The Netflix Secret Menu

Sorry cable TV, move along.

With over 203.6 million subscribers, Netflix has taken the world by storm. Offering a buffet of movies and TV shows, including Netflix Originals such Stranger Things, The Crown, and Ozark, it seems as if it can’t get any better than this.

Well, it can. As you may know, Netflix uses an algorithm to suggest new shows and movies as well as genres based on what you have previously watched. It tends to be very particular with its suggestions, and thus makes it difficult to find other works that may be of interest to you.

However, a simple trick can easily be used to get through this loop, allowing you to find any available subgenre (ones that you can’t find on Netflix’s homepage).  All you have to do is log in to your account, then type http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/XXXX into your URL, with XXXX being a series of digits that corresponds to a specific subgenre. Want to watch it on your TV or the app instead? Just put the specific code you want into the search bar.

Still confused? Here’s a step-by-step guide.

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For a Computer:

Step 1: Go to netflix.com and then go to the home page. The URL should say http://www.netflix.com/browse.

Step 2: At the top of the URL, add a /genre following the word browse. Following the word genre, add another /, with no spaces in between, and then add the code that corresponds to the specific genre you want. For example, if I want to view romantic dramas, with the code being 1255, I’d type 1255 into the URL after the /. It should come to look like this: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/1255.

Step 3: Click enter and refresh the page, and then the genre you wanted should be displayed.

For TV, tablet, or iPhone:

Step 1: Go on the Netflix app or application. Then from the home section, switch to the search section or icon. 

Step 2: In the search bar, type the code that corresponds to the specific genre you want. For romantic dramas, also known as the code 1255, I’d simply put 1255 into the search box.

Step 3: Search for results. The genre you wanted should be displayed.

Not only that, but here are some Netflix shows and movies I’ve watched within the past few weeks that I highly recommend.

Ginny and Georgia

Similar to the show Gilmore Girls but with a darker twist, Ginny and Georgia dives into the relationship between a mother and daughter and focuses on both of their lives as they move into a new town. It’s a teen drama mixed with a bit of humor and some mystery. My roommate and I quickly got sucked into it despite some of its cringe-worthy scenes, but overall, it was worth it. I would definitely watch it with someone else though.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

This supernatural horror series follows half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina Spellman, starring Kiernan Shipka, as she struggles to navigate between two very different worlds. It’s set in the same universe as The CW’s Riverdale, but I find this show ten times better.

Behind Her Eyes

If you’re looking for an absolutely insane mystery thriller, Behind Her Eyes fits the bill. Although it has an initial slow buildup, it shows itself to be incredibly worth it. The show revolves around single mom Louise, who starts an affair with her boss and befriends his wife. All I can say was my jaw was on the floor when I finished the first season.

Bridgerton

With Bridgerton being one of the biggest shows on Netflix, this recommendation isn’t necessarily surprising. This show describes London’s high society through the eyes of multiple families. It has everything you could possibly ask for: romance, drama, and best of all, scandal.

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Ink Master

Although this show has been around for a while, if you’re looking for something to pass the time or just solid reality television, this is it. Ink Master is a competition among some of the most skilled tattoo artists in the nation, as we get to see them get judged firsthand on their work. The contestants compete for $100,000 and the title of “Ink Master.”

I Care A Lot

This psychological thriller and dark comedy had me hooked from the very beginning. I honestly had no clue what was going to happen, as I found it unpredictable with an incredibly intriguing plot. Long story short, this film follows a crooked legal guardian who swindles the elderly out of their money but encounters a problem when one woman has more baggage than expected.

Cam

Another psychological thriller and horror film, Cam deserves way more credit than it actually receives. It’s definitely trippy and slightly disturbing. The movie is about a camgirl whose channel is taken over by someone who looks exactly like her.

Crazy, Stupid, Love

If you haven’t seen this romantic comedy starring Steve Carrell, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone, and Ryan Gosling, you’re missing out. The film tells the story of Cal Weaver, who has the perfect life and family until his wife asks for a divorce. This has been and always will be one of my favorites.

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The Florida Project

This film had me entranced by the rawness and harsh reality it displays. Following a 6-year-old girl named Moonee, we get to see her day-to-day life and adventures at a run-down motel in Florida as her single mom struggles to get by. The plot aims to focus on the realness of poverty and homelessness.

So, what does this new discovery exactly mean for you? Besides the new recommendations, now you can binge-watch films that fall under the category of Slapstick Comedies (10256). Not really your cup of tea? How about a good old dramatic tearjerker (6384) instead? Unlocking new doors, or 14,000 additional titles to be exact, this secret is a complete game-changer.

Enjoy living the dream.

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