Secret codes to unlock Netflix

A SUBSCRIPTION to Netflix gives you access to thousands of television shows and movies whenever and wherever you want to watch them, so why does it feel like you're always seeing the same stuff?

Sure, if you know what you're looking for you can search it up straightaway, but when you're on the hunt for something new to watch, the suggestions Netflix pops on your homepage can begin to feel a little samey.

This isn't an accident.

Like most modern sites and platforms that are built around getting you to spend as much time as possible consuming their content, Netflix relies on complex algorithms to suggest what it thinks you'll want to watch.

Using secret codes can help you unlock more specific genres. Picture: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
Using secret codes can help you unlock more specific genres. Picture: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg


By analysing your past viewing behaviour, the algorithm can determine what you like and suggest more shows and movies to keep you welded to the couch and bingeing on content.

While this can be great for finding things to watch, it's not always the perfect solution.

Say for instance you're not a regular Netflix viewer, the algorithm likely doesn't have a proper handle on what to suggest.

Or let's say you don't actually have a Netflix account of your own and are piggybacking on the password of someone else, the algorithm is presenting picks for everyone on the profile and not ones personalised just for you.

You may have a vague idea of what you want to watch and can have a browse through the list of genres available, but the best collections are the more heavily curated ones Neflix will sometimes show you on the homepage.

Luckily, there's a simple way to quickly browse these collections and find something up your alley, you just need to know the right sequence of numbers.

By going to netflix.com/browse/genre/xxxx you can browse hyper specific curations by replacing the xxxx with the unique codes.

CRACKING THE NETFLIX CODE

Looking for a more curated Netflix experience? Try experimenting with some of these genre codes to find stuff the algorithm won't give you:

A

  • Action & Adventure: 1365
  • Action Comedies: 43040
  • Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
  • Action Thrillers: 43048
  • Adult Animation: 11881
  • Adventures: 7442
  • African Movies: 3761
  • Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
  • Animal Tales: 5507
  • Anime: 7424
  • Anime Action: 2653
  • Anime Comedies: 9302
  • Anime Dramas: 452
  • Anime Fantasy: 11146
  • Anime Features: 3063
  • Anime Horror: 10695
  • Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
  • Anime Series: 6721
  • Art House Movies: 29764
  • Asian Action Movies: 77232
  • Australian Movies: 5230

B

  • B-Horror Movies: 8195
  • Baseball Movies: 12339
  • Basketball Movies: 12762
  • Belgian Movies: 262
  • Biographical Documentaries: 3652
  • Biographical Dramas: 3179
  • Boxing Movies: 12443
  • British Movies: 10757
  • British TV Shows: 52117

C

  • Campy Movies: 1252
  • Children & Family Movies: 783
  • Chinese Movies: 3960
  • Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
  • Classic Comedies: 31694
  • Classic Dramas: 29809
  • Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
  • Classic Movies: 31574
  • Classic Musicals: 32392
  • Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
  • Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
  • Classic Thrillers: 46588
  • Classic TV Shows: 46553
  • Classic War Movies: 48744
  • Classic Westerns: 47465
  • Comedies: 6548
  • Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
  • Country & Western/Folk: 1105
  • Courtroom Dramas: 528582748
  • Creature Features: 6895
  • Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
  • Crime Documentaries: 9875
  • Crime Dramas: 6889
  • Crime Thrillers: 10499
  • Crime TV Shows: 26146
  • Cult Comedies: 9434
  • Cult Horror Movies: 10944
  • Cult Movies: 7627
  • Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
  • Cult TV Shows: 74652

D

  • Dark Comedies: 869
  • Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028
  • Disney: 67673
  • Disney Musicals: 59433
  • Documentaries: 6839
  • Dramas: 5763
  • Dramas based on Books: 4961
  • Dramas based on real life: 3653
  • Dutch Movies: 10606

E

  • Eastern European Movies: 5254
  • Education for Kids: 10659
  • Epics: 52858
  • Experimental Movies: 11079

F

  • Faith & Spirituality: 26835
  • Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804
  • Family Features: 51056
  • Fantasy Movies: 9744
  • Film Noir: 7687
  • Food & Travel TV: 72436
  • Football Movies: 12803
  • Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
  • Foreign Comedies: 4426
  • Foreign Documentaries: 5161
  • Foreign Dramas: 2150
  • Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243
  • Foreign Horror Movies: 8654
  • Foreign Movies: 7462
  • Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485
  • Foreign Thrillers: 10306
  • French Movies: 58807

G

  • Gangster Movies: 31851
  • Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
  • German Movies: 58886
  • Greek Movies: 61115

H

  • Historical Documentaries: 5349
  • Horror Comedy: 89585
  • Horror Movies: 8711

I

  • Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
  • Independent Comedies: 4195
  • Independent Dramas: 384
  • Independent Movies: 7077
  • Independent Thrillers: 3269
  • Indian Movies: 10463
  • Irish Movies: 58750
  • Italian Movies: 8221

J

  • Japanese Movies: 10398
  • Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271

K

  • Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423
  • Kids Music: 52843
  • Kids' TV: 27346
  • Korean Movies: 5685
  • Korean TV Shows: 67879

L

  • Late Night Comedies: 1402
  • Latin American Movies: 1613
  • Latin Music: 10741

M

  • Martial Arts Movies: 8985
  • Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695
  • Middle Eastern Movies: 5875
  • Military Action & Adventure: 2125
  • Military Documentaries: 4006
  • Military Dramas: 11
  • Military TV Shows: 25804
  • Miniseries: 4814
  • Mockumentaries: 26
  • Monster Movies: 947
  • Movies based on children's books: 10056
  • Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
  • Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
  • Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
  • Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
  • Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962
  • Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
  • Music: 1701
  • Musicals: 13335
  • Mysteries: 9994

N

  • New Zealand Movies: 63782

P

  • Period Pieces: 12123
  • Political Comedies: 2700
  • Political Documentaries: 7018
  • Political Dramas: 6616
  • Political Thrillers: 10504
  • Psychological Thrillers: 5505

Q

  • Quirky Romance: 36103

R

  • Reality TV: 9833
  • Religious Documentaries: 10005
  • Rock & Pop Concerts: 3278
  • Romantic Comedies: 5475
  • Romantic Dramas: 1255
  • Romantic Favourites: 502675
  • Romantic Foreign Movies: 7153
  • Romantic independent Movies: 9916
  • Romantic Movies: 8883
  • Russian: 11567

S

  • Satanic Stories: 6998
  • Satires: 4922
  • Scandinavian Movies: 9292
  • Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492
  • Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926
  • Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916
  • Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
  • Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014
  • Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595
  • Science & Nature TV: 52780
  • Screwball Comedies: 9702
  • Showbiz Dramas: 5012
  • Showbiz Musicals: 13573
  • Silent Movies: 53310
  • Slapstick Comedies: 10256
  • Slasher and Serial Killer Movies: 8646
  • Soccer Movies: 12549
  • Social & Cultural Documentaries: 3675
  • Social Issue Dramas: 3947
  • Southeast Asian Movies: 9196
  • Spanish Movies: 58741
  • Spiritual Documentaries: 2760
  • Sports & Fitness: 9327
  • Sports Comedies: 5286
  • Sports Documentaries: 180
  • Sports Dramas: 7243
  • Sports Movies: 4370
  • Spy Action & Adventure: 10702
  • Spy Thrillers: 9147
  • Stage Musicals: 55774
  • Stand-up Comedy: 11559
  • Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
  • Steamy Thrillers: 972
  • Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
  • Supernatural Thrillers: 11140

T

  • Tear-jerkers: 6384
  • Teen Comedies: 3519
  • Teen Dramas: 9299
  • Teen Screams: 52147
  • Teen TV Shows: 60951
  • Thrillers: 8933
  • Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159
  • TV Action & Adventure: 10673
  • TV Cartoons: 11177
  • TV Comedies: 10375
  • TV Documentaries: 10105
  • TV Dramas: 11714
  • TV Horror: 83059
  • TV Mysteries: 4366
  • TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372
  • TV Shows: 83

U

  • Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472

V

  • Vampire Horror Movies: 75804

W

  • Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
  • Westerns: 7700
  • World Music Concerts: 2856

Z

  • Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

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