Binge Guide

5 TV Shows You Should Binge-Watch This August

by | August 5, 2016 | Comments

We’re nearing the end of summer blockbuster season, which means pretty soon you’re going to be looking for more quality entertainment at home. Thankfully, there are still a number of shows coming back or premiering in August that you can look forward to, and we’ve got the primer on five them that are worth catching up on. Read on for the full list.


Fear the Walking Dead 75%

What it is: A prequel to the AMC hit The Walking Dead, Fear the Walking Dead begins in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie outbreak as the government employs survival tactics that fuel the apocalyptic fire.

Why you should watch it: Even though fans know what’s coming, somehow the prequel is even scarier than The Walking Dead. All of the shortcomings of the human race — fear, abuse of power, false trust — become factors in the death of society, as one already-dysfunctional family must stick together to survive. It’s not just zombies they must battle, though, but also the failing system that was designed to protect them. After a brief hiatus, season two is set to return for its second half on Sunday, August 21, which gives you plenty of time to catch up.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, HuluiTunes, Playstation VideoVudu

Commitment: 10 hours


Halt and Catch Fire 90%

What it is: This period drama from AMC chronicles the wild and woolly early days of the personal computer revolution, centering on a fictional electronics company and a small core group of visionaries, programmers, and engineers attempting to build a revolutionary PC.

Why you should watch it: Aside from its pitch perfect period aesthetic, the series makes the most of its high caliber talent in Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, and Mackenzie Davis, who turned a lot of heads with her performance as the unpredictable, headstrong programmer Cameron Howe. Plus, while it does succeed in making the nitty gritty of the early tech wars compelling, the show also doubles down on its character drama, and it’s hard to look away. Season three premieres on AMC on August 23, so boot up and get watching.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google PlayiTunes, Microsoft, NetflixVudu

Commitment: About 15 hours


The Strain 79%

What it is: Four survivors of a mysterious plane crash in New York develop an appetite for blood, setting off a vampiric epidemic whose roots stretch back to Nazi Germany.

Why you should watch it: Darker than The Vampire Diaries and less tongue-in-cheek than True Blood, The Strain comes from the mind of Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak), who serves as executive producer and whose co-written novel series of the same name inspired the show. In other words, it’s a top-notch horror fest with plenty of mesmerizing gore and disgusting villains, and with it returning for its third season on August 28, it’s a good time to get caught up.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, HuluiTunes, MicrosoftPlaystation VideoVudu

Commitment: About 22 hours


The Get Down 81%

What it is: Set in the late 1970s, this Netflix original series centers on a group of ambitious, talented teens living in the Bronx trying to navigate life and take hold of their destinies amid the birth of hip hop.

Why you should watch it: Though the cast of youngsters is comprised largely of fledgling actors, it’s rounded out by solid vets like Jimmy Smits and Giancarlo Esposito. Behind the scenes, though, the powerhouse executive producing team of Nas and Baz (Luhrmann) ensures that the music will be on point, which is absolutely crucial for a series like this. If you’re a fan of period drama with a heavy musical element or someone interested in the early days of hip hop, this is definitely worth checking out when Netflix drops the first six episodes of the first season on August 15.

Where to watch: Netflix (on 8/15)

Commitment: About 12 hours


You're the Worst 95%

What it is: After meeting at a mutual friend’s wedding, narcissistic writer Jimmy (Chris Geere) and cynical PR exec Gretchen (Aya Cash) attempt to forge a lasting relationship.

Why you should watch it: While the first season was the pitch black romantic comedy we always wanted, featuring the kind of twenty-something Los Angelenos the rest of the country loves to hate, the second season goes even deeper. Jimmy and Gretchen’s relationship is put to the test and the supporting cast also has a stellar season. Although You’re the Worst deals with heavy stuff, it does so with a light and raunchy touch, perfectly balancing raw emotions with belly laughs. Season three premieres on August 31, which leaves you the whole month binge it.

Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, HuluiTunes, Microsoft, Playstation Video, and Vudu

Commitment: 11 hours

Tag Cloud

Musical transformers sequel supernatural feel good indie Black History Month unscripted Funimation politics rt archives toronto Fargo Syfy Podcast dc RT History President high school PBS indiana jones Opinion archives BET Awards nbcuniversal strong female leads Superheroes razzies breaking bad nfl binge period drama Epix Spike festivals television cancelled TV series finale SDCC The CW 007 Action BBC One game of thrones blockbusters Showtime History critics Acorn TV cinemax Nickelodeon teaser anthology Oscar Red Carpet National Geographic FX on Hulu TV movies suspense FOX lord of the rings renewed TV shows summer TV asian-american Film Grammys Best Director IMDb TV Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Ellie Kemper Paramount Rock Star Trek SundanceTV Superheroe Apple GIFs romantic comedy mob spain NBA Holidays Vudu children's TV 20th Century Fox superman spy thriller Alien Creative Arts Emmys 99% all-time thriller sag awards BBC dark Song of Ice and Fire Christmas Image Comics Holiday Hollywood Foreign Press Association Lionsgate Academy Awards blaxploitation Apple TV Plus Cannes Paramount Plus slasher See It Skip It Instagram Live rotten movies we love halloween Masterpiece zombies South by Southwest Film Festival CMT science fiction MGM Music crime drama Sci-Fi best fast and furious A&E leaderboard superhero TruTV Trivia sitcom Summer Kids & Family DirecTV social media worst Amazon Studios 90s spider-verse Star Wars Shudder elevated horror USA movie DC Universe obituary romance new star wars movies BAFTA Mary poppins Certified Fresh Pacific Islander Photos Mudbound OWN Sundance TV Paramount Network dreamworks Marvel chucky dexter rt labs critics edition Apple TV+ New York Comic Con CBS technology ABC Family Exclusive Video ViacomCBS Pride Month TCA Awards Crackle natural history documentaries Marathons 24 frames GoT USA Network 4/20 free movies First Reviews quibi gangster Super Bowl tv talk YouTube Red ABC international adenture Election cancelled game show book TBS what to watch king kong VH1 Sundance Now Infographic X-Men Awards Tour Lucasfilm Esquire justice league boxing basketball parents Wes Anderson football adaptation biography satire french TCA Legendary Animation DC Comics prank 2021 italian Emmys Nat Geo werewolf FX The Purge classics ITV ID Avengers aapi SXSW 2022 OneApp trophy Stephen King batman HBO scary 2020 2015 true crime GLAAD directors Chernobyl Polls and Games TV One ABC Signature child's play CNN Valentine's Day ratings genre slashers Fantasy Comedy Central Disney Plus franchise diversity First Look Family comic books blockbuster Black Mirror Travel Channel spinoff Best Picture Amazon Netflix Christmas movies HBO Max vs. know your critic Teen south america Binge Guide Best and Worst Tarantino Adult Swim American Society of Cinematographers revenge APB foreign Premiere Dates Fall TV popular Tomatazos a nightmare on elm street latino mockumentary kids news venice Toys new york stop motion Peacock Dark Horse Comics sports Lifetime Christmas movies 94th Oscars FXX cops harry potter PaleyFest nature robots WGN The Walt Disney Company Drama monster movies anime kong CW Seed obi wan Pop TV heist movie scorecard Cartoon Network disaster TV Land 2017 boxoffice Best Actor Paramount Pictures Comedy San Diego Comic-Con Universal versus toy story E! casting psychological thriller scene in color YA Countdown independent 45 travel debate Tumblr Focus Features TLC Trailer animated Television Academy Columbia Pictures marvel comics Baby Yoda RT21 marvel cinematic universe Spring TV dceu art house TCM TNT Film Festival 79th Golden Globes Awards VICE Heroines Sundance Universal Pictures cars rotten streaming movies DC streaming service LGBT crime thriller Women's History Month name the review Disney Tags: Comedy TIFF laika singing competition stand-up comedy Netflix comiccon cartoon Quiz Interview sequels Turner Awards The Arrangement cancelled TV shows Amazon Prime SXSW A24 WarnerMedia films BBC America criterion emmy awards TV renewals golden globes Best Actress Logo Rocketman Pop 21st Century Fox series Hallmark book adaptation Horror MTV Rocky Mystery DGA women BET king arthur comics reviews richard e. Grant cats IFC Starz comic mcc festival telelvision streamig Mary Poppins Returns sopranos target Marvel Studios Reality rom-coms black vampires Britbox historical drama video halloween tv doctor who Fox News award winner trailers Turner Classic Movies hispanic heritage month adventure Country worst movies Rom-Com comic book movie police drama kaiju Schedule Marvel Television Food Network zombie dogs summer TV preview Bravo 2018 live action jurassic park Crunchyroll Sony Pictures El Rey ghosts Disney streaming service 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Box Office Amazon Prime Video AMC universal monsters Nominations Brie Larson NBC golden globe awards reboot biopic Writers Guild of America action-comedy war scary movies Walt Disney Pictures Reality Competition Hallmark Christmas movies hispanic Spectrum Originals Extras remakes LGBTQ Hulu TV dramedy ESPN docudrama 2016 hidden camera black comedy summer preview young adult japanese Mary Tyler Moore YouTube Pixar Calendar NYCC mutant crime pirates of the caribbean wonder woman canceled spider-man cooking Trophy Talk spanish Warner Bros. Winners movies green book Musicals Hear Us Out Watching Series composers die hard 93rd Oscars 2019 streaming mission: impossible serial killer Cosplay Discovery Channel Oscars Year in Review Pirates comic book movies Shondaland 72 Emmy Awards MCU stoner critic resources Tokyo Olympics MSNBC Television Critics Association Neflix 73rd Emmy Awards comedies based on movie Emmy Nominations Broadway Disney+ Disney Plus jamie lee curtis christmas movies docuseries joker video on demand facebook Disney Channel Lifetime political drama theme song Tubi Western legend Ghostbusters witnail saw Mindy Kaling Prime Video new zealand japan The Academy hist E3 Comics on TV TCA 2017 miniseries Fox Searchlight HBO Go concert AMC Plus documentary godzilla dragons Biopics Video Games CBS All Access james bond Captain marvel Freeform Sneak Peek twilight talk show broadcast Winter TV medical drama Endgame Chilling Adventures of Sabrina olympics zero dark thirty 1990s Comic Book psycho Anna Paquin discovery screenings hollywood spanish language PlayStation Arrowverse cancelled television Martial Arts TCA Winter 2020 Pet Sematary Elton John posters fresh cults Comic-Con@Home 2021 live event HFPA aliens royal family Thanksgiving crossover The Witch 71st Emmy Awards australia Character Guide Ovation The Walking Dead YouTube Premium space Classic Film rt labs VOD screen actors guild canceled TV shows IFC Films deadpool Set visit