Because the temperatures rose in July, the variety of must-watch reveals fell. However fear not: The dragons are coming. HBO’s The Home of the Dragon highlights what must be an enormous month of streaming—so jack up the AC, flip off the lights, and tuck into some tv.
What’s New to Streaming in August
A particular listing of films and TV reveals coming this month that The Ringer could be very enthusiastic about.
Trade, Season 2 (August 1, HBO Max)
Julian Kimble: Trade, HBO’s finance drama about broken individuals working lengthy hours to fill their voids with giant sums of cash, doesn’t moralize, but it surely does make one factor explicitly clear: Cash can’t repair you. Nonetheless, it may well allow and distract from obvious private issues—like a Financial institution of England-produced Band-Support slapped haphazardly and feebly over inner chaos.
Reservation Canines, Season 2 (August 3, Hulu)
Alison Herman: The primary season of Reservation Canines ends with a dream deferred. All through the FX comedy’s first season, its namesake crew has set its sights on California, a fantasy resolution to some very actual issues. Each scheme, from stealing a truck stuffed with potato chips to hawking meat pies outdoors a well being clinic, was supposed to save cash for the foursome’s recent begin, removed from the Muscogee reservation they name residence. However by the top of the eighth and remaining episode, solely Elora Danan (Devery Jacobs)—the group’s most harshly pragmatic member, named after the character from Willow—has made her escape. Cheese (Lane Issue) and Willie Jack (Paulina Alexis) have chosen to remain; Bear (D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai) was able to go, just for Elora to depart him behind. She’s partnered up with the chief of a rival group as an alternative, appropriately sensing a kindred spirit beneath the meaningless turf battle.
Lightyear (August 3, Disney+)
The Resort (August 4, Peacock)
Herman: At first, The Resort instills a sure sense of dejá vu. The restricted collection, now streaming the primary three of eight episodes, is a tropical getaway suffused with thriller and dread, à la The White Lotus or Outdated. It’s additionally the newest brain-bending style story—after Made for Love, Black Mirror’s “USS Callister,” and extra—to star Cristin Milioti in a task that straddles the romantic and the supernatural. These similarities make extra sense when the credit begin to roll: The Resort’s creator and showrunner, Andy Siara, is the screenwriter of Palm Springs, the riff on Groundhog Day that trapped Milioti’s character at a desert wedding ceremony with Andy Samberg.
By no means Have I Ever, Season 3 (August 12, Netflix)
She-Hulk: Lawyer at Legislation (August 17, Disney+)
Jodi Walker: You realize what’s by no means been carried out? A 30-minute authorized drama a few feminine superhero with the overall form and intercourse attraction of a brand-new Vary Rover. She-Hulk is a chance to lastly couple a Marvel superhero who’s roughly the scale of a barge with a Marvel superhero who fucks.
Home of the Dragon (August 21, HBO Max)
Zach Kram: Home of the Dragon was a prime spinoff selection for creator George R.R. Martin, because it “had all of the intrigue, competitors for the Iron Throne, murders, duels, large battles, 20 dragons,” he informed THR. Based mostly on a part of Martin’s Hearth and Blood ebook, Home will chronicle the Targaryen battle of succession about 150-200 years earlier than the occasions of Thrones, with important gamers together with King Viserys I; crown princess Rhaenyra, his daughter; Prince Daemon, his brother; and Alicent Hightower, Rhaenyra’s greatest good friend and daughter of the king’s hand.
See, Season 3 (August 26, Apple TV+)
Alex Siquig: Nary a soul on planet Earth, irrespective of how weird, has been dreaming of lastly answering the age-old query of how credibly Jason Momoa may painting a blind man—and never simply any blind man, however one who kicks a ton of ass and lives in a bleak quasi-neolithic future by which sight has been misplaced to humanity for hundreds of years. The counterpoint is in fact that, if the so-called Golden Age of Tv has taught us something, it’s that folks will watch (or binge, which is type of like watching, however sadder) actually any rattling factor if it appears prefer it was shot on skilled cameras and it options individuals bonking one another with swords, or issues that not less than appear like swords.
Andor (August 31, Disney+)
Some New-ish Issues You Would possibly’ve Missed
As a result of it’s exhausting to maintain up with every part, right here are some things which have premiered comparatively lately that could be price catching up on.
Black Chicken (Apple TV+)
Herman: Black Chicken adapts the memoir of James “Jimmy” Keene, an ex-convict as soon as recruited to extract a confession from an alleged serial killer. (Keene himself serves as an govt producer.) Each Keene—performed by Taron Egerton, doing a really totally different type of impression than his flip as Elton John in Rocketman—and his goal Larry Corridor (Paul Walter Hauser) are actual individuals. However it’s doubtless some viewers will tune in as a result of they’re drawn to a distinct factual determine: that of Ray Liotta, the lately deceased actor who performs Keene’s father.
Rap Sh!t (HBO Max)
Herman: Again in 2015, FX introduced its latest comedy with a easy logline: “Atlanta revolves round two cousins on their means up by means of the Atlanta rap scene.” That temporary abstract implied a distinct type of present than the one Atlanta turned out to be: a screwball sitcom about an odd couple and their misadventures of the week. Donald Glover’s present ended up extra moody, and fewer linear, than its description—and even its pilot—implied. Seven years later, although, that alternate model has lastly made it to air. Rap Sh!t trades Atlanta for Miami, and cousins for estranged highschool buddies. The collection nonetheless shares a place to begin with its predecessor and peer, even when it proceeds in its personal path.
The Boys, Season 3 (Prime Video)
The Rehearsal (HBO Max)
Herman: The Rehearsal, a six-episode collection, is the second product of an general deal between Nathan Fielder and HBO, however the first by which Fielder seems in entrance of the digital camera. (Fielder is an govt producer on Find out how to With John Wilson, the quirky, digressive docuseries that provides a softer edge to gonzo gimmickry.) The present is, in essence, a supersized model of Nathan for You’s “Discovering Frances” dry run. In an effort to cut back the uncertainty of on a regular basis life, Fielder has volunteers “rehearse” fraught interactions, from confessing a secret to confronting a sibling. Inevitably, Fielder finds himself drawn into the experiment as greater than a impartial observer.
Resident Evil (Netflix)
Surrey: Netflix’s Resident Evil follows two new characters created for the collection: Jade and Billie Wesker. Within the 2022 timeline, Jade and Billie are youngsters who transfer with their father, Albert Wesker, to New Raccoon Metropolis, an organization city in South Africa shaped by the mysterious Umbrella Company. (Contemplating Albert’s historical past within the video games as an over-the-top villain, it’s a bit jarring to see him launched as a dad managing two angsty teenagers.) In the meantime, we additionally contact base with a grown-up Jade in 2036, when the planet has been decreased to a post-apocalyptic wasteland suffering from zombies, or “zeroes” as they’re referred to as by Earth’s survivors. Clearly, the Wesker household is the connective tissue between the 2 timelines—the fun is discovering how the occasions in 2022 result in the collapse of civilization, and why Billie and Albert aren’t anyplace to be seen in 2036.