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7 New Netflix Shows to Binge in August, and the Best Reasons to Watch

Netflix is turning up the heat during August with long-awaited debuts, returns, and acquisitions.

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5. “Great News” Season 1 (available August 23)

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Tina Fey in “Great News”

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Why Should I Watch? For those of you still waiting for the second half of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” Season 4 and who refuse to watch “30 Rock” for the 47th time, relax: Tina Fey is coming back to Netflix. Technically, she already brought “Great News” to NBC, so if you even slightly relate to the scenario described above and haven’t heard of the newsroom sitcom, then you’re also the reason it only lasted two seasons. Created by Tracy Wigfield and produced by Fey, the former Liz Lemon has a big role in Season 2 and her imprint can be felt throughout this zany, laugh-a-second comedy. So get to bingeing — who knows? Maybe there’s still time to revive it.

Bonus Reason: Andrea Martin and Nicole Richie are great! Martin, a two-time Emmy winner, is always terrific (“Difficult People,” you were gone too soon) but Richie is a bit of a surprise. She’s dry without dimming; Portia, a famous young news anchor, is a welcome self-involved personality, much like Jenna (Jane Krakowski) was on “30 Rock.” They’re part of a likable ensemble, but two that stand out.

6. “The Innocents” Season 1 (available August 24)

"The Innocents"

“The Innocents”


Why Should I Watch? A supernatural romance for young adults? Could such a project ever really work? OK, OK, setting aside the abundance of similar projects, “The Innocents” could be more than a genre favorite. Guy Pearce is a classy pick with some real talent, so perhaps this story of two teenage lovers who run away from their “repressive families” will get a boost from the parental figures. Sure, June (Sorcha Groundsell) can shape-shift, but her mysterious professor — who guides her through a populace of similarly talented teens — looks a lot like the guy from “Memento.”

Bonus Reason: Six of the eight episodes in Season 1 were directed by Farren Blackburn, who’s helmed a number of Netflix’s Marvel shows — but we won’t hold that against him. Blackburn is an EP on the series as well, and we here at IndieWire try to get behind distinct creative endeavors, and whatever “The Innocents” turns out to be, it’ll have a lot of Blackburn’s DNA in it. Plus, he also directed episodes of “Luther” and “Doctor Who.” Let’s see what he does with more control.

7. “Insatiable” Season 1 (available August 10)



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Why Should I Watch? If we’re being honest, early buzz indicates “Insatiable” isn’t your best bet. Described as a “dark, twisted, revenge comedy,” the Netflix original series tells the story of a high schooler who’s been ruthlessly bullied because of her weight. Her solution? Lose it. This choice, among others, has led to more than 211,000 people signing a Change.org petition asking Netflix to cancel “Insatiable” before it even airs. Though an executive recently tried to diffuse claims of fat-shaming, it didn’t do much to dissuade those who’ve seen the show. Maybe try “Dinotrux” or “Paradise PD,” instead?

Bonus Reason: I mean, Alyssa Milano can be a lot of fun. Perhaps she’s still good.

The Rest of Incoming TV

“Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar” Season 1 (available August 1)
“Dinotrux Supercharged” Season 3 (available August 3)
“I AM A KILLER” Season 1 (available August 3)
“Mr. Sunshine” (available August 4)
“The Originals” Season 5 (available August 9)
“Voltron: Legendary Defender” Season 7 (available August 10)
“Splash and Bubbles” Season 2 (available August 13)
“The 100” Season 5 (available August 15)
“Spirit Riding Free” Season 6 (available August 17)
“Ultraviolet” Season 1 (available August 17)
“The Investigator: A British Crime Story” Season 2 (available August 19)
“Ask the StoryBots” Season 2 (available August 24)
“Young & Hungry” Season 5 (available August 24)
“Paradise PD” Season 1 (available August 31)
“The Comedy Lineup” Part 2 (available August 31)

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