Online

20 Geeky TV Shows, None Of Them Available On Netflix Australia

Don’t chuck your VPN away just yet: Netflix’s Australian library has some serious content problems when it comes to geeky TV shows.

This morning I decided to do a little test to see what Netflix had in Australia compared to what the service offers to stream for its US customers. What I found was pretty gobsmacking.

At random, I chose 20 TV shows that resonate with Gizmodo Australia readers. Everything from The X-Files to Archer right through to Hawaii Five-0 and Xena: Warrior Princess were thrown on the list.

I collated how many seasons were available in the US, thinking that while Netflix’s Australian library might have a few of the shows in question, the number of episodes on offer could differ.

Nope.

As it turns out, of the 20 shows I chose at random, not one of them is on the Netflix Australian library. Here’s the list:

Show US Netflix availability AU Netflix availability
Parks And Recreation 6 seasons Not available
The Office US 9 seasons Not available
Bob’s Burgers 3 seasons Not available
Archer 5 seasons Not available
Family Guy 12 seasons Not available
30 Rock 7 seasons Not available
Dexter 8 seasons Not available
Weeds 8 seasons Not available
Portlandia 4 seasons Not available
The Following 2 seasons Not available
The X-Files 9 seasons Not available
Cosmos 1 season Not available
Hawaii Five-0 4 seasons Not available
Revolution 2 seasons Not available
Dollhouse 2 seasons Not available
The 4400 4 seasons Not available
Alphas 2 seasons Not available
Sliders 5 seasons Not available
Xena: Warrior Princess 6 seasons Not available
Caprica 1 season Not available

Thankfully, these titles are just a switch away with a browser-based VPN like Hola.

This isn’t to say Netflix’s Australian offering is bad. It’s just missing a few geeky shows you might like. It’s still great for movies and even has some stuff the US library doesn’t have like Stargate: Atlantis, for example. Netflix offers a 30-day free trial for you to check out the library without paying a cent, so you’ve got nothing to lose by checking it out.

Our friends over at Lifehacker have taken a look at the movies on offer for Netflix’s Aussie users, and the situation is about as bleak.


Have you subscribed to Gizmodo Australia's email newsletter? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

Trending Stories Right Now