Time

August 29

Under Her Control

Mighty Express: Season 7

August 30

I Am A Killer: Season 3

August 31

Family Secrets

I Came By

Club America vs Club America

Neon

August 1

City on a Hill: Season 3

The Lego Movie

August 2

Industry: Season 2

August 3

Along Came Polly

August 5

Scream

August 6

Falling for Figaro

August 7

Stillwater

August 8

The Collection

August 10

Death of a Telemarketer

August 11

Take Out with Lisa Ling

Crimson Peak

August 12

The Last Son

August 13

Castle Falls

August 14

Vanquish

August 15

Everest

August 16

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

August 17

Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Johannesburg

Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Lagos

Louis Theroux: Law and Disorder in Philadelphia

Patriot Games

August 18

The Foreigner

August 19

Kill Chain

Nikki Glaser: Good Clean Faith

Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

August 20

Belfast

August 21

Jarhead

August 22

House of the Dragon

August 24

Death on the Beach

Reprisal

August 25

Rillington Place

No. 2

August 26

Jackass Forever

August 27

The Rehearsal

Elizabeth

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

August 28

Cry Macho

August 30

Bonnie and Clyde

August 31

Miami Vice

TVNZ+

August 1

Zana

Love Between The Covers

Russia’s Cyber Army

Objector

Songs of War: Music as a Weapon

The Bling Ring

Disappearance in Yellowstone

Single Black Female

Line Sisters

Cocaine Godmother

Anne Rule’s A House on Fire

Anne Rule’s Circle of Deception

Nick’s Wild Ride

Diamond River Hunters

Gold Fever: Season 5

Camp Wannakiki: Season 3

GoGo for the Gold: Season 1b

The Gauntlet of Games: Season 1b

F*cking Smart: Season 1b

Baby

The Oratorio

My Darling Vivian

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

August 3

The Arrangement

August 5

Skymed

Players

August 12

Barons

August 10

Miranda: Seasons 1-3

August 13

Smiley Face Killers

August 17

The Undeclared War

August 18

Magpie Murderers

August 20

Mystery of the Man on the Moor

August 23

The King

August 25

Power: Seasons 1-6

Power Book II: Ghosts

August 28

I Just Want My Pants Back

Disney+

August 3

Lightyear

Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of Ms Marvel

August 5

Prey

The Lion King: Sing-a-Long Version

The Lion King II: Simba’s Pride: Sing-a-Long Version

We Are Love Supreme

August 10

I Am Groot

Maggie

August 12

This Fool

August 17

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law

Eureka!

August 19

Beauty and the Beast: Sing-a-Long Version (1991)

Beauty and the Beast: Sing-a-Long Version (2017)

Tangled: Sing-a-Long Version

High Strung: Free Dance

August 24

Fearless: The Inside Story of the AFLW

August 25

Mike

August 26

Million Dollar Moon Rock Heist

August 31

The Bear

PJ Masks: Season 5

Andor

Amazon Prime Video

August 1

Sing

August 3

Just Go With It

August 4

All or Nothing: Arsenal S1

August 5

The Outlaws: Season 5

Thirteen Lives

August 10

Hating Game

Julie and Julia

August 12

A League of Their Own

August 15

The Bounty Hunter

The Tourist

August 16

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

August 19

Making the Cut

August 20

Belfast

August 26

Samaritan

Untrapped: The Story of Lil Baby

August 31

The Da Vinci Code

The Pursuit of Happyness

Apple TV+

August 5

Luck

The Snoopy Show: Season 2

The Peanuts Classics

August 12

Five Days at Memorial

Lucy’s School

August 19

Bad Sisters

Surfside Girls

August 26

See

Acorn

August 1

The Murders

Single Handed: Season 2

August 8

Darby and Joan

Hustle: Season 3

August 15

Gourmet Detective

A Healthy Place to Die

Death Al Dente

Eat, Drink and Be Buried

August 22

Cape Town

August 29

Emma Fielding Mysteries

The Tunnel: Season 2

Shudder

August 2

First Love

Elizabeth Harvest

August 3

February (aka The Blackboat’s Daughter)

August 4

What Josiah Saw

August 9

Lizzie

Satanic Picnic

August 16

1BR

The Soul Collector

August 17

Alone With You

August 18

Glorious

August 19

Curse of Audrey Earnshaw

Bloodthirsty

August 23

So Vam

August 25

I Blame Society

August 30

All The Creatures Were Stirring

Sadistic Intentions

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