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New on Netflix August 2020: Movies, TV shows and original series

New on Netflix August 2020
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We're almost there, so let's look at what's new on Netflix for August 2020, as Netflix has unveiled the upcoming weeks of its new TV shows, movies and originals — as well as the stuff it's picked up from other companies. And by the looks of it, this summer will to end with a lot that's new on Netflix, with picks for all subscribers. 

Between the sexy crime dramas, nostalgic reboots, action-packed anime, frothy and wild reality series and funny comedy specials, you've got at least one category you like, right? One of the most notable new on Netflix titles is the arrival of Cobra Kai seasons 1 and 2, the Karate Kid reboot that debuted on YouTube Premium (but is moving to Netflix), and is coming out with a third season soon. 

Another highlight of what's new on Netflix is the movie thriller Project Power, with big-name stars Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Plus, you can finally watch Legend of Korra online on Netflix, to follow the conclusion of Avatar: The Last Airbender, which the service just got.

That's just the tip of the Netflix iceberg. The month brings Lucifer season 5 and the premiere of the adult animated comedy Hoops. There are also new seasons of 3%, Glow Up, Rita, Stranger and Rust Valley Restorers. The new on Netflix films include: Berlin, Berlin, a cinematic sequel to the hit show, and Work It, which follows a ragtag dance squad. And of course, a bunch of older movies are new to Netflix. Some standouts are A Knight's Tale, Being John Malkovich, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, the Jurassic Park trilogy and Seabiscuit.

In addition to the lineup of what's new on Netflix for August 2020, we've also got lists of what hit Netflix during the last days of July, so you don't miss anything that just dropped. 

Best new shows and movies on Netflix in August 2020

Cobra Kai seasons 1 and 2 (August 28)

New on Netflix: Cobra Kai

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In this sequel series to The Karate Kid movies, old rivals Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) come back into each other's lives more than 30 years after their match at the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament. Johnny reopens his old Cobra Kai studio, mentoring bullied and misfit kids like Miguel (Xolo Maridueña). Meanwhile, Daniel is a successful businessman and father who takes on training his own daughter Amanda (Courtney Henggeler) and Johnny's estranged son Robby (Tanner Buchanan). The first two seasons streamed exclusively on YouTube Red, but are moving to Netflix — as is the upcoming third season. 

Project Power (August 14)

New on Netflix: Project Power

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A-list stars Jamie Foxx and Joseph Gordon-Levitt team up in this action-packed superhero thriller. Word on the street in New Orleans is that there's a mysterious pill that unlocks unique super powers. The catch is that you don't know what will happen until you take it. You might develop super strength or invisibility — or you might have a deadly reaction. With crime escalating in the city, a local cop (Gordon-Levitt), a teen dealer (Dominique Fishback) and a former soldier with a secret vendetta (Jamie Foxx) take the pill in order to track down and stop the group responsible for creating it.

The Legend of Korra (August 14)

New on Netflix: Legend of Korra

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If you've already binged all of Avatar: The Last Airbender, one of the best shows on Netflix, you can move on to the anime's sequel series, The Legend of Korra. It follows Aang's successor, Korra of a waterbender tribe, as she moves to Republic City to learn airbending. There, she teams up with brothers Bolin and Mako, and befriends Asami Sato, heiress to a leading engineering corporation. But Korra will have to call upon her abilities to deal with political and spiritual unrest in the modernizing world.

Browsing by specific genres? Check out our guides to the best family movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Netflix. And if you feel like you've watched everything on the streamer, you may be surprised at Netflix hidden gems that can be unearthed deep within the library.

Our top selections are in bold, and we've got quotes from Netflix to help explain its latest originals that you might not know about.

New on Netflix July 24

New on Netflix: The Kissing Booth 2

Teen rom-com The Kissing Booth 2 (Image credit: Kissing Booth 2)
  • ¡A cantar! (Sing On! Spain) (Netflix Original)
  • Animal Crackers (Netflix Film)
  • Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing (Netflix Family)
  • In the Dark Season 2
  • The Kissing Booth 2 (Netflix Film)
  • Offering to the Storm (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix July 26

  • Banana Split
  • Shameless Season 10

New on Netflix July 28

  • Jeopardy! Collection 6
  • Last Chance U: Laney (Season 5) (Netflix Original) 

New on Netflix July 29

  • The Hater (Netflix Film)
  • Inside the World's Toughest Prisons Season 4 (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix July 30

  • Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie
  • Transformers: War for Cybertron Trilogy (Netflix Anime) 

New on Netflix July 31

New on Netflix: Umbrella Academy season 2

Superhero siblings on Umbrella Academy season 2 (Image credit: Netflix)
  • Get Even (Netflix Original)
  • Latte and the Magic Waterstone (Netflix Family)
  • Seriously Single (Netflix Film)
  • The Speed Cubers (Netflix Documentary)
  • Sugar Rush: Extra Sweet (Netflix Original)
  • The Umbrella Academy Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Vis a Vis: El Oasis (Locked Up) (Netflix Original) 

New on Netflix August 1

  • Super Monsters: The New Class (Netflix Family)
    Netflix says: "New adventures, new friends! The Super Monsters welcome a new class of pint-sized preschoolers to Pitchfork Pines. Meet Olive, Rocky, Sami and Zane!"
  • A Knight's Tale
  • Acts of Violence
  • The Addams Family (1991)
  • An Education
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Death at a Funeral
  • Dennis the Menace
  • Elizabeth Harvest
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Hardcore Henry
  • Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Season 1-2
  • Jurassic Park
  • Jurassic Park III
  • The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  • Mad Max (1979)
  • Mr. Deeds
  • My Perfect Landing: Season 1
  • Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea: Season 1
  • The NeverEnding Story
  • The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter
  • The Next Step: Season 6
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Ocean's Thirteen
  • Ocean's Twelve
  • Operation Ouch: Season 1
  • Operation Ouch: Special
  • Remember Me
  • Seabiscuit
  • Toradora!: Season 1
  • Transformers Rescue Bots Academy: S2
  • The Ugly Truth
  • What Keeps You Alive

New on Netflix August 2

  • Connected (Netflix Documentary)
    Netflix says: "Science reporter and host Latif Nasser hopscotches around the planet to tease out the subtle and surprising ways that we are all inextricably linked to one another and our world. "
  • Almost Love

New on Netflix August 3

  • Immigration Nation (Netflix Documentary)
    Netflix says: "This documentary series offers a unique and nuanced view of the ongoing struggles in America's broken immigration system."

New on Netflix August 4

New on Netflix: Sam Jay comedy special

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  • Sam Jay: 3 In The Morning (Netflix Comedy Special)
    Netflix says: "Emmy Award-nominated Saturday Night Live writer Sam Jay is back with her first hour-long Netflix original comedy special ... Sam Jay delivers the witty, candid and raw brand of comedy that earned her recognition as a standout comic."
  • A Go! Go! Cory Carson Summer Camp (Netflix Family)
  • Malibu Rescue: The Next Wave (Netflix Family)
  • Mundo Mistério / Mystery Lab (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix August 5

  • World's Most Wanted (Netflix Documentary)
    Netflix says: "Heinous criminals have avoided capture despite massive rewards and global investigations. This docuseries profiles five of the world’s most wanted."
  • Anelka : L'Incompris / Anelka: Misunderstood (Netflix Documentary)

New on Netflix August 6

  • The Rain: Season 3 (Netflix Original) 
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of The Gods (Netflix Anime)

New on Netflix August 7

New on Netflix: Work It

The dance squad of Work It (Image credit: Netflix)
  • Berlin, Berlin (Netflix Film)
    Netflix says: "In this cinematic sequel to the hit TV series, Lolle has moved on from Sven and is about to marry her friend Hart – until Sven disrupts her plans."
  • Wizards: Tales of Arcadia (Netflix Family)
    Netflix says: "Merlin’s young apprentice mixes with characters from Trollhunters and 3Below in the final chapter of Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia trilogy."
  • Work It (Netflix Film)
    Netflix says: "When Quinn Ackermann’s admission to the college of her dreams depends on her performance at a dance competition, she forms a ragtag group of dancers to take on the best squad in she just needs to learn how to dance."
  • Alta Mar / High Seas: Season 3 (Netflix Original) 
  • The Magic School Bus Rides Again Kids In Space (Netflix Family)
  • ¡Nailed It! México: Season 2 (Netflix Original) 
  • The New Legends of Monkey: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
  • Selling Sunset: Season 3 (Netflix Original) 
  • Sing On! Germany (Netflix Original) 
  • Tiny Creatures (Netflix Original) 
  • Word Party Songs (Netflix Family)

New on Netflix August 8

  • The Promise
  • We Summon the Darkness

New on Netflix August 10

  • GAME ON: A Comedy Crossover Event (Netflix Original)
    Netflix says: "Worlds collide in this special event featuring familiar faces, surprise cameos and stories of spirited competition from four different comedy series."
  • Nightcrawler

New on Netflix August 11

New on Netflix: Rob Schneider comedy special

Rob Schneider in Asian Momma, Mexican Kids (Image credit: Netflix)
  • Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids (Netflix Comedy Special)
    Netflix says: "Actor, director, screenwriter, and comedian Rob Schneider's first Netflix original comedy special, Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids, gives viewers a look at his family and personal life through hilarious anecdotes."
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman

New on Netflix August 12

  • (Un)Well (Netflix Documentary)
    Netflix says: "This docuseries takes a deep dive into the lucrative wellness industry, which touts health and healing. But do these wellness trends live up to the promises?"
  • Scary Movie 5

New on Netflix August 13

  • Une fille facile / An Easy Girl (Netflix Film)
  • Safety Not Guaranteed

New on Netflix August 14

New on Netflix: Project Power

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Project Power (Image credit: Netflix)
  • 3%: Season 4 (Netflix Original) 
  • El robo del siglo (Netflix Original) 
  • Fearless (Netflix Film)
  • Glow Up: Season 2 (Netflix Original) 
  • Project Power (Netflix Film) 
  • Octonauts & the Caves of Sac Actun (Netflix Family) 
  • Teenage Bounty Hunters (Netflix Original) 
  • The Legend of Korra: Book One: Air
  • The Legend of Korra: Book Two: Spirits
  • The Legend of Korra: Book Three: Change
  • The Legend of Korra: Book Four: Balance

New on Netflix August 15

  • Rita: Season 5 (Netflix Original) 
  • Stranger: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix August 16

  • Johnny English
  • Les Misérables (2012)

New on Netflix August 17

  • Crazy Awesome Teachers (Netflix Film)
    Netflix says: "A ragtag bunch of teachers and students team up to take back the money that a dangerous gangster stole from them."
  • Glitch Techs: Season 2 (Netflix Family)
  • Drunk Parents

New on Netflix August 19

  • High Score (Netflix Documentary)
    Netflix says: "This documentary series explores the rise of the golden era in gaming, a time rife with competition, innovation and flat-out fun."
  • Crímenes de familia / The Crimes That Bind (Netflix Film)
  • DeMarcus Family Rules (Netflix Original) 

New on Netflix August 20

  • Biohackers (Netflix Original) 
  • Great Pretender (Netflix Anime)
  • John Was Trying to Contact Aliens (Netflix Film) 
  • Good Kisser

New on Netflix August 21

New on Netflix: Lucifer season 5

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  • Hoops (Netflix Original)
    Netflix says: "A foul-mouthed high school basketball coach is sure he'll hit the big leagues if he can only turn his terrible team around. Hey, good luck with that."
  • Lucifer: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
    Netflix says: "Lucifer, bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the gorgeous, shimmering insanity of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD…and the savvy detective Chloe Decker in particular."
  • Alien TV (Netflix Family) 
  • Fuego negro (Netflix Film)
  • Rust Valley Restorers: Season 3 (Netflix Original) 
  • The Sleepover (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix August 23

  • 1BR
  • Septembers of Shiraz

New on Netflix August 25

  • Emily's Wonder Lab (Netflix Family)
    Netflix says: "In this live-action series, host Emily Calandrelli makes STEAM fun with science experiments, activities and demonstrations that will blow your mind!"
  • Trinkets: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

New on Netflix August 26

  • Rising Phoenix (Netflix Documentary)
    Netflix says: "Rising Phoenix tells the extraordinary story of the Paralympic Games. From the rubble of World War II to the third biggest sporting event on the planet, the Paralympics sparked a global movement which continues to change the way the world thinks about disability, diversity & human potential."
  • Do Do Sol Sol La La Sol (Netflix Original) 
  • La venganza de Analía (Netflix Original) 
  • Million Dollar Beach House (Netflix Original) 

New on Netflix August 27

  • Aggretsuko: Season 3 (Netflix Anime)
  • The Bridge Curse
  • The Frozen Ground

New on Netflix August 28

New on Netflix: Cobra Kai

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  • Cobra Kai: Seasons 1-2 (Netflix Original)
    Netflix says: "Thirty years after the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament, Johnny's rivalry with Daniel reignites. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka reprise their roles."
  • All Together Now (Netflix Film)
  • I AM A KILLER: Released (Netflix Original) 
  • Orígenes secretos / Unknown Origins (Netflix Film)

New on Netflix August 31

  • Casino Royale
  • Quantum of Solace

What’s Leaving Netflix July and August 2020

July 25
Dark Places
Ex Machina
Mississippi Grind

July 26
Country Strong

July 28
Ant-Man and the Wasp

July 29
The Incredibles 2

August 1
Skins: Vol. 1-7

August 3
Love (20
Paranormal Survivor: Season 1-2

August 7
6 Days
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer
St. Agatha

August 14
Adventures in Public School
Being AP

August 18
The Incident

August 19
Some Kind of Beautiful

August 20
Bad Rap

August 21
Just Go With It

August 23

August 25
Blue Is the Warmest Color

August 28
Bring It On: Worldwide Showdown
The Wicker Man

August 31
Bad Boys
Bad Boys II
Child's Play
Failure to Launch
Get Him to the Greek
Groundhog Day
He's Just Not That Into You
Jerry Maguire
The Karate Kid
The Karate Kid Part II
The Karate Kid Part III
The Lake House
Life as We Know It
Murder Party
Observe and Report
One Day
Public Enemies
Rugrats Go Wild
School Daze
United 93
V for Vendetta
Valentine's Day