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All the sci-fi TV and movies streaming in August 2021: From Star Trek to The Suicide Squad
Summer movie season continues, and like much of 2021 up to this point, a whole lot of that blockbuster action is playing out in streaming during August.
The big story is The Suicide Squad, the James Gunn comic book romp that finds the Guardians of the Galaxy director playing around in the DC sandbox. That will hit HBO Max, alongside the new Westworld-y Hugh Jackman flick Reminiscence. Netflix also has a few big projects, led by The Witcher animated film prequel.
At Disney+, Marvel’s What If? series makes its debut, telling all kinds of weird and wild stories from the untold corners of the MCU multiverse. There’s also the Star Wars: The Bad Batch finale, and a behind-the-scenes Star Wars episode looking into that surprise-filled The Mandalorian Season 2 finale. Peacock has Season 2 of The Departure, plus plenty of A-list movies hitting its catalog.
Paramount Plus has new episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks and Evil, while Apple TV+ brings us a new season of the Jason Momoa-led sci-fi epic SEE. Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you’ll be streaming.
Vivo: This Sony Pictures Animation flick was originally set for a theatrical release, but is now headed to Netflix. The film is a musical, with tunes put together by Hamilton legend Lin-Manuel Miranda (he also voices the film’s star). The rest of the A-list cast includes Zoe Saldana, Micheal Rooker, and Gloria Estefan.
Brand New Cherry Flavor: A big, wild horror miniseries about a filmmaker in the 1990s who tries to make a movie and ends up tumbling down “a hallucinatory rabbit hole of sex, magic, revenge — and kittens.” It stars Rosa Salazar, Eric Lange, and Catherine Keener.
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf: While we wait for The Witcher’s proper return in live action, this animated prequel should keep us plenty entertained. The plot finds Vesermir escaping from poverty to become a witcher, starting a new life to slay monsters for coin and glory.
Catch Me If You Can
Deep Blue Sea
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia
Team America: World Police
Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified
The Old Ways
Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 2
Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild
Brand New Cherry Flavor
Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 5: South Pacific
Valeria: Season 2
The Loud House Movie
The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf
Marvel’s What If…?: The next big Marvel project on Disney+ is animated, but fresh off Loki, this looks to be our first deep dive into the multiverse. The show is what it sounds like, the scripted equivalent of the popular “What If?” comic concept, with one-off stories about alternate reality versions of heroes and stories.
Star Wars: The Bad Batch Finale: The revival of the beloved Star Wars animated series wraps up its run this month, carving the latest chapter in the extended Star Wars universe that will be rolling out for years to come on streaming.
Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian: The popular behind the scenes series takes a fresh look back at the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian, which included one heck of a major cameo surprise. Wanna see how it came together? This should do the trick.
Short Circuit Season 2 Premiere
Marvel Studios Legends
Monsters At Work: Episode 6
Turner & Hooch: Episode 3
Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life: Episode 2
Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Episode 15
The Mysterious Benedict Society: Episode 8 (Finale)
Killer Shark Vs. Killer Whale
What If…?: Episode 1
Monsters At Work: Episode 7
Turner & Hooch: Episode 4
Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life: Episode 3
Star Wars: The Bad Batch: Episode 16 (Finale)
What If…?: Episode 2
Monsters At Work: Episode 8
Turner & Hooch: Episode 5
Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life: Episode 4
What If…?: Episode 3
Monsters At Work: Episode 9
Turner & Hooch: Episode 6
Chip 'n' Dale: Park Life: Episode 5
Disney Gallery: Star Wars: The Mandalorian
The Suicide Squad: The wait is finally over. James Gunn’s big ol’ experiment in the DC Comics sandbox finally arrives as part of the dual streaming/theatrical rollout from Warner Bros. Though this will be streaming, it might be worth it to see this team of anti-heroes save the world on the big screen.
Titans (Season 3 Premiere): The cult hit DC Comics series that started life on the now-defunct DC Universe streaming service has jumped to HBO Max, and the third season will mark the first on the larger service. This season looks to dig deeper than ever into the Batman mythos, and could definitely make for a great binge catch-up for fans that haven’t caught the show yet.
Reminiscence: Another dual streaming/theatrical rollout, this looks to be one of the most interesting original sci-fi films of the year, with one heck of a pedigree behind and in front of the camera. The film stars Hugh Jackman as a detective of the mind, living in a near-future where global warming has put the city of Miami largely underwater. It also marks Westworld alum Lisa Joy’s big screen directorial debut, so you know it’ll have plenty of Westworld-y twists.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl
Horror of Dracula
Last Action Hero, 1993
The Man in the Iron Mask
Red Riding Hood
Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets A Puppy (Max Original Special Premiere)
The Suicide Squad
Titans (Max Original Season 3 Premiere)
Jurassic Park III
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Godzilla vs. Kong
Looney Tunes Cartoons Back to School Special, Max Original Special Premiere
The Final Girls: This 2015 slasher comedy is a fantastic send-up of the horror genre, starring Taissa Farmiga and Malin Åkerman. It’s a reality bending tale of family, love and — yeah — slashers. If you missed it the first time around, or simply want a great horror flick, they don’t get much better than this.
Archer: Season 12 Premiere (FXX): Danger zone! The animated spy-fi series Archer returns with a new season, after sending up everything from Indiana Jones, Alien, and James Bond over the past decade or so. The show remains as fun as ever, all these years later.
30 Days Of Night (2007)
Attack The Block (2011)
Black Swan (2009)
Blood On Satan’s Claw (1970)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
The Final Girls (2015)
The Grudge (2004)
Gulliver’s Travels (2009)
I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)
King Arthur (2004)
Mad Max (1980)
Shark Tale (2002)
The Vatican Tapes (2015)
Madagascar: A Little Wild: Complete Season 4 (Hulu Original)
Fantasy Island: Series Premiere (Fox)
Nine Perfect Strangers: Series Premiere (Hulu Original)
American Horror Story: Season 10 Premiere (FX)
Archer: Season 12 Premiere (FXX)
Chaos Walking (2020)
Departure Season 2: The drama thriller, about a plane that mysteriously disappears, returns for a second season this month. The first season is already streaming on Peacock.
A Nightmare on Elm Street (Franchise): Looking for a little horror to hide from the heat this summer? Peacock will have plenty to haunt your dreams. Six films in the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise will be hitting the service, including fan favorite A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.
John Wick Trilogy: A fourth John Wick film is in the works, but if you want to catch up on all the puppy-avenging action, the original trilogy is hitting Peacock. See where it all began, and catch up on all the slick kills.
Bad Boys II
Cowboys & Aliens
Crank 2 High Voltage
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Haunted Hospital: Heilstatten
Land of the Lost
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
A Nightmare on Elm Street
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Rise of the Legend
Train to Busan
Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Departure Season 2 (Peacock Exclusive)
Madagascar A Little Wild, Season 4
John Wick: Chapter 2
John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
American Ninja Warrior Junior, Season 1-2
Star Trek: Lower Decks (Season 2 Premiere): One of the best animated shows out there returns for Season 2, picking up with the wacky cast of space explorers as they head off on some of the weirdest, funniest, and wildest adventures you’ll find at any Warp Speed.
Rugrats (New Episodes): The CGI revival of the beloved Nickelodeon series returns with new episodes, so be on the look out for Tommy and the gang to find some fresh trouble.
Evil (Season 2 Return): The hit CBS horror series moved to Paramount Plus for its second season, and after a brief break, it’s back with new episodes. The show finds a small team investigating religious mysteries and horrors, and is legit one of the best shows you might not be watching.
Addams Family Values
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Transformers: Dark Of The Moon
Blaze and the Monster Machines (Seasons 3-4)
SpongeBob SquarePants (Season 12, Episode 1)
PAW Patrol (Season 6)
Star Trek: Lower Decks - Season 2 Premiere
Disasters at Sea (Season 3)
Paw Patrol: The Movie (Premiere)
Rugrats (Paramount+ Original): New Episodes
Love and Monsters
Evil: Season 2 Return
APPLE TV PLUS
The big drop this season on Apple TV+ is the second season of Jason Momoa’s sci-fi series SEE, which debuts on August 27. Though that’s the only big premiere, the streamer also has some excellent library content originals like For All Mankind, Servant, Amazing Stories, Mythic Quest, and The Snoopy Show. Looking to later in the year, Apple is also prepping high-brow genre shows Foundation and Invasion.
Attack The Block
Die Hard 2: Die Harder
Escape From Alcatraz
Jaws: The Revenge
The Legend Of Zorro
Be Cool, Scooby Doo: Season 1
S.O.Z. Soldiers or Zombies (English subtitles only) – Amazon Original Series: Season 1
EVANGELION:3.0+1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME – Amazon Exclusive (2021)
Pete the Cat Back to School Operetta – Amazon Original Special
The Dead Pit
A Field in England
Dave Made a Maze
Nothing Bad Can Happen