Featuring true-crime, animation, sci-fi and much more.
As lockdown 2.0 sinks its claws in, you’re probably desperate for something stimulating. Looking for a lighthearted laugh to distract you from the dire state of the world right now? How about a true-crime series to obsess over? Well, Netflix has you covered on both fronts and then some. As if they’d been saving up their juiciest new shows for when we need them most, the streaming platform has an epic lineup set to drop in August. From sci-fi fantasy to straight-up science and comedy to crime, you’ll have no trouble finding something to watch over the coming month.
Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story
Following on from its wildly popular first season which told the almost too crazy to be true tale of con artist John Meehan, true-crime series Dirty John returns with another wild ride. This season follows an entirely different unbelievable series of events, based on the headline-making tale of socialite Betty Broderick and the bitter divorce that drove her to breaking point. Salacious, shocking and suspenseful as hell, it will take some willpower not to binge this storyline in one sitting.
It hits Netflix on Friday August 14
If there was a pill that could give you five minutes of pure power, would you take it? This is the question at the heart of Project Power, starring Jamie Foxx, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dominique Fishback. After a new drug hits the streets of New Orleans offering users superpowers, crime skyrockets and the good guys quickly realise that the only way to fight power is with power. But, while some experience superhuman abilities after popping the pill, others suffer more deadly consequences. Is it worth the risk to try and save the city? You just know this is going to be an action-packed nailbiter.
It hits Netflix on Friday August 14.
We’ve all watched countless wellness fads come and go, and likely participated in a few ourselves, but some self-treatments can cause more hurt than healing. This six-part docuseries explores a range of controversial wellness fads, from ayahuasca and essential oils to extreme fasting and breast milk, to differentiate the helpful from the harmful. Diving deep into the claims and science behind some of the most debated alternative medicines, (Un)Well wades through the bullshit to see which wellness means and methods are really beneficial.
It hits Netflix on Wednesday August 12
World’s Most Wanted
Profiling five of the world’s most wanted mass murderers, drug lords and crime bosses, this new docuseries investigates some of the most notorious evil masterminds to spark global investigations and evade capture. Featuring interviews with the authorities who have made it their mission to find and arrest these infamous criminals, World’s Most Wanted explores the methods being used to hunt down five nefarious felons and how they’ve managed to stay on the run for so long.
It hits Netflix on Sunday August 5
Who doesn’t love a good animated series? Starring Jake Johnson, Hoops follows a hot-headed, potty-mouthed high school basketball coach who thinks the answer to fixing all his problems in life is as simple as turning around his terrible team. Expect a lot of laughs and even more f-bombs in what very well may be your new favourite cartoon.
It hits Netflix on Friday August 21
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