Australians love to complain about the cavernous gap in quantity and quality of content between the Australian and American versions of Netflix. In light of recent VPN crackdowns, we decided to conduct a little cross-cultural catalogue comparison between the two nations to see whether we’re really missing out on all that much.
Here are the results:
Aussie Netflix offers six Scorsese films (Goodfellas, Taxi Driver, Casino, The Departed, Hugo, and Shutter Island), while US Netflix offers only The Aviator and Cape Fear.
US Netflix users are missing out on at least one Scorsese cameo.
Tina wants us to, among other things, watch Netflix.
Unfortunately, Aussies can watch Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, but not 30 Rock.
And inversely, Americans can watch 30 Rock, but not Mean Girls.
John Stamos and crew
Aussies can watch both Full House and Fuller House.
Americans can watch only Fuller House.
Aussies can’t watch any HBO TV shows.
Americans can’t watch any HBO TV shows.
Non-HBO Sex and The City content
Aussies can watch both Sex and The City movies, but not The Carrie Diaries.
Americans can watch The Carrie Diaries, but no dice on those wonderful flicks.
Aussies can watch The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.
Americans have no access to Middle Earth.
Our Netflix has it. Theirs does not.
The Americans must be satisfied with one One Direction movie.
Aussies get double the pleasure.
Australian director Peter Weir
We have access to The Way Back and The Truman Show.
They have both of those, plus Witness.
Tarantino was quite happy with the fact that Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained and collaborations Four Rooms and From Dusk Till Dawn are all readily available on US Netflix.
We only have Django, Reservoir Dogs and Inglourious Basterds.
Our Netflix offers Ratatouille, Inside Out, Brave, Cars 2 and all three Toy Story films.
US Netflix offers only the following Pixar-related show:
Jane Campion, New Zealand icon
American Netflix hosts her brilliant TV show and also provides a warm Campion headshot.
Meanwhile, a search of Aussie Netflix reveals...
Americans can feast on the critically acclaimed show Louie and two of his best stand-up specials.
Australians are deprived of anything Louis CK-related.
NEITHER NATION OFFERS ANY OF THE DIE HARD FILMS.
BOTH NATIONS OFFER THE SAME FOUR PEE-WEE HERMAN FILMS.
Winner: Both and neither
We can watch quite a few Aussie TV shows. Everything from Upper Middle Bogan to Rake to Summer Heights High.
But American’s can watch SBS’s The Principal and ABC’s Redfern Now.
US Trekkies have easy access to the original Star Trek, Star Trek The Animated Series, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Australia doesn’t have The Shining, Blade Runner and so, so many other classic films
The Americans do.
US Netflix offers the classic surrealistic television series created by David Lynch.
Aussie Netflix offers that movie that came out afterwards.
TV Shows US Netflix has but AUS Netflix doesn't
Perhaps most absurdly: Breaking Bad
And here are only SOME of the others:
The West Wing
Better Call Saul
The Walking Dead
How To Get Away With Murder
One Tree Hill
The United States of Tara
The Office (US)
Everybody Loves Raymond
The Vicar of Dibley
Freaks and Geeks
Heart Of Dixie
Saturday Night Live
Malcolm In The Middle
Saved By The Bell
Keeping Up Appearances
And, perhaps the most criminal omission from our version of Netflix...
Johnny Cash’s religious masterpiece:
Due to entry number 20, it’s not really worth tallying the rest.
US Netflix wins by a landslide, though Aussie Netflix did come up with a few genuine surprises.