What to watch on Crave in August 2020

Including Lovecraft Country, An American Pickle, Star Trek: Lower Decks and a docuseries about the NXIVM sex cult


NOW critics go deep into the August 2020 Crave schedule to highlight the most interesting titles hitting the streaming platform this month.

Lovecraft Country

Adapted from Matt Ruff’s acclaimed novel by Underground creator Misha Green and produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams, this new HBO series stars Jonathan Majors as Atticus Black, a young man searching for his vanished father in the Jim Crow South of the 50s… where the racism is as old and terrifying as the actual monsters that lurk in the shadows. Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Michael Kenneth Williams and Courtney B. Vance co-star, and the images HBO has been teasing over the summer make this look absolutely fascinating. August 16

An American Pickle

So here’s a pitch: in 1919, Brooklyn pickle-factory worker Herschel Greenbaum (Seth Rogen) falls into a vat of brine… and emerges a century later to discover a very different America, where his slacker great-great-grandson (also Rogen) is his only link to his past. Written by Simon Rich (Man Seeking Woman) and directed by cinematographer Brandon Trost (The Disaster Artist, Can You Ever Forgive Me?), this looks like it could have been a left-field summer sleeper… and it still can be, you’ll just have to watch it at home. August 6

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Set in the universe of Star Trek: The Next Generation, this half-hour animated comedy promises to follow the antics of a handful of ensigns on the U.S.S. Cerritos – “one of Starfleet’s least important ships” – as they clean the holodeck, goof off and complain about missing all that sweet Away Team action. Creator Mike McMahan comes from Rick And Morty, so he should be equally comfortable with weird science and awkward interpersonal stuff, and the voice cast features Tawny Newsome (Space Force), Jack Quaid (The Boys), Eugene Cordero (The Good Place) and Jerry O’Connell. August 6

The Vow

The story of the NXIVM (pronounced Nexium) self-empowerment sex cult in Upstate New York is now a documentary series directed by Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer. The show promises to take an in-depth look at the lives of various members who were part of what U.S. federal prosectors dubbed a secret society of “sex slaves.” Members were infamously branded with founder Keith Raniere’s initials and the organization had several high-profile connections. After a seven-week trial, a Brooklyn jury found Raniere guilty of sex-trafficking, racketeering and forced labour, among other charges, last year. Several Canadians were caught up in the scandal, which has morphed into a lawsuit that claims millionaire Seagrams sisters Clare and Sara Bronfman had leadership roles. August 23

We Hunt Together

Produced for the fledgling UK crime channel Alibi, this six-part British series from Cheat’s Gaby Hull shifts its perspective between two pairs of colleagues: young lovers (Sea Fever’s Hermione Corfield, Baghdad Central’s Dipo Ola) on a murder spree, and the detectives (Torchwood’s Eve Myles, Into The Badlands’ Babou Ceesay) trying to stop them. Alibi hyped it as a 21st century take on True Romance, which honestly sounds like a pretty good idea… though we’re wondering if that means the characters will hallucinate Cliff Richard instead of Elvis. August 9

Love Fraud

Detropia and Jesus Camp documentary directing duo Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady’s four-part series about serial con man and bigamist Richard Scott Smith is hitting streaming after playing at Sundance and Hot Docs. The filmmakers found out about the case while it was still in progress, meaning the resulting series follows a group of his exes in real-time as they set out to track him down with help from “a chain-smoking, no-nonsense bounty hunter named Carla.” We’re all in. August 31

Full list of new titles available on Crave in August 2020 by date. The + symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available on Crave+ . The * symbol indicates a TV show or movie that is only available with the Starz add-on.

TV Shows

August 2

The Chi (season 3, episode 7)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 38)

Doom Patrol (season 2, episode 9)

P-Valley (season 1, episode 4)*

Perry Mason (season 1, episode 7)+

I’ll Be Gone In The Dark (season 1, episode 6)+

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 20)+

August 3

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 9)+

August 6

Canada’s Drag Race (season 1, episode 6)

Crossing Swords (season 1, episode 8)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 39)

Star Trek: Lower Decks (season 1, episode 1)

August 7

Fox Badger Family

Jim Jefferies @ JFL

The Goldbergs (seasons 6-7)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 22)+

Room 104 (season 4, episode 3)+

True Detective (season 3)+

Watts On Grill (season 2)

Where To I Do (season 3)

August 9

The Chi (season 3, episode 8)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 40)

P-Valley (season 1, episode 5)*

Perry Mason (season 1, episode 8)+

We Hunt Together (season 1, episode 1)

August 10

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 10)+

August 12

Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn+

August 13

Canada’s Drag Race (season 1, episode 7)

Crossing Swords (season 1, episode 9)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 41)

Star Trek: Lower Decks (season 1, episode 2)

August 14

Anthony Jeselnik @ JFL

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 23)+

Room 104 (season 4, episode 4)+

South Side (season 1)

Tosh.0 (season 12a)

August 16

The Chi (season 3, episode 9)

The Circus (season 5, episode 9)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 42)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 21)+

Lovecraft Country (season 1, episode 1)+

P-Valley (season 1, episode 6)*

We Hunt Together (season 1, episode 2)

August 17

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 11)+

August 20

Canada’s Drag Race (season 1, episode 8)

Crossing Swords (season 1, episode 10)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 43)

Star Trek: Lower Decks (season 1, episode 3)

August 21

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 24)+

Room 104 (season 4, episode 5)+

August 23

The Chi (season 3, episode 10)

The Circus (season 5, episode 10)

Corporate (season 2)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 44)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 22)+

Lovecraft Country (season 1, episode 2)+

P-Valley (season 1, episode 7)*

The Stand-Up Show With Jon Dore (season 1)

The Vow (season 1, episode 1)+

We Hunt Together (season 1, episode 3)

August 24

I May Destroy You (season 1, episode 11)+

August 26

Four Weddings And A Funeral (season 1)

August 27

Canada’s Drag Race (season 1, episode 9)

Desus & Mero (season 2, episode 45)

Star Trek: Lower Decks (season 1, episode 4)

August 28

Michael Che @ JFL

Most Expensivest (season 3)

Real Time With Bill Maher (season 18, episode 25)+

Room 104 (season 4, episode 6)+

August 30

The Circus (season 5, episode 11)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver (season 7, episode 23)+

Lovecraft Country (season 1, episode 3)+

Love Fraud (season 1, episode 1)

The Vow (season 1, episode 2)+

We Hunt Together (season 1, episode 4)

MOVIES

August 1

Despicable Me*

JoJo Rabbit+

Mamma Mia*

August 4

The Swamp+

August 5

Early Release*

The Grey Fox*

August 6

An American Pickle+

August 7

The Colony*

I Am Legend*

No Good Deed+

Point Break*

The Quarry*

Run This Town+

Solaris*

August 12

I’m Yours*

August 14

The A-Team*

Best In Show*

Les Miserables (2019)+

S.W.A.T.*

Scarface*

Seberg+

August 19

Fanatic*

The Conspiracy*

August 21

The Assistant+

Baby Mama*

Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)+

Children Of Men*

Groundhog Day*

Planet Of The Apes (2001)*

Say Anything*

Sideways*

August 28

Bombshell*

Ordinary Love+

The Outsiders*

Pitch Perfect*

Richard Jewell+

Within These Walls+

LAST CHANCE

Movies and TV shows leaving Crave in August 2020.

August 1

The Last Ship (seasons 1-5)

Where Do We Go From Here?

August 2

The Bold And The Beautiful: Classic Episodes (season 1, episodes 1-5)

August 3

Smallfoot

August 6

Love Island: Aftersun (season 1)

August 8

Eat Pray Love

August 9

The Bold And The Beautiful: Classic Episodes (season 1, episodes 6-10)

Henry Rollins: Keep Talking, Pal

August 10

Blindspot (seasons 1-4)

August 11

The New Romantic

August 13

Searching

August 16

The Bold And The Beautiful: Classic Episodes (season 1, episodes 11-15)

August 17

Mean Queen

August 23

The Bold And The Beautiful: Classic Episodes (season 1, episodes 16-20)

August 25

Equalizer 2

Glickman

August 26

The 2018 iHeart Radio MMVAs

August 27

The Bourne Identity

The Bourne Legacy

The Bourne Supremacy

King Of The Road (season 3)

White Boy Rick

August 30

The Bold And The Beautiful: Classic Episodes (season 1, episodes 21-25)

Show Dogs

August 31

Amal

Angels And Demons

Bad Times At The El Royale

Chien de Garde

Conviction

The Cry Of The Owl

David Lynch: The Art Of Life

The Eighties (season 1)

It’s Only The End Of The World

Jumanji

Laurence Anyways

Lemonade

The Miseducation Of Cameron Post

Mommy

Moulin Rouge

The Nineties (season 1)

On The Road

Saving Hope (season 4)

The Seventies (season 1)

Shania Twain: Still The One I Love – Live In Las Vegas

The Sixties (season 1)

Source Code

Tom At The Farm

The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story

What Keeps You Alive

The Wolverine

X-Men

X-Men: First Class

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men: The Last Stand

X2: X-Men United

Zombie At 17

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