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What’s new on Netflix: August 2020’s best new movies, shows, and originals

A Jamie Foxx superhero movie and some dojo drama highlight August on Netflix.

Aug 3, 2020, 10:56 am*

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Audra Schroeder 

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  • Best new originals: Project Power, Cobra Kai seasons 1-2, Immigration Nation
  • Best new movies: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Knight’s Tale
  • Best new shows: The Legend of Korra
  • Full list of August 2020 originals
  • Full list of August 2020 movies
  • Full list of August 2020 shows
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Best new originals on Netflix: August 2020

Project Power

Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Paranormal Activity 3), Project Power stars Jamie Foxx as a former soldier trying to source a dangerous drug that gives people a random superpower for five minutes. He teams up with a local cop (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and dealer (Dominique Fishback) to bring down the shadowy corporation behind it. Rodrigo Santoro, Machine Gun Kelly, and Amy Landecker also star.

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Cobra Kai seasons 1-2

This serial reboot of the Karate Kid franchise originally debuted on YouTube Red, but now it’s going to reach a whole new audience. Cobra Kai finds Daniel (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny (William Zabka) reconnecting 30 years later, as they both assess their lots in life. Johnny’s new dojo sparks a rivalry, and while there are plenty of callbacks, the series also gives the stage to its younger stars. Season 3 will premiere on Netflix.

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Cobra Kai/YouTube

Immigration Nation

Filmmakers Christina Clusiau and Shaul Schwarz embedded with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for more than two years to document the Trump administration’s war on immigration, and subsequently faced threats and intimidation over certain material. The six-part series looks at how ICE officers interpret their job, as well as the path to justice for those in detention centers.

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Best new movies on Netflix: August 2020

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

This film will resonate with anyone who’s wished they could just erase an ex from their memory, which sort of erases the “romantic comedy” part of it. Director Michel Gondry’s 2004 film is still affecting more than a decade later for its portrayal of the grey depths of a breakup and balances the more depressing moments with surreal dream sequences and visually stunning flashes that show the beginnings of a relationship.

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A Knight’s Tale

This 2001 Heath Ledger-led film doesn’t get the credit it deserves for marrying Chaucer with pop culture. The film takes the age-old tale of a servant (Ledger) bluffing his way into knighthood and jams modern music—David Bowie, Queen—and anachronistic fashion in there.

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Best new shows on Netflix: August 2020

The Legend of Korra

Fans have been waiting for this animated series to land on Netflix, after its predecessor, Avatar: The Last Airbender, sparked curiosity (and debate) in May. The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years later, and all four seasons, which originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2012-2014, will be on the platform—without those poorly-timed ads.

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Series Trailer MP/YouTube

Best recent releases on Netflix: Editor’s picks

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Two Icelandic childhood friends, Lars Erickssong (Will Ferrell) and Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams), dream of winning it big at the Eurovision Song Contest. They finally get the chance to perform in the world’s biggest song competition—and give Iceland its first win. Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest is an exciting and delightful musical escape, one where the musical elements make up for a lot of its faults that both lightly poke fun at Eurovision while showing how much it loves Eurovision.

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Netflix/YouTube

The Kissing Game

“Set in rural Brazil, it’s a smart, sexy, and stylish drama about a mysterious disease transmitted from mouth to mouth. The concept is abstract enough to work as an AIDS allegory, as an accidentally prescient story about Covid-19, and as a more general examination of small-town bigotry and generational divides … Over the course of six episodes, the disease exposes interconnected problems within the community: financial, sexual, familial, ecological. Overlooked due to its status as a foreign-language drama, Kissing Game is easily one of the best Netflix originals of the year.” —Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

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Kissing Game/Netflix

The Baby-Sitters Club

“Netflix’s adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s beloved series stays true to its source material, while subtly updating it. Showrunner and writer Rachel Shukert possesses a deep awareness of pre-teen behavior, previously explored in her 2008 book Have You No Shame? Director and producer Lucia Aniello draws out the more humorous and awkward moments, as she did on Broad City … Bringing a series this beloved and earnest to streaming (after a 1990 series and 1995 movie) could have been a tonal disaster in lesser hands. Netflix’s more popular “teen” shows tend to be a little more mature but The Baby-Sitters Club fits in more with Never Have I Ever and Pen15. More importantly it makes you feel—what is this—joy?” —A.S.

Baby-Sitters Club on Netflix

August 2020 new Netflix Originals

Available August 1

  • Super Monsters: The New Class

Available August 2

  • Connected

Available August 3

  • Immigration Nation

Available August 4

  • Sam Jay: 3 in the Morning
  • Mystery Lab
  • Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave
  • A Go! Go! Cory Carson Summer Camp

Available August 5

  • Anelka: Misunderstood
  • World’s Most Wanted

Available August 6

  • The Rain season 3
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of the Gods

Available August 7

  • High Seas season 3
  • Berlin, Berlin
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space
  • ¡Nailed It! México season 2
  • The New Legends of Monkey season 2
  • Selling Sunset season 3
  • Sing On! Germany
  • Tiny Creatures
  • Wizards: Tales of Arcadia
  • World Party Songs
  • Work It

Available August 10

  • GAME ON: A Comedy Crossover Event

Available August 11

  • Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kid

Available August 12

  • (Un)Well

Available August 13

  • An Easy Girl

Available August 14

  • 3% season 4
  • The Great Heist
  • Fearless
  • Glow Up season 2
  • Project Power
  • Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters

Available August 15

  • Rita season 5
  • Stranger season 2

Available August 17

  • Crazy Awesome Teachers
  • Glitch Techs season 2

Available August 19

  • The Crimes That Bind
  • DeMarcus Family Rules
  • High Score

Available August 20

  • Biohackers
  • Great Pretender 
  • John Was Trying to Contact Aliens 

Available August 21

  • Hoops
  • Lucifer season 5
  • The Sleepover
  • Rust Valley Restorers season 3
  • Alien TV
  • Fuego negro

Available August 25

  • Emily’s Wonder Lab
  • Trinkets season 2

Available August 26

  • Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol
  • La venganza de Analía
  • Million Dollar Beach House
  • Rising Phoenix

Available August 27

  • Aggretsuko season 3

Available August 28

  • All Together Now
  • Cobra Kai seasons 1-2
  • I AM A KILLER: Released
  • Unknown Origins

August 2020 new movies on Netflix

Available August 1

  • A Knight’s Tale
  • Acts of Violence
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • An Education
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Elizabeth Harvest
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Hardcore Henry
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • The Lost Word: Jurassic Park
  • Mad Max (1979)
  • Mr. Deeds
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Ocean’s Thirteen
  • Ocean’s Twelve
  • Remember Me
  • Seabiscuit
  • The Ugly Truth
  • What Keeps You Alive

Available August 2

  • Almost Love

Available August 8

  • The Promise
  • We Summon the Darkness

Available August 10

  • Nightcrawler

Available August 11

  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Available August 12

  • Scary Movie 5

Available August 13

  • Safety Not Guaranteed

Available August 16

  • Johnny English
  • Les Misérables (2012)

Available August 17

  • Drunk Parents

Available August 20

  • Good Kisser 

Available August 23

  • 1BR
  • Septembers of Shiraz

Available August 27

  • The Bridge Curse
  • The Frozen Ground

Available August 31

  • Casino Royale
  • Quantum of Solace

August 2020 new shows on Netflix

Available August 1

  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures seasons 1-2
  • My Perfect Landing season 1
  • Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea season 1
  • Operation Ouch season 1
  • Operation Ouch (special)
  • The Next Step season 6
  • Toradora! season 1
  • Transformers Rescue Bots Academy season 2

Available August 14

  • The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air
  • The Legend of Korra: Book Two: Spirits
  • The Legend of Korra: Book Three: Change
  • The Legend of Korra: Book Four: Balance

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*First Published: Jul 1, 2020, 7:00 am