After the announcement that both Friends and The Office will be leaving Netflix in 2020, we could use some good news. From new seasons of CW hits to highly-anticipated Netflix Originals, we'll have plenty of content to fill the sitcom-shaped holes in our souls long after our beloved series have left the streaming service. Watch these August releases in between your final repeat viewings of the shows that defined the last two generations — maybe you'll find the next era-defining show while you mourn.
It's pretty impressive that so many Netflix Originals are going into their third season this August, considering the streaming service usually axes shows after their second for financial reasons (as explained by Deadline). One of the lucky series entering season three August 2 is She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, an animated series produced by DreamWorks. The show follows Adora, an orphan raised by an evil army, The Horde. After getting lost in the woods, Adora finds a magic sword that turns her into the titular princess and rebuilds the Princess Alliance to fight against The Horde and her former best friend, Catra.
Ask the StoryBots season three is dropping on Netflix August 2 following the streaming giant's acquisition of the StoryBots media brand. It's only Netflix's third acquisition, following a comic book publishing firm called Millarworld and the Albugergue production studio ABQ Studios. More StoryBots entertainment is surely coming soon, but first kids and parents will be treated to another season of the multi-formatted animated series (which has dabbled in 3D, 2D, claymation, stop motion, and live-action film). We don't know how they're going to top getting Snoop Dogg, Whoopi Goldberg, and Wanda Sykes as guest stars in their previous seasons, but we're excited to see Netflix try.
Another series debuting their third season August 2, Dear White People announced its return on Juneteenth alongside another video where the cast battles over which grits reign supreme: salty or sweet? The satirical show, based on the 2014 film of the same name about black Ivy League students trying to bring attention to racial issues on their mostly-white campus, will follow its acclaimed second series with another ten-episode season starring Logan Browning in the role originated by current Marvel star Tessa Thompson.
We love British television. This Channel 4 hit, set in Northern Ireland but produced by Britain's Hat Trick Productions (despite, for some reason, being billed as a Netflix Original), will release its six-episode second season on Netflix on August 2nd. The show follows Saoirse-Monica Jackson's Erin and her friends at a Catholic all-girls school in Derry during the '90s. Channel 4 has confirmed that Derry Girls will be coming back for season three next year, so we don't have to worry about getting too attached to another Netflix two-season wonder.
Daily Show senior correspondent, stand-up comedian, and 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner featured speaker Hasan Minaj’s comedy show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, is coming back for its fourth volume on August 4 with weekly releases throughout the rest of the month. The six-episode season will continue to cover current events as a political satire in the vein of The Colbert Report, Last Week Tonight and The Daily Show, whose current host Trevor Noah called Hasan's series a "groundbreaking Netflix show." Time Magazine seems to agree, including Hasan on its April 2019 list of the world's 100 most influential people.
If Stranger Things didn’t fulfill your need for ‘80s nostalgia bait, don’t worry! On August 9, The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are back on GLOW season three, and it explores an entirely different aspect of the disco era. GLOW's ten new episodes will continue its deep-dive into these professional women wrestlers thriving in a seedy man's world, but this time, the women are moving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Alison Brie will be returning to her Golden Globe-nominated role, and Oscar winner Geena Davis will be joining the cast as the entertainment director of the Fan-Tan Hotel and Casino.
Decider described the Spanish Netflix Original Cable Girls as "what would happen if the CW made a heist show set in the '20s," but with subtitles. If that doesn't sound like *exactly* our niche here at the whisp, we don't know what is. The fourth and final season of this show about four women working at the National Telephone Company during the revolution comes out on August 9, and we're looking forward to what's shaping up to be a satisfying conclusion to Netflix's first exclusive Spanish series.
Brazillian YouTube music video magnate KondZilla (who runs Brazil's biggest YouTube channel and the second-biggest music channel in the world) created and executive produced Sintonia, Netflix's upcoming coming-of-age drama set to drop on August 9. Starring MC JottaPê, Christian Malheiros, and Bruna Mascarenhas, the series explores crime, music, and religion in São Paulo as three childhood friends support each other as they head down three very, very different paths, Variety revealed. Knowing KondZilla, the series will be filled with music outside from of the mainstream media and various sub-genres of Brazilian funk.
While Netflix hasn't officially announced the release dates of its new syndicated seasons, the streaming service has a deal with the CW that ensures new seasons of the network's shows will be available a week after the season finishes airing, which Business Times confirms will continue with the CW's 2019 lineup. As iZombie completes its fifth and final season in the last week of July, fans can expect to stream it as early as August 1. The series' co-creator Rob Thomas, who also helmed Veronica Mars, promised all the show's loose ends will be tied up by the time it takes its final bow.
We're confused — didn't no one like Insatiable? The Debby Ryan-led series was hailed as an "offensive mess" and over 100,000 people signed a petition asking for the revenge fantasy series to be canceled, but as Digital Spy notes, it still ended up being one of Netflix's top 10 most-streamed shows. Apparently, all press really is good press. Since its first season dropped last August and its second was announced last September, Digital Spy is confident its new episodes will drop in early-August.
Another educated guess based on The CW's release deal with Netflix, The 100's sixth season will conclude on July 30 and be released the following week in early August. For those of you who have been waiting until The 100 is available for binge-watching to stream the latest season, rest assured it's a doozy. Fan favorites return, there are dramatic character deaths, and many, many tears have been shed (by us). Despite The 100's steadily declining viewership, the show remains a CW fave and is as high quality as ever. Honestly, don't wait the few weeks for The 100 to get on Netflix — go straight to the CW's app and just start the sixth season right now.
The first Indian Netflix Original, Sacred Games, will return for its second season August 15, continuing the story from Vikram Chandra's 2006 novel of the same name following Mumbai gangster Ganesh Gaitonde. On season one, the king of Mumbai's underworld tried to warn a disgraced cop, Sartaj Singh, about a threat to the city before being found dead. Ganesh's story is told in tandem with Sartaj's investigation, and the season two trailer confirms that even though the gangster is long gone, his fight for the city isn't over yet.
Did you know Netflix Originals also releases anime? LeSean Thomas's hotly-anticipated Cannon Busters adaptation will be released August 15, Deadline confirmed after its existence was announced a Los Angeles's Anime Expo in July. The series was published in 2005, and fans have been trying to get it to ~any~ screen since a 2014 Kickstarter campaign. The Netflix adaptation was expected in 2017, then 2018, before being shelved indefinitely, but it looks like the third time is really the charm for this story about a friendship droid, a maintenance robot, and a deadly fugitive as they try to find their kingdom's long-lost heir.
Netflix literally announced Mindhunter season two's August 16 release date on July 12. Actually, Netflix didn't even make a formal announcement, executive producer David Fincher let the cat out of the bag on KCRW, leaving fans only a month to rewatch the first season of this serial killer-centric series after its two-year hiatus. Jonathan Groff will return as Holden Ford of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit as it explores the true story of the Atlanta child murders. David told Billboard the second season will feature radically evolved music in its '70s setting.
Love Toon is a Netflix Original cartoon series based on the webtoon of the same name. Webtoons are a type of “manwha,” South Korean cartoons, that have become insanely popular in their country of origin and spread internationally through their predominance on smartphones, reaching such popularity that print manwha has actually decreased in South Korea. Love Alarm, which will be released on August 22, will only be the eighteenth television adaptation of a manwha *ever*, which is a pretty big deal. The series follows a new app that totally disrupts society by telling users if someone within ten meters has romantic feelings for them.
The last CW series scheduled to appear on Netflix in August is the late, great Jane the Virgin, which concludes its fifth and final season Thursday, August 8, Romper confirms. Thank God for CW and Netflix's holy alliance. The rest of the series is, naturally, already on the streaming site, so you still have some time to catch up on the dramatic telenovela life of Jane Villanueva before Jane the Virgin answers the biggest television question of the '10s: Michael or Rafael? Yeah, five years later, and this love triangle still hasn't run out of steam.
It's official — we're all currently in the Bad Place. How do we know this? Well, The Good Place creator Michael Schur confirmed to TVLine that the show's upcoming fourth season will its last. Meanwhile, The Good Place season three hasn't even popped up on streaming services yet for us to properly mourn with a full series rewatch, but Inverse looked at data from the past few years and concluded that we'll be able to catch up with Veronica Mars Kristin Bell, Ted Danson, and the gang by the last week of August.
Netflix's original prequel to Jim Henson's 1982 film The Dark Crystal is insanely star-studded. You'll have to wait until August 30th for the animated masterpiece, but with Rocketman star Taron Egerton on the ten-episode series' leading role and the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, Awkwafina, Mark Hamil, Andy Samberg, Keegan-Michael Key, and Sigourney Weaver on recurring roles, it'll be well worth it. The show follows three Gelflings as they begin a rebellion against the Skeksis in order to save their world.