10 Best-Rated US-Only Netflix Shows

Do you think your Netflix subscription gives you everything you should get? Think again! In Norway, a viewer accesses a little more than ⅓ of the shows and ¾ of the movies that Americans can enjoy. The rest of the world isn’t even that lucky. So let’s take a look at the ten best US-only Netflix shows – and how you could watch them at home.

US-only Netflix shows - The Borgias

#10. The Borgias

IMBD Score: 7.9

History shows us that those in power are terrible people. That’s why The Borgias TV series uses the intrigue of 15th-century papal politics to take the #10 spot. While not as historically accurate as Borgia: Faith and Fear, it is still good… and US Netflix exclusive.  

US-only Netflix shows - Weeds

#9. Weeds

IMBD Score: 7.9

What if Walter White was a suburban mom? And dealt in marijuana instead of meth? And had a dead husband instead of cancer? Then you’d get Weeds, a show that predates Breaking Bad and takes the prestigious 9th spot on our list of best US-only Netflix shows. 

US-only Netflix shows - Jericho

#8. Jericho

IMBD Score: 7.9

Remember the time when the end of the world didn’t seem to be happening every week? Jericho does. This 2006 series shows a town left to fend for itself after witnessing the canned sunshine (read: nukes) getting opened near Denver. Seems almost quaint now. 

US-only Netflix shows - The Tudors

#7. The Tudors

IMBD Score: 8.1

Game of Thrones certainly swooped in at the time when people were hungry for costume dramas of sex and murder. For example, The Tudors follow the shenanigans of King Henry VIII, he of starting the Church of England and beheading wives fame. What is it with high-ranking period dramas being US-exclusive Netflix shows? 

US-only Netflix shows - Criminal Minds

#6. Criminal Minds

IMBD Score: 8.1

Sure, those in power are all doing some sort of crime or another. But what about more approachable, yet no less sexy serial killers? That’s what Criminal Minds is all about – for 15 seasons now!

US-only Netflix shows - Person of Interest

#5. Person of Interest

IMBD Score: 8.4

Imagine a world where all the surveillance, metadata gathering, and all the gross invasion of privacy could possibly be used for good. That’s the premise of Person of Interest. A former secret agent super spy teams up with the dude who invented an AI that predicts murders by invading your privacy partner. Together, they save people… but only on Netflix’s US libraries.

US-only Netflix shows - Dexter

#4. Dexter

IMBD Score: 8.6

The second-ever TV series to feature a protagonist with this name (the first one being Dexter’s Laboratory), Dexter follows a police crime scene investigator… who’s actually a serial killer who kills… other serial killers! How does that work? You’d be able to check it for yourself if you had access to the US-only Netflix shows. 

US-only Netflix shows - Parks and Recreation

Honorary #3: Parks and Recreation

IMBD Score: 8.6

Parks and Recreation proves that it is possible to make a funny and engrossing series about a public office and its hijinks. So why is it only on the honorary #3 spot? Because it’s not going to remain on Netflix for long – come October 2020, it will only be available on Peacock.  

US-only Netflix shows - Twin Peaks

#3 Twin Peaks 

IMBD Score: 8.8

Before Twin Peaks, we all thought that owls are what they seem and that David Lynch is just a weirdo that put Sting in thongs for his Dune screen adaptation. After Twin Peaks, nothing remained the same.

US-only Netflix shows - The West Wing

#2. The West Wing

IMBD Score: 8.9

Why would you watch The West Wing? Well, maybe you enjoy the works of Aaron Sorkin. Maybe you believe that a good leader of the country would use eloquence and facts to make everyone do the right thing. Maybe – just maybe – your heart tells you that a team of rivals is what works best. If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, you’ll want access to this US-only Netflix show. 

US-only Netflix shows - The Twilight Zone

#1. The Twilight Zone 

IMBD Score: 9

You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only predating The Black Mirror and social media but also most of the readership. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, The Twilight Zone – the original 1959 TV series!

Can I stream US Netflix shows outside the US?

Yes, but with a caveat! Due to various licensing agreements, Netflix wants the US library to be only available to people inside the US. This leads to various measures that Netflix implements to prevent people in other countries from streaming it. 

But you can overcome those measures with a good virtual private network (VPN). While people using proxies are likely to encounter the Netflix proxy error, this is not the case for those using a Netflix VPN.

But how do you use it?

Watching US Netflix outside the US: a How-to guide

To see US-only Netflix shows, you need to stream with a VPN service running. We’re going to give a short explanation of how to do it using Surfshark VPN as an example. 

  1. Sign up for Surfshark
  2. Download and install the VPN app. 
  3. Run the app and log in. 
  4. Go to the “Locations” tab and enter “USA” in the search bar. 
  5. Click on a US server to connect. 
  6. Clear your browser cache.
  7. Open Netflix. 
  8. Stream! 

If you’re getting Netflix proxy errors, you should try connecting to other US servers. Make sure that browser cache is really clear! 

In conclusion

So now you know the ten best US-only Netflix shows. Are you going to do something about it? Maybe you’ll get a VPN? If so, get Surfshark VPN for the best Netflix US libraries streaming experience. 

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