Two websites reveal “secret codes” allowing Netflix users to easily and quickly access thousands of subgenres tailored to each individual’s taste.
Gizmodo reports all users need to is simply replace few numbers at the end of the Netflix URL with ones given by the unofficial websites.
Upon doing so, anybody can immediately access extremely specific lists detailing all the Netflix entries filed under the category.
The first website lists them in alphabetical order:
Meanwhile, the second is a Google spreadsheet specifying the categories by numerical precedence:
As the man behind the second website - Alexis C. Madrigal – said in his 2014 piece for The Atlantic, the site captures “each and every microgenre that Netflix's algorithm has ever created.”
According to Madrigal, there are over 76,897 micro-genres for users to browse. These range from “ Dance Workouts” to Foreign Horrow Movies” and “Political Comedies.”
Moreover, a wide variety of foreign films are specified, from India, the Middle East, Latin America, Southeast Asia, Europe and more.
Users can even watch films featuring some of their favorite actors, actresses or directors, with list names such as “Comedies starring Katharine Hepburn” to “Action and Adventure directed by Clint Eastwood.”
Films from various decades also feature on the list, as categories “ “Foreign Vampire Movies from the 1970s” to “British Moves based on a book from the 1980s” reflects.
However, there are some instances where the codes do not work due to regional variations and the fact Netflix’s catalog is constantly changing.
Still, as David Nield writes for the Gizmodo, it doesn’t take away from the website’s usefulness.
“A lot of them do [work]. It’s fun turning up a few obscure films that you might not otherwise have discovered,” he explains.
Madrigal explains just loading, copying and pasting all of these subgenres took over 20 hours for him to do, he says.
It was an effort, however, that caught the attention of Netflix’s Vice President of product innovation, Todd Yellin.
"I've been waiting for someone to bubble up like this for years,” Yellin told Madrigal.