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The Best Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix in August

Adrian Grenier is going viral for all the wrong reasons

Allison Picurro
Adrian Grenier, Clickbait

Adrian Grenier, Clickbait


Netflix is a never-ending tidal wave of new shows and movies to watch, and August feels like it has a particularly heavy flow. At the top of the list is the comedy The Chair, starring Grey's Anatomy vet Sandra Oh as the new chair at an exclusive college. Somewhere further down the list is the miniseries thriller Clickbait, about the secrets and lies that come to the surface when a man (Adrian Grenier) is kidnapped in a crime that leverages social media to determine his fate. And for some recent nostalgia, the entire series of 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights come to Netflix at the top of the month.

They join a busy month for Netflix, which is also premiering The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf, an anime Witcher prequel film, the John David Washington thriller Beckett, and Pray Away, the Ryan Murphy-produced documentary about the harmful effects of conversion therapy. On the incredibly silly side of things, you can also watch Paris Hilton cook this month in Cooking With Paris. But we don't think you should.

Our list of suggestions for the best shows and moves on Netflix in August is below, and here are our picks for what came out on Netflix last month. If you'd like even more hand-picked suggestions, click over to our full list of recommendations.

The Best TV Shows and Movies on Netflix in August

Friday Night Lights
Available August 1
Quite simply one of the best television dramas to ever air on broadcast television, Friday Night Lights looks at American life through a small town in Texas obsessed with high school football. The Emmy-winning show ran for five excellent seasons, depicting accurate portrayals of high school athletics, small-town teenage life, and marriage, and its cast of mostly unknowns went on to become big stars. Just ignore one major bumpy storyline in Season 2 (c'mon, Landry!) and you'll see why it's so beloved.

Pray Away
Available August 3
Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum executive produce this documentary about Exodus International, an Evangelical group formed in the '70s that claims it can turn gay people straight through prayer and conversion therapy. What's most interesting about this film is that it features interviews with ex-leaders who are now speaking out against the movement they were part of for so many years.

Cooking With Paris
Season 1 available August 4
Did you know Paris Hilton is secretly a renowned, highly talented chef? I'm kidding, she's not at all, which is part of the gimmick of her new series. Hilton, who doesn't seem to know the first thing about cooking, invites her famous friends like Kim Kardashian West and Demi Lovato over to her house to help her make various dishes, to varying degrees of success. I can't say if this show will be "good" or "worth anyone's time," but I know I'll be watching. I mean, she has a diamond-encrusted spatula.

Available August 6
Lin-Manuel Miranda lends his voice to this movie about Vivo (Miranda), a kinkajou who spends his days playing music in Cuba with his owner, Andres (Juan de Marcos González). When Andres' former partner announces her farewell concert in Miami, Vivo decides to travel there in order to help reunite the two. Frankly, this sounds adorable.

The Kissing Booth 3
Available August 11
The Godfather. The Lord of the Rings. The Before films. These are some of the great trilogies of our time, and on August 11, we can officially count the Kissing Booth among them. Elle's (Joey King) about to head off to college, but first she has to decide where. Will she go to Harvard with her tall boyfriend or to Berkeley with her less tall childhood friend? I'm on the edge of my seat.

Available August 13
Beckett marks the latest entry in the "normal man gets wrapped up in international crime" movie genre, and this time John David Washington is the normal man. While vacationing with his girlfriend in Greece, Beckett (Washington) goes on the run (literally, he runs a lot) after being targeted for a crime he didn't commit, and is forced to evade the authorities as he tries to get to the U.S. embassy in Athens to clear his name.

The Chair
Season 1 available August 20
Sandra Oh is starring in another TV show, which means everything is once again right with the world. Oh plays Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the newest (and first woman) Chair of the embattled English department at a swanky university. She navigates both professional and personal struggles, and crushes on a professor played by Jay Duplass, which is very relatable.

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
Available August 23
This is not the long-anticipated second season of The Witcher (though you can head here to get caught up on everything we know about that), but something that might in fact be just as good: an anime prequel film about Geralt's mentor, Vesemir (Theo James). The film, set several years before the events of the series, gives Vesemir's origin story, showing him as a young lad who is only concerned with monster-slaying and getting paid for monster-slaying. Expect a lot of beautifully animated battle scenes.

Available August 25
In this suspenseful miniseries told from different perspectives, Adrian Grenier (Queens Boulevard, Medellin) stars as a man who is held hostage by a mysterious bad guy who weaves in a viral, online twist to the kidnapping. A live stream of Grenier's character in captivity complete with accusations that he abuses women leaves his family wondering if they truly know him, while his fate is directly tied to the amount of views the stream gets. Sounds like a click-to-kill situation! 

Want to know what else is coming to Netflix? Here are our picks for what came out on Netflix in July.