What to watch on Netflix Canada in August 2021

NOW critics pick the best movies and TV shows coming to the streaming platform this month


These are the most anticipated new titles hitting Netflix Canada in August 2021, including the sports doc series UNTOLD, The Chair starring Sandra Oh, the Sauble Beach-set Motel Makeover, a tell-all documentary about painter Bob Ross and Clickbait starring Adrian Grenier.

The Chair

Created by actor/producer Amanda Peet and Annie Julia Wyman, this academic comedy stars Sandra Oh as the first woman of colour to chair her Ivy League university’s faltering English department, and Jay Duplass as the newly widowed professor she’s trying to pull out of a spiral. (Bob Balaban and Holland Taylor are around as aging faculty members, too.) And in case you missed the most important part: Sandra Oh is back doing comedy again! It’s been far too long. August 20

Motel Makeover

June Motel founders April Brown and Sarah Sklash have landed a Netflix docuseries. After revamping an old motel in Prince Edward County as a wine-country getaway in 2017, the pair expanded their boutique experience brand to Sauble Beach. This six-episode series will follow the friends-turned-entrepreneurs as they reno that second property near Lake Huron. Read more about the show here. August 25

Basketball player Metta Sandiford-Artest
Courtesy of Netflix

UNTOLD

Netflix is taking on ESPN in the realm prestige sports documentaries. Hot on the heels of Oscar-nominated director Garrett Bradley’s doc series about Japanese tennis sensation Naomi Osaka, the streamer is debuting a five-part anthology that will go deep into pivotal moments in sports history. Each week a new 80-minute film will debut, starting with Malice In The Palace, which recounts the 2004 basketball brawl that began after Ron Artest (now named Metta Sandiford-Artest) charged the stands after a fan threw a drink. Future docs will focus on track star-turned-reality star Caitlyn Jenner, boxer Christy Martin and tennis champ Mardy Fish. August 10

Misha And The Wolves

Hailed at Sundance and Hot Docs screening, Sam Hobkinson’s documentary about Belgian author Misha Defonseca – who wrote a book about surviving the Holocaust as a seven-year-old by sheltering with a pack of wolves, only to admit she’d fabricated the story a decade later – lands on Netflix, where it’ll fit in just fine among the other bizarre true stories. August 11

A photo of Bob Ross riding on a child's rocking horse in a playground
Courtesy of Netflix

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal And Greed

TV painter Bob Ross is known for his huge ‘fro and soothing persona, but this juicy-sounding documentary from Lorena and Sasquatch director Joshua Rofé promises to lift the curtain on how the “battle for his business empire cast a shadow over his happy trees.” Ross died 25 years ago but The Joy Of Painting host has undergone a pop culture revival recently thanks to memes and an ill-fated impersonation on RuPaul’s Drag Race. August 25

Brand New Cherry Flavor

This eight-part adaptation of Todd Grimson’s cult novel stars Rosa Salazar (Man Seeking Woman, Undone, Alita: Battle Angel) as an aspiring filmmaker in early 90s Hollywood who’s immediately drawn into a world of calculating scenesters, backstabbing producers and possibly curses. It’s been adapted by Channel Zero producers Nick Antosca and Lenore Zion, so expect some serious atmosphere and an eclectic cast, including The Good Place’s Manny Jacinto and a very creepy Catherine Keener. August 13

John David Washington in Beckett
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Beckett

After racing around Europe to save the world in Tenet, John David Washington is still in motion in this thriller from director Ferdinando Cito Filomarino (Antonia.) and producer Luca Guadagnino, playing an American tourist who survives a car wreck to find himself on the run from the police, the government and pretty much everybody – for reasons he can’t fully understand. Alicia Vikander, Boyd Holbrook and Vicky Krieps co-star. August 13

Hit & Run

Shot in multiple countries, this nine-part series stars co-creator Lior Raz (Fauda) as Segev Azulay, an extremely resourceful man seeking answers – and possibly revenge – after his wife is run down in Tel Aviv. The Affair’s Sanaa Lathan and Scandal’s Gregg Henry co-star; the directors include Mike Barker (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Neasa Hardiman (Sea Fever). August 6

Adrian Grenier holds a sign that reads "At 5 million views I will die" in Clickbait
Courtesy of Netflix

Clickbait

Going viral takes a horrific twist in this eight-part series, which opens with an ordinary man (Adrian Grenier) popping up on a website, holding a sign that says “At 5 million views, I die.” The show follows the race to find him and stop whatever’s happening, seen through the eyes of a number of different people, including his sister (Zoe Kazan), his wife (Betty Gabriel) and the cop (Phoenix Raei) trying to find him. Like and subscribe… or else. August 25

The full list of new titles available on Netflix Canada in August 2021 by date:

TV shows

Coming Soon

Comedy Premium League

D.P.

August 1

For Life (season 1)

August 3

Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified

August 4

Car Masters: Rust To Riches (season 3)

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings Of Miami

Control Z (season 2)

Cooking With Paris

August 6

Hit & Run

Navarasa

August 9

Shaman King (season 1)

August 10

Gabby’s Dollhouse (season 2)

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

UNTOLD: Malice In The Palace

August 11

Bake Squad

August 12

AIRawbi School For Girls

Lokillo: Nothing’s The Same

Riverdale (season 5)

August 13

Brand New Cherry Flavor

Fast & Furious Spy Racers: South Pacific (season 5)

Gone For Good

The Kingdom

Valeria (season 2)

August 17

Go! Go! Cory Carson (season 5)

UNTOLD: Deal With The Devil

August 18

The Defeated

August 20

The Chair

Everything Will Be Fine

August 23

Oggy Oggy

UNTOLD: Caitlyn Jenner

August 25

Clickbait

John Of God: The Crimes Of A Spiritual Healer

Motel Makeover

Open Your Eyes

Post Mortem: No One Dies In Skarnes

August 26

Edens Zero

Family Reunion: Part 4

August 27

I Heart Arlo

Titletown High

August 28

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

August 31

Good Girls (season 4)

Manifest (season 3)

Sparking Joy

UNTOLD: Crime And Penalties

Movies

August 1

The Addams Family

Body Of Lies

Captive State

Chocolat

Darwin’s Game

Ella Enchanted

The Expendables

The Expendables 2

The Expendables 3

Fathers And Guns

Good Luck Chuck

The Graduate

The Green Mile

Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner

Hugo

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5

Jackass: Number Two

Jackass 3

Jackass 3.5: The Unrated Movie

Jerry Maguire

Kill ‘Em All

Kiss The Girls

Laurence Anyways

The Losers

Looper

Ma

Man On A Ledge

Menace II Society

My Fair Lady

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

Primal Fear

Star Trek

Star Trek: Into Darkness

World Trade Center

August 3

Pray Away

Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord

August 4

76

Aftermath

Definitely, Maybe

The Five-Year Engagement

Inside Man

Jarhead

Miami Vice

Savages

Slap Shot

The Unborn

August 6

The Hustle

The Swarm

Vivo

August 11

The Kissing Booth 3

Misha And The Wolves

August 12

Monster Hunter: Legends Of The Guild

August 13

Beckett

August 15

Starbuck

August 16

Joker

She’s Out Of My League

August 18

Memories Of Murder: The Nilsen Tapes

Out Of My League

The Secret Diary Of An Exchange Student

August 20

22 Jump Street

The Loud House Movie

Sweet Girl

August 21

Rocketman

August 23

The Witcher: Nightmare Of The Wolf

August 24

The Peanut Butter Falcon

August 25

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

August 27

He’s All That

August 29

The Equalizer

Last call

TV series and movies leaving Netflix Canada in August 2021.

August 11

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi

August 14

Bridget Jones’s Diary

August 31

Blade Runner: The Final Cut

Easy A

Family Guy (seasons 9-11)

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

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