What to watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, and CBC Gem in August

Jul 20 2019, 8:15 am

Looking for something to watch in August?

Here’s a breakdown of the latest movies and series available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Crave, and more!


Otherhood (Movie)
Release date: August 2, 2019

Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman star as three longtime friends and empty nesters who surprise their adult sons in the Big Apple after being stood up on Mother’s Day. A journey of rediscovery, friendship, and parenting, the film could be making a play for awards’ season with its limited theatrical release.

Dear White People – Season 3 (Series)
Release date: August 2, 2019

This season sees college-radio host Sam White (played by Logan Browning) quitting her show and leaving Joelle (Ashley Blaine Featherson) to fly solo. The series continues to tackle the realities of living as a black student on an Ivy League campus. Guest stars this season include Flava Flav, Blair Underwood, and Laverne Cox.

Wu Assassins – Season 1 (Series)
Release date:  August 8, 2019

Iko Uwais as martial arts warrior Kai Jin in Wu Assassins.

This new action series was shot right here in Vancouver. The story follows Kai Jin (Iko Uwais), an aspiring Chef in San Francisco’s Chinatown, who comes from a lineage of great warriors. The series is already being touted for its world-class martial arts and action sequences.

GLOW – Season 3 (Series)
Release date: August 9, 2019

Season 3 of GLOW sees our ‘Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’ heading to Sin City. Things seem to be going well for Ruth (Alison Brie), who’s off the market and has a job. Betty Gilpin reprises her role as Debbie and Geena Davis is also set to guest-star as the director of the hotel where the duo are putting on their wrestling show.

American Factory (Film)
Release date: August 21, 2019

Barack and Michelle Obama’s new documentary, American Factory.

It’s the first film from Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground production company. The documentary looks at the culture clash of a Chinese factory owner and American staff at a car-glass facility in Ohio. Originally premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, the film took the Directing Award for a US documentary and is expected to an Oscar contender.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance – Season 1 (Series)
Release date: August 30, 2019

Get ready to step back into the realm of Thra. A prequel to the 1982 fantasy classic, the story takes place 1,000 years before the original. Mark Hamill, Helena Bonham Carter, and Andy Samberg lend their voices to the 10-episode animated epic.

Amazon Prime Video

This is Football (Series)
Release date: August 2, 2019

Starbucks co-produced this six-part documentary series, which — surprise! — has nothing to do with coffee. Each one-hour episode delves into the story of an individual dedicated to the sport of football from all corners of the globe (Japan, Spain, Iceland, and Rwanda are among the home countries of the featured players). Starbucks launched its production arm in 2015, so it’s safe to assume we can expect to hear more from this partnership with Amazon.

Free Meek (Series)
Release date: August 9, 2019

For the hip-hop fans, this docuseries takes viewers inside rapper Meek Mill’s 2017 arrest for probation violation. The incident sparked outrage, sparking conversations about racial profiling, and police corruption. This series delves into those issues by re-examining the case, which made Meek Mill the face of a movement.

Jim Gaffigan: Quality Time (Comedy Special)
Release date: August 16, 2019

Jim Gaffigan is back with his seventh comedy special. The four-time Grammy nominee tackles the issue of why we aren’t more honest when it comes to skipping events (because we’ve all been there *cough*).

Alice Wetterlund: My Mama is Human and So Am I (Comedy Special)
Release date: August 23, 2019

Alice Wetterlund is back for another comedy special.

Comedian and actor Alice Wetterlund is back with a new comedy special, exclusive to Amazon Prime Video. Covering topics like her secret alien conspiracy and peeping toms, this one is sure to be full of laughs.

Carnival Row (Series)
Release date: August 30, 2019

Cara Delevigne stars in this Victorian-era fantasy-noir. Delevigne plays Vignette Stonemoss, a refugee faerie who finds herself surrounded by other supernatural creatures also fleeing their war-torn homeland. Orlando Bloom also stars as a human detective who begins a dangerous affair with Vignette.


A Black Lady Sketch Show (Series)
Release date:  August 2, 2019 @ midnight

Fresh off the success of Insecure, Issa Rae is back on HBO with this new half-hour narrative. Each 30-minute episode features hilarious sketches performed by black women, including Robin These, Ashley Nicole Black, Gabrielle Dennis and plenty of other guest stars.

The Righteous Gemstones (Series)
Release date: August 18, 2019 @ 10 pm

Created, written, and directed by Danny McBride, the HBO series also stars McBride as Jesse Gemstone, the eldest in his televangelist family. The series follows Jesse as he attempts to follow in his father’s footsteps, but finds his past sins inescapable. Adam Devine and Edi Patterson star as the other Gemstone siblings, and John Goodman (Roseanne) takes on the role of the family patriarch, Eli Gemstone.

On Becoming a God in Central Florida (Series)
Release date:  August 25, 2019 @ 10 pm

Kirsten Dunst stars in this 10-episode Showtime series, which is executive produced by George Clooney. Set in 1992, the dark comedy follows Krystal Stubbs (Dunst) pursuit of the American Dream from a minimum-wage water park employee to conning her way up the ladder of a billion-dollar pyramid scheme.

POWER – Season 6 (Series)
Release date: August 25, 2019 @ 10 pm

The season picks up with Ghost (Omari Hardwick) seeking vengeance, as he aims to get even with Tommy (Joseph Sikora), get the Queens Child Project built, and leave his criminal past behind. Season 6 also marks a directorial debut for rapper 50 Cent.


Jensplaining – Season 1 (Series)
Release date: August 23, 2019

Dr. Jen Gunter is ready to “jensplain.”

If you’re a sucker for health and beauty trends — we’re talking keto diet and the Gwyneth Paltrow endorsed vaginal steaming — this is a show for you. Follow Dr. Jen Hunter as she tears apart the ‘pseudo’ science behind some of these popular health movements and deciphers which are actually good for you.

How To Buy A Baby – Season 1 (Series)
Release date: August 23, 2019

A dark comedy about the world of adoption, the series follows couple Jane (Meghan Heffern) and Charlie (Marc Bendavid) as they try to find a child of their own while dealing with all the nuts and bolts: paperwork, home inspections and, of course, parenting classes.

Happy watching!

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