Still from Netflix's Kissing Booth 3

A new day dawns on a grateful world, positively dripping with fresh opportunities. Even better, August of 2021 is waiting just around the corner, pure and full of potential, like driven snow if it was good at math and also a month. August brings with it so many good things. Crisp fall days are on their way, harkening the changing of the leaves as life’s beautiful cycle continues its symphonic dance across the eons. Children bustle off to school, exploring untold ideas and slowly cementing themselves as the people they will eventually be. August 4 marks National Coast Guard Day in the United States, at long last offering a modicum of celebration to America’s first line of defense against Godzilla attacks.

And of course, with a new month comes the promise of new Netflix offerings. From comedies to dramas to more documentaries about drug empires than you were probably expecting, here’s everything that Netflix has coming and going in August of 2021.

Netflix has a pile of original movies coming in August

Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf still

As with any month, this August sees the introduction of a smorgasbord of Netflix original movies. Not one, but two separate beloved franchises get the original anime treatment this time around — the "Monster Hunter" universe goes CGI with "Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild," a brand new adventure directed by Steve Yamamoto. Then, on August 23, that Witcher that people keep mercilessly tossing coins at gets the prequel treatment with "The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf."

In the mood for a French horror film about locusts with a taste for blood? We’ve all been there, and Netflix is set to scratch that itch with "The Swarm" on August 6. For marginally less bug-heavy fare, look no further than "The Kissing Booth 3," premiering August 11, which features next to no flesh-consuming insects, if the trailer is to be believed. Want to watch Rachel Leigh Cook continue the vicious cycle of young people giving each other expensive makeovers as a socially labyrinthine form of bullying? You’ll have a little while to wait, but "He’s All That," the modern reimagining of the ’90s teen classic "She’s All That," drops on August 27.

August 6

The Swarm

Vivo

August 11

The Kissing Booth 3

August 12

Monster Hunter: Legends of the Guild

August 13

Beckett

August 18

Out of My League

The Secret Diary of an Exchange Student

August 20

The Loud House Movie

Sweet Girl

August 23

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf

August 27

He’s All That

Plenty of old favorites come to Netflix in August

Beethoven

The feature-length party doesn’t stop with Netflix originals. August also gives viewers a chance to enjoy a generous peppering of classic favorites from back when you still had to endure a polite conversation with a Blockbuster employee if you wanted to watch a movie.

It seems like a lifetime ago, but there was a time when "too many women want to kiss Dane Cook" was practically a genre all its own. You can revisit this magical age with "Good Luck Chuck," coming to Netflix on August 1.

It won’t be alone when it does arrive. The adventures of Beethoven, a dog who is altogether too much, hit the streaming service on the same day with "Beethoven" and "Beethoven’s 2nd." For even more trips down the memory lane of the ’90s, look no further than "My Girl" and "My Girl 2," at least one of which will change most viewers’ minds about "saving the bees." And if acclaimed superhero actors losing a frightening amount of weight in the mid-2000s is your bailiwick, August has a double feature waiting for you on the first of the month with "Seabiscuit" and "The Machinist."

August 1

Beethoven

Beethoven’s 2nd

Beowulf

Catch Me If You Can

Darwin’s Game

Deep Blue Sea

The Edge of Seventeen

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Five Feet Apart

Good Luck Chuck

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia

Inception

The Lincoln Lawyer

The Losers

The Machinist

Magnolia

Major Payne

My Girl

My Girl 2

The Net

Pineapple Express

Poms

Seabiscuit

Space Cowboys

Team America: World Police

August 4

Aftermath

August 8

Quartet

August 11

La diosa del asfalto

August 16

Walk of Shame

August 19

Like Crazy

August 25

The November Man

The Old Ways

Really Love

The River Runner

The Water Man

Netflix’s original TV shows are multitudinous this month

Fast & Furious: Spy Racers

The shores of pop culture willcontinue to be misted by a coursing stream of Netflix Original television series in August. Bucketloads of returning favorites make a return trip to the streaming service — "Fast & Furious Spy Racers" is back for a fifth season on August 13, the same day that "Valeria" kicks off its sophomore run. "Car Masters: Rust to Riches" is back August 4 for a third go-round, alongside a second season of teen drama "Control Z."

There’s plenty of new shows to go around, too. Anyone who ever looked at Paris Hilton and wondered what it would be like to cook with her will be delighted to learn that "Cooking With Paris" drops on August 4. In the mood for a dark thriller? Netflix has you covered with "Hit & Run," the story of a man trying to untangle his wife’s death, and "The Kingdom," a moody Argentinian series following the ins and outs of a shady televangelist on his way to presidential power.

August 3

Top Secret UFO Projects: Declassified

August 4

Control Z: Season 2

Car Masters: Rust to Riches: Season 3

Cooking With Paris

August 6

Hit & Run

Navarasa

August 9

SHAMAN KING

August 10

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 2

August 11

Bake Squad

August 12

AlRawabi School for Girls

August 13

Brand New Cherry Flavor

Fast & Furious Spy Racers: Season 5: South Pacific

Gone for Good

The Kingdom

Valeria: Season 2

August 17

Go! Go! Cory Carson: Season 5

August 18

The Defeated

August 20

The Chair

Everything Will Be Fine

August 24

Oggy Oggy

August 25

Clickbait

Motel Makeover

Open Your Eyes

Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes

August 25

EDENS ZERO

Family Reunion: Part 4

August 27

I Heart Arlo

Titletown High

August 28

Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha

August 31

Sparking Joy

30 Rock, Friday Night Lights, and more old favorite TV shows hit Netflix in August

Liz Lemon from 30 Rock

It could very well be that you’re looking for a familiar television series to reacquaint yourself with as summer draws to a close, or to find a bingeable show with a backlog of episodes to stare at unblinkingly for between eight and 14 hours at a go. For the discerning marathon viewer, might we suggest "30 Rock," which makes its its triumphant return to Netflix on August 1 after a long and heartbreaking absence. Kick back and enjoy over 130 episodes of the program that helped solidify Tina Fey’s mark on show business, and which was once described by CNN as the "biggest ethics violator on TV."

If you prefer to keep your eyes clear, your heart full, and your lose can’t, you can enjoy five seasons of "Friday Night Lights" on Netflix starting at the beginning of the month. For younger crowds, or older crowds who like "Mother Goose Club" and "Winx Club," there’s "Mother Goose Club" and "Winx Club," streaming seasons three through four and six, respectively.

August 1

30 Rock: Seasons 1-7

Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1-5

Hunter X Hunter (2011): Seasons 5-6

August 15

Mother Goose Club: Seasons 3-4

Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai: Season 1

Winx Club: Season 6

August 25

Rainbow High: Part 2

Tayo the Little Bus: Season 4

August 28

Bread Barbershop: Season 2

Netflix has lots of documentaries and comedy specials arriving in August

Steve harvey in The Original Kings of Comedy

The streaming television renaissance has ushered in a new world of documentaries for the edification of the viewing public. Netflix’s August release schedule sees wads of heavy fare, tackled by outstanding filmmakers.

On August 3, "Pray Away" debuts on the service, exploring the experiences of individuals pushed towards "conversion therapy." That same day, the true backstory of the indie flick "How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast)" comes to Netflix with "Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord." Continuing in a similar vein, "Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami," drops on August 4, and promises to tell the tale of two of Florida’s most ambitious drug kingpins.

Then again, like the old saying goes, "a laugh’s as good as a criminal empire." Netflix is also bringing the funny with a few comedy specials in August. Classic stand-up concert flick "The Original Kings of Comedy" is available to watch on the first of the month, and fresh Netflix original specials "Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang" and "Lokillo: Nothing’s the Same" drop August 10 and 12, respectively.

August 1

The Original Kings of Comedy

August 3

Pray Away

Shiny_Flakes: The Teenage Drug Lord

August 4

American Masters: Inventing David Geffen

Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami

August 10

Phil Wang: Philly Philly Wang Wang

UNTOLD: Malice at the Palace

August 11

Misha and the Wolves

August 12

Lokillo: Nothing’s the Same

August 17

UNTOLD: Deal with the Devil

August 18

Memories of a Murderer: The Nilsen Tapes

August 24

UNTOLD: Caitlyn Jenner

August 25

Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betrayal & Greed

John of God: The Crimes of a Spiritual Healer

August 31

UNTOLD: Crime and Penalties

Say goodbye to these movies and shows leaving Netflix in August

Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler

Netflix giveth, but Netflix must necessarily also taketh away. A moment of silence for the movies and shows leaving the streaming service in August.

On August 1, "American Assassin" falls into the line of fire. On August 7, "The Promise" must be broken. "Safety Not Guaranteed" is guaranteed to not, you know, be on Netflix anymore. Safely.

Fans of watching Jake Gyllenhaal taking photos of things that he shouldn’t take photos of will simply have to make due with looking out their windows to see him pointing a camera at them from the bushes after August 9, when "Nightcrawler" leaves Netflix. "The Angry Birds Movie 2?" Better enjoy it while you can, friends, because it’s gone after August 26. "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace" exit August 30. Then, the next day, the real culling begins, with more than two dozen movies going dark. No more "Hot Rod." "The Departed" will live up to its name. "Love Actually" won’t be all around us anymore. Pour one out for those we’re about to lose — or, if you prefer to be more proactive, watch them before they leave Netflix in August.

Leaving August 1

American Assassin

Leaving August 4

#cats_the_mewvie

Leaving August 7

The Promise

Leaving August 9

El Cartel: Seasons 1-2

Nightcrawler

Leaving August 12

Safety Not Guaranteed

Scary Movie 5

Leaving August 14

Mother Goose Club: Seasons 1-2

Leaving August 15

Jericho: Seasons 1-2

Wish I Was Here

Leaving August 20

Kill the Irishman

Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom

The Founder

Leaving August 22

1BR

Leaving August 26

The Angry Birds Movie 2

Leaving August 27

A Princess for Christmas

Leaving August 29

Strange but True

Leaving August 30

Casino Royale

The Eichmann Show

Full Out

Quantum of Solace

Stranger than Fiction

Leaving August 31

Adrift

Angel Eyes

The Big Lebowski

Chinatown

The Departed

Election

The Girl Next Door

Hey Arnold! The Movie

Hot Rod

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Love Actually

Love Happens

The Manchurian Candidate

Monsters vs. Aliens

The Muppets

Muppets Most Wanted

Nacho Libre

Moon Kingdom

Pootie Tang

The Prince & Me

Resident Evil: Afterlife

Resident Evil: Extinction

The Ring

Road to Perdition

The Social Network

Superbad

The Time Traveler’s Wife