Everything coming to Netflix in August 2017

While the summer movie season begins to come to a close, Netflix isn't worried about seasons. August will bring a new batch of Netflix Originals that are just as good (if not better) than anything you'll catch at a theater. 

The top draw of the month is The Defenders, the long-awaited crossover miniseries that ties together all four of the Marvel shows on the streaming service. But if you're in the mood for a comedy (Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later), an action flick based on classic manga (Death Note), or a twist-filled documentary (Icarus), there's something for everyone next month, and that's just counting the Netflix Originals. We'll keep you posted when Netflix unveils the full lineup of new releases in the coming weeks.

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later - August 4

Grab your gear and prepare for one more summer at Camp Firewood. Most of the gang from the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer returns for a sequel series that picks up in 1991, a decade after the events of the original movie and the 2015 prequel series by The State alumnus David Wain.

The eight-episode Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later brings back Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Amy Poehler, Janeane Garafalo, Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, and many, many more (no Bradley Cooper, though). This time around, they'll also be joined by Chris Pine, Adam Scott, Dax Shepard, and Alyssa Milano. Watch the hilarious trailer and clear your schedule on August 4. 

Voltron: Legendary Defender (Season 3) - August 4

A new take on the classic Voltron series from the '80s, Legendary Defender follows the pilots of five mechanical lions who unite to form the massive Voltron. But the third season will find the heroes in a tricky situation. 

On one hand, they're still basking in the glory of their victory over Emperor Zarkon. On the other, his son Prince Lotor is ready to step into his villainous shoes. On top of all that, the Black Paladin Shiro (voiced by Josh Keaton) is nowhere to be found, which means the other pilots can't form Voltron. Does that mean Princess Allura (Kimberly Brooks) could take on a bigger role?

The series also features Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) as Keith, Jeremy Shada (Adventure Time) as Lance, Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream) as Pidge, Tyler Labine (Tucker and Dale vs. Evil) as Hunk, and Rhys Darby (A Series of Unfortunate Events) as Coran. Watch for the new season on August 4.

Icarus - August 4

Things have been complicated in Russia since long before Donald Trump came into the picture. In May of last year, an explosive story revealed that dozens of Olympic athletes from Russia were part of a state-run doping program designed to ensure that the country would fare well at the 2014 winter games in Sochi. The documentary Icarus delves into the controversy, which reached all the way to Vladimir Putin. 

The movie follows filmmaker and biker Bryan Fogel, as he attempts to beat anti-doping tests and becomes mired in a conspiracy. Along the way, he befriends the man who runs Russia's doping program, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who explains everything behind the scenes—including that some of his colleagues have mysteriously vanished. The documentary, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, lands on Netflix on August 4.

Naked - August 11

Marlon Wayans finds himself in his own version of Groundhog Day, but with a revealing new twist. In the feature-length romantic comedy Naked, Wayans plays a man who is forced to relive the same day over and over again, but instead of starting the day in bed, he continuously wakes up naked in an elevator. 

Based on a Swedish film from 2000, the Americanized update comes from director Michael Tiddes, who previously collaborated with Wayans on A Haunted House and its sequel. Regina Hall, Scott Foley, and Brian McKnight co-star in the flick, which you can watch (over and over if you like) beginning August 11.

Atypical - August 11

Jennifer Jason Leigh stars in the new and quirky Netflix Original comedy series Atypical, which tells a familiar story from a new point of view. She plays Elsa, the protective mother of Sam (Keir Gilchrist), an autistic high school senior who is navigating the transition into adulthood. But his journey isn't easy, and it forces both him and his mother to grapple with change while Sam searches for love and independence. Michael Rapaport (Justified), Brigette Lundy-Paine (Margot vs. Lily), and Amy Okuda (How to Get Away With Murder) co-star.

Leigh also serves as a producer on the series created by Robia Rashid (The Goldbergs, How I Met Your Mother). Watch for it on August 11.

Marvel's The Defenders - August 18

At long last, all of Marvel's Netflix stars will align for an epic crossover event series. The Defenders will bring together Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) as the street-level heroes team up against a diabolical villain named Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver), who may or may not be the leader of the mysterious and ancient organization known as The Hand. 

The first season consists of eight episodes, all of which will be available to stream August 18. Watch the the trailer and try to tell yourself you won't binge them all in one sitting. 

Death Note - August 25

What would you do if you stumbled across a mysterious notebook that allows you to kill anyone you want just by writing their name in it? You probably shouldn't sell it on Amazon. 

Based on the iconic manga series that first debuted in 2003, the Netflix original movie Death Note tells the story of Light Turner (Nat Wolff), a Seattle high school student who comes to possess a notebook dropped to Earth by Ryuk (Willem Dafoe), a god of death who handles all the murdering. Turner decides to use the notebook to become a vigilante, but his run might not last long. A detective named L (Lakeith Stanfield) is determined to uncover the source behind the killings. Death Note premieres August 25, and from the looks of the the trailer, it's definitely worth a watch.

Disjointed - August 25

April 20 doesn't fall in August, but that probably doesn't matter. The new Netflix Original sitcom Disjointed stars Kathy Bates as a lifelong advocate for marijuana legalization who finally lives out her dream as the owner of Ruth's Alternative Caring, a cannabis dispensary in Los Angeles. She's joined by three "budtenders" (Dougie Baldwin, Elizabeth Ho, and Elizabeth Alderfer), her entrepreneurial son (Aaron Moten), and a security guard who served in Afghanistan (Tone Bell).

Chuck Lorre (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men) and former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum co-created the series, which features 20 episodes in the first season. Find your calendar, then circle August 25.