After watching the first episode of Mr. Robot this week, I started thinking about hacks that I could do that somehow reveal/expose something. With this in mind, I found a pretty cool one that I wanted to test; in this post I will be testing a hack for unlocking secret Netflix categories. I definitely love Netflix, so let’s hope it works!
Hack #1: Codes for Netflix Categories
This week when I searched life hacks, I came across this picture:
I clicked on the pin, and it took me to this website called “Play Pennies”, which is a website designed for finding different deals and ideas for various things (it’s honestly very similar to Pinterest, but probably with more selective content). If you feel like you discovered something great, you can even pitch a deal, tool, or product to them, as they write: “we are always looking for great deals, interesting products, hacks, and shareable articles for moms.” Though it says its marketed towards moms, a lot of the stuff can be used by everyone. Perhaps they’re just trying to relate to a niche market?
So for this pin, when I clicked on it the post described how when you go on Netflix and click on a certain category (for example, horror, comedy, etc) the URL will have a 3+ digit code at the end. The website says that there are many of these codes that exist but aren’t listed as categories on the main page/search bar. So I’m going to test a few of them on here and show you my results. Here goes:
Category: “Wine and beverage appreciation”
Code: (1458), URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/1458
It worked! This isn’t a category I’d be particularly interested in, but it’s definitely a more refined search than a generic category like “romcom” or a different genre with a high volume of content.
Category: “Quirky foreign action and adventure”
Code: (851) URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/851
So the category worked, but apparently there aren’t any movies/shows that match this description on Netflix right now. This kinda disappointed me because I actually would have been interested in this category. #Sad #RIP
Code: (52858), URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/52858
I mostly searched this category because I wasn’t totally sure what an “epic” movie was (but I was thinking it was similar to the literary epic) and this is a pretty cool category. Not really for me, but something that I think others will appreciate.
Category: Political Comedies
Code: (2700) URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/2700
I’m thinking a lot of GW students would probably use this one…
Code: (6384), URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6384
Not sure I’d classify ET as a tearjerker, but you do you Netflix.
I’m really glad I found this hack! Some of the categories are oddly specific, so if you’re in the mood for a certain type of movie/show to watch, these could be pretty useful. The website “Play Pennies” could also be a potential source for new hacks in the future as well. Overall this was a positive experience, and I’m definitely filing this under the “good hacks” section.
You could basically call me Elliot at this point.
Thanks for reading, and if you have any hacks you’d like me to test, feel free to comment below or tweet me!