Netflix offers an embarrassment of video transfers given the modest monthly price tag, but choosing the right TV show or movie on a particular night is not the chillaxing experience it should be.
Indeed, the busy Netflix interface often pushes the same recommendations over and over, leaving the false impression that instead of thousands of videos to choose from, you only have a few dozen.
Once you know what you are doing, you can take a deep dive into the Netflix collection of films and TV episodes, subdividing the categories and dicing them to find the perfect video right now. You can also help Netflix better guess what you like. Finally, you can easily save your choices for later, allowing you to easily start a favorite movie with a minimum of fuss.
Note: Because Netflix's interface differs so much from device to device, we have focused our tips on desktop version of Netflix ̵
Filtering by genre
We all know the feeling of aimlessly scrolling through one Netflix category after another, from "Reality TV" and "TV Dramas" to "Thrillers" and "Suspenseful Movies". If you'd rather not just passively browse the categories that Netflix prefers to present, there is an easy way to do this.
First, click on TV programs & # 39; s or movies at the top of the Netflix home page. Once you've done that, a Genres drop-down menu appears.
Click to reveal a selection of about 20 different genres, from "Action" and "Documentaries" for movies and "Anime" and "Stand-up and talk shows" On the TV side.
Browsing through more sophisticated categories
Browsing through the genres of Netflix is a good first step toward finding the perfect video, but the categories in the genres menu are much wider than the cut and diced cut collections listed in the Netflix main interface. What if you fancy, for example, a spy film, a western, a classical musical or a sports drama? There is a way to choose between dozens of niche Netflix categories, but it requires a little legwork.
Browse your desktop for Netflix-Codes.com. No, we are not talking about discount codes here; instead, the site displays scores of codes that you can paste into a Netflix URL. Simply plug in the code (or, even simpler, right-click the code on the webpage) to jump to any number of laser-targeted Netflix categories, from "comic books and superhero movies" and "film noir" to "deep-sea terror movies & # 39; (seriously) and & # 39; Food & travel shows & # 39 ;. It's a great way to discover some hidden gems of Netflix.
Filter by year or rating
Most of the shows and movies that appear on the Netflix home page are from the past If you want to see something from the 1990s or earlier, you have to dig, and although you can sort the Netflix listings every year through the Netflix interface on the desktop (click on TV shows & # 39; s or movies , click on the raster icon in the top right corner and then select Released year from the drop-down list), you have to scroll and scroll to get past the years 2010 – and no, you cannot undo sorting by year.
Go to InstantWatcher.com, a site that lets you filter Netflix videos & year by rating. Click Search from the InstantWatcher home page and then use the sliders to filter TV programs & movies by the year they were released (a bar chart dramatically shows how heavy Netflix videos & # 39; s are compared to recent releases), their average Netflix rating, their IMDb rating, number of IMDb votes and runtime.
Below the sliders you will find a number of check boxes that offer you even more filter options. For example, you can filter by rating (MPAA or TV) or view a list of videos & # 39; s that Rotten Tomatoes has marked as & # 39; Critics & # 39; Picks & # 39; or & # 39; Fresh & # 39; from the New York Times.
Rate as many videos as you can
Netflix may have some strange ideas about the videos it thinks it wants to watch, but you can help push the algorithms in the right direction.
Where possible, click one of the two thumbs on the title page of a Netflix video, up or down (much easier rating system than the old five-star scale). The more movies and TV programs & # 39; s you rate, the better the Netflix recommendations become. Don't be afraid to rate a video that you haven't seen yet; if, say, torture films are not your bag, just click with your thumb down.
You can also view all your previous reviews, which is useful if you have changed your mind about a certain title. Move your mouse over your profile icon in the top right corner of the Netflix home page, click Account, and then click Reviews under the My Profile heading. Here you can click on a thumb to change an old assessment or on the & # 39; X & # 39; click to completely delete the assessment.
Find related movies
One of the easiest ways to find a movie or TV show that you & # 39; I like to watch the related videos & # 39; s of your favorites. However, depending on your platform, Netflix does spotty work by recommending movies and shows based on the videos you visit.
For example, the Netflix on my Apple TV does not show any related videos at all, while the Netflix iOS app is a & # 39; More Like This & # 39; "Placed section prominently on the title page of a video.
If your chosen Netflix app does not display related video, simply go to Netflix on your desktop, hover over a title, and click the down arrow on the at the bottom and then click More like this.
Rediscover your list
So you have found some Netflix videos & # 39; s that you would like to see. us who were loyal Netflix per-mail subscribers will remember the famous Netflix queue, a place where we carefully compiled the list of scores or even hundreds of films and shows that we wanted to watch.
When it started slowly away from DVD's and in the direction of streaming, Netflix seems to be fed up with the queue, eventually giving it the name "My List" and sliding it into a hard-to-find row in the main interface.
Fortunately, the queue – eh, My list – has come back in favor and you can now find it prominently at the top of the Netflix interface for desktop and most other platforms, which is useful for quickly accessing the video & # 39; s for which you have marked later.
You can reorder your list on a desktop, just like in the old days. Just click on a title and drag it up or down. You can also click on "Move up" to make a selection jump up in your list.
Another useful feature of My List for Desktop is that it notices which of your saved videos are about to disappear from the ever-rotating selection of Netflix, so come back regularly before that favorite movie comes to a Netflix competitor.