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What to watch on Netflix: use these simple hacks to discover Netflix Originals, TV shows and movies

Late last year, Netflix announced that it is on track to release more original content in 2021 than 2020. Even while big production houses were struggling to complete their existing catalogue of content, Netflix is making big moves. Last month, the company announced that it will release more than 40 originals in India this year. This includes movies, television series, documentaries, reality series and stand up comedy specials.

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We aim to ensure that your next favourite story is on Netflix,” Monika Shergill, VP – Content at Netflix India said during the “See What’s Next India” event last month. In addition, Netflix announced plans to invest $500 million in Korean content this year. It also decided to spend over $400 million for the rights of Knives Out sequels. The bottom-line being that Netflix already has a lot of content and it plans to add a lot more.

What to watch on Netflix?

If you have a Netflix subscription but don’t know what to watch next then you are not alone. It is, in fact, estimated that people spend at least 20 minutes scrolling through Netflix’s home screen. This situation even has a name. The behavioural psychologists call it “The Paradox of Choice”. It states that more choices that are presented to a consumer, they are less likely to choose a satisfactory outcome.

So, if you are also doomscrolling Netflix for 20 minutes and often giving up or watching FRIENDS for the umpteenth time then it is time for you to change the way you discover content on Netflix. Now, while Netflix’s home screen is a reservoir when it comes to content library, it is no longer effective enough to find something new that is also worth your time. Whether you pay Rs 199 in India or $9 in the US, here’s how to get most out of your Netflix subscription.

Use this simple hack to find Netflix Originals

Whether you joined Netflix when House of Cards came out in 2013 or joined to watch Money Heist recently, there is no doubt that Netflix Originals are one of the big draws of the platform. When HBO and Disney struggled to make new content last year, Netflix originals continued to release new shows and movies. That further shows when you open the app and are presented with Netflix Originals almost immediately. However, that’s not the complete list of original content, and there’s an even better way to find Netflix Originals. Here is how.

  1. Open Netflix on your app or browser
  2. Click on the search icon at the top right hand corner
  3. You will see top searches filtered by the region
  4. Now, type “Netflix” into the search bar
  5. You will now see a complete list of Netflix Originals all in one place

Netflix secret category codes: the complete list

The best way to find new and interesting content on Netflix is still by going to old school search master: Google. Yes when in doubt, Google it works for Netflix too. On Google search, type this https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/# and press Enter. You will now see different genres or click on a row name on the homepage in your browser for more content. As first discovered by What’s On Netflix blog, you can search for content by genre beyond the usual Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, and the like.

In order to find TV shows or movies beyond the standard genre, you will need to type a specific URL into a browser. Each URL has a specific format: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/###

In the case of above URL, the “###” refers to the code related to a particular Netflix category. For example, the genre code 1390785 belongs to Netflix’s list of Marvel animated titles. The code 35800 belongs to steamy romantic movies while 11140 is for supernatural thrillers. If you are into Korean shows then the code for you is 67879. The complete list of Netflix categories and their code is below:

  • 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-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
  • 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: 2748
  • 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
  • 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
  • Eastern European Movies: 5254
  • Education for Kids: 10659
  • Epics: 52858
  • Experimental Movies: 11079
  • 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
  • Gangster Movies: 31851
  • Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
  • German Movies: 58886
  • Greek Movies: 61115
  • Historical Documentaries: 5349
  • Horror Comedy: 89585
  • Horror Movies: 8711
  • 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
  • Japanese Movies: 10398
  • Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271
  • Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423
  • Kids Music: 52843
  • Kids’ TV: 27346
  • Korean Movies: 5685
  • Korean TV Shows: 67879
  • Late Night Comedies: 1402
  • Latin American Movies: 1613
  • Latin Music: 10741
  • 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
  • New Zealand Movies: 63782
  • Period Pieces: 12123
  • Political Comedies: 2700
  • Political Documentaries: 7018
  • Political Dramas: 6616
  • Political Thrillers: 10504
  • Psychological Thrillers: 5505
  • Quirky Romance: 36103
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tearjerkers: 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
  • Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472
  • Vampire Horror Movies: 75804
  • Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
  • Westerns: 7700
  • World Music Concerts: 2856
  • Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

Check Netflix’s curated editorial channels

Netflix briefly tests Collections as a section that rounds up content out together by “experts on the company’s creative teams”. Collections is meant to be an easy way to find out what to watch next. It was designed to theme contents into lists such as “Watch in One Weekend” or “Stream & Scream” and “Sparking Joy” and more. You can look for similar editorial channels by search for Strong Female Lead, Christmas or Holiday, etc in your Netflix app.

Netflix third-party catalogue websites

Another way to dive deeper into Netflix’s library is to use third-party websites that keep tab on the service. These third-party catalogue websites track what is currently available on the streaming platform and what will be leaving. These catalogue websites also use reviews, meta and ratings from services such as Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB to curate their own library.

Soon On Netflix is a great way to find out what will soon be available on the service. Reelgood.com is a must visit website that has a full list of movies and shows that are available on Netflix. This site also offers an option to filter the content. As mentioned above, What’s on Netflix is another great website dedicated to all things Netflix. Last but not the least, r/NetflixBestOf is a subreddit where users post their favourites.

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