August. August brings to mind back-to-school shopping and prep. So why are we talking about August Netflix shows already? Oh, because NEXT WEEK is August! Where did the summer go?

Thankfully, I’m out of the constant school-centric life, but I have many friends (and a husband) that teach and I am constantly bombarded with summer-extending pleas. These pleas make this Netflix list both a blessing and a curse – how do you spend the Summer you have left? Binge shows that are leaving? Binge shows that are arriving? Or economize your time and pace yourself?

Whatever you choose in the waning days of Summer, we here at GGA can help direct you to the best content – or at least our recommended favorites!

Quick Note: LEAVING: Animated Favorites Justice League & Justice League Unlimited are Disappearing!

Leaving Netflix August 2017 Justice League and Justice League Unlimited


Both of these cartoons have two seasons and will be gone on August 1st! Several of the GGA writers have bemoaned the loss of this show mid-rewatch. If you, like us, are caught somewhere in the series, there is a very limited window to catch up and finish before they leave Netflix!

RELATED: SDCC 2017: JUSTICE LEAGUE Trailer Does Our Heroes Justice


Now on to the good stuff coming to Netflix!

1. Death Note

This live action take on the anime of the same name has stirred a little controversy, but has also given fans a little ray of hope in the teaser trailer. Currently, the 2006 Death Note anime can be watched to help provide a primer for the film, if so desired. In essence: There exists a notebook that can be used to write the death of a person and a student (Nat Wolff) comes across it. The book is bound to a demon (Willem Dafoe) and he convinces the student to use it to clean up the world, but the question becomes how far is too far? What trickery lies beneath the golden promise of a better life? Is it justice or vengeance driving motivations and at what cost?

Death Note comes to Netflix on August 25.

From Netflix:
Light Turner finds a supernatural notebook and uses it to mete out death, attracting the attention of a detective, a demon, and a girl in his class.



2. Marvel’s The Defenders

By now, you’ve seen their individual shows and know their back stories: Luke Cage (Mike Colter) is the Power Man from Harlem; Daredevil (Charlie Cox) is a blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night; Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is a functioning alcoholic detective that is very reluctant to use her supernatural gifts; and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) is the orphan with mystical kung fu powers bent on vengeance. If you haven’t seen them, or need a refresher, Netflix still has them available for watching, so hop to it! Because coming August 18 is Marvel’s The Defenders! The group of New York heroes must team up to keep the peace, taking on the recently undead (reincarnated?) Elektra (Elodie Yung) and her handler, Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver). Before our heroes can take down the threat, can they even learn to get along?

Marvel’s The Defenders comes to Netflix on August 18.

From Netflix:
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist join forces to take on common enemies as a sinister conspiracy threatens New York City.

RELATED: SDCC 2017: The War For New York Begins in New THE DEFENDERS Trailer


3. The Matrix Trilogy

Netflix August 2017 The Matrix

The Matrix and its two sequels are coming to Netflix! This is NOT a drill! This film changed the way movies filmed special effects and blew minds and it is coming to a computer near you! Journey back in time to 1999 and relive the story that inspired a new form of sci-fi. Computer hacker Neo (Keanu Reeves) finds himself caught up in a truth-seeking rebellion, fighting against the computer generated reality to free himself and all of humankind. With the guidance of Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) and the help of Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Neo takes on the machines that control the world. No matter if this will be your first viewing or one hundredth viewing, the question remains: Which pill do you accept, the Red Pill or the Blue Pill?

The Matrix comes to Netflix on August 1.

RELATED: THE MATRIX is Getting a Reboot


Note: items listed with the Netflix icon (N-icon_32x32) are Netflix Originals.

Soon Available for Binging

Arriving August 1

  • A Cinderella Story
  • Bad Santa
  • Cloud Atlas
  • Crematorium: Season 1
  • Everyone’s Hero
  • Funny Games (US)
  • Innerspace
  • Jackie Brown
  • Lord of War
  • N-icon_32x32 Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
  • Nola Circus
  • Opening Night
  • Practical Magic
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Small Soldiers
  • N-icon_32x32 Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ: Season 1 
  • The Addams Family
  • The Astronaut’s Wife
  • The Bomb
  • The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
  • The Last Mimzy
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • The Number 23
  • The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
  • The Truth About Alcohol
  • The Wedding Party
  • Tie The Knot
  • Who Gets the Dog?
  • Wild Wild West

Arriving August 2

  • Jab We Met
  • The Founder

Arriving August 3

  • Sing
  • The Invisible Guardian

Arriving August 4

Arriving August 5

  • Holes

Arriving August 8

Arriving August 9

  • Black Site Delta

Arriving August 10

  • Diary of an Exorcist – Zero

Arriving August 11

  • N-icon_32x32 Atypical: Season 1
  • N-icon_32x32 Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3 
  • N-icon_32x32 Naked 
  • N-icon_32x32 True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1 
  • N-icon_32x32 White Gold 

Arriving August 13

  • Arthur and the Invisibles
  • Hot Property
  • Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

Arriving August 14

  • The Outcasts
  • Urban Hymn

Arriving August 15

  • Barbeque
  • N-icon_32x32 Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo 
  • 21
  • A New Economy
  • All These Sleepless Nights
  • Donald Cried
  • Murderous Affair: Season 1
  • My Ex-Ex
  • The Sweet Life

Arriving August 16

  • Gold

Arriving August 18

Arriving August 19

  • Hide and Seek

Arriving August 20

  • Camera Store

Arriving August 21

  • AWOL
  • Bad Rap
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Gomorrah: Season 2
  • Unacknowledged

Arriving August 22

  • N-icon_32x32 Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast 
  • Sadie’s Last Days on Earth

Arriving August 23

  • Feel Rich

Arriving August 25

Arriving August 29

  • Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
  • N-icon_32x32 Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face 
  • The Good Place: Season 1

Arriving August 31

  • Be Afraid


Last Chance Binging

Leaving August 1

  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Justice League Unlimited: Seasons 1-2
  • Justice League: Seasons 1-2
  • Babe
  • Babe Winkelman’s Outdoor Secrets: 2014: Quarter 4
  • Babe: Pig in the City
  • Beneath the Helmet
  • Black Widow
  • Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
  • Electric Slide
  • Elizabethtown
  • From the Terrace
  • From Time to Time
  • Goodbye World
  • Horsemen
  • Hunter X Hunter : Seasons 1-5
  • Josef Fritzl: Story of a Monster
  • Malibu’s Most Wanted
  • Prefontaine
  • Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
  • Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
  • Teacher’s Pet
  • The Delivery Man: Season 1
  • The Diabolical
  • The Heavy Water War: Season 1
  • The Hunt: Season 1
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • The Lizzie McGuire Movie
  • The Verdict
  • Young Justice: Seasons 1-2
  • Young@Heart
  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Leaving August 4

  • Superbad

Leaving August 5

  • Pelican Dreams
  • Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

Leaving August 6

  • Human Capital
  • The Spoils of Babylon: Season 1

Leaving August 9

  • The Five Venoms

Leaving August 10

  • Dope

Leaving August 11

  • Four Blood Moons
  • Jesus People: The Movie
  • Patch Town
  • Two Days, One Night

Leaving August 14

  • Drones
  • Food Matters

Leaving August 15

  • American Dad!: Seasons 1-4
  • To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Changing Seas: Seasons 3-6
  • Close Quarter Battle: Season 1
  • The New Frontier: Season 1
  • Top 10 Secrets and Mysteries: Season 1

Leaving August 23

  • The Summer of Sangaile

Leaving August 24

  • Gun Woman

Leaving August 28

  • Revenge: Seasons 1-4

Leaving August 30

  • The League: Seasons 1-7

Leaving August 31

  • Space Warriors
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