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New on Netflix: best new films and TV to binge-watch in August 2019

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Stylist has rounded-up all the best TV and films being released on Netflix in August 2019: all you have to do is watch.

We’re only halfway through August, but we’ve already seen some amazing new TV shows and films join Netflix’s catalogue so far – just in time for the first signs of Autumn. And what’s the perfect companion to a dark evening, a bundle of cosy blankets and some all-important snacks? A good Netflix binge, of course.

From the lights and lycra of GLOW to the characteristic wit and irony of Dear White People, you won’t be stuck for choice when you curl up for your Sunday afternoon binge. 

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But don’t just take our word for it – we’ve collated a list of all the best new films and TV series we reckon you’re going to love watching on Netflix this month, so you don’t lose any vital viewing time scrolling through all the titles available. 

Grab the snacks and get ready to find your new favourite show – you can thank us later.

Best new TV on Netflix in August 2019

Dear White People Season 3

Cast: Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton

The satirical and witty TV series Dear White People returns for it’s third season as Logan Brownings’ lead character Sam White announces she is done with the radio show which gives the show it’s name. Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy league university, Dear White People follows a group of students of colour as they navigate life in a “post-racial” America, in a show which leads with laughter, irony and self-deprecation. 

Release Date: 2 August 2019 on Netflix

Glow Season 3

Cast: Alison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Geena Davis

There are a multitude of reasons why you should watch Glow if you haven’t already. Not only is it written by a team of women, but the 80s powered show features a diverse, empowered group of women and celebrates female friendship. And to top it all off, they’ve only gone and got Oscar winning actress Geena Davis to join the cast for the third season. 

With season three picking up as the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling take their show on the road to Las Vegas, get ready for slot machines, bright lights and the ever-present lycra suits alongside the usual ups and downs of the show’s characters. 

Release Date: 9 August 2019 on Netflix

Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready

Tiffany Haddish posing on the red carpet
New on Netflix August 2019: Tiffany Haddish will host a series of comedy specials.

Cast: Tiffany Haddish (and guests)

If you’re in the mood for a laugh, look no further than Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready, a series of half-hour comedy specials from six of the Girl’s Trip star’s favourite comedians. Featuring performances from Chaunté Wayans, April Macie, Tracey Ashley, Aida Rodriguez, Flame Monroe, and Marlo Williams, this is one you definitely shouldn’t miss. 

Release Date: 13 August 2019 on Netflix

Mindhunter Season 2

Mindhunter still: Serial killer Ed Kemper (Cameron Britton) speaks down to FBI agent Holden Ford (Jonathon Groff) in a scene from season one of the show.
New on Netflix August 2019: Mindhunter returns for season two.

Cast: Jonathon Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross, Cotter Smith, Anna Torv

We haven’t got all the details when it comes to Mindhunter season two yet, but based on the first season, it’s going to be tense. Based on the true crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker, the show follows a pair of FBI agents as they interview serial killers in an attempt to understand how their minds work and apply the knowledge to solve later cases. 

So far the only details we really know about season two is that it will be set a few years later than the first season, and will be based around a series of killings called the Atlanta murders (sometimes called the Atlanta Child Murders) of 1979-81. But under the direction of executive producers Charlize Theron and David Fincher (director of Gone Girl), we’ve got faith it’ll be pretty thrilling. 

Release Date: 16 August 2019 on Netflix

13 Reasons Why Season 3

Cast: Dylan Minnette, Justin Prentice, Christian Navarro, Alisha Boe, Brandon Flynn.

Netflix has confirmed that the third season of 13 Reasons Why will hit the streaming service this month; the last season left the teenagers of Liberty High School after they’d narrowly avoided a tragic event.

According to the trailer, this season will follow the murder of Bryce Walker, who we saw face trial last season for the sexual assault of two of his classmates - and get away with virtually no punishment. 

Release Date: 23 August 2019 on Netflix

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance 

Cast: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Mark Hamill, Nathalie Emmanuel, Helena Bonham Carter, Andy Samberg, Natalie Dormer

The prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 fantasy classic The Dark Crystal, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance will give fans further insight into the world of Thra, as they follow three Gelflings – Rian, Brea and Deet – who inspire a rebellion against the rival Skeksis when they discover a horrifying secret behind their power. 

Voiced by the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Andy Samberg and Taron Egerton among others (including Game of Thrones star Nathalie Emmanuel), the series could be a great watch whether you’re a fan of the original film or not. 

Release Date: 30 August 2019 on Netflix

Best new documentaries on Netflix in August 2019

Happy Jail

Directed by Emmy Award winner Michele Josue, Happy Jail visits a prison in the Philippines which shot to world-wide fame in 2007 after a video of the inmates dancing to ‘Thriller’ went viral. Dancing is part of the inmates’ exercise and rehabilitation in the unique jail – and Happy Jail visits the institution when an ex-convict is put in charge.

Release Date: 14 August 2019 on Netflix

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is a powerful and unique documentary which asks the question: what if social media could save lives? Based on Dr. Lisa Sanders’ hugely popular column in The New York Times Magazine, the documentary follows people with undiagnosed medical conditions as they seek help from people all over the world.

Release Date: 16 August 2019 on Netflix

Best new films on Netflix in August 2019

Otherhood

Cast: Patricia Arquette, Angela Bassett, Felicity Huffman

Following the lives of three empty-nesters as they attempt to reconnect with their adult sons, Otherhood is set to be a heartwarming story of relationships, self-discovery and friendship. Written and directed by Cindy Chupack of Sex and the City, Otherhood is an honest and hilarious exploration of what life looks like after motherhood. 

Release Date: 2 August 2019 on Netflix

Simon Amstell: Set Free

Simon Amstell onstage
New on Netflix August 2019: Simon Amstell will appear in a one-off special for the streaming platform.

Cast: Simon Amstell

Simon Amstell: Set Free features the English comedian, television presenter, screenwriter, director and actor on stage as he opens up about coming out to his father and relationships among other topics.

Best known for hosting popular shows Popworld and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Amstell will have you laughing for the full length of this stand-up special.

Release Date: 20 August 2019

Shakespeare in Love

Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Colin Firth, Ben Affleck, Judi Dench

The 1998 classic Shakespeare in Love is returning to Netflix after a brief appearance on the platform last year. The film famously imagines a love affair between William Shakespeare and Viola de Lesseps during the time the iconic playwright was writing Romeo and Juliet

Featuring appearances from historical figures including Christopher Marlowe and Queen Elizabeth I, the film is a fun reimagining of the story behind one of the world’s most iconic plays. 

Release Date: August 2019 on Netflix

Fifty Shades of Grey

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Rita Ora

The first film in the Fifty Shades series follows the beginning of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey’s relationship, as the pair find themselves drawn to each other despite their obvious differences. There’s no denying that the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise has been extremely successful since the release of the first film in 2015 - Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed have since been released - so it’s debut on Netflix is no surprise. 

Release Date: August 2019 on Netflix

Psycho

Cast: Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Vera Miles

The 1960 classic horror from mastermind Alfred Hitchcock is making it’s way to Netflix to add a chill to your warm summer nights. Don’t be put off by the black-and-white picture and slightly grainy image - it’s the aesthetic which gives this film it’s creepy charm. 

The film follows the story of Marion Crane, a secretary who ends up at a secluded motel after stealing money from her employer, and her encounter with the motel’s owner-manager, Norman Bates. What happens next? You’ll just have to watch Psycho for yourself. 

Release Date: August 2019 on Netflix

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