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    The Internet has become a vessel for all our theories, questions, and weird feelings about Netflix's Making a Murderer. But one man has taken his feelings to the streets. 

    Comedian Jason Saenz, who runs the Instagram account Saenz Signs, has shifted his frustrations from True Detective season 2 to Making a Murderer. He's been leaving real signs around Los Angeles that articulate many people's feelings about the series. 

    According to TMZ, Saenz has actually received calls about the job posting, and while most callers were "in" on the joke, some people were not. Here are two of the more amusing voicemails. 

    H/T Uproxx | Photo via saenzsigns/Instagram


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    The '90s ended 16 years ago, but Rashida Jones is among the most nostalgic of us keeping the decade alive, and she might be the best at it.

    In her new music video "Flip and Rewind," co-directed by Jones and Will McCormack, she pays homage to the decade's hip-hop-styled fashion, popular dance moves, and, of course, '90s R&B.

    The nostalgia starts with a video chat between Jones and Jermaine Dupri, the producer behind some of the decade's greatest hits. "I just can't believe it's not the '90s anymore," she tells him. "All I want to do is go back."

    In a flashback, Jones channels some of the best '90s R&B and hip-hop videos, including TLC's "Baby-Baby-Baby," Mary J. Blige's "Real Love," and Aaliyah's "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number." She captures the style, too: hoop earrings, sunglasses, bandanas, baggy clothes, ponytails, and cropped turtlenecks.

    Jones teamed up with her producer nephew Sunny Levine, a.k.a. Boss Selection, for the new song featured on his album Volume 1 (With Sunny Levine), which was released on Dec. 7.

    However, it's the music video's flashback to the '90s that will have anyone who experienced their party years or grew up during this decade wanting to "flip and rewind."

    Screengrab via Sunny Levine/YouTube


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    While the father from 10 Things I Hate About You may not be too fond of those “Dawson’s River kids,” fans of Dawson, Joey, and the gang will be delighted to hear that they’ll soon be coming to Hulu after the online video streaming service inked a deal with Sony for a multi-year contract.

    Craig Erwich, senior vice president and head of content for Hulu, announced the new content at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., on Saturday, Varietyreports. He also announced that Hulu will be streaming all seasons of Party of Five, The Shield, and Damages in 2016. Your big sister, your dad, and your mom will all be happy.

    Hulu will also be expanding its movie offerings with big titles like Jerry Maguire, Midnight in Paris, and My Best Friend's Wedding.

    It's no coincidence that many of these new titles appeal to the '90s nostalgia-loving crowd. According to Variety

    At TCA, press members received fanny packs full of ’80s and ’90s swag, including wrist slappers, ring pops and mood rings to promote the nostalgic programming heading to the platform under the Sony deal.

    While the announcement that these these classic favorites are coming to a computer near you is exciting, Beverly Hills, 90210 creator Darren Star and Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas admitted on a panel at TCA that companies are struggling to create original content, and may use nostalgia as a ploy.

    “I think that every writer knows it is a little bit more difficult to get a completely original idea on the air," Thomas said.

    Nevertheless, Hulu continues to grow its licensed and original content. And Sunday night could mark a first for the company: Its original show Casual is up for a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series. 

    H/T Variety | Photo via TV Guide


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    Last year, Amazon's Transparent was one of the big streaming winners at the Golden Globes. This year, it was another Amazon series. 

    Mozart in the Jungle won for Best Television Series Comedy or Musical and its lead Gael Garcia Bernal won Best Actor in a Television Series Comedy or Musical. However, he was upstaged by Master of None's Aziz Ansari holding the book Losing to Jeffrey TamborWith Dignity when his name was announced.   

    It's an interesting spotlight shift to Mozart, a show about the classical music scene in NYC that doesn't quite have the profile of Transparent, and snuck up on a lot of viewers. And people got their jokes in. 

    Rachel Bloom won Best Actress in a TV Series Comedy or Musical for the CW's sleeper hit Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which she created an stars in, and while accepting, she mentioned getting her start on YouTube and how the CW swooped in and saved the show when other networks passed. She also gave a very enthusiastic acceptance speech that was basically an extension of her character, Rebecca. 

    Image via Amazon 


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    House of Cards president Frank Underwoodannounced his intention to run for another term during last month’s GOP debate, and now he’s demonstrating why he’s the presidential candidate that America deserves.

    His latest campaign video aired during the Golden Globes Sunday night, showing him making the case for his presidency. As he listed all of the qualities he believed we deserve in a U.S. president, the camera cut to all of the very unpresidential things that Frank has done over the course of three intense, nail-biting seasons.

    Frank may smile as he casually remembers all of his misdeeds, but his campaign hashtag and accompanying website say it even better: #FU2016.

    The entire fourth season of House of Cards launches on March 4.

    Screengrab via Netflix US & Canada/YouTube


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    David Bowie, the artist who transformed how we look at music and inspired generations of performers, has died after an 18-month battle with cancer.

    Bowie, who turned 69 on Jan. 8, was surrounded by his family when he passed, according to his social media accounts, which posted the news early Monday morning and asked to respect the family’s wish for privacy.

    He is survived by his second wife, Iman Abdulmajid, who’s taken to posting inspirational tweets over the past few days, although she hasn’t commented on Bowie’s passing.

    Duncan Jones, a director and Bowie’s only son from his first marriage, also confirmed his father’s death. Bowie also has a 15-year-old daughter, Alexandria, with Abdulmajid.

    His first wife Angie Bowie is currently competing on the U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother. She’s elected to remain on that show for now.

    Over a decades-long career, Bowie released 25 studio albums; the last one, Blackstar, was released only three days ago. The tributes and memories are pouring in as musicians and fans all over the world wake up to the news of Bowie’s death.

    Over the past few decades, Bowie has made his mark in music and film by making it OK to be weird. As we look back at Bowie’s career, here are just a few things to add to your play and watch lists.

    1) “Lazarus”

    Bowie released the music video for “Lazarus,” the second music video from Blackstar, just four days before his death, and fans are now sure to view it in a different light.

    Opening up with “Look up here, I’m in Heaven,” the “Lazarus” video features Bowie in a hospital bed singing about mortality. It’s a video that, looking back, some people believe was Bowie’s admission that he was dying, and it turns out that some aspects of Blackstar’s release were deliberate.

    According to Tony Visconti, the producer who worked with Bowie to complete Blackstar, Bowie’s final album was a “parting gift” for fans.

    "He always did what he wanted to do,” he wrote. “And he wanted to do it his way and he wanted to do it the best way.”

    2) “Space Oddity”

    Some music fans may know “Space Oddity” from Cmdr. Chris Hadfield’s cover in space, but Bowie’s beloved tune was unlike anything we’d heard.

    3) Labyrinth

    Labyrinth may have been a commercial flop when it was released in 1986, but it’s since become a cult classic thanks in large part to Bowie’s whimsical portrayal of Jareth, the Goblin King.

    4) “Heroes”

    One of Bowie’s most famous songs, it was a staple on teen mixtapes, soundtracks, and advertisements for decades.

    5) “Under Pressure”

    The Bowie/Queen collaboration was the one we never knew we needed—and one the world wouldn’t be the same without.

    6) “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)”

    In 2013, Tilda Swinton starred in a music video with Bowie, pairing the ethereal creatures together in a delightful way.

    7) “Life On Mars?”

    Bowie portrayed many characters over the years, but Ziggy Stardust—the redheaded, androgynous, bisexual alien rock-star who traveled to Earth to bring a message of hope—was one of the most beloved. Ziggy became a gay icon and changed how people understood sexuality, even back then.

    Update 8:42am CT: This article has been edited to add parting thoughts from Tony Visconti, Bowie’s longtime producer. 

    Screengrab via DavidBowieVEVO/YouTube


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    Last night at the Golden Globes, Jennifer Lawrence won the Best Actress category for Joy, but all people seem to be talking about is what she did backstage. 

    At a post-show press junket, Lawrence interrupted one reporter after he started to ask a question about her win, chastising him for looking at his phone: “You can’t live your whole life behind your phone, bro,” she said, literally wagging a finger at him. “You can’t do that. You have to live in the now." 

    Earlier in the night, while previewing their nominated movies, she and best friend Amy Schumer called out someone for being on his or her phone and taking pictures. But the backstage incident also prompted a defense of the international reporter, who many said was reportedly reading a translation of a question off his phone. This is an awards show tied to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, after all. 

    But then a reporter who was also there said that’s not what happened at all. 

    Others called out the hypocrisy of the situation. 

    Lawrence pre-empted another reporter’s question, too. 
    The reporter “bro” she called out has not yet been identified. Meanwhile, Mel Gibson, an actor who has said some extremely sexist, racist, and anti-Semitic things, was greeted with laughs and applause last night. Hollywood’s short memory may forgive Lawrence before we know it. 

    Screengrab via The Telegraph/YouTube


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    YouTube is heading to the White House again as part of the annual State of the Union address, this time giving three new creators a chance to grill President Obama on key issues.

    The YouTubers, who have more than 12.1 million in combined subscribers, come from a variety of genres. Ingrid Nilsen, a beauty vlogger who came out on her channel last June; vlogger Adanda Thorne, best known as sWooZie; and Smarter Every Day creator and engineer Destin Sandlin, will all speak with Obama in the White House East Room on the Friday following the address. They've each shared their excitement on social media and asking for questions using the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama.

    This is far from the first time YouTubers have engaged with the Obama. Last year YouTubers Hank GreenBethany Mota, and GloZell Green interviewed him after the State of the Union address, drawing criticism from mainstream media outlets, followed by shock that the digital talent actually asked insightful questions

    The White House is further pushing into the digital realm with this year's State of Union streaming live on YouTube, as well as the White House launching a Snapchat to go behind the scenes on the speech. So far, the media's coverage has lacked the sensation and shock about digital stars getting a seat at the table, since during the past year their influence, especially with young Americans, has been proven. 

    YouTube will stream the State of the Union on Jan. 12 at 9pm ET, followed by the YouTuber sit down Jan. 15 at 2:15pm ET.

    Screengrab via White House/YouTube


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    Hillary Clinton stopped by Ellen Monday to talk about her campaign and play 'Heads Up!'—she also made a confession: Kim Kardashian has the best selfie-taking technology that money can buy.

    The presidential hopeful posed for a pic with the reality TV star and husband Kanye West at a fundraiser in August, and it garnered more than 970,000 likes and 35,000 comments to date. More importantly, it exposed Clinton to Kardashian's unreal phone set-up.

    According to Clinton, Kardashian has custom lighting equipment attached to her phone that activates when she switches the camera to selfie mode. It features a frame of bright bulbs, like a vanity mirror.

    Clinton explained: 

    I mean, she whips it out. She hits this button. The light is there. She holds it at a perfect angle and she makes everybody look better than you have any reason to look... I have been desperately looking for one of those ever since with no luck. So if anybody knows where you can get one…

    DeGeneres then quipped that Kardashian probably has a line of her own hitting stores soon. 

    Was she kidding? Yes. But would we buy that product? 100 percent. 

    H/T People | Screengrab via Kim Kardashian/Instagram


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    Teen Wolf and The Leftovers actor Charlie Carver came out on social media with a touching five-part post on his Instagram account Monday.

    "I now believe that by omitting this part of myself from the record, I am complicit in perpetuating the suffering, fear, and shame cast upon so many in the world," Carver wrote in his lengthy missive. "In my silence, I’ve helped decide for to you too that to be gay is to be, as a young man (or young woman, young anyone), inappropriate for a professional career in the Arts (WHAAA???) So now, let the record show this- I self-identify as gay."

    Carver, who has a twin bother named Max who acts alongside him, played a gay werewolf on Teen Wolf. Carver is the second former Teen Wolf actor to publicly address his sexuality on a social media platform this month. Last week Colton Haynes, who starred on the first two seasons of Teen Wolf, addressed his "secret gay past" by responding, "Was it a secret?" on his official Tumblr page.

    Carver's coming-out letter addresses his own personal journey, from admitting his sexuality to himself, coming out to family and friends, and then deciding to live openly as an actor. 

    Fans and fellow out entertainers have taken to social media to show support for Carver.

    Screengrab via HappyCool/YouTube


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    The old year is in the rearview and 2016 is stretched out before us, so naturally it’s time to stare into that mirror and reflect. 2015 was a banner year for streaming entertainment, with Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu all jockeying for the dollars and eyeballs of an ever-expanding audience. It may have been bad news for the cable and satellite companies, but it was great news for cord-cutters and anyone tired of paying huge monthly fees for the privilege of never watching ESPN 8. Look no further than last night’s big wins for Amazon Studios’ Mozart in the Jungle for evidence that it’s working.

    Here are the six best things to happen to streaming entertainment in 2015, from new shows to returning favorites to exciting new projects to look forward to. Let’s hope 2016 can keep up!

    1) Marvel conquers Netflix

    Marvel has spent the past seven years blitzkrieging the box office and creating the massively successful multimedia juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Its first foray extending the MCU into television—ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.—has been a hit-or-miss affair, so when news came that Marvel was partnering with Netflix for shows based on second-tier characters such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist, it certainly wasn’t an experiment that was guaranteed success. Thankfully, fans needn’t have worried. Now two shows along its path toward the eventual Defenders miniseries, the Marvel/Netflix partnership is producing some of the best MCU material yet.

    Under the stewardship of first Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) and then Steven S. DeKnight (Spartacus: Blood & Sand), Daredevil finally got the adaptation the character deserved, serving up a morally complex, punishingly violent take on the blind vigilante that erased all memories of Ben Affleck in red leather. Then along came Jessica Jones—by far a riskier venture—and Marvel spun yet another hit out of a character few people outside of comic-shop regulars had even heard of. Many praised Jessica Jones as even better than Daredevil, and it’s all the more important since the Marvel Universe needs more strong, compelling female characters to break up the boys’ club it sometimes can be. Now if they can just make Iron Fist work...

    2) HBO, Showtime, and Starz go à la carte

    As more people decide to “cut the cord” and cancel their monthly cable and satellite subscription in favor of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, there remain a few obstacles to a truly carefree cord-free existence. Sure, the streaming landscape offers more content than anyone could consume in a lifetime, but a lot of it is crap, and all too often the shows and movies viewers most want to see are nowhere to be seen. HBO began leading the charge to change that with HBO Now in 2015, offering viewers the chance to subscribe to HBO without the need for a cable or satellite middle man. No more missing Game of Thrones or True Detective just because you didn’t want to drop a bundle on a cable bundle. Sure, there was still a monthly fee, but you were paying for content you actually wanted, as opposed to 300 channels you’d never once watch. HBO also partnered with Amazon Prime, giving Prime customers access to tons of older HBO content… albeit not the hottest current material like Thrones.

    Things only got better as the year went on, with Showtime following suit with its own over-the-top subscription service Showtime Anytime, which partnered with Hulu and Amazon Prime, as well as other services, to allow viewers access to tons of Showtime content—including new episodes of currently airing series, thus one-upping HBO’s Amazon Prime partnership. Finally, in December Amazon added Starz to its monthly subscription options, meaning Prime members could watch current episodes of shows such as Outlander, Black Sails, and Ash vs. Evil Dead. It was a helluva year for cord cutters, and the reasons to maintain that cable or satellite subscription are dwindling by the day.

    3) Amazon alters history with The Man in the High Castle

    What if the Axis powers had defeated the Allies in World War II, splintering history off along a very different path? That possibility is one that fiction has been exploring for seven decades, but Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle, first published in 1963, remains one of the most iconic examinations of that alternate history scenario. Given how fond Hollywood is of raiding Dick’s bibliography, it’s kind of amazing that it took until 2015 for somebody to bring The Man in the High Castle from page to screen. Thankfully, Amazon Studios has rectified that, bringing Dick’s vision of an Axis-occupied America to life in ambitious, critically acclaimed fashion.

    The Man in the High Castle had been in development since 2010, when it began life as a proposed four-part mini-series for BBC One, under the stewardship of executive producer Ridley Scott. From there, it briefly shifted homes over to Syfy before eventually landing at Amazon. The final product became Amazon’s most-watched pilot since the inception of its “pilot season” program, and the series is currently rated 95 percent Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. With The Man in the High Castle, Amazon has proven capable of telling sprawling, ambitious sagas just as well as smaller, more personal dramas like Transparent or Red Oaks. That versatility is crucial in challenging the head start Netflix has in the area of original programming.

    4) Netflix shines a light on Black Mirror

    Netflix is how most of us here in the States first encountered the outstanding British sci-fi anthology series Black Mirror, and the show’s availability on Netflix Instant has unquestionably helped propel it to one of the most buzzed-about programs of 2015. Created by British TV vet Charlie Brooker (Dead Set), Black Mirror follows in the footsteps of shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, examining our own culture through the distorting lens of speculative fiction, in the process delivering cutting criticisms of our often dysfunctional relationship with technology. The show has only aired two short seasons of three episodes apiece, plus a holiday special starring Jon Hamm (which finally hit Netflix last month), so it was great news indeed when Netflix announced this past September that it would be producing a third season of the show.

    The TV anthology is undergoing a bit of a renaissance at the moment, with seasonal anthologies such as American Horror Story, True Detective, and Fargo thriving, but Black Mirror is the closest the episodic anthology has rebounded toward its Rod Serling glory days in a long time. Hopefully it will spawn worthy competition, but in the meantime here’s hoping Netflix keeps sifting dark little gems from Charlie Brooker’s mind for a long time to come.

    4) Star Trek charts a return, and so does … Lost in Space?

    Trek fans have been begging Netflix to help bring Gene Roddenberry’s beloved sci-fi universe back to the small screen for years now, and in November word finally came that Star Trek would indeed finally be warping back to television, just not on Netflix. Instead the franchise will boldly go onto CBS’ own subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, after premiering the first episode on the parent CBS network in January 2017. So many people have been anticipating Trek’s eventual return to the small screen, especially in the wake of J.J. Abrams’ divisive Trek movies, it’ll be interesting to see whether those fans will be willing to pony up an extra monthly subscription fee to get their fix. I have a sneaking suspicion there will be a lot of people hitting the torrent sites.

    Meanwhile, Netflix is jumping aboard the wagon train to the stars, but with a wholly unexpected resurrection (which probably shouldn’t surprise us, since that’s kind of Netflix’s thing). Netflix announced in November that it is developing a reboot of the campy ’60s sci-fi series Lost in Space. There are few details about what to expect from this new Lost in Space at this point—will it stay true to its light-hearted roots or attempt a Battlestar Galactica-style gritty makeover? With space-based sci-fi surging in popularity thanks to the return of Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and new shows like The Expanse, it was just a matter of time until Netflix or Amazon tried to snag a piece of that action.

    5) Netflix brings back Mr. Show, sort of

    Netflix has a history of resurrecting long-cancelled or concluded series, beginning with Arrested Development and then ranging through Longmire, The Killing, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and even an upcoming Gilmore Girls revival. Hell, there’s even that impending Full House sequel series, Fuller House. Still, out of all of it, the most exciting thing they’ve brought back to life is the cult classic sketch comedy series Mr. Show, in the form of W/ Bob & David.

    OK, sure, it isn’t called Mr. Show, but in every way that matters, it’s picking up right where the acclaimed HBO series, which ran from 1995 to 1998, left off. W/ Bob & David reunites Mr. Show front men/mad geniuses Bob Odenkirk and David Cross, but just as importantly it brings back Mr. Show alumni including Brian Posehn, Tom Kenny, Paul F. Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, and Dino “Star-Burns” Stamatopoulos, just to name a few. While the four-episode first season might not have yet reached the brilliance of, say, the “Pre-Taped Call-In Show” sketch from Mr. Show, it’s still funny as hell and a treat to see some of the greatest comedic talent around back together and feeding off one another.

    Screengrab via Netflix US & Canada/YouTube


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    YouTuber Matthew Santoro uploaded an emotional video detailing his alleged experience with domestic violence to an outpouring of support from the YouTube community.

    Santoro, an educational video creator who won Best Breakout Creator at the 2015 Streamy Awards, said he was in the relationship for “almost a year of my life” and broke up with the woman in question only a few weeks before originally uploading the video (privately) on Sept. 12, 2015. On Jan. 10, 2016, Santoro accidentally made the video public—and ultimately decided to keep it that way. In the 14-minute clip, Santoro discusses the details of an abusive relationship that he says escalated from controlling behavior and jealousy to physical attacks.

    “Domestic violence knows no gender,” said Santoro, before breaking down in tears in his video. “It happens to men and women. And it’s something that men never talk about, because we’re made to believe that we’re supposed to be strong. I never talked about it because I thought that no one would believe me, no one would give a shit, and it’s sad that we live in a society where people have to feel like they’re supposed to keep quiet about these things. And it’s wrong.”

    While Santoro does not disclose the name of the woman in question on his social media, it’s common knowledge that Santoro was dating Nicole Arbour, best known for her “Dear Fat People” video that caused widespread controversy. Prior to Santoro’s video, his friend Rob Dyke began talking about the realities of their breakup when Arbour was in the news. 

    Santoro only generally discussed the relationship prior to this week’s video, discussing how he’s “glad he has good people that love me back.” Dyke’s story lines up with Santoro’s description of the events in his own new video. Arbour responded to the video in comments of her own latest YouTube post, stating, “Heard the little bitch I dumped months ago is still trying to use me to get attention on his vlog channel. Ew.”

    This is not the first instance of abuse claims in the YouTube and digital community. For the past four years, sexual abuse and misconduct charges against prominent YouTubers from fans and fellow YouTubers have galvanized the community against abusers. In the Vine community, the relationship between two prominent stars, Jessi Smiles and Curtis Lepore, became embroiled with rape charges and a plea deal.

    The Daily Dot has reached out to both Arbour and Santoro for additional comment and will update this story if they respond.

    Screengrab via Matthew Santoro Vlogs/YouTube


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    BY TRIBUNE MEDIA WIRE

    Netflix prides itself on algorithmic magic that attempts to predict what you want to watch next. Most of the time, it works. But there are those occasions when you’re in the mood for something really specific, like a “Crime Thriller based on a book from the 1980s.”

    Yep, that’s an actual Netflix sub-category. There are hundreds of them. The categories are tough to find, but thankfully there are some enterprising folks who have managed to catalog the “secret” codes so you can unlock new categories and browse Netflix in an entirely new way.

    Now you can check out “Critically-acclaimed British Movies from the 1970s” (code 1640) or “Feel-good Children & Family Movies from the 1980s” (code 4355).

    The codes are actually Netflix’s way of categorizing movies into various sub-genres, which it then uses to surface suggestions for subscribers. But if you’re willing to do a little manual labor, the payoff can be pretty big.

    RELATED: Netflix January 2016: ‘Degrassi,’ ‘New Girl,’ ‘Catwoman’ and more

    “We categorize our content into thousands of subgenres to help match the right content to the right member based on their viewing history,” Netflix spokesperson Marlee Tart told Mashable.

    To view the categories, go to http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/ and enter the category code (listed below) at the end of the URL (example: http://www.netflix.com/browse/genre/2676).

    Note: You must be logged into your Netflix account for the secret category codes will work. Also, this works best on a desktop computer.

    Here’s a list of the most popular “secret” codes:

    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

    An extended list can be found here (some of the codes have changed or no longer work).

    Illustration by Max Fleishman


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    While checking the charts over at Instantwatcher—an independent site that logs what Netflix and Prime subscribers are watching—Decider's Meghan O'Keefe noticed something kind of funny this morning: A video called Oscillating Fan for Your Home is beating Making a Murderer, arguably the most talked-about streaming series at the moment, by a wide margin. 

    The 60-minute video, available to stream on Netflix now, features a silver oscillating desk fan sitting on a lovely wood desk near a window. On the desk are a pair of trendy tortoiseshell sunglasses and a nice, icy glass of water. Outside, you can hear the sounds of the beach. 

    Early Tuesday, Oscillating Fan reportedly held the spot for sixth most-streamed video overall (with Making a Murderer in 11th place). Since then, Fan has jumped to fifth place.

    The popularity makes sense: What the crackling log video does for the Christmas season, Oscillating Fan provides for the rest of the year. Hotel lobby? Throw on some fan. Dermatologist’s waiting room? The fan has you covered. Stoner? Fan. 

    Between its ocean waves, seagull sounds, and signature fan thrum, it’s basically an updated version of the Brookstone alarm clock your mom bought in 1999. 

    Plus, as O’Keefe points out, it provides you a full 60 minutes of unlooped soothing footage: 

    A lot of Yule Log videos make a point of letting you watch the fire burn down to the embers so you know that the film was shot in real time. Over the course of an hour, the ice [in the fan video] melts. That’s how you know the video is real and perhaps it’s that deep-rooted integrity that’s winning over so many fans to the power of the fan.

    What’s not to love? 

    H/T Decider | Screengrab via Netflix


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    Since David Bowie's death Sunday, the Internet has been reflecting on the icon's impact and sharing fond memories—but in a move that perhaps no one called for, Smash Mouth decided to honor the late artist by uploading a cover of "Under Pressure" to the band's SoundCloud.

    Considering the original track is a duet with Queen and pretty heavy on the Freddie Mercury vocals, it's not the most obvious choice, but it's a tribute all the same. 



    The biggest bummer is that they tweeted a link to their cover more than five hours ago and it seriously lacks in "favorites."

    It never rains, but it pours. 

    H/T Death and Taxes | Screegrab via Smash Mouth/SoundCloud

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    Modern Family star Ariel Winter took to Twitter and Instagram to call out Vine celebrity Nash Grier this week for his problematic past.

    Winter called out Grier in response to a trending hashtag, #FavNashVid, for his past homophobic tweets.

    Grier has addressed some of his past issues with homophobia and offensive tweets, saying those responses were from when he was younger and more sheltered about the world around him. Grier responded to Winter this week, offering to clarify his stance, and she blew him off.

    Winter expanded on her thoughts on Grier on Instagram, also addressing tweets she saw as being offensive to women and minorities. Winter emphasized that she and Grier are the same age and said she wished that Grier were “inspiring our generation.”


    Grier’s brother, Hayes, a fellow social media star, took to his brother’s defense online.

    Winter is far from the first person to call out Grier for his behavior, with everyone from YouTubers to mainstream celebs noting his checkered past. Tyler Oakley led the charge against an incident where Grier made a homophobic AIDS joke on his Vine, which had already been deleted from his own channel and instead re-uploaded by viewers years later. Additionally, a collaboration video with fellow digital celebrities Jc Caylen and Cameron Dallas that outlined specific physical attributes in girls that the boys preferred was called out for misogyny and sexism, and was eventually deleted, although it also has been re-uploaded by viewers.

    Winter has moved on from the disagreement, posting about the permanence of the Internet and about taking the high road.

    The Daily Dot reached out to Nash Grier’s representatives for comment and will update this article if he responds.

    H/T MTV | Photo via Dominick D/Flickr (CC BY 2.0) | Screengrab via Nash Grier/YouTube | Remix by Max Fleishman

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    The White House released the text of President Obama’s final State of the Union address only minutes before he gave it Tuesday night, but plenty of people claimed to know exactly what happened before it even aired.

    Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News segments have long been a staple of the show, but every time he sends someone out to talk to random people on the street, they come back with mind-boggling footage. After all this time, you’d think people would stop making things up, but maybe they'd prefer to go along with the lies than admit they actually haven’t watched the State of the Union.

    Just imagine how these version of the State of the Union speech would’ve gone.

    Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube


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    Jacob Tremblay, the 9-year-old star of Room, got to meet his hero after the Golden Globes—and he didn’t even have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to do it.

    Tremblay, a huge Star Wars fan, told Jimmy Kimmel that one of the highlights of his night was meeting Oscar Isaac, a new Golden Globe winner and the face of ace Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in The Force Awakens. For one, he got to show him his lightsaber, captured in the now-famous photo posted on production company A24’s Twitter account.

    But he also had plenty of questions. Not necessarily about Star Wars itself, but about the experience of it—particularly seeing your face on everything from action figures to yogurt containers.

    With that attitude, Tremblay will be more than prepared for a future superhero movie role.

    Screengrab via Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube


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    Seeso, NBCUniversal’s new subscription-based streaming comedy goldmine, has a wealth of classic and syndicated shows to unload on viewers, but it’s really betting on new original series to draw in fans. Can it win viewers over with an awkward dating show?  

    Ethan Fixell and Dave Ahdoot are the hosts of Seeso’s Dave & Ethan: Lovemakers, a 20-minute sprint through random matchmaking on the streets of NYC. It’s a little like Billy on the Street, except there’s less yelling and no obstacle courses. Well, at least not physical ones. 

    They pluck one man or woman off the street, pair them three contestants, and the awkwardness begins. Fixell typically plays the straight man, the anchor offering support to the bachelor or bachelorette participating, while Ahdoot floats around the three contestants and makes weird or inappropriate jokes when needed. 

    The show was modeled after classic TV dating shows, but they weren’t just trying to parody them. There’s also the matter of technology, and the flood of dating apps that can now potentially find you love (or at least a poorly lit dick pic). Fixell is married, but Ahdoot says he uses “all the dating apps.” In conversation, the two are a lot like their Lovemakers personas. 

    “I use the dating apps vicariously through Dave,” Fixell said. “I genuinely do enjoy watching him swipe and being like, ‘No no no, this one.’ Or fighting him on which ones he should or shouldn’t swipe.”

    “He screenshots ones that he likes, and then sends them to himself, and then just looks at them longingly,” Ahdoot added. 

    “Sometimes I print out the photos that I’ve screenshotted,” Fixell said, “and I place them strategically throughout my house. And I look at them longingly whenever my wife starts to nag me.”

    “Are you single?” Ahdoot casually asked me. “What’s your status?”

    The show evolved from Fixell and Ahdoot’s YouTube channel, which is a mix of musical comedy and pickup stunts. As early pioneers in the field of pickup videos, I asked them to explain what the heck caused the genre to devolve into such a creepy mess

    “It’s like what happens in any cultural phenomenon,” Fixell said. “Something is underground and then it becomes kind of imitated again and again, and people have to keep raising the stakes, and because you’re raising the stakes to outdo the creators before you, whether it’s heavy metal or art or videos, you have to keep getting crazier and crazier. And a lot of times, these videos are fake or staged or mean-spirited. And that’s something we’ve never done. All of our videos, whenever we pick somebody up or do something that’s funny, it’s always at our own expense." 

    Comedy site Above Average, which produced the Seeso show, developed a webseries for them a little over a year ago, called Dave & Ethan’s Dating Game. Ahdoot says the format comes from having played more than 300 colleges and trying to engage with an audience. 

    When it was brought to NBCU, however, it was Executive VP of Digital Enterprises Evan Shapiro who suggested they “incorporate some of the other types of stuff we work on,” Fixell explained. “The hidden camera stuff, the man-on-the-street stuff, some of the sketches we had worked on before. And incorporate new material in between the dating game segments.”

    The format doesn't always work; the questions are often clunky, the answers not very revelatory. Ahdoot and Fixell have great chemistry, but we don’t necessarily feel that from the contestants. Lovemakers is still warming up.

    On Jan. 7, the day Seeso debuted, the site apparently performed three times better than expected, thanks in part to a savvy multiplatform marketing campaign that included Fixell and Ahdoot in several promotional spots highlighting the site’s “secret society” approach to comedy.

    In addition to Lovemakers, Seeso is also set to debut new shows from Dan Harmon, Jonah Ray, Wyatt Cenac, Cameron Esposito, and another Above Average show, Thingstarter, about failed Kickstarters. Several original shows focus on niche ideas or concepts, but Lovemakers is hoping to zero in on real-life experience and interaction, not so much the psychological beatdown of dating apps. 

    “It’s almost like Tinder has become a game almost,” Ahdoot said. “It’s as much about matching as seeing how many girls would match with them. There’s people who have 200 matches and have gone on two dates in the last few months, because it’s just literally become a game.” 

    “I think dating in general has become so much about appearance because of what Dave is talking about,” Fixell said. “I know people who literally look at a photo and say no immediately—snap judgement—and then they’ve ruled that person out for eternity. Part of what we try to do at colleges is also just break these barriers down. I think apps have a place, but it’s also good to be able to walk up to a stranger you meet in real life and say, ‘What’s up?’ 

    “That's also what our show is about, even though it’s a comedic show. It’s a comedy show first, but it’s also about breaking down social norms, and making it OK to fail and OK to put yourself out there, which is something apps don’t allow us to do these days.”

    Photo by Gieves Anderson


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    The only mic drop better than President Obama's final State of the Union address is the Gregory Brothers’s songified version of it.

    Miss the speech the first time around? The Gregory Brothers edited and autotuned it into a catchy, two-and-a-half minute affair that’s probably even more entertaining in the original.

    With some backup dancers behind him and the audience dancing along, Obama's easily got everyone hooked with his hook. And if you thought Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s poker face was great and meme-friendly before, just wait until he starts dancing along—against his party’s better judgment.

    Obama's next single won’t drop in the U.S. Capitol, but we’ll all still be watching.

    Screengrab via schmoyoho/YouTube


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