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Hold onto your VPNs, 'cause we’re here to bust those US vs AUS Netflix myths once and for all.
By
Jeremy Cassar

8 Jun 2016 - 12:24 PM  UPDATED 8 Jun 2016 - 12:40 PM

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:

 

Martin Scorsese

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.

Winner: AUS

 

Tina Fey

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.

Winner: US

 

John Stamos and crew

Aussies can watch both Full House and Fuller House.

Americans can watch only Fuller House.

Winner: AUS

 

HBO shows

Aussies can’t watch any HBO TV shows.

Americans can’t watch any HBO TV shows.

Winner: Neither

 

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.

Winner: Neither

 

Frodo

Aussies can watch The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.

Americans have no access to Middle Earth.

Winner: AUS

 

Downton Abbey

Our Netflix has it. Theirs does not.

Winner: AUS

 

One Direction

The Americans must be satisfied with one One Direction movie.

Aussies get double the pleasure.

Winner: AUS

 

Australian director Peter Weir

We have access to The Way Back and The Truman Show.

They have both of those, plus Witness.  

Winner: US

 

Quentin Tarantino

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.

Winner: US

 

Pixar

Our Netflix offers Ratatouille, Inside Out, Brave, Cars 2 and all three Toy Story films.

US Netflix offers only the following Pixar-related show:

Winner: AUS

 

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...

Winner: US

 

Louis CK

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.

Winner: US

 

Die Hard

NEITHER NATION OFFERS ANY OF THE DIE HARD FILMS.

Winner: Neither

 

Pee-Wee Herman

BOTH NATIONS OFFER THE SAME FOUR PEE-WEE HERMAN FILMS.

Winner: Both and neither

 

Australian shows

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.

Winner: Tie

 

Star Trek

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.

We have:

Winner: US

 

Australia doesn’t have The Shining, Blade Runner and so, so many other classic films

The Americans do.

Winner: US

 

Twin Peaks

US Netflix offers the classic surrealistic television series created by David Lynch.

Aussie Netflix offers that movie that came out afterwards.

Winner: US

 

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

Louie

Better Call Saul

Friends

Frasier

Sherlock

The Walking Dead

How To Get Away With Murder

Gilmore Girls

One Tree Hill

The United States of Tara

Wilfred (US)

The Office (US)

Bob’s Burgers

Charmed

Everybody Loves Raymond

Scrubs

The Vicar of Dibley

Futurama

Freaks and Geeks

Heart Of Dixie

Portlandia

Saturday Night Live

iZombie

Malcolm In The Middle

The Borgias

Cheers

NCIS

Bones

Saved By The Bell

Lillyhammer

Private Practice

Keeping Up Appearances

Pompidou

Doc Martin

Winner: US

 

And, perhaps the most criminal omission from our version of Netflix...

Johnny Cash’s religious masterpiece:

Winner: AUS

 

Final tally

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.

Good game.