Netflix Canada vs. Netflix USA: What we're missing

Sean Fitzgerald, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:45 PM ET

I kept hearing the same thing. Everyone was trying to ruin my buzz.

After I signed up for Netflix last year and immersed myself in endless streaming pleasure, I decided to share the good news with my friends. They always responded the same way.

“Congrats on finally joining the 21st Century,” they would say. And then, “You realize that the U.S. version is like 10 times better, right?”

My friends were referring to the 10,000 titles that American Netflix users enjoy, in contrast to the options available on Netflix Canada, which currently amounts to about 4,000.

Some of my craftier friends, and even some of the dumber ones, told me their strategies on how to change their IP addresses to access the U.S. content. Since I’ve barely explored the content available on Netflix Canada – I’m still only halfway through Season 2 of House of Cards, folks – I haven’t resorted to that yet.

I spent many months avoiding the forbidden American treasures, which Canadians can’t watch due to complicated licensing deals, because I didn’t want to know what I was missing. But for this column, I stole a glance at the other side. And it was glorious, especially in terms of the TV content. Here are the shows that we’re missing out on:

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADEPHIA

This FX series, about group of friends that hatch schemes on one another while running a pub in Philadelphia, seems perfectly suited for repeat viewings. Charlie Day destroys me every time.

THE OFFICE

Canadians can watch the U.K. version of this show on Netflix (and let’s face it, Ricky Gervais’ David Brent is pretty stellar), but not the American one. This makes things hard – that’s what she said – for fans of Michael Scott and the Dunder Mifflin crew.

SONS OF ANARCHY

This crime drama about a motorcycle gang has performed well for FX, ratings-wise. With creator Kurt Sutter planning to end the series soon, it’d be nice if we could binge-watch the earlier seasons before the show runs out of gas.

LOUIE

This series features comedian Louis C.K. as a fictionalized version of himself, a divorced father raising two daughters in New York City. You can’t beat his mixture of clever writing, unconventional structure and hilariously awkward moments.

30 ROCK

Tina Fey’s brilliant take on her Saturday Night Live experience introduced us to memorable characters like Liz Lemon, Tracy Jordan, Jack Donaghy and Kenneth Parcell. Thanks for keeping all the good content away from us, NBC.

SCANDAL

House of Cards isn’t the only political series that people are talking about. We’ve always got room for Scandal, and we’ll always have eyes for Kerry Washington.

OTHER SHOWS WE’RE MISSING ON NETFLIX CANADA:

Parks and Recreation, The West Wing, Scrubs, Ally McBeal, Cheers, Desperate Housewives, Frasier, Grey’s Anatomy, New Girl, One Tree Hill, Rescue Me, The Tudors and The League.


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