I know I say this every month but MY GOD there is some hot streaming content coming out in the next few weeks.
Here’s what to watch in August.
The Bear (Disney+, August 31)
It feels like everyone’s been talking about The Bear lately.
The original comedy tells the story of a chef who worked in fine dining before returning home to Chicago to turn around the sandwich shop his late brother owned.
It’s the kind of simple premise that could have led to a forgettable TV show.
But the ensemble cast (led by Jeremy Allen White), paired with shots of sharp, impressively fast knives, vegetables mid-sauté, and a raucous soundtrack collide to create a realistic depiction of the chaos, tension and desperation that come with working in a restaurant kitchen that collectively knows it could be more successful than it is.
The Bear is often intense. But it’s also hilarious and it may also bring tears to your eyes for the best reasons.
For fans of: Sweetbitter, Ugly Delicious, Chef’s Table, Shameless
House of the Dragon (Binge and Foxtel, August 22)
Dragons! Matt Smith with bleached eyebrows! The vague but still somehow powerful warning that war is afoot in the Game of Thrones universe!
Set about 200 years before the original series, this prequel follows the Targaryen family as their rule of Westeros is threatened by the question of who will succeed King Viserys: his brother, Daemon, or his daughter, Rhaenyra?
Still not sold? So many people will be bingeing this series that you may as well watch it so you can keep up with the office water-cooler chat if nothing else.
For fans of: Game of Thrones (obviously), Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, The Tudors, Shadow and Bone
Summer Love (ABC iview, August 31)
The eight episodes of Summer Love have only one thing in common: they’re set in the same holiday house by a beach.
Over the course of a summer, that poor house sees it all. Visitors include old friends who realize they maybe shouldn’t be friends anymore, surprise instant parents, an aspiring rapper and his surgeon girlfriend grappling with his abandonment issues, and two strangers who end up being forced to stay together after a double booking.
Prepare to evil-laugh and feel glorious amounts of cringe over this anthology (which stars Miranda Tapsell I must also add — as if you needed any more reason to watch!!).
For fans of: The Letdown, PEN15, Please Like Me
Selling the OC (Netflix, August 24)
The streaming gods have blessed us with another real estate reality show to hate-watch off the back of Selling Sunset’s success.
Chrishell and Christine aren’t in this version, but it does offer just as many swanky houses only the 0.1 per cent could afford, just as many realtors teetering around in heels and bodycon dresses, and just as much drama.
And that’s the most important part really, isn’t it?
For fans of: Selling Sunset, Selling Tampa, any of the Real Housewives series, Yummy Mummies
Here Out West, (ABC iview, August 14)
Here Out West is a film featuring eight interconnected stories (written by eight new writers!) set in the ever-changing melting pot that is Western Sydney.
It’s a heartwarming — and at times, heartbreaking — depiction of family, identity, love and hope.
I have a feeling you won’t regret watching it.
For fans of: The Family Law, Ali’s Wedding, The Heights
A League of Their Own (Amazon Prime, August 12)
Sometimes you just want to curl up and watch something that makes you feel good, and A League of Their Own is that vibe exactly.
The series follows a group of women (made up of familiar faces including Chanté Adams, Abi Jacobsen and D’Arcy Carden) as they form an All-American Girls Professional Baseball League and try to provide themselves as ball players at a time when the US is going through immense social transformation during WWII.
If this all sounds familiar, it could be because A League Of Their Own is based on a true story. Oh, and that real-life story was made into a movie by the same name back in 1992 (which this series was adapted from).
For fans of: Hidden Figures, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel, Hacks, Ted Lasso
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