Everything coming to Netflix in August 2017

As the summer movie season draws to a close, Netflix is prepping a new batch of originals that are just as good (if not better) than anything you'll catch at a theater, along with a lot of big-time movies and TV shows you might have missed the first time around.

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 you also shouldn't miss the live-action adaptation of the classic manga Death Note or the ensemble comedy series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. And no streaming library is complete without the Matrix trilogy, which will come to Netflix in August along with Michael Keaton in The Founder and Matthew McConaughey in Gold.

Check out some of the best Netflix Originals on the way—and everything else you'll be able to watch, sorted according to genre.

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, Jeanine Garofalo, 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.

Action

Netflix is exponentially increasing its Keanu factor in August. All three installments of the Matrix trilogy will hit the service, from the acclaimed blockbuster 1999 original to the two sequels released in 2003. Directed by the Wachowskis, all three movies remain visually stunning, and the story about choosing to question the system instead of blindly falling into place continues to be increasingly relevant. But if you're in the mood for something with a little less social commentary, you can always see a shrunken Dennis Quaid travel through Martin Short's body in Innerspace or watch Will Smith battle a giant mechanical spider in Wild Wild West. It's your call.

Aug. 1

Innerspace (1987)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

Wild Wild West (1999)

Aug. 9

Black Site Delta (2017)

Comedy

Whether you want to go with an old favorite or try something new, Netflix offers a wide array of comedies arriving in August. On the new side, there's Opening Night, starring Topher Grace (That '70s Show) as a failed Broadway singer turned production manager who must wrangle an eccentric cast and crew on opening night of a new show. Taye Diggs, Anne Heche, Rob Riggle, Paul Scheer, and J.C. Chasez (yes, that J.C. Chasez) co-star. But if you want to revisit an old favorite and know all the jokes before they land, Netflix is also adding new-school classics like The Addams Family and Bad Santa.

Aug. 1
The Addams Family (1991)

Bad Santa (2003)

Maz Jobrani: Immigrant (2017)

N.O.L.A. Circus (2017)

Opening Night (2016)

Practical Magic (1998)

Tie the Knot (2016)

The Wedding Party (2010)

Who Gets the Dog? (2016)

Aug. 13
Hot Property (2016)

Aug. 14
The Outcasts (2017)

Aug. 15
Brad Paisley's Comedy Rodeo (2017)

Donald Cried (2016)

My Ex-Ex (2014)

The Sweet Life (2016)

Aug. 22
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast (2017)

Sadie's Last Days on Earth (2016)

Aug. 29

Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack (2017)

Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face (2017)

Documentary

Sure, it's technically still summer, but that doesn't mean you can't learn something new. Netflix is adding a slew of new documentaries in August, including Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth, from executive producer Quincy Jones. It centers on a revolutionary shift in hip-hop culture from overindulgence to maintaining a healthier lifestyle, and it features Common, the Game, Paul Wall, Russell Simmons, Jermaine Dupri, and more. On the other end of the spectrum, you can watch the critically acclaimed Barbecue, which is about barbecue culture in different countries.

Aug. 13
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

Aug. 15

All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

Barbecue (2017)

A New Economy (2016)

Aug. 21

Bad Rap (2016)

Unacknowledged (2017)

Aug. 23

Feel Rich: Health Is the New Wealth (2017)

Drama

The drama category will receive some pretty notable additions next month. If you didn't see The Founder in theaters, you shouldn't miss it now. Michael Keaton (who is always worth watching) stars as McDonald's creator Ray Kroc in this captivating biopic from director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks). Netflix will also add Gold, the recent crime drama starring a very bald Matthew McConaughey along with Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) and Corey Stoll (The Strain). Older new releases include Quentin Tarantino's underrated Jackie Brown and I Am Sam, which brought Sean Penn an Oscar nomination.

Aug. 1

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Lord of War (2005)

Aug. 2

The Founder (2017)

Jab We Met (2007)

Aug. 14

Urban Hymn (2017)

Aug. 15

21 (2008)

Aug. 16

Gold (2017)

Aug. 18

I Am Sam (2001)

Aug. 20

Camera Store (2016)

Aug. 21

AWOL (2017)

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Family

If you really have a yearning to watch animated pigs perform in sparkly leotards, boy, do we have good news for you. Illumination Entertainment's Sing is coming to Netflix along with its infectious soundtrack and an all-star voice cast that includes Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton, and Seth MacFarlane. But that won't be the only new family-friendly option. You can also plop the older kids down for Small Soldiers, Holes, and A Cinderella Story.

Aug. 1

A Cinderella Story (2004)

Everyone's Hero (2006)

The Last Mimzy (2007)

Small Soldiers (1998)

Aug. 3

Sing (2016)

Aug. 5

Holes (2003)

Aug. 13

Arthur and the Invisibles (2007)

Thriller

The biggest new thriller of the month is What Happened to Monday?, a sci-fi flick that Netflix bought the rights to after this year's Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), it stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) as seven identical sisters who pretend to be one person in a dystopian future plagued by overpopulation. Willem Dafoe and Glenn Close co-star in the movie, which arrives mid-August. Before it arrives, check out Funny Games, the creepy Americanized version of the creepy Austrian original about a family taken hostage by a pair of sadistic young men.

Aug. 1
The Astronaut's Wife (1999)

Funny Games (2008)

The Number 23 (2007)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Aug. 3

The Invisible Guardian (2017)

Aug. 10
Diary of an Exorcist: Zero (2016)

Aug. 18

What Happened to Monday? (2017)

Aug. 19

Hide and Seek (2005)

Aug. 31

Be Afraid (2017)

Television

As always, there's a new batch of TV shows to catch up with (or suddenly become addicted to) in August. The sixth season of ABC's modern fairy tale Once Upon a Time will arrive, offering viewers the final batch of episodes with Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan. The first season of the NBC sitcom The Good Place (starring Kristen Bell) will also debut on Netflix. And the kids have new options too, with new seasons of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic and Dinotrux.

Aug. 1

Crematorium: Season 1 (2011)

The Hollywood Masters: Season 1 (2017)

The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1 (2017)

Surviving Escobar – Allias JJ: Season 1 (2017)

Aug. 8

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7, episodes 1-13 (2017)

Aug. 11

Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh: Season 3 (2017)

True and the Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1 (2017)

White Gold (2017)

Aug. 15

Murderous Affair: Season 1 (2016)

Aug. 18

Dinotrux: Season 5 (2017)

Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1 (2017)

Aug. 21

Gomorrah: Season 2 (2016)

Aug. 25

DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5 (2017)

Once Upon a Time: Season 6 (2016)

The Good Place: Season 1 (2016)