Secret Netflix codes offer oddly specific categories you might want to watch

How to find just what you're looking for

Just like the secret items 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. How deep are these cuts? Try "Anime Sci-Fi from the 1970s" (code 4531), "Independent Coming-of-age Dramas based on Books" (code 3010) or "Goofy Crime Comedies from the 1940s" (code 2173) on for size.

There are codes for films broken down by decade, actor, director, country of origin, and much more. Once armed with the codes, 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 see 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 Sci-Fi: 2729
  • Anime Horror: 10695
  • Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
  • Australian Crime Dramas: 4767
  • B-Horror Movies: 8195
  • Belgian Crime Movies: 1229
  • Biographical Documentaries: 3652
  • British TV Shows: 52117
  • British Monster Movies: 4460
  • Campy Movies: 1252
  • Campy B-Horror Movies from the 1960s: 1287
  • Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
  • Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
  • Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
  • Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
  • Critically-acclaimed Goofy Crime Movies: 4185
  • Courtroom Dramas based on Books: 4657
  • Dramas based on Books: 4961
  • Dramas based on real life: 3653
  • Dramas starring Colin Firth: 3494
  • Emotional Biographical Documentaries: 3046
  • Experimental Movies: 11079
  • Film Noir: 7687
  • Football Movies: 12803
  • Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
  • Gory Italian Movies from the 1980s: 4371
  • Gritty Chinese Action & Adventure: 2666
  • Horror Comedy: 89585
  • Independent Time Travel Movies: 1376
  • Inspiring Animal Tales: 1986
  • Korean TV Shows: 67879
  • Movies based on children's books: 10056
  • Martial Arts Movies: 8985
  • Military Historical Documentaries from the 1980s: 793
  • Mind-bending Crime Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 2639
  • Mockumentaries: 26
  • Movies directed by John Sturges: 4737
  • Political Comedies: 2700
  • Polish Movies from the 1960s: 3389
  • Quirky Biographical Documentaries: 4467
  • Quirky Romance: 36103
  • Raunchy Crime Action & Adventure: 2119
  • Reggae: 3081
  • Romantic Dramas based on a book from the 1930s: 2129
  • Rockumentaries: 4649
  • Satanic Stories from the 1980s: 4856
  • Scary Spanish-Language Movies from the 1970s: 1134
  • Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
  • Screwball Comedies: 9702
  • Silent Movies: 53310
  • Soccer Movies: 12549
  • Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
  • Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
  • Steamy Thrillers: 972
  • Tearjerkers: 6384
  • Understated Movies based on real life: 4982
  • Vampire Movies starring Peter Cushing: 3509
  • Violent Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy from the 1980s: 3857
  • Visually-striking Cerebral Dramas: 4361
  • Westerns based on real life: 1250
  • Witty Sports Movies: 3228
  • Zombies: 3719

Via Mashable

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