Our Ninth Hack: Hacking the System!

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:

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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

Search results:

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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

Search results:

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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

Category: “Epic”

Code: (52858), URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/52858

Search Results:

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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

Search results:

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I’m thinking a lot of GW students would probably use this one…

Category: “Tearjerkers”

Code: (6384), URL: https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/6384

Search results:

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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!



7 thoughts on “Our Ninth Hack: Hacking the System!

  1. Madeline Stoltz says:

    Wow this is so cool! I can’t believe I didn’t know about this. I’m going to have to search through the codes to see what ones I’m interested in. Makes me wonder what else is out there that could be useful that I’m not aware of!


  2. cat says:

    I am truly mind-blown! Thank you so much for sharing this. I have been so annoyed with Netflix’s categories because they are so broad and I cannot find anything good with it. This reminds me about how a lot of places have “secret menus” like Chipotle and Starbucks. Why isn’t such useful information more known? I will for sure be using this hack when I reward myself for completing all the work I have this week!


  3. Alli says:

    Oh my god, I love this. Thank you so much! This may be illegal, so don’t quote me, but I am pretty sure there’s a way to change your Netflix settings to other countries and you’re able to access more content in addition to a refined search. Not looking to break the law anytime soon, so this is great! Thanks for sharing Rachel and I love love love the connection to Mr. Robot haha!


  4. jacksafranko says:

    I have recently started commenting on your blog and I think this is by far the coolest life hack I have seen. I often find myself struggling to find new shows or movies on netflix and this is quite the solution. I will definitely by trying this next time I sit down for some binge watching – to think there are hidden shows that netflix basic search engine has been glossing over. Keep up the good work!


  5. Marissa Dever (@writer1311) says:

    I’ve definitely heard about this hack, but mostly that there’s just a bunch of secret categories that aren’t in the normal lists. Now there’s a way to get to them! It’s odd that they have categories with live links that are empty, but at least you’re doing the good work to find that the categories even exist. I wonder if you can just try random number combinations and see what you get. -insert “hackerman” meme here-


  6. elizabethlepore says:

    This is so cool thanks for sharing! I’ve heard about this hack before but had never tried it. I’ll definitely have to give it a try. The only netflix hack I’ve tried was when I was abroad in Spain, we used a third party app to reset our netflix to be the American version rather than the Spanish one. Now I sort of miss the Spanish one because they had so many more American movies that weren’t on the U.S. version.


  7. Brianna Coleman says:

    Hey Rachel, So I’ve been keeping up with your blog weekly for the most part and I really love it. As for this Netflix hack THANKYOU!! I hardly watch cable any more and love binge watching Netflix in general. I am always looking for something new to watch as well. I will certainly use this hack as well look into Play Penny!


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