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Anyone with a Netflix subscription knows what the top of the month means: All sorts of new shows to get excited for! August is particularly exciting on Netflix for shows returning with new episodes.
A relatively new, but already classic, comedy-news Netflix original will begin its newest volume, as will a Netflix original based on a widely enjoyed film from earlier this decade. Another Netflix original involving a one-on-one sport will make a long-awaited return, as will one based on a true-crime book. Topping off this month’s selection is the Netflix debut of a cable TV show’s second season.
Get to know each of these five shows returning to Netflix in August below.
The Sinner, season two (USA Network; August 1st)
Netflix’s killer month for returning TV shows starts with a show about killers. The second season of USA Network’s anthology series The Sinner will hit Netflix August 1st. Detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) will return to his hometown to investigate a young boy accused of poisoning a couple. Along the way, Ambrose could uncover secrets his hometown would prefer to keep secret. Carrie Coon, best known for her critically acclaimed role as Nora Durst on HBO’s show The Leftovers, will be introduced as new character Vera Walker.
Dear White People, volume three (Netflix; August 2nd)
In 2014, director Justin Simien released the satirical film Dear White People. Simien’s Netflix series of the same name is based on the movie, which impressed critics but barely made a splash at the box office. The series devotes each of its episodes to one of its seven main characters, though it deviates from this format for each of its season finales. The show focuses on black students attending an Ivy League institution, a setting that allows Simien to highlight the racism that black people continue to face in the U.S.
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, volume four (Netflix; August 4th)
Comedian Hasan Minhaj’s comedy-news web series debuted less than a year ago, yet it’s already returning with its fourth volume. The immensely popular show is akin in style to The Daily Show, where Minhaj first got his start, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, another show hosted by a Daily Show alum. Minhaj has previously covered topics including Amazon deforestation, streetwear, and cricket with equal amounts of wit, outrage, disbelief, and remarkably thorough research.
GLOW, season three (Netflix; August 9th)
Last month, actress Betty Gilpin received an Emmy nomination for her supporting role in the comedy series GLOW. The show returns to Netflix for its third season, in which the series’ squad of wrestling women (GLOW is an abbreviation for “Glorious Ladies of Wrestling”) take their show to a live setting via a Las Vegas residency. Exploring the Vegas strip has long been one of the show’s goals, as co-creator Liz Flahive has previously stated.
Mindhunter, season two (Netflix; August 16th)
Based on the true-crime book Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, season one of Mindhunter was set in 1977, when criminal psychology and profiling became leading investigative tactics within the FBI. That season saw FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff) and Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) team up with psychologist Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) to launch the bureau’s Behavioral Science Unit. Season two fast-forwards to the Atlanta murders of 1971-81, among which some of the cases were reopened just earlier this year.
What Netflix shows arriving this month have you the most excited? Share your favorites in the comments!