Unlock secret Netflix categories

You’ve probably already used Netflix’s main genres* to browse movie selections (Action, Classics, Horror, etc.). And you may have browsed through subgenres as well (Crime Action, Martial Arts, Westerns, etc.). But have you ever wanted to browse even deeper? If so, you should check out these Netflix secret codes that let you do exactly that.

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Use these secret codes to uncover hidden Netflix genres.

Netflix main genre codes

Go to Netflix and select “Browse,” then “Comedies.” Look at the address bar. You’ll see this:


That last number, 6548, is the Netflix genre code for Comedies. Now select “Subgenres.” Click through it, and you’ll notice that each subgenre leads you to a URL with a different genre code at the end:

  • Dark Comedies (869)
  • International Comedies (852492)
  • Late Night Comedies (1402)
  • Mockumentaries (26)
  • Political Comedies (2700)
  • Romantic Comedies (5475)
  • Satires (4922)
  • Slapstick Comedies (10256)
  • Sports Comedies (5286)
  • Stand-up Comedy (11559)
  • Teen Comedies (3519)

Each genre and subgenre of Netflix has its own genre code that, when added to the end of the URL string like this...

www.netflix.com/browse/genre/[genre code]

...will take you to the page of movies that fit that category.

Netflix hidden genre codes

Now for the fun part: There are codes for far more subgenres than can be navigated to just by clicking “Browse,” then “Subgenres,” from the main page. Movie categories like:

  • Bellydancing (3054)
  • Courtroom Comedies (599)
  • Rockumentaries (4649)
  • Zombies (3719)

You can even get crazy specific:

  • Deep Sea Horror Movies (45028)
  • French-Language Horror Movies from the 1970s (2132)
  • Independent Coming-of-age Dramas based on Books (3010)
  • Feel-good Children & Family Movies starring Muppets (2663)
  • Suspenseful Comic Book and Superhero Movies on Blu-ray (4907)

And yes, in case you were wondering, “Deep Sea Horror Movies” is Netflix’s secret code for “Sharknado 1, 2, 3 and Other Terrible Shark Movies.”

Netflix secret codes: The complete list

For whatever reason, Netflix hasn’t made these subgenres public yet. Luckily, a few enterprising souls have tracked down and cataloged an extensive list of genres, subgenres, and codes. It’s a pretty long list, so fire up your CTRL-F fingers and check it out:

See All the Codes

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