Netflix has more great programming than anyone could possibly consume in their lifetime, and in these days of self-quarantining and social distancing, we need it more than ever. So how do you know where to start? Here's TODAY's special list of August recommendations you won't want to miss — from new releases to classics. Plus, keep scrolling to find other options from previous months. Time to settle into your sofa and start bingeing!
"¡Nailed It! México" (Season 2)
¡Qué susto! The worst, funniest baking creations are back for another season, but with a Mexican twist you won't want to miss. (Aug. 6)
Small animals embark on big adventures in this dramatic nature series that explores their hidden worlds and presents epic survival stories. (Aug. 7)
"Game On: A Comedy Crossover Event"
Ever wanted to see Eva Longoria in a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader outfit? This four-episode limited event series will give you that shot, as actors from "Mr. Iglesias," "Family Reunion," "The Big Show Show," and "Ashley Garcia: Genius in Love" all compete as guest stars on one another's shows for laughs and games. (Aug. 10)
"Rob Schneider: Asian Momma, Mexican Kids"
The former "Saturday Night Live" performer stars in his first Netflix comedy special, where he talks about his family and personal life. There's even a special appearance from his daughter, musician Elle King. (Aug. 11)
"3%" (season four)
This Brazilian dystopian series has "Hunger Games" in its veins: Only select individuals who complete a rigorous, potentially deadly series of tasks are permitted to live in prosperity and peace. (Aug. 14)
"Emily's Wonder Lab"
In this live-action series, host Emily Calandrelli makes STEAM fun with science experiments, activities and demonstrations designed to blow your mind. (Aug. 25)
Also add to the queue: "Connected" (Aug. 2); "Immigration Nation" (Aug. 3); "The Rain" (season three) (Aug. 6); "Berlin, Berlin" (Aug. 7); "The Magic School Bus Rides Again: Kids in Space" (Aug. 7); "Fearless" (Aug. 14)
"The Neverending Story" (1984)
OK, the title is a bit of a fib, but this classic tale of a bullied outsider who finds a magical book that transforms him into a very active participant in the telling is charming and delightful. Plus, there's a luckdragon! (Bonus: "The NeverEnding Story 2: The Next Chapter" (1990) is available at the start of the month, too.) (Aug. 1)
"The Addams Family" (1991)
They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky. They're all together ooky: The Addams family. But they're also delightful and funny (plus neat, sweet and petite), so come over and scream along. (Aug. 1)
"Being John Malkovich" (1999)
This brain-twister of a dark comedy involves puppets, crawling into a human being's head, and some of the wackiest concepts ever put to film, thanks to writer Charlie Kaufman. And yeah, John Malkovich is there, too. (Aug. 1)
"Casino Royale" (2006)
Daniel Craig became the first blond Bond-shell as the 007 franchise rebooted, giving us one of its most memorable (if implausible) films. "Quantum of Solace" (2008), "Casino's" follow-up, is also available starting at the end of the month, but we're not sure we can recommend it quite as highly. (Aug. 31)
Also add to the queue: "A Knight's Tale" (2001) (Aug. 1); "Death at a Funeral" (2010) (Aug. 1); "Jurassic Park" (1993) (Aug. 1); "Mad Max" (1979) (Aug. 1); "We Summon the Darkness" (2020) (Aug. 8); "Safety Not Guaranteed" (2012) (Aug 13)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"Bad Boys" and "Bad Boys II" (1995, 2003); "Groundhog Day" (1993); "Tootsie" (1982); "The Karate Kid," "The Karate Kid, Part II," "The Karate Kid, Part III" (1984, 1986, 1989); "United 93" (2006); "Jerry Maguire" (2006)
Robert Stack and Dennis Farina may no longer be hosting (both have passed), but the classic true-crime-reenactment series is back and bolder than ever for Netflix — and this time, the producers of "Stranger Things" are behind it all. (July 1)
"The Baby-Sitters Club"
The plucky young ladies who form the Baby-Sitters Club are ready to learn about life, love and how to change diapers in this new series based on the classic book franchise. It also features Alicia Silverstone as Kristy's mom! (July 3)
"Down to Earth with Zac Efron"
From "High School Musical" star to "Baywatch" to … travel guide? … Zac Efron travels the world with wellness expert Darin Olien to find healthy, sustainable ways to live. (July 10)
"The Old Guard"
Fans of "Atomic Blonde" and "Max Max: Fury Road" will be delighted to find Charlize Theron back in butt-kicking mode as a warrior leading a covert group of tight-knit mercenaries who've been immortal for centuries – who now have to incorporate a new member into the group. (July 10)
This re-imagining of the Arthurian legend tells the tale through the eyes of a young woman named Nimue, who's destined to become the tragic Lady of the Lake. (July 17)
Also add to the queue: "The Twelve" (July 10); "Fatal Affair" (July 16); "MILF" (July 16); "The Last Dance" (July 19); "Street Food: Latin America" (July 21); "Norsemen: Season 3" (July 22)
"A Walk to Remember" (2002)
The coming-of-age romantic drama based on a Nicholas Sparks novel — and starring the delightful Mandy Moore ("This Is Us") — is all set to give you a reason to stay out of the heat and curl up on the couch with your Kleenex. Sparks fans take note: "The Notebook" will also be coming to the service on July 18. (July 1)
A fair amount of this rapid-fire pun-slapstick-sillyfest about a challenged airline pilot who overcomes his drinking problem to save the day and get the girl is not precisely in the politically correct zone, but if you go in prepared, you'll be laughing in no time. Roger? Roger. (July 1)
"Stand and Deliver" (1988)
Jaime Escalante is going to teach those kids advanced math, and nobody can stop him. Based on a real-life story that'll make you want to be in school all over again. (July 1)
Also add to the queue: "Poltergeist" (1982) (July 1); "Mean Streets" (1973) (July 1); "Schindler's List" (1994) (July 1); "The Karate Kid" (Parts 1-3) (1984, 1986, 1989) (July 1); "Total Recall" (1990) (July 1); "Pride & Prejudice" (2005) (July 16)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" (2018) (July 8); "Room" (2016) (July 18); "Inglourious Basterds" (2009) (July 21); "Back to the Future" (Parts 1-3) (1985; 1989; 1990) (July 31); "Sex and the City 2" (2010); "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
"The Show Must Go On: The Queen and Adam Lambert Story"
Years after the death of lead singer Freddie Mercury, "American Idol" winner Adam Lambert helped the rest of the members of Queen take the show on the road again, and they continue to rock the house. This documentary shows how they made it work. (Coming Soon)
"Fuller House: The Farewell Season" (season five, second half)
As the "Full House" reboot begins to wrap things up, the She-Wolf pack is walking down the aisle together for a triple wedding. (June 2)
"13 Reasons Why" (season four)
The last season of the popular series features Liberty High School's senior class preparing for graduation. But our key crew of friends have a dangerous secret still buried, and have to make peace with the past four years of ups and downs. (June 5)
"Hannibal" (seasons one-three)
Get ready for all three tasty seasons as notorious serial killer/culinary expert Hannibal Lecter faces off with his greatest nemesis: Will Graham. Maybe you'll want to pair some of these episodes with a screening of "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991), which will also run on Netflix this month. (June 5)
"Queer Eye" (season five)
The Fab Five are going to Philadelphia to make over their latest subjects, who include a DJ and a dog groomer. (June 5)
"Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" (volume six)
New episodes will drop weekly as the topical comedy show explores cultural and political landscapes worldwide. (June 7)
A documentary look at the lives of four doctors – two brain surgeons, an ER physician and a chief resident OBGYN as they face highs and lows while working at New York City's Lenox Hill hospital. (June 10)
"George Lopez: We'll Do It for Half"
Standup from George Lopez is always a good time, and for this Netflix special he returns to his roots by exploring race, politics and life lessons from the Latino community. (June 30)
Also add to the queue: "Spelling the Dream" (June 3); "The Last Days of American Crime" (June 5); "Curon" (June 10); "Reality Z" (June 10); "Da 5 Bloods" (June 12); "The Woods" (June 12); "Nobody Knows I'm Here" (June 24)
"E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (1982)
The aliens have arrived, and they're kind of sweet! And love Reese's pieces! And do not want to be dissected! Steven Spielberg's heartwarming film stands up, and it's always fun to see Drew Barrymore as a wee little girl. (June 1)
"The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
Make yourself some liver with fava beans and a nice Chianti and enjoy the Oscar-winning suspenseful film that captured everyone's attention. (And then check out the three seasons of "Hannibal," which are also available on Netflix this month. (June 1)
"West Side Story" (1961)
Gang warfare and hopeless romance were never this full of great Broadway tunes! Sing along as the Jets and the Sharks get their rumble on. (June 1)
Also add to the queue: "Starship Troopers" (1997) (June 1); "V for Vendetta" (2005) (June 1); "Lady Bird" (2017) (June 3); "Frost/Nixon" (2009) (June 16)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"The King's Speech" (2010) (June 1); "Mad Men" (seasons one-seven) (June 9); "Avengers: Infinity War" (2018) (June 24); "Cheers" (seasons one-11) (June 30); "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986) (June 30); "Julie & Julia" (2009) (June 30); "Tremors," "Tremors 2: Aftershocks," "Tremors 3: Back to Perfection," "Tremors 4: The Legend Begins"; "Tremors 5: Bloodline" (1990-2015) (June 30)
A new limited series from "Glee" creators Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, this is an alternate universe version of Tinseltown where actors and filmmakers of all races and sexual orientations are finding ways to make it in the post-WWII filmmaking business. (May 1)
"Into the Night"
What happens if the sun stops being a life-giver — and starts killing everything? Passengers on an overnight flight from Brussels must survive by any means necessary. (May 1)
"Jerry Seinfeld: 23 Hours to Kill"
With a new hourlong special, the "Seinfeld" and "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee" star takes to the stage for more observational yuks. (May 5)
"Dead to Me" season two
Jen and Judy now each have a dark secret to hide, which may be tough after a new visitor arrives in town and Detective Perez begins sniffing around. (May 8)
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs. the Reverend"
Kimmy and her friends are heading out on an interactive adventure! (May 12)
"Patton Oswalt: I Love Everything"
Actor and comedian Oswalt shares existential anecdotes about sliding into his 50s, including attending his daughter's second-grade art show, and the costs of being a parent, in this hilarious stand-up special. (May 19)
"Hannah Gadsby: Douglas"
Gadsby's not for everyone, but we can guarantee she's the funniest Tasmanian (as in, from Australia!) most Americans will ever see do dry, personal, hilarious stand-up. (May 26)
Steve Carell stars in this hilarious new comedy about the not-always-competent folks ordered to create Space Force, the newest branch of the U.S. military. (May 29)
Also add to the queue: "Blood & Water" (May 1); "Kenny Sebastian: The Most Interesting Person in the Room" (May 1); "Trial by Media" (May 11); "Magic for Humans: Season 3" (May 15); "Ben Platt Live from Radio City Music Hall" (May 20); "Selling Sunset: Season 2" (May 22)
"Back to the Future" (1985), "Back to the Future Part II" (1989)
Two shots to fix the past (which we may all be wishing we could do right now) starring Michael J. Fox and an amazing DeLorean vehicle. (May 1)
"The Patriot" (2000)
Yeah, it's classic over-the-top Mel Gibson, but whether you enjoy it for Heath Ledger, the semi-accurate historical nature, Jason Isaacs or the scene where a cannonball actually takes somebody's head off (spoiler alert), there's lots to love and hate here. (May 1)
"Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory" (1971), "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (2005)
Time to settle all arguments with battling Willy Wonkas: Gene Wilder ('71) and Johnny Depp ('05) star as the classic chocolatier in these two very different takes on the same Roald Dahl classic. Watch 'em back to back while snacking on your favorite sweets! (May 1)
Also add to the queue: "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective" (1994) (May 1); "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) (May 1); "Uncut Gems" (2019) (May 25); "The Lincoln Lawyer (2011) (May 27)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"The First Wives Club" (1996) (May 19); "What's Eating Gilbert Grape" (1994) (May 19); "My Girl" (1991) (May 31); "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear" (1991) (May 31); "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" (1988) (May 31)
"Nailed It" (season four)
Watch amateurs and total rookies take on pro baking challenges, and laugh along with the rest of us at the not-ready-for-prime-time results. (April 1)
"The Innocence Files"
Focusing on eight cases of wrongful conviction taken on by The Innocence Project, this documentary from Oscar winner Alex Gibney gives us all a peek into the darker side of our legal system. (April 15)
"After Life" (season two)
The dramedy follows Tony (Ricky Gervais), a newspaper writer whose life changes irreparably after his wife's death from cancer. (April 24)
Black market mercenary Tyler (Chris Hemsworth) is hired to rescue the kidnapped son of a crime lord, but this may prove to be a truly impossible mission. (April 24)
"Never Have I Ever"
A coming-of-age comedy series about a first-generation Indian American teenage girl, inspired by "The Mindy Project's" Mindy Kaling and her childhood memories. (April 27)
Also add to the queue: "The Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Show" (April 1); "Coffee & Kareem" (April 3); "The Big Show Show" (April 6); "Love Wedding Repeat" (April 10); "The Main Event" (April 10); "Middleditch & Schwartz" (April 21)
"Lethal Weapon" (1-4) (1987-98)
Mel Gibson and Danny Glover play Detectives Ruggs and Murtagh through four classic action films that virtually defined the genre of "buddy cop" movies. Binge away! (April 1)
"The Matrix," "The Matrix Reloaded," "The Matrix Revolutions" (1999-03)
Red pill or blue pill? Take both, now that all three of the "Matrix" films are coming together to show you why Keanu Reeves really does both save the universe, and ruin it for the rest of us at the same time. (Plus, you'll be all set for the May 2021 release of "The Matrix 4." (April 1)
"The Hangover" (2009)
A bunch of friends in Las Vegas for a bachelor party … and a baby? What could go wrong? Everything, and that's what makes it so hilarious. And warning: It's only here until April 30. (April 1)
"Django Unchained" (2012)
A revenge fantasy that takes on slavery and stars Jaime Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio — and is directed by Quentin Tarantino. (You have been warned about the violence.) (April 25)
Also add to the queue: "Cadillac Records" (2008); "Road to Perdition" (2002); "Taxi Driver" (1976); "The Social Network" (2010); "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" (1967); "The Artist" (2012)
Going, Going ... Gone!
"Police Academy" (1-7) (1984-94); "The Longest Yard" (2005); "National Treasure" (2004); "A Little Princess" (1995); "Rosemary's Baby" (1968); "The Shawshank Redemption" (1994)