Want to warm up for the 15th season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia by rewatching the first 14 seasons?
Smart move – we’re already doing that too! And since the writing is so good, it’s always a blast rewatching this series.
But can you do that on Netflix?
You can, but it’s a bit tricky. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is on this site, but it’s not available to stream worldwide. Licensing agreements are stopping Netflix from doing that.
So where can you watch this awesome TV show then? And how can you bypass Netflix’s geo-blocks in other countries to binge it?
We’ll tell you all you need to know in this article.
What Countries Can You Watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in?
The best way to find out where and how to watch It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is to use StreamCatcher. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s an online Netflix library checker that tells you where you can watch specific titles.
In this case, it’s seems you can only stream It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the UK.
We confirmed that ourselves. We tested over 30 geo-locations, and were only able to get this title in the UK. We also checked out the r/NetflixViaVPN subreddit, and most people say that this show is only available in the UK.
But if you happen to know where else it’s available, please let us know in the comments.
How to Unblock It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia on Netflix (3 Simple Methods)
To watch this series on Netflix, you have to trick the site into thinking you’re from the UK. And no, you won’t need to physically travel there to do that. Instead, you’ll have to use one of these three unblocking tools:
VPNs hide your IP address, so Netflix can’t use it anymore to pinpoint where you are in the world (what country and city you live in).
Instead of your IP, Netflix will only see the VPN’s IP address. If you use a UK VPN server, you’ll make the site believe your traffic is coming from that country. So, you’ll end up on the UK library, where It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is available.
And here’s a really cool perk – if you use a VPN, ISPs can’t throttle your bandwidth (slow down your speeds) anymore. You’re going to use up a lot of data binging this show on Netflix, but your ISP won’t know that! VPNs encrypt your traffic, so ISPs can’t spy on your browsing.
2. Smart DNS Services
These unblocking tools get the job done by editing your DNS settings and data. Here’s what happens when you use one with Netflix:
- The tool changes your DNS addresses, making sure you no longer use your ISP’s DNS server to communicate with websites (your geo-location can’t be leaked that way anymore).
- The Smart DNS intercepts and edits your DNS queries. It removes any data that might reveal where you’re from, and replaces it with new information that tells Netflix you’re from the UK.
- Finally, this service will send your traffic through different proxy servers that are located worldwide (in this case, the UK).
Combined, all of those methods make sure Netflix can’t detect your actual geo-location.
3. Proxy Servers
A proxy works very similar to a VPN. It also stops sites like Netflix from seeing your IP address by routing your traffic through a server that is a middle-man between Netflix and you.
However, unlike VPNs, proxies offer pretty weak encryption. Sometimes, they don’t offer any at all!
On the plus side, a proxy server has a local caching ability. Basically, it can save requested web pages, and retrieve them faster when people ask for them. The proxy won’t need to forward requests to Netflix that way, so the loading times will be quicker.
Which Unblocking Method Should You Use?
Well, we personally had the best results while using VPNs. We saw the Netflix proxy error less time than when we used proxies. Also, unlike Smart DNS services, we had an easy time bypassing bandwidth throttling (Smart DNS tools don’t use encryption).
But the decision is really up to you. You need to pick an unblocker that 100% meets all your requirements. Here are a few points to keep in mind that might make things easier:
- Like we just said, Smart DNS services don’t use encryption. You get less security and can’t stop bandwidth throttling, but your original speeds don’t slow down at all.
- VPNs are great unblockers and privacy tools, but not all of them can unblock Netflix 24/7. We had the best results with ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and PrivateVPN.
- Many VPN providers have a built-in Smart DNS alongside their VPN service. If you were interested in using a Smart DNS, you’re better off getting a VPN subscription that gives you access to one. It’s a two-in-one deal.
- Proxies can be faster than VPNs, but they offer weaker security (or none at all). Also, their local caching might not support videos, and it might store outdated content.
Can You Use Free Unblockers?
We wouldn’t recommend it. Free services are risky because they might expose you to ads, phishing, and malware. Plus, their speeds are usually pretty bad because servers are often overcrowded. Not to mention free unblockers usually have bandwidth caps, buggy apps, and pretty much non-existent support.
Oh, and here’s something else to consider – a free unblocking tool won’t bypass Netflix’s detection system too well. Translated, that means you’ll see the proxy error message very often.
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is available on Netflix, but only in the UK (for now). To unblock it, you can use a VPN, proxy, or Smart DNS.
Which one is your favorite? Please let us know (and tell us why) in the comments