Top 10 Netflix shows you can only watch with a VPN

If, like me, you 1) live in the United States and 2) can’t bring yourself to pay for more than one streaming service, there are tons of amazing shows that you can’t access on Netflix. While Netflix streams to nearly every country in the world, different shows are available depending on the country from which you’re watching. Netflix is able to do this by using geoblocking software, which restricts your access to certain content based on your IP address.

The safest and most effective way to access shows that are not available to viewers in your country is to use a VPN. One of the biggest advantages of using a VPN is its ability to mask your physical location and connect to servers in other countries. Not only is this very helpful when traveling internationally--allowing you to access your favorite shows and websites--but it can also open up a world of possibilities for binge-watching from the comfort of your own home. Additionally, using a VPN to access this blocked content is a great way to save money instead of paying for multiple streaming services.

Here are the top 10 Netflix shows that you can only watch with a VPN -

1) Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Available everywhere except the US

From the creators of Parks and Rec and The Good Place, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a hilarious series about the adventures of the detectives of Brooklyn’s 99th police precinct. Centering around the personality of playful and somewhat immature Detective Jake Peralta, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has its share of comedy, action, and heartfelt moments. It is not a show you want to miss out on!

2) Rick and Morty

Available everywhere except the US and Canada

This comedic and existential sci-fi cartoon documents the adventures of Rick, a scientist and alcoholic who is inarguably genius, and his grandson Morty, a teenage boy who is less than a genius. The two explore space, the multiverse, and cause a lot of trouble along the way. If you live in the US or Canada, you can only watch this show with a VPN.

3) How I Met Your Mother

Available in Canada, France, Germany, and the UK

For years, I was simultaneously annoyed with and jealous of my friends who had Hulu accounts because I couldn't understand their incessant references to this sitcom. The show follows Ted Mosby’s experiences as a bachelor in Manhattan as he recounts to his children how he met their mother, following Ted’s dating adventures, friendships, and traditions. You don't have to miss out on this cultural staple anymore with a VPN.

4) Family Guy

Available in Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Thailand

Family Guy has been running continuously since 1999, and it is still incredibly popular. Unfortunately, American Netflix users still don’t have access to the spontaneous adventures of this Rhode Island family. If you’re compelled by irreverent cartoons, intelligent dogs, sassy teenagers, and evil babies, Family Guy is a must-see masterpiece.

5) Doctor Who

Available in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK

Doctor Who has been running in the UK off-and-on for 50 years, and it’s as popular as ever. The series follows the Doctor as he travels through space and time in a blue police box. It gained a large following in the US several years ago, only for it to become unavailable on Netflix here at the height of its popularity. With a VPN, you can fulfill all your time-traveling dreams with this classic series.

6) Star Trek: Discovery

Available everywhere except the US and Canada

All Star Trek lovers were elated when this modern series based in the classic sci-fi universe was announced. Unfortunately, American viewers can only watch this series on CBS All Access, which due to its limited offerings, is more expensive than it’s worth for many Star Trek fans. Don’t miss out on this prequel to the original series, following Michael Burnham, a human Starfleet officer raised by Vulcans, as he fights a war with the Klingons.

7) Big Bang Theory

Available in Germany, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, the UK, and more

I watched nearly a whole season of the Big Bang Theory on an airplane once, and was so disappointed when I realized I was unable to keep watching on my Netflix account when I landed. Sheldon and Leonard, two Caltech physicists, are brilliant when it comes to understanding how the universe works, but less brilliant when it comes to interacting with people. This show is certain to make you laugh, particularly if you have a soft spot for science.

8) The Thick of It

Available in the UK

The Thick of It follows British politicians as they grapple with public life, the media, and party politics. These politicians are sometimes crass, often stupid, and always complex--but ever entertaining. Those interested in political dramas and comedies alike will appreciate the series that made writer Armando Iannuci’s career.

9) Blackadder

Available in the UK

Blackadder is considered to be one of the best British sitcoms of all time. It was available on Netflix in the US for a very limited time and gained immense popularity despite its short-lived availability. This historical comedy starring Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis follows the Blackadder family over 500 years and is sure to not only make you laugh, but perhaps teach you something about British history along the way.

10) Fargo

Available everywhere except the US

Fargo is an adaptation of the classic Coen brothers movie, but with a fresh twist. Each season is based in a different location and time and has a different cast, but the slight overlaps between the seasons draws the show together in a compelling way. Fargo is perhaps the only black comedy-crime drama anthology out there, and this critically-acclaimed, award-winning series has to be added to your watchlist.

Particularly during the COVID-19 lockdown, everyone seems to be looking for new shows to occupy their free time at home, and downloading a VPN is a great solution to quench your thirst for new Netflix material. Happy binge-watching!

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