Disclosure: We are part of the Netflix Steam team. This post represents my unbiased opinion and experiences.
Lately, It seems like I have been caught in a Netflix loop. I feel that I have been watching the same shows over and over again. There are so many long running shows on Netflix, it is easy to fall in this type of rut. Imagine trying to catch up with Grey’s Anatomy, Friends or even Scrubs all of which have nearly 10 seasons, that can be a lot. While there is nothing like slogging through a decade of TV, sometimes it good to mix it up. The problem that I have is how to find that “new” thing especially when there is such a huge selection of movies and shows on the site.
After some time thinking about I came up with the following tips on how to mix it up on Netflix:
- Get new categories: Netflix has a way to change up your Netflix categories. There are thousands of Netflix subcategories, you can get access to them By entering http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/### in your browser, and putting a random for the genre number in the “###” area. Some of the categories you will find aren’t even available by search.
- Go on a Search Safari: My youngest son loves playing Scribblenauts on my phone, this is a game where you enter a word and it magically appears in the game. Since he is still learning how to read and write he randomly enters letters in the game and picks whatever options appears. I suggest you try this strategy in the search area of Netflix. Just close your eyes pick some letter and see where you end up.
- Pick a genre that you would never watch: Sometime you just have to force yourself to watch something you would never consider. I am not a big horror fan, but sometimes, just for a change I will look up a list on the internet of the best horror movies on Netflix and just give it a whirl. You never know what you might like until you try it. We tell it to our children every day when they wont eat certain foods, now it is your turn to put it into practice.
Try one of the strategies above or just make up your own. Just start thinking out of the box and get out of that rut!