Have you ever wanted to watch just that one show you know Netflix has, but you couldn’t? You’re essentially paying for a catalog that you don’t get full access to thanks to Netflix’s region exclusivity deals.

That doesn’t mean you can’t still access them, though! You can have instant-access to Netflix’s entire catalog of movies or shows with the help of a reliable VPN.

A closer look at region-locking

Region-locking is a pretty common practice among media streaming sites. Whether it’s Netflix, Hulu, or some other service, these companies restrict access to certain programming based on region.

For streaming services, the only effective method to dive in to a different region’s media is to physically change your location… or make it appear you’re connecting from another country. Modifying your IP through a VPN will make it appear as if you are connecting from a different region.

Region-locks restrict access to content YOU pay for

Okay, that’s wonderful, but you’re not a media pirate and you just want to be able to watch Portlandia while on vacation in Germany. How can you get around arbitrary region-locking that is clearly not meant to restrict you, the paying customer?

Since region-locks are almost exclusively based on geolocation data based on your IP, you just need to change it to a more region-friendly location. The easiest and most effective way to do this is through a VPN service like Surfshark.

Shows available in the United States

The United States enjoys the largest selection of available content of any Netflix based region. Most of Netflix’s library can be viewed by users within the United States.

Here’s an example of some of the shows available in the United States that may not be available anywhere else.

Nature: Animals With Cameras I’m Sorry The Nineties
The Office (U.S.) Portlandia Twilight Zone (Original Series)
The Borgias Star-Crossed The Eighties
Into the Badlands Houdini The 4400
Nuestra Lucha Libre Save Our Shelter Hotel Transylvania
Safe Ice Road Rescue Mega Truckers
Valor Lockdown Taken
Paranormal Survivor The Supervet: Bionic Specials True Justice
Wild Ones Yago Homeland: Iraq Year Zero
Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words The Apartment A User’s Guide to Cheating Death
The Returned Wild District Adam Ruins Everything
Nikita Earth’s Natural Wonders: Life at the Extremes The Carbonaro Effect
A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories Civilizations Kingdoms of the Sky
Life Sentence Borges Live
History’s Greatest Hoaxes Yukon Gold Imposters
Animal Airport The Five Cold Justice
The Murder Detectives Monkey Planet Forces of Nature
Dead Set Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Underworld, Inc.

Shows available in the U.K.

Great Britain also enjoys one of the largest available Netflix libraries, with a ton of unique offerings only available within Britain. This includes a number of shows that only aired within the isles and are currently only viewable with a British IP address.

U.K.: Ultimate Beastmaster Great Britain Wild Australia Little Boy Blue
Prime Suspect 1973 The Durrells Porridge
The Great British Bake Off Bear Grylls’ Survival School Victoria
Beyond Rillington Place Almost Royal
Plebs Making of the Mob: New York Stag
The Doll Life One Bad Choice Last Call Food Brawl
America’s Got Talent Love Island Diana: Seven Days That Shook the World
Seraph of the End Upstart Crow Live from the BBC
The League of Gentlemen Elfen Lied I’m Alan Partridge
Prime Suspect I Own Britain’s Best Home Class
Harry Enfield and Chums Floogals Cold Feet
New Blood Sam Faiers: The Mummy Diaries A Bit of Fry and Laurie
Unforgotten French and Saunders Joel and Nish vs The World
Britain’s Darkest Taboos Smart Phone White Chapel
The Secret Agent Outsiders Underground
Stupid Man Cook Your Ass Off Hey Duggee
Emergency How The World Ends Dickensian
Him and Her Hell’s Kitchen The Thick of It

Shows available in France

France enjoys a quirk among the various viewing regions; they have an extensive selection of hard-to-find Anime titles. There are a number of Japanese anime titles that French Netflix users get almost exclusively almost no other region in the world has access to outside of Japan.

Lastman Junjo Romantica Sekaiichi Hatuskoi
Spice and Wolf Undercover Saint Seiya
Gangsta Ghost in the Shell:Arise – Alternative Architecture Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures
Serangoon Road Wolfblood From Me to You
The Last Exile Rock Lee Hero Corp
Death Parade Lucifer Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures
The Tatami Galaxy Kenshin Tsuioku Hen Nisemonogatari
Basilisk Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash Lupin the Third Part 4
Log Horizon Last Exile: Fam, the Silver Wing Samurai 7
Three Times Manon The Mick All Out!!
Hunter X Hunter The Invaders Another
Scream Queens Team Chocolate Trio
Candice Renoir Parasyte: The Maxim When They Cry: Kai
Shigurui: Death Frenzy Lockup: County Jails March Comes in Like a Lion
Prison School Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma Gate
Kenshin Seisou Hen When They Cry Hero Corp
Elizabeth 1: The Virgin Queen Lazy Company Chefs
Bakemonogatari Btooom! Psycho-Pass

Shows available in Japan

Japan gets a huge selection of Anime titles, some of which can’t be found outside the Japanese viewing region. In addition to a wide selection of Anime shows and movies, users with a Japanese IP also get access to a number of region-specific Japanese language shows that aren’t found anywhere else in the Netflix catalog.

Sword Art Online Alicization A Certain Magical Index III That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime
Guardian: The Lonely and Great God The Princess Wei Young Ossan’s Love
Marriage Contract Dragon Ball Super Something about 1%
Sirius the Jaeger Shopping King Louis Prime Minister and I
The Girl in Twilight The Bride of Habaek Inazuma Eleven Ares
DARLING in the FRANXX Kirakira Precure A La Mode KoKo Gurentai
Blue Exorcist -Kyoto Saga- Gegege no Kitaro 6 Yokohama Black
Citrus Mitsuboshi Colors Kimi wa Pet
The Idolmaster Love That Makes You Cry Mobile Suit Gundam AGE
Setoutsumi Ingress: The Animation Headhunter
Monster Bloom Into You Inazuma Eleven: The Seal of Orion
Yuri on Ice Radiant Goblin Slayer
Cinderella and the Four Nights SSSS.Gridman The Supporting Actors 2
From Miyamoto to You Signal School Counselor
Yu Yu Hakusho: Ghost Files Kaeshi Hi Score Girl
Caligula Magical Girl Ore One Piece
Turn a Gundam Rage of Bahamut: Genesis The World God Only Knows
Dies Irae She Was Pretty Kinmoza!

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How can I unblock Netflix on my mobile device?

Surfshark offers both an Android and iPhone VPN application so that you can enjoy unrestricted internet, even when you’re away from home. Simply log in, pick a server, and watch your shows!

2. Will using a VPN affect my streaming experience?

Our high-speed servers are able to stream content without buffering or causing a drop in quality.

3. Why do streaming companies region-lock shows and movies?

Production companies and third-party distributors spend a lot of money to market, distribute, and produce content.

The reality is that not every country has strict standards for copyright laws, and limiting the locations these products can be viewed in has shown to reduce the ease with which movies and games can be pirated.

That’s not the only reason for region-locking. Sometimes it just doesn’t make financial sense to provide viewing access to certain titles in every region.

4. Does this violate my Terms of Service with Netflix?

Netflix makes it pretty clear that while they don’t endorse the use of a VPN to view region-locked content, it’s not something they don’t allow, either. So as far as the service itself is concerned, you’re in the green.