We’ve all been there before. You curl up on the couch for some much needed Netflix and chill, only there is one slight problem. You have no idea what you want to watch. From original content to forgotten classics and everything in between, Netflix has something for everyone. Only you can’t seem to find anything you want to watch.
Fortunately, your Netflix account keeps track of what you have watched and makes recommendations. This is based on a complex algorithm that analyses your viewing history, so it’s pretty good at predicting what you might like. However, even with these suggestions, we sometimes find ourselves searching through the seemingly endless Netflix catalog manually.
Netflix organizes their movies and TV shows into genres, or as Netflix calls them – Categories. Whether you feel like a rom-com or something scary, these broad categories can help narrow down the search. Unfortunately, even with these categories, we can spend an obscene amount of time browsing instead of watching.
What are “Secret” Netflix Categories?
Netflix categorizes movies and TV shows into categories to help viewers find something they want to watch. Videos are organized into genres like Action & Adventure, Horror and Drama. However, these broad categories are home to hundreds or even thousands of videos at any given time. Luckily, there is a collection of “secret” Netflix codes that break down these categories into ultra-specific ones. Doing so can significantly narrow down your search and help you pinpoint exactly what you want to watch.
These “secret” Netflix categories are hidden from the average user. They are generally thought to be used for internal purposes only, which probably has something to do with the algorithm that makes suggestions according to your viewing habits. Fortunately, there is an easy way to uncover all of these “secret” Netflix categories so you can spend less time scrolling and more time enjoying your latest Netflix find.
Examples of “Secret” Netflix Categories
These “secret” Netflix categories are titles that have been collected based on very specific parameters. How specific are we talking? Very specific. According to various websites, there are over 20,000 of these categories. These “secret” categories can help you find cinematic gems you might not have otherwise discovered. Have a look at the brief list below for a small sample of some of the categories with their corresponding codes.
- Courtroom Dramas (528582748)
- Absurd French-Language Comedies (77295)
- British Fight-the-System Dramas based on real life (44597)
- Critically-acclaimed Biographical Political Dramas (26837)
- Deep Sea B-Horror Movies (45083)
Again, the categories mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg. Fortunately, there are various websites that maintain a list of all the available secret categories.
Note: be aware that these codes can change at any time. Make sure you bookmark the site mentioned above in case you run in to one that no longer works.
How to Access “Secret” Netflix Categories
Digging up these “secret” Netflix categories is simple. All you have to do is tweak the Netflix URL to access super specific genre collections. To explore these hidden categories, enter the following URL: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/CODENUMBER. Simply replace “CODENUMBER” with one of the secret codes to access a list of all titles related to that code.
For example, let’s say “Deep Sea B-Horror Movies” is right up your alley. To have a look at those titles, you would enter http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/45083 in your browser’s address bar. You would then be presented with all of the titles that Netflix categorizes as “Deep Sea B-Horror Movies.”
Even though the Netflix library can vary between regions due to licensing issues, these “secret” codes work in every region. Have fun exploring all of the hidden categories! Hopefully, you’ll find a few diamonds in the rough with these secret Netflix codes!
Were you aware of the “secret” Netflix categories? Do you think they’re helpful to the average user? What are your favorite “secret” Netflix categories? Let us know in the comments!