Netflix Has Thousands of Secret Movie Categories You Can Only Access with This Hack

Oh hello, "Critically Acclaimed Romantic Dramas from the 1980s."

You know that horrible, rug-pulled-out-from-under-you, life-spinning-out-of-control feeling when you've poured the wine and settled into the couch and opened the Netflix...and realized there's nothing you want to watch? It's all okay now, thanks to this genius Netflix surfing hack.

Gizmodo (opens in new tab) notes that the trick only works if you're watching Netflix through your web browser, but when you do, you'll notice the URL is something like netflix.com/browse/genre/10757 (opens in new tab). That number at the end of the web address is the key that unlocks tens of thousands of super-specific genres you can check out.

All you have to do is enter a new number code and you'll find a new genre to watch. This website (opens in new tab) has listed all of Netflix's ridiculously long list of genres, from Cerebral Foreign Movies from the 1970s (opens in new tab) (669) to Irreverent Independent Mockumentaries (opens in new tab) (4553).

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According to The Atlantic (opens in new tab), there were 76,897 "altgenres" available on Netflix as of 2014. So this might take you a while. But hey, you were going to waste time on Netflix anyway, right?

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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.