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Mastering Plex Media: The 25+ Best Tips, Tricks, Tutorials, and Guides

We have all the tips, tricks, tutorials, and guides you’ll need to become a full-fledged master of Plex Media. Newbies and veterans, welcome!

Have you ever wanted to run your own personal Netflix-type service within your own home? Imagine if you could load up all of your digital movies, TV shows, music, and more onto a single device, then be able to stream it on any device on the same internet network.

Well, Plex lets you do that—and so much more. Plex is one of the best home media solutions available today. And the best part? It’s free to use! There are some non-essential convenience features that do require a paid subscription, but they’re truly non-essential. The best bits of Plex are, indeed, all free.

If you’ve never even heard of Plex before, you’ll want to check out our complete newbie’s guide to Plex. It’s long, it’s comprehensive, and it’s everything you need to get started even with zero knowledge.

Choosing a Device as Your Plex Media Server

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The beauty of Plex is that it can run on many devices: most computers, certain gaming consoles, network-attached storage (NAS) drives, and even some routers. Perfect for an always-on home media streaming solution!

If you just want to stream Plex off of your laptop or computer, check out our Plex newbie guide that was linked up above!

Configuring Your Plex Media Server

Once the Plex software is installed and running on your device of choice, you’ll want to get it properly set up for your needs. Check out these tips and tricks that we’ve compiled over the years:

More Plex Tips and Tricks

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The general idea of Plex is simple—you select what you want to stream, and stream it—but you can take things up another level with some of the tips and tricks below:

An Even Better Plex Experience

The default Plex software is pretty great right out of the box. However, you can definitely improve the experience using third-party software, apps, and plugins that Plex fans have created over the years:

Understanding Plex’s Paid Features

If you’ve gotten this far, you might be wondering what kinds of  “non-essential” features are hidden behind Plex’s paid subscription called Plex Pass:

Alternatives to Plex Media Server

Plex is arguably the best at what it does, but there are several alternatives out there in case you find that Plex isn’t exactly the right solution for you:

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How to Search for Words in a YouTube Video

If you ever find yourself skipping through a YouTube timeline trying to find a punchline or a specific part of a tutorial, this article is for you.

It can be time-consuming and mind-numbing to try and find a specific moment in a YouTube video. However, you don’t need to do this manually.

In this article, we show you how to search for words in a specific YouTube video, as well as how to find words across all YouTube videos.

How to Search for Words in a Specific YouTube Video

It’s easy to find the exact spot in any YouTube video by using your browser’s search function, in conjunction with YouTube’s closed caption feature.

Most YouTube videos come with captions—either manually added or automatically generated. However, if a video doesn’t then it won’t be possible to follow these steps.

YouTube transcript

  1. Navigate to the YouTube video you want to search.
  2. Beneath the video, click the More icon (three horizontal dots).
  3. Click Open transcript. This will open a timestamped list of captions to the side of the video.
  4. Press Ctrl + F to open your browser’s search function. Input the word or term you want to search. If it’s found in the transcript, it will be highlighted.
  5. You can click that caption line to jump to the part in the video where your search term is spoken.

Remember, this relies on the accuracy of the captions. It isn’t guaranteed that the captions are all correct, especially if they have been automatically generated.

How to Search for Words Across Many YouTube Videos

This method is useful for when you want to find any YouTube videos that contain a specific word or phrase.

YouGlish search words

  1. Go to YouGlish.
  2. Input the word or phrase you want to find in the search field and click Say it.
  3. Use the controls beneath the video to Play and jump to where that word or phrase appears.
  4. Press Ctrl + Right arrow to move to the next video.

YouGlish doesn’t work on automatically generated captions. As such, it will only find videos where the captions have been manually added.

How to Make YouTube Fun Again

If you think this method for searching YouTube videos for words has been useful, you should take a look at these YouTube cheats to make YouTube fun again.

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The 20 Best Original Netflix Movies Worth Watching

Everyone raves about Netflix’s original TV series. And rightly so. However, if they don’t interest you, why not switch your attention to the original Netflix movies worth watching?

Netflix’s production of original movie content continues to grow. And while they’re not all theatrical gems, many of them are movies worth watching, especially as Netflix isn’t afraid to make movies more traditional Hollywood studies won’t touch.

So, in no particular order, here are the best original Netflix films to watch right now.

1. Beasts of No Nation (2015)

Drama, War | IMDb: 7.7 | RT: 92%

It’s perhaps fitting that Netflix’s first original feature film remains one of its strongest titles, even to this day. Beasts of No Nation is the impressive yet heart-rending tale of a young West African boy whose life is torn apart by war and forced to join a rebel faction to survive.

With strong direction from True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga and powerful performances by Idris Elba and Abraham Attah, this is the kind of film that transports you into another world and leaves its mark on you for a long time.

2. Uncut Gems (2019)

Crime, Drama, Thriller | IMDb: 7.6 | RT: 92%

Uncut Gems is a triumphant return to the big screen for Adam Sandler, who puts in one of his best performances ever. Given his past few outings on the silver screen, you could be forgiven for glossing over a film featuring Sandler—but Uncut Gems is well worth your time.

Sandler plays a jewelry store owner who pawns an NBA championship ring, then promptly takes cash and places a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the ultimate windfall. The result is a thrilling balancing act between family, business, and the most important thing of all—his life.

3. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)

Comedy, Drama, Musical | IMDb: 7.3 | RT: 91%

The Coen Brothers carry a powerful reputation for storytelling, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs doesn’t disappoint. It’s a beautifully shot western with a packed cast, featuring Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco, and Tom Waits, to name but a few.

So, what sets The Ballad of Buster Scruggs apart from the rest? Well, it’s actually six short screenplays woven into a single film. The Coens wrote the stories over a 20-year period, only receiving funding from Netflix to finally piece the tale together once it emerged the streaming service would take a chance on unique projects.

4. Mudbound (2017)

Drama | IMDb: 7.4 | RT: 97%

Mudbound is a critically acclaimed historical drama set in Mississippi during World War II that follows two families who not only share farmland but also all the social and economic struggles of the time. It’s a moving tale that speaks to the human heart and sheds light and wisdom on many of our own modern struggles.

5. Roma (2018)

Drama | IMDb: 7.7 | RT: 95%

Roma is the multi-Academy Award-winning drama from director Alfonso Cuarón, following a year in the life of a middle-class family’s maid in Mexico in 1970.

The film is Cuarón’s tour de force, featuring stunning black and white cinematography, incredible scale, and a story intermingling personal growth and tragedy with events that shaped a nation. Throughout, Roma is gripping, intriguing, and, ultimately, a beautiful journey.

6. Okja (2017)

Adventure, Drama | IMDb: 7.3 | RT: 86%

Okja is a South Korean film that follows a rural young girl, her budding friendship with a strange new animal, and the lengths she’s willing to go to in order to save that animal’s life when it’s threatened.

The film contains a lot of not-so-subtle social commentary, but never so much as to spoil the experience. If you’re a fan of director Bong Joon-Ho’s other films (The Host, Mother, Snowpiercer), then you should check it out.

7. The Irishman (2019)

Biography, Crime, Drama | IMDb: 7.9 | RT: 96%

Crime, drama, mobsters, De Niro, Pacino, Pesci, and Scorsese. Need I say more? The Irishman is a journey through the ages of the Italian American mob, as told through the eyes of an aging mafia hitman.

It’s a long watch, coming in at over three hours. During that time, you’ll see younger versions of the main characters, manipulated using pioneering technology, and hear numerous intersecting events that shaped crime in the USA.

The Irishman picked up nine Academy Award nominations, notable for both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci receiving nominations for Best Supporting Actor.

8. The Fundamentals of Caring (2016)

Comedy, Drama | IMDb: 7.3 | RT: 77%

The Fundamentals of Caring is the story of a cynical boy with muscular dystrophy who drives away all his caretakers, until one day he meets his match. This heart-warming buddy comedy film is more than just laughs and drama; it’s an exploration of what it means to care and the importance of genuine friendship as a component in emotional healing.

9. High Flying Bird (2019)

Drama, Sport | IMDb: 6.2 | RT: 93%

Steven Soderbergh’s sports drama covers a whirlwind 72-hour period behind the scenes during a league lockout. The story focuses on a player’s agent attempting to find a new deal for his client during the lockout period, protecting the interests of his player while ensuring he can play in the NBA when the league resumes.

Interestingly, High Flying Bird is filmed entirely on an iPhone 8, from start to finish. As incredible as that sounds, it isn’t the first film that Soderbergh has shot on an iPhone (the first being psychological horror, Unsane). You wouldn’t know or even suspect that Soderbergh shot the film on a phone most people use to browse Instagram.

10. I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017)

Comedy, Suspense | IMDb: 6.9 | RT: 89%

Despite its genre labels, I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore sits in a class of its own.

When a depressed nursing assistant returns from work one day to find her home burglarized and is brushed aside by the police, she decides to take matters into her own hands. But if you think you know where this story goes, you’re mistaken.

The excellent performances from Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood elevate this above its generic premise.

11. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

Biography, Comedy, Drama | IMDb: 7.3 | RT: 97%

Eddie Murphy rolls back the years in this dramatic comedy, offering a biography of filmmaker Rudy Ray Moore’s life. Moore was well known for playing the character of Dolemite in his stand-up routine, while the character also appeared in a series of blaxploitation films.

It is a heartfelt performance from Murphy, his affinity for the subject matter clear in his portrayal of Dolemite.

12. To the Bone (2017)

Drama | IMDb: 6.8 | RT: 71%

To the Bone is an insightful look at one person’s struggle with anorexia and the obstacles that can get in the way of recovery. Not to say that all anorexia stories mimic this one, but it’s insightful, nonetheless. The performance by lead actress Lily Collins is captivating, and the film’s dark humor brings levity to what could have been a depressing tale.

13. The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

Drama, Comedy | IMDb: 6.9 | 93%

The Meyerowitz Stories is a comedy-drama that follows the siblings of a family struggling to emerge from the shadow of their father, a successful sculptor, and professor.

What we really like about The Meyerowitz Stories is the casting. Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller, and Elizabeth Marvel play the estranged siblings, linked together through their combined efforts to succeed in their own right, analyzing and illustrating a familiar family dynamic. Add in Dustin Hoffman as the father, and you have a great movie on your hands.

14. Gerald’s Game (2017)

Horror, Suspense | IMDb: 6.6 | RT: 91%

What do you do when you go on a weekend trip to a remote lake house, agree to be handcuffed to the bed as a way to spice up your romantic life, and then get stranded because your partner has a heart attack and dies? Gerald’s Game has fun with that question and succeeds thanks to Carla Gugino’s remarkable performance.

Stephen King film adaptations tend to be a little hit-or-miss, but you can mark this one down in the “hit” column. For others that pass muster, check out the best Stephen King movies to stream.

15. Set It Up (2018)

Romance, Comedy | IMDb: 6.5 | RT: 92%

Who says romantic comedies are dead? Netflix doesn’t agree, that’s for sure. Set It Up follows the tried and tested rom-com formula: matchmaking, calamity, hilarity, misunderstandings, and of course, falling in love.

Like all rom-coms, you should go in with an open mind. Expect little, and you’ll have a pleasant enough time watching two assistants attempt to force their bosses together, only to realize that they’re a perfect match for each other.

16. ARQ (2016)

Suspense, Sci-Fi | IMDb: 6.4 | RT: 43%

ARQ is a time-loop suspense film with a heavy dose of “science fantasy.”

A couple is stuck in a makeshift laboratory that keeps repeating the same day from the same moment, all while fending off a group of intruders who want to steal a valuable device they possess.

All in all, this is a fun popcorn flick that doesn’t pretend to be anything more.

17. The Other Side of the Wind (2018)

Drama | IMDb: 6.8 | RT: 83%

Netflix takes chances on its original films, allowing interesting ideas to flourish. So, what better project to bring to the world than a new Orson Welles picture. That’s right, a new film from the legendary actor, writer, director, and producer, over 30 years since his passing.

The story behind The Other Side of the Wind is as remarkable as the film itself. Welles began filming in 1970, working on the project when his time and funding allowed. However, it ran into financial and legal trouble, and production struggled.

The filming was completed after Welles’ death in 1985, and several attempts were made to piece the various reels together. In 2018, Netflix released the film to critical praise, bringing Welles back to the screen once more.

Welles final outing follows the story of fictional veteran Hollywood director Jake Hannaford, who was attempting to resurrect his career through the production of a flashy “modern” film.

Winding through friends, enemies, the media, and a lot of booze, Hannaford’s journey explores how Welles saw the distancing of the Golden Age of Hollywood sliding into the contemporary era, and the effect it had on those working the scene.

18. Win It All (2017)

Comedy, Drama | IMDb: 6.2 | RT: 85%

Win It All follows an everyday gambling addict who, as fate would have it, comes across a lot of dirty money, gambles it all away, and becomes indebted to the criminal whose money he lost. The clock starts ticking as he scrambles to win it all back, and possibly even get his life back together in the process.

19. I Lost My Body (2019)

Animation, Drama, Fantasy | IMDb: 7.6 | RT: 96%

I Lost My Body is a stunning French animation detailing how a severed hand longs to reconnect with its host body. It sounds grim, but I Lost My Body brings some dark humor to an animated fantasy adventure that winds throughout the streets of Paris. I Lost My Body packs in the action, and the animation and illustration are brilliant to boot.

You can watch the original version in French with English subtitles, or switch to the English dub if you prefer.

20. Annihilation (2018)

Adventure, Drama, Horror | IMDb: 6.9 | RT: 88%

If you like science fiction horror, Alex Garland’s Annihilation should be right up your street.

Annihilation follows a team of scientists entering “The Shimmer,” a quarantine area full of mutant and toxic plants, animals, and more, all waiting to be discovered. The team, lead by Natalie Portman, encounter a steady stream of horrific animals and an environment that does not want to be explored.

Portman turns in an excellent performance, and Garland’s previous work on Ex Machina shines through to create a mysterious and gripping sci-fi horror movie.

More Netflix Movies Worth Watching

If you don’t have Netflix but feel compelled to try it out in order to watch these films, check out our ultimate guide to Netflix to get started. Or, if you’re looking for more films to watch, check out the best movies to watch on Netflix.

Do you still need more to watch? Then here’s how to find movies you will love on Netflix.

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Anchor Makes It Easier to Record Podcasts With Friends

There has never been a better time to start a podcast. With many countries in lockdown due to the spread of COVID-19, recording a podcast is a more productive use of your time than watching Netflix 24/7. And Anchor wants to help you get started podcasting.

Everyone either already has a podcast, or has ambitions to start one. However, talking into a microphone by yourself isn’t as much fun as chatting with friends. Which is where Anchor’s Record With Friends 2.0 comes in, making remote podcasting a breeze.

How to Use Record With Friends 2.0

Anchor, an all-in-one platform for podcasters owned by Spotify, details Record With Friends 2.0 in a Medium post. The company explains that it’s “making it easier to record your conversations with anyone, wherever they are in the world, from any device.”

It’s doing this with Record With Friends 2.0, which, as the name suggests, is an improvement over its previous remote podcasting functionality. Although currently in beta, Record With Friends 2.0 is free to use and available globally.

All you need to do is start recording a podcast using the Anchor app. Then tap “Invite friends to join.” You can invite up to four other people to record with you by sending an invite link. That will open either in the Anchor app, or their default browser.

The host needs to be using the Anchor app and have an Anchor account. However, unlike the previous version of Record With Friends, the guests don’t need to have either, making it easier than ever to record a podcast with your friends.

The Best Podcast Equipment You Can Buy

All of my favorite podcasts feature people talking to each other. There’s something more appealing about listening into a conversation than listening to a monologue. So if you have previously recorded alone, Record With Friends 2.0 could be a Godsend.

Whether you choose to use Anchor or not, you should give podcasting a try. If you have an original idea and a voice people want to listen to, there’s no reason not to start a podcast. And once you get established, you can buy the best podcast equipment to up your game.

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How to Delete Recently Watched on Netflix

Netflix does a lot of things exceptionally well, but content discovery is not one of them. It’s surprisingly difficult to dig deep into the company’s library to find enjoyable new stuff to watch. Instead, users often have to rely on the not-so-user-friendly secret Netflix codes (how to enter Netflix’s secret codes).

In theory, you shouldn’t need to use these codes. The Netflix apps have a list of recommended shows that are generated by sophisticated algorithms that analyze the content you have already watched.

But what if you and your partner share a single Netflix profile? It’s one of the common mistakes people make using Netflix and will make the algorithm become confused.

Luckily, all hope is not lost. You can remove the movies and TV shows you’ve watched from your Netflix history, and prevent the algorithms from considering them when suggesting new content. So, here’s how to delete your Netflix history to improve your recommendations.

How to Delete Recently Watched on Netflix

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It is easy to delete your watch history on Netflix, just follow the simple step-by-step instructions below:

  1. Navigate to Netflix.com and sign into your account.
  2. Click on the primary Netflix user’s name.
  3. Click on the small arrow in the upper-right corner of the screen.
  4. In the dropdown menu, choose Account.
  5. Go to My Profile > Viewing Activity.
  6. You will see a list of all the content you’ve watched.
  7. To remove a TV show or movie from the list, click on the Delete icon next to the show’s name.

Remember, if you’ve watched multiple episodes of a show, you need to remove them all for Netflix’s algorithms to stop considering them. You can either do this manually, or click Hide Series? to remove the show as a whole.

You can also edit the thumbs-up and thumbs-down ratings and older star ratings you have given content by clicking on the Rating tab in the top-right corner.

To learn more about using Netflix, here’s how to change your Netflix region and how to change the Netflix playback speed.

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The 12 Best Foreign Netflix Shows From Around the World

Netflix is arguably best known for three things: awesome Netflix originals, fascinating Netflix documentaries, and hilarious Netflix comedies.

However, most of this stuff is in English. And if you limit yourself to one language, you’re going to miss out on some brilliant foreign Netflix shows.

With that in mind, here are the best foreign shows on Netflix from around the world. And we recommend everyone watch these shows, regardless of language.

1. Narcos (2015)

IMDb: 8.8

If you’re a Netflix subscriber who hasn’t heard of Narcos yet, do yourself a favor and move it straight to the top of your watchlist.

While not exactly a foreign Netflix series, this fictionalized retelling of Pablo Escobar and his legendary Columbian cocaine operation in the 1970s is one of the most gripping tales ever told.

In the years since its 2015 release, each season of Narcos has focused on a linear progression of cartel expansion within the Americas. Interspersed with archival footage of the real Pablo Escobar, Narcos achieves a level of depth that few TV series manage to achieve.

Overall, it is an intense, action-packed drama, but never loses sight of its characters. It’s intricately plotted, but never impossible to follow or understand. This Golden Globe-nominated sensation is a must-watch TV show.

Watch Narcos on Netflix

2. Money Heist (2017)

IMDb: 8.5

Don’t be turned off by Money Heist’s generic title. Originally called “The House of Paper”—but renamed for Netflix—there’s absolutely nothing generic about this show. It follows a team of professional thieves who break into the Royal Mint of Spain, led by a mastermind known only as “The Professor.”

Essentially, take everything you know about heist movies and throw it out the window. Money Heist will have you sympathizing with all three parties (the cops, the robbers, and the hostages) by being smartly written with well-developed characters. It’s a cat and mouse game in the truest sense of the phrase, with plot twists at every turn.

Best of all, the plot twists actually make sense to the story and deepen it, instead of simply being there for shock value.

This series absolutely deserves to be on a list of the best foreign series on Netflix.

Watch Money Heist on Netflix

3. Dark (2017)

IMDb: 8.7

With all the time travel TV shows that have come before this, you may be forgiven in thinking that there are no new or interesting angles left to explore for this plot device. Fortunately, that assumption is wrong.

Dark, the first Netflix original in German, is living proof that time travel can still be surprising and mind-warping. The setup: in the small German town of Winden, children start to disappear in a way that is reminiscent of a spate of disappearances that happened 33 years ago.

As the police chief investigates these disappearances, the entire town is forced to confront a previous tragedy as secrets are uncovered and the fabric of trust unravels.

Watch Dark on Netflix

4. Babylon Berlin (2017)

IMDb: 8.4

Looking for one of the best foreign TV shows with high production values?

Babylon Berlin is one of the most expensive non-English TV dramas ever produced. It’s also one of the richest and most engaging period pieces we’ve ever seen—even more so than well-known favorites like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire.

Visually gorgeous with an exquisite attention to detail, Babylon Berlin has a bit of everything: romance, sex, drugs, crime, police work, politics, and interpersonal drama. All of these events take place in the 15-year period leading up to the rise of the Third Reich.

Through masterful storytelling, Babylon Berlin successfully transports you to the 1920s and keeps you entranced by all its beauty and ugliness. To call it “ambitious” would be an understatement.

Watch Babylon Berlin on Netflix

5. Samurai Gourmet (2017)

IMDb: 8.3

Looking for a foreign Netflix series with no drama? And no intricate plotlines or confusing character relationships? Then try Samurai Gourmet, a simple, joyful food show that’s so soft you’ll wonder why you’re watching it—yet you’ll be unable to look away.

As a food show, Samurai Gourmet follows an older man who has just entered retirement. When he does, he begins to explore food—not just the taste of it, but how one’s enjoyment of food can change based upon the setting, the emotions, and the people you’re with.

If you need to be uplifted in these uncertain times, Samurai Gourmet is the perfect show for it.

Watch Samurai Gourmet on Netflix

6. Fauda (2016)

IMDb: 8.3

Looking for political intrigue? The Israeli-made Fauda starts off a bit slow, but quickly snowballs into a high-intensity thriller that is reminiscent of shows like 24 and Strike Back.

The plot: an elite member of the Israeli Defense Force is pulled out of retirement when his last target, whom he supposedly killed, resurfaces.

We recommend Fauda if only because it breaks up the dominance of European and Asian TV series when it comes to Netflix’s “International” TV section. The underlying Israeli perspective elevates it to new heights, too.

Watch Fauda on Netflix

7. Tabula Rasa (2017)

IMDb: 8.1

What if we told you that one of the best psychological thrillers on TV is Belgian? Well, it’s true, and it’s called Tabula Rasa. While the title is overused and borderline cliche, it fits the show.

In Tabula Rasa, an amnesiac woman is the key witness in a child disappearance case. However, unlocking her memory may unleash more drama than anyone ever expected.

If you like slow-burn, high-suspense, twist-filled stories that take their time and earn their climactic moments, then you need to watch this show.

Watch Tabula Rasa on Netflix

8. A Very Secret Service (2015)

IMDb: 7.8

As the only comedy on this list, A Very Secret Service stands out in a way that no other show does. In this French-produced single-season series, a French secret service newbie is trained and mentored in cold-war France as it changes and evolves under the influence of global politics.

Honestly, that plot sounds a lot more serious than it is, but we assure you that A Very Secret Service is a spoof on the espionage genre. Often described as “James Bond meets The Office,” it takes a serious subject and turns it into a humorous one through silly situations and characters.

This TV series is a breath of fresh air for anyone who’s tired of the same old comedy cliches.

Watch A Very Secret Service on Netflix

9. 3% (2016)

IMDb: 7.4

3% is a science-fiction thriller that takes you forward to a dystopian Brazil that’s been split into two unequal societies: the Offshore, which overflows with affluence and abundance, and the Inland, where poverty and desperation have taken over.

Every year, 20-year-old adults are given the chance to “cross over,” but only three percent of them make it. If you’re drawn to movies like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, then you’ll find a lot to like in 3%. It feels very much like a young adult tale, but adeptly tackles deeper issues and themes that are accessible to a wider audience.

Watch 3% on Netflix

10. Glitch (2015)

IMDb: 7.6

Glitch is one of the best mini-series to come from “Down Under.” In a tiny Australian town, seven people mysteriously rise from their graves. Their bodies are still intact, as if they’d never died, but their memories are fragmented.

What’s more, these seven grave risers apparently have nothing in common, with many decades occurring between each of their deaths.

Yes, Glitch is technically another zombie show, but it avoids most of the usual trappings of a zombie show by focusing on mystery instead of cheap thrills. As you learn more about the characters, it only gets more interesting.

Watch Glitch on Netflix

11. High Seas (2019)

IMDb: 6.8

High Seas is a Spanish television show with high drama, high romance, and a high attention to historical detail.

When two sisters cross the Atlantic ocean from post-WWII Spain to Brazil, their trip is thrown into chaos when a woman on board is murdered. After the sisters join forces with the ship’s first officer to solve the murder, they discover a decades-old conspiracy deeper than any of them ever imagined.

Glamorous, glitzy, and full of intrigue, High Seas is the perfect sort of show to watch if you’re interested in high drama set in odd places.

Watch High Seas on Netflix

12. Mr. Sunshine (2018)

IMDb: 8.8

Last on our list of the best foreign Netflix series is Mr. Sunshine. This is an award-winning South Korean TV series that takes place during the early 1900s.

Following a collection of characters ranging from Eugene Choi (an American immigrant who returns to Korea as a US Marine), to Go Ae-shin (a noblewoman who secretly works for the Korean independence movement), this TV series is tense, poignant, and beautifully written. It pays equal attention to historical events and the trials and tribulations that the characters go through.

If you’re embarking on an historical TV binge, definitely check this one out.

Watch Mr. Sunshine on Netflix

More Awesome Shows to Watch on Netflix

If you’re tired of the same old shows that cater to the same old audiences, then take heart: Netflix is arguably the most experimental “TV network” of them all. You can find a lot of brilliant foreign Netflix series to dig into.

If you’re looking for other things to watch on the streaming platform, we recommend the best BBC shows on Netflix for Americans, followed by the best Nordic dramas on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Enjoy!

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The New Google Podcasts Is Available on iOS and Android

Google has launched a new version of its Podcasts app. And, for the first time ever, Google Podcasts is now available on iOS as well as Android. What’s more, across both mobile platforms, Google has redesigned the Podcasts app to make it easier to use.

Google Wants You to Listen to Podcasts

Podcasts have been around for longer than you might think. However, they have massively grown in popularity in recent years to become a medium in their own right. The two issues are choosing the best app to listen to them on, and finding new podcasts to listen to.

Google thinks it has solved both of these issues with the new version of Google Podcasts. Now available on both Android and iOS, according to The Keyword, Podcasts has been redesigned to make it easier than ever to listen to, organize, and discover podcasts.

How to Use the New Google Podcasts

The new Google Podcasts boasts three main tabs: Home, Explore, and Activity.

Home provides you with a feed of new episodes and quick access to the shows you subscribe to. Selecting an episode will reveal the topics discussed in that episode. You can then learn more about those topics by jumping over to Google Search.

new Google Podcasts app

Explore is where you’ll find new podcasts to listen to. The “For You” tab will feature new shows and episodes of shows Google thinks you’ll enjoy. To the right of that are other tabs recommending popular podcasts across a range of different categories.

Activity is where you’ll find everything you have been doing on Google Podcasts. This includes episodes you have already listened to, episodes you have queued up to listen to, which episodes you have downloaded, and which podcasts you’re subscribed to.

Download: Google Podcasts on iOS | Android

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Google faces a tough time persuading iPhone users to switch from Apple Podcasts to Google Podcasts. And there are plenty of alternatives on both operating systems. So, here are the best podcast apps for Android and the best podcast apps for iOS.

While Google Podcasts is all about helping you listen to podcasts, perhaps you would prefer to record your own podcast instead. Now is as good a time as any, and all you need is an original idea in your head and the right equipment to start podcasting.

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20 Secret Netflix Codes to Help You Find New Content

If you subscribe to Netflix, you need to know about the service’s “secret codes.” These are numerical tags used to browse specific genres inaccessible from the main menus.

Secret Netflix codes make Netflix a lot more usable; given the amount of content available, it’s difficult to find stuff you really like without them.

And the downside? Well, there are hundreds of individual codes, so how can you possibly get through them all?

Fear not, as we have done the hard work for you. And here’s our list of the secret Netflix codes guaranteed to help you find new content.

How to Use the Netflix Category Codes

To use Netflix codes to find movies and TV shows, enter the following URL into your browser, replacing [CODE] with the correct number from your genre of choice:

  • http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/[CODE]

Now that you know how, here are the best Netflix codes to find new content…

1. B-Horror—8195

netflix b horror genre

The term “B-Movie” is derived from Hollywood’s Golden Age, a period when cinemas would typically show a low budget film alongside a much-anticipated blockbuster in a double feature showing. As film production costs rose the double feature phenomenon began to fade, but the concept of B-movies lived on.

Many B-Horror movies have slowly become cult classics. They are formulaic, have diabolical acting, shocking scripts, and often include an incredibly cheesy monster or ghoul—but we love them!

If horror is your favorite movie genre, read our list of the best horror films to watch on Netflix before you pick what to watch next.

2. Tearjerkers—6384

Tearjerkers try to make you cry or be sad. They are normally excessively sentimental, and you’ll walk away feeling emotionally drained. The feelings they generate can stay with you for weeks, if not longer.

If this is your thing, Netflix has a great selection to choose from. Just make sure you bring your tissues.

3. Art House—29764

The most famous Hollywood filmmakers are unwilling to take risks on pieces that are liable to return financial losses, so Art House movies are normally produced outside of the big studios.

They are frequently experimental in nature and the end product closely adheres to the director’s artistic ideals, often without compromise.

4. Biographical Documentaries—3652

netflix bio doc genre

Biographical documentaries can amaze, inspire, and shock. Some of the world’s most famous and interesting people have had movies made about them.

You need to look no further than the 2015 Academy Awards for an insight into their popularity—The Theory of Everything (about the life of Stephen Hawking) picked up five Oscar nominations, including “Best Picture”. It’s definitely one of the Netflix codes worth checking out.

5. Dramas based on Books—4961

An incredible number of films are actually adaptations of books—many of which you might not even realize were books in the first place.

Lots of people prefer reading books or listening to audiobooks on Audible over watching films. However, if you’re looking to digest some popular titles in hours rather than weeks, this is the way forward.

6. Social Issue Dramas—3947

Films have the almost unique gift of being able to bring social strife, injustice, and conflict into the consciousness of the public at large.

This genre has also seen a boom in recent years, with films based on slavery, women’s rights, and class wars all making ripples in Hollywood.

7. Period Pieces—12123

netflix period drama

Period pieces have a wide scope. Mention the term in passing, and most people’s minds will drift to TV shows like Downton Abbey and films like Pride and Prejudice, but in reality everything from Titanic to Gladiator is included.

In recent years, period pieces have become one of the most popular Netflix genres among viewers.

We’ve written about the best period dramas on Netflix if you would like to learn more.

8. Dark Comedies—869

Dark comedy can be described as laughing about something while simultaneously feeling bad about it. It typically takes a serious subject and makes light of it, either with morbid satire or with a feeling of Greek tragedy. The film most often used to typify the genre is Stanley Kubrick’s 1964 classic Dr Strangelove.

9. Asian Action Movies—77232

Are you fed up of watching the same tired old plotlines and aging actors in Hollywood’s action movies?

Then why not head to the other side of the world? New actors, new ideas, new locations, and new special effects add some life back into one of Hollywood’s most popular modern genres.

10. Slapstick Comedies—10256

netflix slapstick genre

Slapstick comedy has its roots in silent films, when physical humor such as falling, tripping, and crashing was highlighted and prioritized over character development and dialog.

Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, and the Keystone Cops were some of the earliest protagonists, but the genre lives on to this day.

11. Experimental Movies—11079

What about Netflix movie codes for true film geeks? You could try the Experimental Movies genre.

Also known as avant-garde movies, they formed the backbone of a genre that started to come into its own in the post-war period. The films pushed the boundaries of convention, using new technologies and new subject matter to break away from the conventional wisdom of the era.

12. Quirky Romance—36103

“Quirky” is a hard word to pin down. It could be a love story with a twist, a creative adaptation of an old classic, or simply a wacky character who seems out of place in a romantic movie.

If this is your cup of tea, Netflix has a long list of options to choose from.

13. Dramas Based on Real Life—3653

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Real-life is arguably a director’s greatest resource. The stories we hear about on a day-to-day basis are often way beyond even the most fertile of imaginations.

Whether your primary interest is sports, politics, or history, there is something in this category to suit every taste.

14. Emotional Movies—4136

Emotional movies are closely tied to the aforementioned tearjerkers, except they don’t have to end in sadness. Their objective is to make feelings well up inside you, whether that’s rage, anger, happiness, pity, or anything else.

This is one of the largest sub-sections on Netflix, with hundreds of films listed.

15. Romantic Favorites—502675

From modern romantic comedies to the classic love stories of yesteryear, everyone has a favorite romantic movie, even if they won’t admit it.

Spend a night on the sofa with your significant other and get lost in a world kisses, love, and happiness!

16. Imaginative Fantasy—2384

netflix fantasy genre

Imaginative fantasy covers a huge amount of ground. Topics such as magic, supernatural happenings, mythology, folklore, and fantasy worlds are all fair game.

Some of the most popular titles in the genre include Lord of the Rings, the Harry Potter Series, and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

17. Mind-Bending Movies—1089

Thought-provoking and psychological, this genre will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder where the next twist is coming from.

It’s a genre that can keep you thinking long after the film finishes, sometimes even having a profound effect on how you lead your life.

18. Mockumentaries—26

Mockumentaries are normally parodies, with fictional events being portrayed as a documentary recording of real-life.

The genre first began to gain steam in the early 1980s, but there were some examples of the genre as early as the 1930s.

19. Showbiz Comedies—3706

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Showbiz comedies are a self-deprecating look in the mirror by the people who make movies. Old classics like Sullivan’s Travels and Singing in the Rain got the ball rolling, and their popularity has persisted into the modern era.

20. War Movies—3373

War movies are one of the most popular genres in cinema. The harrowing tales from the frontlines resound with us in a way that no other genre can match.

Whether it’s a battle between ancient civilizations or an up-close look at the trenches of World War I, the visuals and the sounds give you the sense of being right there amongst the action.

What Are Your Favorite Netflix Codes?

That’s it for our list of the best secret Netflix codes, but we’re keen to learn about more. Given the subjectivity of the topic, we are certain that you’ll disagree with some of our selections. So be sure to let us know your top picks in the comments below.

And if you need more recommendations for what to watch on Netflix, check out our articles detailing the inspiring Netflix movies that could change your life and the best BBC shows on Netflix for Americans.

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How to Enter Netflix’s Secret Codes

Despite the popularity of Netflix, it still has an issue with content discovery. The list of TV shows and movies on the homescreen often throws up bizarre recommendations. So much so that you may need to recalibrate your Netflix recommendations.

Meanwhile, content you would actually enjoy goes unnoticed until a friend happens to mention it in passing. Netflix uses a range of algorithms to decide what it recommends to you, but none of the behind-the-scenes genres are natively searchable within its apps.

Luckily, there are hundreds of secret Netflix codes to help you find new content. These let you pinpoint your search to find exactly what you want to watch. You can get strangely specific, such as code 354 which is “Movies Starring Matthew McConaughey”!

To reveal the content lurking behind these codes you need to know how to enter them. So here’s how to enter the secret Netflix codes to access the streaming service’s entire library of movies and TV shows.

How to Use Netflix’s Secret Codes

netflix secret code url

To use the hidden Netflix codes, just follow these simple step-by-step instructions:

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Go to Netflix and sign into your account.
  3. Type https://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/[code] into the address bar.
  4. Replace [code] with one of the genre-specific codes.
  5. Press Enter.

When the page loads, you will still see the usual carrousels such as Popular and Trending, but with content from within your selected genre.

Popular Netflix Hidden Codes

Some of the most popular Netflix codes to get you started are:

  • Action and Adventure (1365)
  • Anime (7424)
  • TV Cartoons (11177)
  • Film Noir (7687)
  • Stand-up Comedy (11559)
  • Cult Comedies (9434)
  • Independent Dramas (384)
  • Japanese Movies (10398)
  • B-Horror Movies (8195)
  • Classic Musicals (32392)
  • Spy Action and Adventure (10702)
  • Sci-Fi and Fantasy (1492)
  • Gangster Movies (31851)
  • Psychological Thrillers (5505)

More Netflix Tips and Tricks to Use

And remember, we have written dozens of articles to help you find more movies and TV shows worth watching on Netflix. They are the perfect complement to the Netflix secret codes.

For a full rundown of these Netflix content recommendations, as well as a bunch of other tips and tricks, check out our comprehensive guide to Netflix to help you become a Netflix pro.

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