How to unlock the secret categories on Netflix

This Netflix hack will unleash the motherload.

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Pretty much anyone who’s subscribed to Netflix will tell you it’s the best thing since sliced bread.

A library of thousands of films and TV shows right at your fingertips… but with so much choice comes one big problem: what the hell do you pick to watch?

Whether it’s new Adam Sandler releases being shoved in your direction or Netflix’s carefully calculated algorithm predicting something you might like, those with indecisive minds can spend an eternity before finally hitting play on something.

Fortunately, there’s a simple Netflix hack that allows you to unlock the vast array of sub-genres the streaming site has.

As unearthed by Business Insider, each genre is tagged with a coded number (eg: comic book and superhero flicks are 10118) but not all of them are accessible through the site’s user-facing navigation.

Fortunately, a pair of new websites have cropped up that have curated every single different genre on the site and thrown up links so you can easily jump across to their landing pages on Netflix

Netflixcodes.info highlights every genre and divides up the sub-genres within, while Netflixcodes.me presents an alphabetised list of every single category.

So there you have it. The perfect tools, whether you’re looking for ‘Deep Sea Horror Movies’ or Foreign Action & Adventure.

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Loaded digital media manager Simon Reynolds has written about film and entertainment for various leading websites since 2008. Follow Simon at @simonreyn