5 shows to catch this August for streaming fans

Ted Lasso debuts Aug 14 on Apple TV+. © courtesy Apple

From a new offering from the Star Trek franchise to an edge-of-your-seat docuseries and a fish-out-of-water sitcom, August presents a rich assortment of choices for streaming fans.

A look at five of the hottest new debuts.

Star Trek: Lower Decks

Yet another take on the Star Trek universe hits screens this month on CBS All Access. This animated series is geared towards an adult audience and comes from Mike McMahan, known for his work on Rick and Morty.

Described as a workplace comedy that takes in 2380, The Next Generation era, it’s actually not the first animated series in the Star Trek franchise, though it’s the first since the 1970s.

McMahan has hinted that some legacy characters of the franchise will make appearances throughout the 10-episode season.

Lovecraft Country

This highly anticipated horror drama series, based on a book by Matt Ruff, counts J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele among its executive producers and comes from Misha Green, who worked as a writer on “Sons of Anarchy.”

Set in 1950s America, the show follows young African-American Atticus Black on a road trip in search of his father.

Available on HBO.

Ted Lasso

This cross-cultural sports sitcom stars Jason Sudeikis as an American college football coach who heads to the UK to coach a soccer team in need of help.

The character of Ted Lasso originally comes from an NBC Sports promotional video that went viral on YouTube in 2013.

The gag-filled series makes frequent reference to the differences between what’s known as football in the US vs what football means for the rest of the world.

Sudeikis also helped develop the series that is available on Apple TV+

World’s Most Wanted

This new five-part true crime documentary series casts a chilling light on five of the highest-profile criminals to have eluded capture, from the man known as the “last godfather” of Cosa Nostra – Matteo Messina Denaro – to UK-born “white widow” Samantha Lewthwaite, and Félicien Kabuga, who was finally arrested this past May after being on the run for 26 years for crimes linked to the genocide in Rwanda. The others remain on the lam.

Available on Netflix.

World’s Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji

This new reality TV adventure series presented by Bear Grylls sees competitors from around the world take on gruelling racing challenges in the unforgiving Fijian terrain.

The teams of five will have to cover over 600 kilometres in this show whose executive production team includes Mark Burnett, known for his work on Survivor.

Available on Amazon Prime.