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Ten Shows We Can't Wait to Watch in August 2022

She-Hulk and House of the Dragon are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • We may be headed into the dog days of summer, but you'd never know it from the stellar roster of shows coming to TV this August. In a normal month, we're lucky if we get a new single series from the Marvel or Game of Thrones universes. This month we get two.

    And as they say on TV, that's not all. Also coming this month is a new miniseries from the creators of The Americans, an unauthorized Mike Tyson docudrama from the team behind I, Tonya, and a real-life Ted Lasso with some real Hollywood star power. Here are the ten shows Primetimer's editorial staff can't wait to watch on TV this August:

    Reservation Dogs Season 2 (FX)

    Premieres August 3rd

    We've previewed this season's first four episodes, and are happy to report that last fall's breakout comedy has upped the ante with a sophomore outing that's funnier and sadder than ever — usually all at once. Bonus: Wes Studi is set to make regular appearances as Bucky, an elder with a complicated history of stealing cars and stealing girlfriends. — Mark Blankenship

    Five Days at Memorial (Apple TV+)

    Premieres August 12th

    Of all the heartbreaking stories to be told after Hurricane Katrina decimated New Orleans in 2005, this is among the most disturbing: Faced with no power and no rescue in sight, the staff at one local hospital wound up having to decide which of their 244 patients would live or die.

    Based on investigative journalist Sheri Fink's acclaimed book, Five Days at Memorial stars Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air, The Conjuring) and Cherry Jones (24, Succession), but we're most eager to see it because of who’s producing: Carlton Cuse and John Ridley. Cuse may be better known because of Lost, but this story is right in Ridley’s wheelhouse, and its themes of race and class give off strong vibes of a fourth season of Ridley’s excellent overlooked drama, American Crime. Aaron Barnhart

    A League of Their Own (Prime Video)

    Premieres August 12th

    The 1992 movie about the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League becomes a TV series, this time with a cast that represents the true diversity of the AAGPBL, which welcomed Black and queer players in real life. Nick Offerman plays the coach of the Rockford Peaches in this eight-episode series, which like the film is set in World War II. — Aaron Barnhart

    Never Have I Ever Season 3 (Netflix)

    Premieres August 12th

    Maitreyi Ramakrishnan in Never Have I Ever (Photo: Netflix)

    In its third season, Never Have I Ever continues to follow the story of Indian American teenager Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she deals with the pressures of high school, boy drama, and any number of troubles at home. Season 2 saw Devi finally make peace with her strict mother, who agrees not to move the family to India. While Netflix is keeping details about Season 3 under wraps, fans can rest assured that the drama in Devi's life is never-ending. — Deena ElGenaidi

    She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (Disney+)

    Premieres August 17th

    Disney+'s latest Marvel series stars Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black) as Jennifer Walters, a single thirtysomething attorney specializing in superhuman legal cases. At the same time, she's also a 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk.

    The trailer features Maslany as she navigates single life while also trying to save the world. A few Marvel alums make an appearance, too, including Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination, and Benedict Wong as Wong. Other stars include Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. — Deena ElGenaidi

    Bad Sisters (Apple TV+)

    Premieres August 19th

    Catastrophe co-creator Sharon Horgan continues to mine family drama for laughs in this a darkly comedic thriller about sisters bound together by the premature death of their parents. The comedy stars Horgan, alongside Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette), Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn), Sarah Greene (Frank of Ireland), and Eve Hewson (Behind Her Eyes) as the Garvey sisters.

    Expect to see Horgan's unique comedic sensibility onscreen as the Garvey sisters navigate grief and find their lives complicated by their promise to always protect one another. — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    House of the Dragon (HBO)

    Premieres August 21st

    HBO's Game of Thrones prequel series arrives a little over three years since the original show ended in a shower of mixed reviews. That finale, which capped a saga in which the notion of a Targaryen queen to rule Westeros was seen as a likely outcome, ended with a dumb boy on the throne. House of the Dragon looks to be setting up a similar "can a girl really rule the Seven Kingdoms" plot.

    As the title implies, HoD is chock full of Targaryen dynastic conflict, with Paddy Considine playing King Viserys Targaryen, Matt Smith as his brother and presumptive heir apparent, and Emma D'Arcy as Viserys's daughter Rhaenyra, who would be the rightful queen if not for all that medieval sexism.

    This one's going to be a big deal, and HBO is placing a lot of its chips on its success, so best to have a Wikipedia tab open while you watch just to keep all the names straight. — Joe Reid

    Welcome to Wrexham (FX)

    Premieres August 24th

    Stop us if you've heard this one before: A couple of Americans who know next to nothing about soccer take over a failing English football club. Unlike the fictional adventures of AFC Richmond in Ted Lasso, this club actually exists, and those two Americans are Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney, who bought Wrexham AFC in 2020. The docuseries Welcome to Wrexham takes it from there.

    Wrexham sits in English football’s fifth tier, the National League, but older fans still remember its triumphs against Arsenal and other top Premier League clubs. With an infusion of Hollywood money and marketing, everyone’s dreaming of promotion instead of dreading another relegation. Probably the hardest sell for this show is getting American viewers to believe it's not a spoof. Disney didn't help matters when it decided to shift the series away from Disney+ and instead put it on FX, home to McElhenney’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, a show that's the opposite of feel-good. — Aaron Barnhart

    Mike (Hulu)

    Premieres August 25th

    The team behind I, Tonya returns to the world of controversial sports figures with this limited series about Mike Tyson’s tumultuous boxing career and personal life. Trevante Rhodes (Moonlight) stars as the legendary boxer, while Russell Hornsby plays boxing promoter Don King, who played a key role in shaping Tyson’s story.

    Hulu describes the eight-episode drama as “a no-holds-barred look at the life of Mike Tyson,” but the boxer has criticized the unauthorized project, calling it a “tone-deaf cultural misappropriation" — an off-screen conflict that has only increased the buzz surrounding the series. — Claire Spellberg Lustig

    The Patient (FX)

    Premieres August 30th

    The last time they worked together, producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg created The Americans, so hopes are high for this miniseries thriller about a therapist who's held hostage by his serial killer patient. The cast is promising, too. Steve Carell, who was Oscar nominated when he starred in the similarly creepy Foxcatcher, plays the therapist, while Domhnall Gleason, who grounded the sci-fi mind games of Ex Machina, is the psycho. Meanwhile, Broadway faves Linda Emond and David Alan Grier co-star in major supporting roles.

    After the success of both The Old Man and Under the Banner of Heaven earlier this year, FX is on a roll with adult-oriented suspense. If they manage to stick the landing with this one, they'll arguably own the genre. — Mark Blankenship

    TOPICS: Netflix, Disney+, FX, HBO Max, Hulu, Peacock, Bad Sisters, Five Days at Memorial, House of the Dragon, A League of Their Own, Mike, Never Have I Ever, The Patient, Reservation Dogs, She-Hulk, Welcome to Wrexham