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All 10 series have been released in Australia on DVD by Aztec International Entertainment, with English subtitles , having been originally aired on the Special Broadcasting Service television channel. It was also broadcast on MHz Networks in the United States. The first three series were shown in the UK on Channel 4.
The TV drama was wildly successful in the USSR, where it appeared on state TV in 1986  and in Bulgaria, where is also appeared in the end of the 1980s (later on, the show even featured Bulgarian actor Stefan Danailov in its seventh season), offering the viewers of both countries thrills and dark drama from beyond the Iron Curtain. La Piovra was also shown in 1987–1988 in communist Albania, where it became a huge hit and remains to date a cult film, whose characters and expressions have permeated culture, language and society.