Hi everyone, here are our streaming recommendations for August.
The next streaming recommendation post will be out the first Saturday, September 3 – the first Saturday in September.
Darby and Joan, Season 1 (Available August 8, Acorn TV)
“The new series, which stars Bryan Brown and Greta Scacchi, is an Australian road trip drama that follows a retired Australian homicide detective Jack Darby, played by Brown, and a recently widowed English nurse Joan Kirkhope, played by Scacchi, as they trek across the Australian landscape in Darby’s RV. The duo, brought together by chance, are certainly an odd pair.” Collider Overview
Darby and Joan, Season 1 Trailer
The End Is Nye (Available August 25, Peacock)
“Bill Nye (the science guy) is just as concerned about the state of the planet as you are. That’s why he’s unrolling this new six-part series dedicated to covering all of the potential natural disasters that could possibly wipe us out. Think viruses, volcanos, asteroids and chemical warfare, among other catastrophic topics to explore.” – Spy Overview
The End Is Nye Trailer
Home Before Dark, Season 3 (August 12, Apple TV+ )
“Young investigative journalist Hilde Lisko moves with her family to the small town her father left behind, only to unearth shocking secrets in her pursuit of the truth.” -Rotten Tomatoes
Apple does not have tailor for Season 3, however, if you haven’t seen this fun series, the first two seasons of which are available through Apple TV+ now, here is the trailer for season 1 which gives you an idea of what the series is about!
Home Before Dark Series Trailer
House of the Dragon, Season 1 (August 21, HBO)
Based on George R.R. Martin’s Fire & Blood, this series takes the “historical” book and goes deeper to showcase what really happened nearly 300 years before Daenerys Targaryen hatched her way into the hearts of Game of Thrones lovers. Matt Smith, Paddy Considine, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint and Eve Best star.” Spy Overview
House of The Dragon, Season 1 Trailer
The Lost City (Amazon Prime, already available)
“ Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum and Daniel Radcliffe star in this comedy adventure about a successful romance novelist who, after being kidnapped by a villainous treasure hunter, is forced to team up with her cover model to survive.” – CNN overview
The Lost City Trailer
Samaritan (August 26, Amazon Prime)
“Sylvester Stallone may be 76, but Sly is still in top form as an aging superhero in Prime Video’s latest action thriller. Here he plays the mythical character Samaritan, who was thought to have disappeared more than two decades ago after an epic battle. But when a boy discovers the legend is still around and kicking, Samaritan’s cover is blown. Martin Starr, Javon Walton, Dascha Polanco and Pilou Asbæk also star.” – CNN Overview
The Sandman (August 5, Netflix)
“Neil Gaiman’s epic, best-selling graphic novel, The Sandman, has long been considered unfilmable. Huge names have taken a stab at it, but none have succeeded, until now. “They were trying to make a 3,000-page story happen in two hours of film time,” Gaiman told BBC News. “And nobody ever cracked that because it was uncrackable.” It’s a complicated story, but essentially Tom Sturridge (On the Road) leads as the titular Sandman, also known as Dream or Morpheus, who must journey across multiple worlds and timelines to make amends for previous mistakes, after being held captive for a century. Featuring a bumper star-studded cast, including Gwendoline Christie, Jenna Coleman, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Fry, Patton Oswalt, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, David Thewlis and Vivienne Acheampong, Netflix will be banking on this grown-up fantasy wooing subscribers. ” BBC Overview
The Sandman Trailer
Star Trek Movies 2- 6 (Amazon Prime)
Follow the adventures of the original cast, in the films Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Start Trek V: The Final Frontier and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn Trailer
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock Trailer
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Trailer
Tiny World, Seasons 1 & 2 (Apple TV+)
“A nature show, focused on small creatures, narrated by Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. Absolute genius.
Like seemingly every single one of these modern nature documentaries, Tiny World is gorgeously shot and brilliantly compelling.” – CNET Overview
Tiny World Series Trailer
In this hilarious romantic comedy from writer/director Billy Wilder and screenwriter I.A.L. Diamond, wealthy American Wendell Armbruster, Jr. (Jack Lemmon) discovers true love when he is summoned to Italy after a car accident claims the lives of his father and his father’s secret mistress. As the mistress’ daughter (Juliet Mills) also arrives in town, the bodies of both of their parents disappear, and the two instant foes are brought together in a baffling mystery… and an affair of the heart!
Magic In The Mountains (2022)
Magic in the Mountains tells the remarkable underdog story of how Squaw Valley, a little-known ski area in California, won the bid for the 1960 Winter Olympics and, with the help of Walt Disney, changed the Olympics forever.
Maigret, Season 1 (1992)
Part of the Maigret series (French dialog with English subtitles)
Sporting his pipe that seems a nod to Sherlock Holmes, the pragmatic Maigret investigates murders in his unurried manner and inevitably discovers the truth. Against a backdrop of 1950s Paris and the surrounding French countryside, these original feature-length films pay homage to one of the most brilliant detective minds of the twentieth century.
The New Zealanders, Season 1 (2022)
The New Zealanders is a beautifully shot travelogue series introducing us to some of the quirkiest locations and heart-warming characters throughout New Zealand. Meet New Zealand’s most remote family who lives 100km from the nearest shop, and at 68 years old, the Taranaki grandmother who is a 4th Dan black belt in Taekwondo. Former oil field worker Mike is a collector of classic Mustang cars, yet wheelchair-bound Shirley prefers her collection of more than 2,000 horse ornaments. Local celebrities, The Patea Maori Club, also appear and talk about “Poi E,” the song that put them on the map. The series also covers conservation in New Zealand, with a couple who built their own house, complete with a grass roof in central Otago. Self-confessed tree-hugger Bob created his own forest while another family built their own power station. And finally, take a tour with a smaller island’s sole policeman, and meet the Air Chathams’ chief pilot who owns a 1950s flight simulator the size of a house. On the even more remote Pitt Island, visit the country’s most isolated school and a 7th generation farming family, the Gregory-Hunts, who raised eleven children there.
Have a great, and hopefully cool, weekend!
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Home Before Dark. (n.d.). Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved August 3, 2022, from https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/home_before_dark
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