50+ Secret Netflix Codes for Finding All the Best Shows

No offense to The Office, but we need just a little break.

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Netflix has none of what you don't want (commercials) and more of what you do (movies, shows, and specials) but if you find yourself watching the same episodes of The Office over and over again, it's time to rethink your queue. The dizzying amount of choice on your favorite streaming platform can feel overwhelming at times, but with the right tricks up your sleeve (namely: codes!), you can find exactly what you want to watch—without spending an hour clicking through those never-ending feeds.

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Browse with secret codes.

Netflix organizes all of its content into special categories — thousands of them in fact. You can explore each genre by typing its unique number after the web address: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/X, with X being the code. So the next time you're mindlessly scrolling through the homepage, jump to exactly what you want using one of these special shortcuts.

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If you need to laugh ...
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If you need to cry ...

Grab the tissues and get ready to sob your way through one of these:

Tearjerkers: 6384

Emotional Movies: 4136

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If you're over Netflix originals ...

Sometimes the streaming service gets a little too ambitious promoting its own content. You could try installing the "No Netflix Originals" Chrome extension to remove them completely from your browse page or jump ahead to one of these categories ahead:

Classic Movies (31574)

Classic Comedies (31694)

Classic Dramas (29809)

Classic TV Shows (46553)

Cult Movies (7627)

Cult TV Shows (74652)

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If you want something light on in the background ...

Not in the mood for complicated plot lines and whispered dialogue? These don't require a lot of brain space after a long day.

Food & Travel TV: 72436

Food & Wine: 3890

Reality TV: 9833

Home Improvement: 3293

Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595

Science & Nature TV: 52780

Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159

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If you want to binge ...

Hint: When "one more episode" turns into 10, go to "My Profile" and then "Playback Settings." There's an option to uncheck "Play next episode automatically." But we won't judge you for spending an hour (or 10) on one of these categories:

Classic TV Shows: 46553

Crime TV Shows: 6146

TV Action & Adventure: 10673

TV Comedies: 10375

TV Dramas: 11714

TV Mysteries: 4366

TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372

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To sort movies by year ...

On your computer, go to a category page (like Romantic Comedies) and look for a box with four dots on the upper right hand side of the page. From the dropdown menu, you can change it from "Suggestions for you" to sort by year released, alphabetical, or reverse alphabetical order.

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To add in expert reviews ...

If you question what Netflix considers "critically acclaimed" (us too), filter in another layer of critiques by installing the Google Chrome extension RateFlix. The free add-on will display IMDb ratings, Rotten Tomato percentages, and Metacritic scores right next to the movie description before you accidentally click on Bright.

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To watch titles before they expire on Netflix ...

Check websites like What's on Netflix and Just Watch. They'll tell you what's brand-new on the service and what's about to leave, so you can stream it before it disappears.

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