The Most Anticipated TV & Streaming Shows of August 2023

The series premieres of Star Wars: Ahsoka and One Piece and the third season of Only Murders in the Building are the titles Rotten Tomatoes social media followers and site users are most looking forward to in August.

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Rosario Dawson and Natasha Liu Bordizzo in Ahsoka

Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Star Wars: Ahsoka (Photo by Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Rotten Tomatoes’ social media followers and poll respondents voted Star Wars: Ahsoka season 1 as the top TV and streaming title they’re looking forward to in August. Only Murders in the Building season 3 came in second, and One Piece season 1 in third place. Heartstopper season 2 landed at fourth, and there was a three-way tie at fifth: The Winter King season 1, the 14th and final season of Archer, and season 2 of Invasion.

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No. 1

86% Star Wars: Ahsoka: Season 1 (2023) (Disney+)

#1 on Facebook, Instagram, X (formerly known as Twitter), YouTube, and Rotten Tomatoes’ poll
Premieres: Wednesday, August 23

Star Wars fans were thrilled when they found out Rosario Dawson would be playing former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano in live-action series The Mandalorian. She later reprised the role in The Book of Boba Fett and now stars as the character in her self-titled series on the streamer. Ahsoka, the former Padawan of pre-Darth Vader Jedi Anakin Skywalker in animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, resurfaced older and wiser in animated follow-up  Star Wars Rebels. The Mandalorian saw Dawson’s rendition of the character meditate with The Child and reveal that its name is “Grogu,” but she refused to train the young one, leaving room for Luke Skywalker to take on the task. She appears again in The Book of Boba Fett at a time when Grogu must make a fateful decision between Jedi and Mandalorian training. In her own series, Ahsoka is expected to continue her search for Grand Admiral Thrawn, a brilliant military strategist who leads the remnants of the Empire and crushes Rebels where he finds them.

How to Watch: by subscription on Disney+

No. 2

96% Only Murders in the Building: Season 3 (2023) (Hulu)

#2 on Facebook, X, and Rotten Tomatoes’ poll #3 on  Instagram, YouTube
Premieres: Tuesday, August 8

Season 3 of the murder-mystery comedy series offers fans a gift: Meryl Streep takes on the role of Broadway’s oldest ingenue and — possibly/of course — a murder suspect. Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez return as true-crime fanatics and podcasters Charles-Haden Savage, Oliver Putnam, and Mabel Mora, respectively. This season, Oliver’s hopes of a Broadway rebirth are dashed when the lead in his play (Paul Rudd) is murdered, leading us to wonder why people have such a hard time staying alive around this trio.

How to Watch: by subscription on Hulu

No. 3

85% One Piece: Season 1 (2023) (Netflix)

#2 on Instagram, YouTube, #3 on Facebook, #5 on X
Premieres: Thursday, August 31

Based on the manga by Eiichiro Oda, the 10-episode series is a high-seas adventure in which Monkey D. Luffy (Iñaki Godoy) sets out to find a fabled treasure that will make him king of the pirates. The series also stars Mackenyu as Roronoa Zoro, Emily Rudd as Nami, Jacob Romero as Usopp, and Taz Skylar as Sanji, Matt Owens and Steven Maeda
are writers, executive producers, and showrunners.

How to Watch: by subscription on Netflix

No. 4

96% Heartstopper: Season 2 (2023) (Netflix)

#3 on X, #4 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll, #5 on YouTube (tied with Archer and Solar Opposites)
Thursday, August 3

An inclusive romance series set in secondary school, Heartstopper boasts a perfect 100% Certified Fresh season 1. The new season finds Nick (Kit Connor) and Charlie (Joe Locke) navigating their new relationship.

How to Watch: by subscription on Netflix

No. 5 (3-way tie)

100% Archer: Season 14 (2023) (FX)
Archer season 14 key art

Archer season 14 poster (Photo by FX)

#4 on Facebook, #5 on YouTube (tied with Heartstopper and Solar Opposites)
Premieres: Wednesday, August 30

This season in the half-hour animated espionage comedy, Lana (voiced by Aisha Tyler) is at the helm as Sterling Archer (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin) and The Agency find their own way. Lana’s goal is to make money while also making the world a better place, but she quickly finds out running a spy agency isn’t so cut and dry.

How to Watch: FXX | stream the next day on Hulu

64% Invasion: Season 2 (2023) (Apple TV+)

#5 on Facebook, #4 on YouTube
Premieres: Wednesday, August 23

The science fiction drama series from Simon Kinberg and David Weil follows an alien invasion through different perspectives around the world. Set across multiple continents, Invasion season 2 picks up just months later with the aliens escalating their attacks in an all-out war against the humans. Aliens and destruction abound as scientists, military, and a loose global government relentlessly pursue answers and continue the fight for the world’s survival. The new season stars Golshifteh Farahani, Shioli Kutsuna, Shamier Anderson, India Brown, Billy Barratt, Azhy Robertson, Paddy Holland, and Tara Moayedi. Season 2 new series regulars include Enver Gjokaj, Nedra Marie Taylor, and Naian González Norvind.

How to Watch: by subscription on Apple TV+

74% The Winter King: Season 1 (2023) (MGM+)

#3 on Rotten Tomatoes’ poll
Premieres: Sunday, August 20

A revisionist take on well-loved Arthurian legends, the series is based on Bernard Cornwell’s Warlord Chronicles series of novels. The Winter King is set in the fifth century before Britain’s unification in a brutal land of warring factions and tribes. The series follows Arthur Pendragon (Iain De Caestecker) as he evolves from outcast to legendary warrior and leader. The series also stars Eddie Marsan as High King Uther, Ellie James as Nimue, Nathaniel Martello-White as Merlin, Stuart Campbell as Derfel, Daniel Ings as Owain, Valene Kane as Morgan, Jordan Alexandra as Guinevere, and Simon Merrells as Gundleus.

How to Watch: by subscription on MGM+

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