These Secret Netflix Codes Can Unlock Thousands of Hidden Categories

Unlock Tons of Hidden Netflix Categories
7 June 2016

Have you ever spent hoursssss browsing Netflix only to end up not even picking a movie? Well you're not the only one to experience what we like to call 'ONS' or 'Overwhelming Netflix Selection'.

There's actually a reason for this; the app uses a super scientific algorithm for helping you find a movie based on what you've previously and regularly watch.

But sometimes, what you've previously watched just doesn't cut it. Sometimes you'd like to watch something totally random like a "Feel-good Children & Family Movie from the 1980s" (code 4355). Yes this is a real category. And there are thousands like them. And for us cordcutters who've jumped ship and found alternatives to cable like Netflix, we need sweet hacks like like this!

Netflix uses secret category codes (not the same as netflix promo codes or coupon codes which help us save money) but these category codes organize content and help users choose the right movie based on likes, viewing history, actors, actresses and a ton more variables to help them get it right and hide what they don't think the viewer would watch.

By using the category codes below you'll be able to view Netflix in an entirely new way. Now, you'll be able to find movies from various sub-genres that the app wouldn't normally allow you to see!

See also: Here's Some Free Redbox Codes To Unlock Free DVD & Video Game Rentals

To view the secret categories, select a code from the list below and enter the category code at the end of the URL.

(Here's an example:

Note: You must be logged into your Netflix account from a desktop computer for the secret codes to work.

Here is a full list of the most popular secret codes to get your started and a few oddly specific codes you'll get a kick out of......

Code 1458: Wine and beverage appreciation

Code 851: Quirky foreign action and adventure

Code 852: Independent movies about food

Code 855: Feel-good sports movies for ages 8 to 10

Action & Adventure: 1365
Action Comedies: 43040
Action Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1568
Action Thrillers: 43048
Adult Animation: 11881
Adventures: 7442
African Movies: 3761
Alien Sci-Fi: 3327
Animal Tales: 5507
Anime: 7424
Anime Action: 2653
Anime Comedies: 9302
Anime Dramas: 452
Anime Fantasy: 11146
Anime Features: 3063
Anime Horror: 10695
Anime Sci-Fi: 2729
Anime Series: 6721

Art House Movies: 29764
Asian Action Movies: 77232
Australian Movies: 5230
B-Horror Movies: 8195
Baseball Movies: 12339
Basketball Movies: 12762
Belgian Movies: 262
Biographical Documentaries: 3652
Biographical Dramas: 3179
Boxing Movies: 12443
British Movies: 10757
British TV Shows: 52117
Campy Movies: 1252
Children & Family Movies: 783
Chinese Movies: 3960
Classic Action & Adventure: 46576
Classic Comedies: 31694
Classic Dramas: 29809
Classic Foreign Movies: 32473
Classic Movies: 31574
Classic Musicals: 32392
Classic Romantic Movies: 31273
Classic Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 47147
Classic Thrillers: 46588
Classic TV Shows: 46553
Classic War Movies: 48744
Classic Westerns: 47465
Comedies: 6548
Comic Book and Superhero Movies: 10118
Country & Western/Folk: 1105
Courtroom Dramas: 528582748
Creature Features: 6895
Crime Action & Adventure: 9584
Crime Documentaries: 9875
Crime Dramas: 6889
Crime Thrillers: 10499
Crime TV Shows: 26146
Cult Comedies: 9434
Cult Horror Movies: 10944
Cult Movies: 7627
Cult Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 4734
Cult TV Shows: 74652
Dark Comedies: 869
Deep Sea Horror Movies: 45028
Disney: 67673
Disney Musicals: 59433
Documentaries: 6839
Dramas: 5763
Dramas based on Books: 4961
Dramas based on real life: 3653
Dutch Movies: 10606
Eastern European Movies: 5254
Education for Kids: 10659
Epics: 52858
Experimental Movies: 11079
Faith & Spirituality: 26835
Faith & Spirituality Movies: 52804
Family Features: 51056
Fantasy Movies: 9744
Film Noir: 7687
Food & Travel TV: 72436
Football Movies: 12803
Foreign Action & Adventure: 11828
Foreign Comedies: 4426
Foreign Documentaries: 5161
Foreign Dramas: 2150
Foreign Gay & Lesbian Movies: 8243
Foreign Horror Movies: 8654
Foreign Movies: 7462
Foreign Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 6485
Foreign Thrillers: 10306
French Movies: 58807
Gangster Movies: 31851
Gay & Lesbian Dramas: 500
German Movies: 58886
Greek Movies: 61115
Historical Documentaries: 5349
Horror Comedy: 89585
Horror Movies: 8711
Independent Action & Adventure: 11804
Independent Comedies: 4195
Independent Dramas: 384
Independent Movies: 7077
Independent Thrillers: 3269
Indian Movies: 10463
Irish Movies: 58750
Italian Movies: 8221
Japanese Movies: 10398
Jazz & Easy Listening: 10271
Kids Faith & Spirituality: 751423
Kids Music: 52843
Kids' TV: 27346
Korean Movies: 5685
Korean TV Shows: 67879
Late Night Comedies: 1402
Latin American Movies: 1613
Latin Music: 10741
Martial Arts Movies: 8985
Martial Arts, Boxing & Wrestling: 6695
Middle Eastern Movies: 5875
Military Action & Adventure: 2125
Military Documentaries: 4006
Military Dramas: 11
Military TV Shows: 25804
Miniseries: 4814
Mockumentaries: 26
Monster Movies: 947
Movies based on children's books: 10056
Movies for ages 0 to 2: 6796
Movies for ages 2 to 4: 6218
Movies for ages 5 to 7: 5455
Movies for ages 8 to 10: 561
Movies for ages 11 to 12: 6962
Music & Concert Documentaries: 90361
Music: 1701
Musicals: 13335
Mysteries: 9994
New Zealand Movies: 63782
Period Pieces: 12123
Political Comedies: 2700
Political Documentaries: 7018
Political Dramas: 6616
Political Thrillers: 10504
Psychological Thrillers: 5505
Quirky Romance: 36103
Reality TV: 9833
Religious Documentaries: 10005
Rock & Pop Concerts: 3278
Romantic Comedies: 5475
Romantic Dramas: 1255
Romantic Favorites: 502675
Romantic Foreign Movies: 7153
Romantic Independent Movies: 9916
Romantic Movies: 8883
Russian: 11567
Satanic Stories: 6998
Satires: 4922
Scandinavian Movies: 9292
Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1492
Sci-Fi Adventure: 6926
Sci-Fi Dramas: 3916
Sci-Fi Horror Movies: 1694
Sci-Fi Thrillers: 11014
Science & Nature Documentaries: 2595
Science & Nature TV: 52780
Screwball Comedies: 9702
Showbiz Dramas: 5012
Showbiz Musicals: 13573
Silent Movies: 53310
Slapstick Comedies: 10256
Slasher and Serial Killer Movies: 8646
Soccer Movies: 12549
Social & Cultural Documentaries: 3675
Social Issue Dramas: 3947
Southeast Asian Movies: 9196
Spanish Movies: 58741
Spiritual Documentaries: 2760
Sports & Fitness: 9327
Sports Comedies: 5286
Sports Documentaries: 180
Sports Dramas: 7243
Sports Movies: 4370
Spy Action & Adventure: 10702
Spy Thrillers: 9147
Stage Musicals: 55774
Stand-up Comedy: 11559
Steamy Romantic Movies: 35800
Steamy Thrillers: 972
Supernatural Horror Movies: 42023
Supernatural Thrillers: 11140
Tearjerkers: 6384
Teen Comedies: 3519
Teen Dramas: 9299
Teen Screams: 52147
Teen TV Shows: 60951
Thrillers: 8933
Travel & Adventure Documentaries: 1159
TV Action & Adventure: 10673
TV Cartoons: 11177
TV Comedies: 10375
TV Documentaries: 10105
TV Dramas: 11714
TV Horror: 83059
TV Mysteries: 4366
TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy: 1372
TV Shows: 83
Urban & Dance Concerts: 9472
Vampire Horror Movies: 75804
Werewolf Horror Movies: 75930
Westerns: 7700
World Music Concerts: 2856
Zombie Horror Movies: 75405

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  • Sandra

    Fantastic. I can't wait to try it. Where do you put the codes?

    • elbruno83

      did you not read the article? It tells you what to put in your address bar of the web browser 

      • burnteye

        so, you don't know either?

      • BrokenEye

        But I don't watch Netflix on my web browser. I watch Netflix on my TV.

      • Matt

        you're a stupid bitch

        • jwag1701

          And you are a ASSHOLE!

          • AngelaMissouri

            Love the argument...very entertaining and all...but seriously., if you're ever going to be able to tell a douchebag off, you REALLY need to touch up on your grammar skills. Before a noun that begins with a vowel, you don't use an "a". (As in "And you are a ASSHOLE!" The proper way to say that would instead be, "And you are AN ASSHOLE!" It just hurts so much more when it's possible that the person that's insulting you doesn't have less of an education than an eight year old child with special needs. *'s totally up to you what you want to do, and it's just an opinion (an educated one) and a suggestion....(albeit a great one). Oh yeah...and one more thing...I was on your side in your little spat, and this wasn't to be mean it rude. Just thought you could use the free advice....

            • A_Human_Being

              And if you're ever going to be a Grammar Nazi, please pay attention to the little details, e.g. you have a comma right after a period in your first line (look right after the word "Seriously")

              Just Saying ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

              • Signchick07

                If you really want to get technical, you never start a sentence with the word and.

            • djqu8ke

              Something comes to mind... Oh! Yeah! "People who live in glass houses..."

              Or if you prefer, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone"

              No one should ever be called a bitch and certainly not in my presence. 

              ‘A prejudice lingers from the days of schoolmarmish rhetoric that a sentence should never begin with and. The supposed rule is without foundation in grammar, logic, or art.’
              Modern American Usage (1966)

              ‘Full Faith and Credit shall be given in each State to the public Acts, Records, and judicial Proceedings of every other State. And the Congress may by general Laws prescribe the Manner in which such Acts, Records and Proceedings shall be proved, and the Effect thereof.’

              The US Constitution Article. IV, Section 1

    • charly

      Put the codes at the end of the address in the article. Works with any Android device not just desktop. Don't know about apple I don't have those

    • brighton6er

      This is where you will put the code. 2674 is sample code. Enjoy.

    • wayne

       You put the codes in the URL or address bar, ( after the .com add a / )

    • Mel

      Enter the codes on the browser url  Example

    • Falicia

      Hello everytime i do the url thing in my browser with the code it goes directly to my netflix app showing all categories not the 1 specified with code. What am i doing wrong

  • Turtle3235

    once  u  put  in  the  code  from  a  desktop will  it  stay  open  if  u  watch  it  from  another  device  when  u  log  in  on  that  device 

    • charly

      Any browser on any Android device works great. I don't have any Apple products so I'm not sure if it works on them

  • Seajay4563

    Where do you put the codes in and can you put code into the search on TV?

    • imzfia

      It tells you where to put it and also tells you that you need a desktop computer for it to work. Ex: the code goes in the end.

      • Kateliann

        can you use your desktop to add the movies onto your list and then view them on my sharp tv?

        • Techmaven67

          yes.  Add to your watch list from your desktop computer and watch it from any device where you can watch Netflix.

    • Hfc

      Let me know if you get an answer to your question!

      • charly

        yes. The prior response was correct. But you can also do it from any device like your phone or tablet. Not just the desktop

    • charly

      Put it at the end of the address. But you can also use your browsers on phones and tablets. I rarely ever get on my desktop so finding this out was super important.

  • RMR

    Why would anyone spend "hoursssss browsing Netflix"?!  Do you seriously have that much disposable time on your hands? Wow.  What a waste.

    How about using that time to try to make the world a better place or bettering yourself.

    • Hipchic

      I doubt that they were being literal. WOW! Aren't you a critical ass.

      • RMR

        Fair point.  Patricia, have you actually "spent hoursssss browsing Netflix only to end up not even picking a movie"?

        • DemanGee

          This list should definately help prevent people from "browsing for hours" and narrow down what they're looking for relatively quickly. That's the whole point for it; to narrow down and display all of the movies (shows) for only what YOU"RE looking for. Hell… it may even intrigue folks to explore new genres. I'm personally glad they posted it.

    • Kab2

      How did you stumble upon this article while you were busy bettering the world?

      • Ct-tom

        I wish I could "like" this comment. Great response!

    • Diva

      Ya u r the one who obviously has to much time on your hands you idiot

    • nanamama14

      You can only devote so many hours in the day to making the world a better place. Relax a little and watch a good movie. Take your mind off the troubles of this world for a couple of hours. You'll feel better about life.

    • Smokey1624

      I don't have Netflix right now or cable. That being Said,  I really don't think you should concern yourself with what other people decide to do with thier time. Just Saying.

    • Holly13070

      WOW...... Just wow!

    • Hah

      Sometimes I like to throw something on Netflix to have as background noise while I better the world. And sometimes TV can be an escape. 

  • eastsider

    "To view the categories, select a code from the list below and enter the category code at the end of the URL.

    (Here's an example:

    Note: You must be logged into your Netflix account from a desktop computer for the secret codes to work."

    • charly

      i wish they would have said that it works from browsers from any device not just a desktop

  • eastsider

    Quoting the article:

    "To view the categories, select a code from the list below and enter the category code at the end of the URL.

    (Here's an example:

    Note: You must be logged into your Netflix account from a desktop computer for the secret codes to work."

  • Rsjc

    none of these codes work

  • apopulis

    AWESOME!!! YOU ROCK! I am the person who searches for 45 minutes then never picks a movie.

  • Trix

    This is awesome! Thanks so much!!

  • BriteEyezz

    if you do the codes then save the movies on your list are you able to play them on your tv or are these movies only available on phones and tablets?

    • charly

      absolutely. Very easy to use these codes

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  • mimi86W

    I would like to see more Masterpiece Theatre series & mystery series from PBS ex. "Endeavor" series

  • Romababe

    There always has to be someone in the crowd that MUST put someone down. They do this to try and make themselves feel better about themselves. What they don't realize is that it doesn't work, plus I want to throw up when I see their comments. Thank mom for the great tip! Ignore the rude people!    RMR and Kab2 consider yourselves called out.

    • RMR

      You're calling out Kab2?! Haha, their comment was a slight against me (duh). 

    • RMR

      What YOU don't realize is that I throw up when I see that someone "spent hoursssss browsing Netflix only to end up not even picking a movie"

  • DAD

    Thanks Mom, great post!
    We have a Sunday family movie and it is a pain trying to pick something to watch so this really helps.

    RMR I'm glad you spend every second of your life bettering yourself and the world but for me, once the housework is done Sunday afternoons are for putting my feet up and forcing my child to watch the movies I used to watch as a kid :-)

  • DAD

    Thanks Mom, great post!

    We have a Sunday family movie and it is a pain trying to pick something to watch so this really helps.

    RMR I'm glad you spend every second of your life bettering yourself and the world but for me, once the housework is done Sunday afternoons are for putting my feet up and forcing my child to watch the movies I used to watch as a kid :-)

    • RMR

      I watch movies too. I'm just shocked that someone would actually spend "hoursssss browsing Netflix only to end up not even picking a movie"

  • beckypetr

    Has anyone gotten any of these codes to work? I tried it exactly as the article says, but it just says "page unavailable." I even clicked on the link mentioned in the article and it just took me to my account.

  • Sam

    I tried it and or didn't work. Is this real?

  • NanaH

    i can't get it to work on the netflix app. Is that correct that it only works on pc?

  • Hun

    thank you so much for making the world a better place, by giving us codes to find movies more quickly. not beind a smart ass, this info makes the world a better place!!!

  • Doremimi

    I am really enjoying browsing some of these categories, and it's really nice that they are so specific.  It makes it much easier to find exactly the kind of movie you're looking for.  I have to wonder what kind of person comes to an article written specifically about finding movies to watch, just to announce to everyone that they are far too good, busy, and altruistic to bother with such a selfish pursuit as looking for a good movie.  How does someone like that end up on a page like this to begin with?  Could it be that they are the ones with too much time on their hands, so they spend all of their time looking for places to go trolling?  Just a thought.  Anyway, thank you for providing this list.  It will be very useful when my family is looking for something to watch together.

    • RMR

      Fair point. I came upon this article while I was searching for 9th Grade learning materials. I hardly ever comment on blogs; I just move on. But this time, I was simply shocked that someone actually "spent hoursssss browsing Netflix only to end up not even picking a movie." And now I'm just intrigued by the dialogue. 

      I wasn't trying to put others down; I just can't believe "hoursssss" are wasted. However, kudos for sharing helpful info!

  • BusyMom

    This will be such a time saver!  I actually tried it on my android because, well, you know-to test the limits, and because getting on a computer to pick out a movie is way too inconvenient for me.  It totally worked.  I typed in the url into Google adding my specified category code at the end and my phone opened a list of movies/pics in that category.   Once I touched on a potentially interesting movie, it opened up in my netflix app and I was able to add movies to my list.  

  • Benzover

    hi please let people know these codes can only be used when you are watching from your desk top, not from you TV.  I KNOW. I SAVED THIS INFO TO PINTREST. I GOT SOME SNARKY NASTY COMMENTS FROM RE-PINS.




  • charly

    The codes work fantastically. Thank you! Also, I saw several people ask how to watch it on something else. I don't know if it works on the TV yet but it works perfectly on my phone and tablet. I used chrome on the phone and silk on my tablet. Hope this helps someone.

  • charly

    This is fantastic. The codes work perfectly. I found I can use any browser on any device. I have Android phone and tablet. I get so frustrated trying to find things I'm looking for or something new and this is great. Once you log into your account you stay logged in when entering the address. So it's super easy to look through the categories.

  • bdp24

    Do the codes unlock more shows & movies? Or just new ways of finding the ones that are already on there?

  • Penny

    where do you enter the codes on your Netflix acct. can't find the place 

  • chrisynl

    It doesnt work... I think mainly because of the country restriction Netflix imposes. Which is I must say frustrating, there is not enough choice and diversity on Netflix. Anyway, tried a few, and although the links work, no titles whats so ever ;)

  • s3nfan

    Does anyone know if this works for Netflix in Canada?

  • Windwalker

    can't get codes to work.  It just keeps rerouting to home kids page ( while looking for specific kids genres)

  • Guera805

    what about roku players?

  • LMO

    Ok. So do I know wich movies were hidden before?

  • dona

    I did like you said,It keeps telling me,page not found.I did it the way you said,twice.What else can I do to get it?

  • marydean88

    Thanks for this article! It really works! This will help when I can't figure out what to watch. THANKS!

  • geb


  • Boodie

    Forget grammer, you can educate ignorant, you can medicate crazy, but you will never defeat stupid!! If the shoe fits wear it!!!!!

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