Which Netflix Shows Aren’t Available in the USA and Why
“I have a lot of questions. Number one: how dare you?” Kelly Kapoor from The Office would’ve asked US Netflix if it removed her favorite show. Yes, despite its large viewership base, the US is missing a lot of Netflix content that viewers would love to get their hands on. Here we’ll tell you what top shows didn’t make it. Are any of your favorites on the list? Let’s find out.
Why are some Netflix shows not available in my country?
The question which worries a lot of Netflix fans. The thing is that Netflix licenses different shows in different countries, with each country having different laws and regulations around intellectual property and copying of media content. With licensing rights being what they are, Netflix can’t offer one vast global catalog many of us would want. So, every region has its own unique selection of shows and movies.
While US Netflix lets you stream many new releases and classics, some noteworthy titles are missing. Let’s see what those are.
Top 8 IMDb-rated Netflix shows not available in US
As of July 2022, here are the top ten shows with high IMDb scores that are not available on US Netflix.
1. Rick and Morty
- IMDb rating: 9.1
- Available in: Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Australia, Ukraine. Also India, Japan, The Netherlands, Turkey, South Korea, Argentina, Brazil, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Hungary, Poland, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Thailand, but the show is to be shortly removed from these Netflix regions.
This animated sci-fi show takes you through absurd intergalactic adventures of a brilliant but mad scientist and his teenage grandson as they trek through alternate dimensions and explore alien planets.
2. The Office
- IMDb rating: 8.9
- Available in: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom, Ukraine
The Office, a hit mockumentary sitcom, follows mundane lives of workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. All led by their deluded boss, branch manager Michael Scott.
- IMDb rating: 8.9
- Available in: Switzerland, Australia, Israel, Italy, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Netherlands, Romania, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, United Kingdom, Ukraine
Or The One that Got Removed. Friends, arguably the most beloved show in its genre, takes you through the everyday life and quirky mishaps of six 20-something pals as they navigate life, love, and work in 1990s Manhattan.
- IMDb rating: 8.9
- Available in: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, India Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland, UAE, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Venezuela.
Reality-based crime data set in 1987 Minnesota, Fargo draws its viewers into several gripping incidents, with a diverse set of characters handling a myriad of crimes in different time periods. But they all lead back to Fargo, North Dakota.
5. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
- IMDb rating: 8.8
- Available in: UK
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia follows a gang of narcissistic and sociopathic friends who run the Irish bar Paddy’s Pub and whose constant scheming lands them in the most ridiculous situations.
6. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
- IMDb rating: 8.4
- Available in: Canada, Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Czech Republic, Brazil, France, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Sweden, Turkey, Switzerland, Thailand, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Hungary, South Korea, Spain, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, South Africa
Another hit sitcom, another miss for US Netflix. Brooklyn Nine-Nine follows the exploits of a brilliant but childish detective Jake Peralta along with his diverse colleagues and the newest addition to the team — a highly demanding captain Raymond Holt.
7. The Good Place
- IMDb rating: 8.2
- Available in: UK, Australia, countries in Europe, Asia, Latin America
A comedy and philosophical fiction, The Good Place explores what it means to be good. A deceased saleswoman, Eleanor Shellstrop finds herself in a heaven-like afterlife…where she doesn’t belong. In order to stay, the woman strives to become a better person with the help of the professor of ethics and moral philosophy Chidi.
8. The Blacklist
- IMDb rating: 8.0
- Available in: India, Israel, South Korea, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Ukraine, Slovakia, Romania
The Blacklist — an intelligent and one of the globe’s most wanted fugitive turns himself in and agrees to work with the FBI — provided he works with a rooky profiler Elizabeth Keen.
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What shows are on UK Netflix but not US?
Each country adopts different laws and regulations around intellectual property and copying of media content. So, Netflix licenses different shows in different countries.