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The Best TV Shows and Movies to Watch in August on Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO Max

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If you have subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Netflix, or HBO, then you should probably spend as much time in front of your TV getting the most out of them. The more you watch, the more value you get out of your monthly subscription! This isn't rocket surgery, people. Lucky for you, you can watch some great things this month while you improve your valuable streamed-shows-per-dollar-spent metric.

This month features the return of one of TV's best comedies in HBO Max's The Other Two, the latest from Nicole Kidman and David E. Kelly on Hulu, and an exciting new film starring Adam Driver on Amazon Prime Video. Below, we've gathered the best shows and movies to stream in August on HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Netflix. 

John Kohler, Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump

John Kohler, Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump

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The Best Movies and TV Shows on HBO Max in August

Several new releases on HBO and HBO Max in August salute the ol' Stars & Stripes in some way or another, including the biographical docuseries Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, the American dream realized in the reality show Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump, and America's team, the Dallas Cowboys, in the NFL show Hard Knocks. Plus, The Suicide Squad hits HBO Max as the big film release for August.

Here are our picks for HBO Max in August.



Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Selena Gomez, Martin Short, and Steve Martin, Only Murders in the Building

Hulu

The Best Movies and TV Shows on Hulu in August

This month, Hulu will finally bring us the long-awaited premiere of Nine Perfect Strangers, which stars Nicole Kidman doing another crazy accent and wearing another crazy wig, on Aug. 18, and Only Murders in the Building, which is about Steve MartinMartin Short, and Selena Gomez investigating a murder, on Aug. 31. Also, on Aug. 9, there's Taika Waititi and Sterlin Harjo's new FX on Hulu series, Reservation Dogs, about a group of misbehaving teens living in a Native community in Oklahoma. -Allison Picurro

Here's our full list of picks for Hulu in August, but if you want to sort through the list of new releases yourself, here's a list of everything new to Hulu in August.



Minnie Driver, Modern Love

Minnie Driver, Modern Love

Amazon

The Best Movies and TV Shows on Amazon Prime in August

Amazon Prime Video is a wee bit light on the new releases in August, but it does have two big releases worth noting. The romance anthology Modern Love returns for Season 2, with some big names: Minnie Driver, Kit Harington, and more. And towards the end of the month, you can look forward to the odd and ambitious Cannes darling Annette, starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard in a surreal musical. Here's everything good to watch on Amazon Prime Video right now. 

Here's our full list of picks for Amazon Prime Video, but you want to sort through the list of new releases yourself, here's a list of everything new to Amazon Prime in August.



Vivo

Vivo

Netflix

The Best Movies and TV Shows on Netflix in August

Hey guess what? Netflix is once again the place to stream quantity this month. The content factory has a gaggle of new shows and movies, including Paris Hilton's cooking show (yes) Cooking with Paris, Sandra Oh's academic comedy The Chair, and Lin-Manuel Miranda's Vivo. And if you want a guaranteed great watch, Friday Night Lights has joined Netflix.

Here's our full list of picks for Netflix in August, but you want to sort through the list of new releases yourself, here's a list of everything new to Netflix in August.


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