Watch Heroes on BBC iPlayer

Noah Williams
Watch Heroes on BBC iPlayer

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Heroes (2006-2009) is now available to stream on BBC iPlayer. Find out how you can watch your favourite shows on iPlayer, including all four series of this classic noughties superhero drama, from anywhere in the world (and believe me, it's easier than you might think).    

Before we look at the options for streaming BBC content overseas, let's revisit the world of Heroes, one of many gems now available to watch on iPlayer.

Heroes is one of a number of noughties classics back on iPlayer (others include Gavin and Stacey, Doctor Who etc.), yet Heroes stands out amongst its turn-of-the-century peers. For one, it stretched the superhero narrative-arc to its limits, in a way that wouldn't be matched until the most recent Avengers films. In the first series alone, we are introduced to ten seperate leads, their story threads loosely overlapping, slowly coming together, in a confrontation with the usual suspects: fundementalists, psychopaths and meglomaniacs. In the first series a prophecy of explosive devistation, set to be unleashed on NYC (think 9/11), unites our heroes in their quest against these malign forces.

The series are gritty, spooky, outright scary and in places damnright gory and grotesque – in a way that makes the Avengers movies look like child's play. Heroes, like most superhero franchise, is indeed saturated with the usual mythological undercurrents: oracle, destiny, good vs evil tropes, but complicates these themes by implicating itself in the world of neonoir. Its heroes are fallen heroes, plagued by ennui and nihlism, themselves products of a world defined by ruthless exploitation, atomisation and grave inequality. These are everyday people, whose superpowers tend in fact to conflate rather than appease their doubts, addictions, conventions and disbeliefs, to exasperate the flaws already shaping their identities– timetravel, telepathy and healing powers are not simple means of undoing evil, and we're even made to question from the start, whether the supposedly gifted, are in fact part of the problem rather than the solution (hello series 4).

Now let’s take a look at some of your options for watching Heroes on BBC iPlayer overseas. At the end of the day you’ve got two viable options for watching your favourite British dramas abroad: a VPN or Google Chrome Extension.

So what’s a VPN? A VPN is a type of software you download from the internet that can be interfaced with your web browser to change your IP address. 'Speak English!' I hear you say. Basically, a VPN can be used to cloak your location, so that in theory you can make it look like you’re streaming BBC content from within the UK. Sounds good right? But there's a catch, a VPN will take up a fair amount of space on your streaming device; they’re also notoriously tricky to use for those of us who aren’t computer wizzes like Neo in the Matrix.

A Google Chrome Extension on the other hand, such as Beebs, takes up next to no space on your streaming device–all you need for it to work is a Google Chrome web browser. Browser in place, simply click on the link below and you'll find yourself, in no time at all, watching your favourite BBC dramas from anywhere in the world. Beebs is easy to use, and specifically designed to enable you to watch your favourite iPlayer, All 4, ITV Hub and Channel 5 shows, without interruption or difficulty.

Want to watch British TV from anywhere?

Simply install the Beebs extension

Get Beebs for Chrome