As of April 2021, Netflix has around 208 million subscribers worldwide. Over 60 million are from the US. With a third of the user base being from the US, you’d expect the region’s Netflix library to be the best one, but no. 

Truth is, some of the best-rated TV shows aren’t even available on US Netflix. Luckily, US-based Netflix fans can connect to a VPN to watch content from other Netflix libraries. It’s as simple as choosing a VPN server and connecting to it. 

But the real question is – what should you watch? Which is why I’ve compiled a list of the best-rated TV shows outside of US Netflix. Let’s get to it:

Top 10 IMDb-rated TV shows on Netflix

According to IMDB’s top 250 TV shows list, these are the best-rated TV shows not available on Netflix USA. 

1. Rick and Morty (9.2)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty – In this animated adult science fiction series, a mad scientist Rick drags his grandson Morty on the craziest sci-fi adventures across the universe.

Available in 32 countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, Romania, Turkey, France, Germany, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

2. Cowboy Bebop (8.9)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Cowboy Bebop

Cowboy Bebop – When the crime rate continues to rise, a group of cowboys (bounty hunters) bring their noggins together to chase criminals and return them alive in exchange for a big reward.

Available in 1 country: Japan (no ENG subtitles available). 

3. Fargo (8.9)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Fargo

Fargo – This series follows several deception, intrigue, and murder incidents in and around frozen Minnesota. Yet, mysteriously somehow, they all lead back to Fargo, North Dakota.

Available in 33 countries: 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, Russia, South Africa, Switzerland, UAE, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Venezuela. 

4. The Office (8.9)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - The Office

The Office – A hit comedy series that’ll take you through the struggles lives of unhappy office workers led by their delusional boss, Michael Scott. 

Available in 11 countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Japan, Nigeria, Norway, South Africa, Sweden, United Kingdom. 

5. Only Fools and Horses (8.8)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Only Fools and Horses

Only Fools and Horses – Follow this comedy trio (a schemer, Derek, his brother Rodney, and their daft grandfather) through their journey to escape their mediocre working-class lifestyle.  

Available in 1 country: United Kingdom.

6. Das Boot (8.8)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Das Boot

Das Boot – “The Boat” is a story of a crew on a U-boat deployed by the Germans in World War II. Their struggle for survival includes countless hours of claustrophobic confinement and unending assault by enemy ships. 

Available in 1 country: United Kingdom.

7. Friends (8.8)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Friends

Friends – arguably the most popular sitcom in the world, Friends follows the everyday life and wacky adventures of six friends in New York City.

Available in 30 countries: Switzerland, Argentina, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Sweden, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czezh Republic, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom.

8. Twin Peaks (8.8)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks – In 2017, the show made its comeback after 25 years of being off-air. In the new season, Dale Cooper returns to the mysterious town of Twin Peaks, where the shocking murder of Laura Palmer took place.

Available in 3 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico.

9. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (8.7)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – This comedy show follows five narcissists who run a bar in Philadelphia and constantly find themselves in the most ridiculous situations.

Available in 1 country: United Kingdom.

10. Steins;Gate (8.7)

Top 10 IMDB-rated TV shows on Netflix - Steins;Gate

Steins; Gate  – After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must utilize their newfound knowledge to stop an evil organization’s wicked plans.

Available in 3 countries: India, Japan, Thailand. 

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