Perhaps unsurprisingly, the U.S. has the largest catalogue, with 1,326 TV shows available. If you count movies, however, Japan has more titles.

The reason is simple: Netflix has to buy the rights to a show in every country, and they often save money by not purchasing the rights in countries where they think it will not be worthwhile. This might mean that German-language shows, for example, are not distributed in the U.S. Or, it is possible that the rights are owned by a different streaming service.

Finally, the EU is trying to force streaming providers to have a quota of at least 30% local content, which could push out content from outside Europe.

Netflix originals like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are available almost everywhere. So we selected the shows which at the time of writing have some kind of restrictions.

Netflix’s plans to make its catalogue global are in progress, but they keep coming up against not just copyright and licensing issues but censorship in a variety of countries.

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The Top 8 TV Shows with Limited Netflix Availability

#1 House M. D. 

If you’re fond of everyone’s favorite asshole doctor, then it’s really difficult to watch it… The show is only available on Netflix in Spain. If you like mysteries, this one is for you – the show is a Sherlock Holmes riff focused on the antics of a brilliant diagnostician with all the bedside manner of a wolverine.

#2 Lost

The famous American drama in which a flight goes 1,000 miles off course, and crashes on a mysterious, lush island that houses dangerous secrets. Created by Star Wars writer J.J. Abrams, it’s still worth checking out for its complex, interwoven plots and some brilliant acting. Some seasons of Lost are available on Netflix in Argentina, Brazil, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand.

#3 Family Guy

It’s hard to choose which character on Family guy is my favorite – each personality is really well-written and funny. However, if you like Family Guy and live in the US, currently it’s unavailable on US Netflix. Family guy is available on Netflix in Canada, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Greece, Poland, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand.

#4 The Walking Dead

Cult classic The Walking Dead is known for gore, a high body count (with a lack of “plot immortality” for even prominent characters), and interesting writing. The Walking Dead is available on Netflix in Canada, Germany, India, Japan, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, United States, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Mexico.

#5 Friends

You’ve heard of Friends. We’ve all heard of the sitcom, featured on Time’s list of “The 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time.” The ten-year series really needs no further introduction, which makes it surprising that it’s not available everywhere. The show is available on Netflix in Switzerland, Argentina, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, United States, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, United Kingdom. Sorry Australia 🙁

#6 Parks and Recreation

The top-rated American satire is not available in Europe, perhaps unsurprisingly. Comedy can, after all, be one of the most subjective things. All seven seasons, however, can be streamed in America. The show follows Leslie Knope as she tries to make life more interesting in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana. Only available on US Netflix.

#7 Doctor Who

Created in 1963, Doctor Who tells a story about an alien adventurer known as the Doctor, who can change appearance and gender. Doctor Who is always wise, brave and a bit cheeky. However, if you’re a fan of British sci-fi, it’s not available everywhere. Doctor Who is available on Netflix in Australia, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

#8 The Office (US version)

Michael Scott leads a team which may seem ordinary and a bit boring at first, but a documentary crew finds funny and colorful characters doing pranks, falling in love, involved in all sorts of drama. Sadly, the Office is only available on Netflix in Canada and United States.

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