This Month's Netflix Menu Is A Feast For The Senses

Say hello to Sandra Oh's new show, the final instalment of 'The Kissing Booth' and all three 'Matrix' movies.

I will not say her name. You know who I’m talking about. A certain – let’s say – contagion, who keeps overstaying their welcome, keeps coming up with new ‘variants’ and won’t leave this planet in peace.

You-know-who is responsible for the latest wave of lockdown orders ripping through Australia. The good news, though, is that TV is always there. Waiting for you in the wings, and ready to gift you with guilt-free entertainment while the latest strain makes its way to the door.

Whether you’re locked down or not, this month streaming services are coming up with the goods; and given Netflix’s August 2021 schedule, we could not help but share what we’re most looking forward to. Not interested? Scroll down to see the full list.

1. “The Chair” (August 20)

You sometimes don’t know how much you’ve missed someone until you see them again, which is exactly how I felt upon seeing Sandra Oh in the trailer for The Chair. There’s been a big Sandra-Oh-shaped hole in my heart since the most recent season of Killing Eve finished up last year, so I couldn’t be more ready for her turn as Dr. Ji-Yoon Kim, the new Chair of English at the prestigious Pembroke University.

As per Netflix’s official synopsis: "Ji-Yoon is faced with a unique set of challenges as the first woman to chair the department, and as one of the few staff members of color at the university. The older staff fear change, while new blood, like professor Yasmin McKay (Nana Mensah), agitate for it.” It also stars Jay Duplass, so that’s fun. Watch the trailer below.

2. The Kissing Booth 3 (August 11)

Good things come to those who wait, which is why fans of the The Kissing Booth trilogy will be gifted with the long-awaited final instalment in just one week. As you probably know, we most recently left Elle Evans (Joey King) at a fork in the road: should she head to Harvard to be with her very tall boyfriend Noah (Jacob Elordi)? Or to Berkeley to be with her best friend, Lee (Joel Courtney)? 

3. Baking Squad (August 11)

What is it about baking shows and lockdown? It's a combination that just works. While the trailer brings to mind Nicole Byer’s Nailed It!, Baking Squad appears to be much more niche and a bit more competitive; focusing on the art of making desserts for big events. “Our individually brilliant bakers will battle it out to see whose dessert will be chosen for someone’s extra special big day," says the synopsis. Say no more, Netflix. Say no more.

That’s enough musing; here’s the full list of everything dropping on Netflix Australia this month.

August 1

The Matrix

The Matrix Revolutions

The Matrix Reloaded

30 Rock (Seasons 1-7)

44 Cats (Season 3)

Beethoven & Beethoven’s 2nd

Beowulf

Catch Me If You Can

Darwin’s Game (Season 1)

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

The Losers

Five Feet Apart

Friday Night Lights (Season 1-5)

Good Luck Chuck

Hunter X Hunter

My Girl & My Girl 2

Poms

Seabiscuit

Space Cowboys

The Edge of Seventeen

The Original Kings of Comedy

August 3

Ijé: The Journey

Pray Away (2021) Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord (2021)

Top Secrets UFO Projects: Declassified (Season 1)

August 4

’76

Aftermath

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

Car Masters: Rust to Riches (Season 3)

Chhota Bheem (Season 4)

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami (Season 1)

Control Z (Season 2)

Cooking with Paris (Season 1)

August 5

The Old Ways (2020)

August 6

Hit & Run (Season 1)

Navarasa (Season 1)

Quam’s Money

The Swarm

Vivo

August 7

The Paper Tigers

Takizawa Kabuki ZERO 2020 The Movie

August 8

Quartet (2012)

Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love

Hustlers

August 9

Shaman King (Season 1)

August 10

I Need Romance (Season 1)

Gabby’s Dollhouse (Season 2)

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

The Crowned Clown (Season 1)

August 11

Bake Squad (Season 1)

Asphalt Goddess

Misha and the Wolves

The Kissing Booth 3

August 12

AlRawabi School for Girls (Limited Series)

Lokillo: Nothing’s The Same

Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild

August 13

Beckett

Brand New Cherry Flavor (Season 1)

Fast & Furious Spy Racers (Season 5)

Gone for Good (Season 1)

The Kingdom (Season 1)

Valeria (Season 2)

August 15

Mother Goose Club (Seasons 3-4)

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai (Season 1)

Winx Club (Season 6)

August 16

Walk of Shame

August 17

Toot-Toot Cory Carson (Season 5)

UNTOLD: Deal with the Devil

August 18

Black Island

Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

Out Of My League / Sul più bello

The Defeated / Shadowplay (Season 1)

The Secret Diary of an Exchange Student

August 19

Like Crazy

August 20

Comedy Premium League (Season 1)

Everything Will Be Fine (Season 1)

Korean Cold Noodle Rhapsody (Season 1)

Sweet Girl

The Chair (Season 1)

The Loud House Movie

August 23

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

August 24

Oggy Oggy (Season 1)

August 25

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

Clickbait (Season 1)

Spiritual Healer (Season 1)

Motel Makeover (Season 1)

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes (Season 1)

Rainbow High (Part 2)

Really Love (2020)

Tayo the Little Bus (Season 4)

The November Man

The River Runner

The Water Man (2020)

August 26

Edens Zero (Season 1)

Family Reunion (Part 4)

August 27

He’s All That

I Heart Arlo (Season 1)

Titletown High (Season 1)

August 28

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha (Season 1)

August 31

UNTOLD: Crime & Penalties

Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer for MTV Australia. Follow her on Twitter at @purpletank.

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