When will Season 4 & 5 of Shetland be on Netflix?

Shetland – Picture from BBC

The BBC’s detective series Shetland is back for its fifth season on the BBC but it no longer looks like Shetland will be updated on Netflix. Here’s the current status of Shetland on Netflix and if we can expect to see both season 4 and season 5 of Shetland streaming on Netflix.

Shetland is among some of the best detective shows and the BBC is the king of them it seems. With shows like Marcella, Dr. Foster, Luther, and Sherlock plus past shows like Happy Valley, they’ve got the genre well and truly covered.

This series is about a detective inspector who, along with his team, investigates crimes in a small island community.

Netflix US Release Schedule for Shetland

The last time Shetland was updated on Netflix was back in April 2017 when Netflix put all of the first three seasons available. Since then, the BBC has put two new seasons out with season 4 releasing in 2018 and most recently the fifth dropping in January 2019.

On April 1st, 2019 Netflix removed all of the previous seasons of Shetland meaning that it’s now unlikely that seasons 4 or 5 will now be joining Netflix at all.

The streaming service that now provides access to the top British shows currently holds season 4 with it expected to get both the back catalog and future seasons soon.

That means that those in the United States will no longer be able to watch the show on Netflix and it won’t likely return either.

Douglas Henshall and Alison O’Donnell in Shetland


Other Regions Release Schedule

Netflix in the UK actually only ever had one season of the show available but was removed a year later. You can watch season 5 on the BBC iPlayer but that will eventually be pulled.

Beyond that, Netflix Canada and Australia are both behind. Canada, like the United States, only has seasons 1-3 and we’re thinking the release schedule will be the same as the one outlined above.

In Australia, you only have two seasons of the show but with ABC carrying the show, it may also be a while before it drops.