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How to use secret codes to find Netflix's hidden genre categories

How to use secret codes to find Netflix's hidden genre categories
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It could easily be argued that Netflix is going head-to-head with baseball for the title of "America's Favorite Pastime." Maybe you agree, maybe you don't. But you can't argue with the fact that streaming Netflix accounts for more than one third of all data usage during peak hours. That's pretty hard to compete with, even for baseball.

Maybe you're a casual Netflix streamer, or maybe you're pretty hardcore. Either way, whenever you sit down for each binge session, you probably spend more time than you'd like digging through the library to find your next favorite show. That's why all Netflix users will benefit from this little secret for finding hidden genre categories.

Using hidden URLs

To use this trick, you'll need to be logged into your Netflix account on your PC, rather than your Smart TV or hand-held device. As you browse, you'll notice the URL at the top will look something like this: www.netflix.com/browse/genre/7852.

That little number at the end is the genre code, and you can pull up a lot of different genres just by changing it. Here is a list of codes we've found online for various categories:

  • 46576 - Classic Action & Adventure
  • 9584 - Spy Action & Adventure
  • 7700 - Westerns
  • 5507 - Animal tales
  • 67673 - Disney
  • 11177 - TV Cartoons
  • 32473 - Classic foreign movies
  • 1402 - Late night comedies
  • 10256 - Slapstick comedies
  • 10005 - Religious documentaries
  • 7018 - Political documentaries
  • 6384 - Tearjerkers

Just from this sample you can see that there are several different sub-genres you won't find from browsing through the main menu. And this isn't even half of it. The list goes on, and on.

When using this trick, keep in mind that Netflix is constantly reorganizing its catalog of movies. That means you might occasionally come across a URL code that doesn't work. But, this is still an easy way to pull up content you wouldn't otherwise find.

Source: Field Guide
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