Just like the secret menu at a fast food restaurant, Netflix has a ton of subcategories that don’t show up on its standard menu.
These categories extend far beyond the generic “Action & Adventure,” “Comedy,” “Classic Movies,” and “Sci-Fi and Fantasy” you’re used to. We’re talking sub – and even sub-sub – categories of movies and TV shows you didn’t even know were a thing. Once armed with them, you’ll save time searching for just the flick to fit your mood, or find a new TV show that strikes your particular fancy.
But how do you access these secret categories? Let us explain.
Netflix has numeric codes that correspond to every kind of category. All you have to do to access the subcategories is type a URL with the code included into your browser.
The URL is http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/CODE, with the CODE being whatever the numbers are that correspond to the category you want to browse.
According to What’s on Netflix, which first discovered the trick, the codes work in every region where Netflix is live. Now that the service is in over 190 countries, this may not still hold true, so we’d love to know if the codes don’t work where you live or if you discover brand-new codes.
What’s more, the categories change often, and some are just placers with no content in them. Some categories, however, don’t show up in search, so it’s worth doing your own testing to if any of the sub-genres speak to you.
Here’s just a sampling of the codes. What’s on Netflix has A LOT more.
- Action & Adventure: 1365
- Adult Animation: 11881
- Anime Comedies: 9302
- Anime Dramas: 452
- Anime Features: 3063
- Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
- Anime Horror: 10695
- Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
- B-Horror Movies: 8195
- Biographical Documentaries: 3652
- Campy Movies: 1252
- Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
- Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
- Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
- Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
- Documentaries: 6839
- Dramas based on Books: 4961
- Dramas based on real life: 3653
- Experimental Movies: 11079
- Film Noir: 7687
- Football Movies: 12803
- Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
- Horror Comedy: 89585
- Korean TV Shows: 67879
- Movies based on children’s books: 10056
- Martial Arts Movies: 8985
- Mockumentaries: 26
- Monster Movies: 947
- Political Comedies: 2700
- Quirky Romance: 36103
- Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
- Screwball Comedies: 9702
- Silent Movies: 53310
- Soccer Movies: 12549
- Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
- Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
- Tearjerkers: 6384
- Vampire Horror Movies: 75804
- Westerns: 7700
- Via Mashable