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These 27,000 secret Netflix codes unlock hidden content

Netflix has more than 27,00 genres you probably didn't know about. (Source: Getty)

If you’ve ever found yourself cycling through the same TV shows and movies over and over again on Netflix, you can expand the range of content you thought was available by trawling through the streaming platform’s ‘hidden’ genre categories.

However, Netflix hasn’t released these genres publicly, but some savvy netizens have caught on disseminated the good news across the internet.

Every genre on Netflix has its own specific code, which can be accessed through the URL netflix.com/browse/(code).

So for example, Netflix’ action movies correlate to code 67659 and can be accessible through netflix.com/browse/genre/67659.

If you own a subscription to the streaming giant, you’re familiar with some of the more common genres, like action and adventure (1365) or documentaries (6839) or Disney (67673).

But there are also some genres you really wouldn’t expect to exist – such as ‘Suspenseful Chinese movies’ (1296),  ‘Exciting movies starring Steven Seagal’ (118) and my personal favourite, ‘Scandinavian 20th Century Period Pieces’ (78464).

You can go through all of Netflix’ sub-genres here courtesy of Finder, but WhistleOut has shortlisted some in case you don’t have the time to go through all 27,002 genres.

Here’s a list of some lesser-known Netflix genre categories, thanks to WhistleOut:

Netflix sub-genre codes

Action comedies (43040)
Adult animation (11881)
Art house movies (29764)
Comic book and super hero movies (10118)
Courtroom dramas (2748)
Dark comedies (869)
Epics (52858)
Film noir (7687)
Martial arts movies (8985)
Mockumentaries (26)
Mysteries (9994)
Romantic comedies (5475)
Spy thrillers (9147)
Stand-up comedy (11559)

Netflix descriptive codes

Campy movies (1252)
Cerebral movies (1813)
Controversial movies (5041)
Feel-good movies (10579)
Goofy movies (2351)
Gory movies (615)
Gritty movies (3223)
Heartfelt movies (8494)
Inspiring movies (10619)
Irreverent movies (8789)
Mind-bending movies (1089)
Quirky movies (4444)
Raunchy movies (7378)
Sentimental movies (11078)
Steamy movies (11781)
Suspenseful movies (448)
Tearjerkers (6384)
Understated movies (5066)
Visually-striking movies (3225)
Witty movies (2943)

Weirdly specific Netflix codes

Boxing non-fiction (1863)
British military dramas (271)
Critically acclaimed emotional movies from the 1980s (4466)
Dark action sci-fi and fantasy (1452)
Exciting movies starring Steven Seagal (118)
Goofy detective movies (300)
Military movies from the 1940s (698)
Political dramas based on real life (2808)
Quirky showbiz movies (3518)
Romantic time travel movies (75971)
Suspenseful Chinese movies (1296)
Violent crime movies based on books (2529)
Visually-striking emotional dramas (3102)

Netflix Australian content codes

Australian movies (5230)
Australian comedies (2030)
Australian crime movies (3936)
Australian crime thrillers (4816)
Australian movies for ages 0 to 2 (588)
Australian movies for ages 2 to 4 (61)

Netflix action & adventure codes

Action & adventure (1365)
Action comedies (43040)
Action thrillers (43048)
Adventures (7442)
Asian action movies (77232)
Classic action & adventure (46576)
Comic book & superhero movies (10118)
Crime action & adventure (9584)
Martial arts movies (8985)
Military action & adventure (2125)
Spy action & adventure (10702)
Westerns (7700)

Netflix anime codes

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)

Netflix children & family codes

Animal tales (5507)
Children & family movies (783)
Disney (67673)
Education for kids (10659)
Family features (51056)
Kids music (52843)
Kids' TV (27346)
Movies based on children's books (10056)
Movies for ages 0 to 2 (6796)
Movies for ages 11 to 12 (6962)
Movies for ages 2 to 4 (6218)
Movies for ages 5 to 7 (5455)
Movies for ages 8 to 10 (561)
TV Cartoons (11177)

Netflix classic movies codes

Classic comedies (31694)
Classic dramas (29809)
Classic movies (31574)
Classic sci-fi & fantasy (47147)
Classic thrillers (46588)
Classic war movies (48744)
Classic westerns (47465)

Netflix comedy codes

Dark comedies (869)
Mockumentaries (26)
Political comedies (2700)
Romantic comedies (5475)
Satires (4922)
Screwball comedies (9702)
Slapstick comedies (10256)
Sports comedies (5286)
Stand-up comedy (11559)
Teen comedies (3519)

Netflix documentary codes

Biographical documentaries (3652)
Crime documentaries (9875)
Documentaries (6839)
Historical documentaries (5349)
Military documentaries (4006)
Music & concert documentaries (90361)
Political documentaries (7018)
Religious documentaries (10005)
Science & nature documentaries (2595)
Social & cultural documentaries (3675)
Sports documentaries (180)
Travel & adventure documentaries (1159)

Netflix drama codes

Biographical dramas (3179)
Classic dramas (29809)
Courtroom dramas (2748)
Crime dramas (6889)
Dramas (5763)
Dramas based on Books (4961)
Dramas based on real life (3653)
Gay & lesbian dramas (500)
Independent dramas (384)
Military dramas (11)
Period pieces (12123)
Political dramas (6616)
Romantic dramas (1255)
Showbiz dramas (5012)
Social issue dramas (3947)
Sports dramas (7243)
Tearjerkers (6384)
Teen dramas (9299)

Netflix faith and spirituality codes

Faith & spirituality (26835)
Faith & spirituality movies (52804)
Kids faith & spirituality (751423)
Spiritual documentaries (2760)

Netflix international movie codes

African movies (3761)
Belgian movies (262)
British movies (10757)
Chinese movies (3960)
Dutch movies (10606)
Eastern European movies (5254)
Foreign movies (7462)
French movies (58807)
German movies (58886)
Indian movies (10463)
Irish movies (58750)
Italian movies (8221)
Japanese movies (10398)
Korean movies (5685)
Latin American movies (1613)
Middle Eastern movies (5875)
New Zealand movies (63782)
Russian movies (11567)
Scandinavian movies (9292)
Southeast Asian movies (9196)
Spanish movies (58741)

Netflix gay & lesbian codes

Gay & lesbian comedies (7120)
Gay & lesbian documentaries (4720)
Gay & lesbian dramas (500)
Gay & lesbian movies (5977)
Gay & lesbian TV shows (65263)
Romantic gay & lesbian movies (3329)

Netflix horror movie codes

B-Horror movies (8195)
Creature features (6895)
Deep sea horror movies (45028)
Horror comedy (89585)
Horror movies (8711)
Monster movies (947)
Satanic stories (6998)
Slasher and serial killer movies (8646)
Supernatural horror movies (42023)
Teen screams (52147)
Vampire horror movies (75804)
Zombie horror movies (75405)

Netflix independent movie codes

Experimental movies (11079)
Independent action & adventure (11804)
Independent comedies (4195)
Independent dramas (384)
Independent movies (7077)
Independent thrillers (3269)
Romantic independent movies (9916)

Netflix music codes

Classic musicals (32392)
Country & western/folk (1105)

Jazz & easy listening (10271)
Kids music (52843)
Latin music (10741)
Music (1701)
Musicals (13335)
Rock & pop concerts (3278)
Urban & dance concerts (9472)
World music concerts (2856)

Netflix romantic movie codes

Classic romantic movies (31273)
Quirky romance (36103)
Romantic comedies (5475)
Romantic dramas (1255)
Romantic favourites (502675)
Romantic independent movies (9916)
Romantic movies (8883)
Steamy romantic movies (35800)

Netflix sci-fi and fantasy codes

Action sci-fi & fantasy (1568)
Alien sci-fi (3327)
Classic sci-fi & fantasy (47147)
Fantasy movies (9744)
Sci-fi & fantasy (1492)
Sci-fi adventure (6926)
Sci-fi dramas (3916)
Sci-fi horror movies (1694)
Sci-fi thrillers (11014)

Netflix sports movie codes

Baseball movies (12339)
Basketball movies (12762)
Boxing movies (12443)
Football movies (12803)
Martial arts, boxing & wrestling (6695)
Soccer movies (12549)
Sports & fitness (9327)
Sports comedies (5286)
Sports documentaries (180)
Sports dramas (7243)
Sports movies (4370)

Netflix thriller codes

Action thrillers (43048)
Classic thrillers (46588)
Crime thrillers (10499)
Gangster movies (31851)
Independent thrillers (3269)
Mysteries (9994)
Political thrillers (10504)
Psychological thrillers (5505)
Sci-fi thrillers (11014)
Spy thrillers (9147)
Steamy thrillers (972)
Supernatural thrillers (11140)
Thrillers (8933)

Netflix TV show codes

British TV shows (52117)
Classic TV shows (46553)
Crime TV shows (26146)
Cult TV shows (74652)
Food & travel TV shows (72436)
Kids' TV show (27346)
Korean TV shows (67879)
Military TV shows (25804)
Miniseries (4814)
Science & nature TV shows (52780)
TV action & adventure (10673)
TV comedies (10375)
TV documentaries (10105)
TV dramas (11714)
TV horror (83059)

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