After countless hours spent surfing Netflix, you've no doubt learned an indisputable fact: it's not easy to find movies on your favorite streaming service. And contrary to a weirdly popular belief, that's not due to a lack of choices; it's because Netflix offers too many choices.
Sure, you're covered if you want to binge tripe (four separate Air Bud spinoff movies, anyone?) or the countless classics you've seen already (e.g., Pulp Fiction), but sometimes the hunt for the right movie to watch at a particular moment in time can leave you feeling paralyzed.
Luckily, we're committed to making sure you never agonize over choosing what to watch. So next time you're stuck in the Netflix shuffle, follow these handy tips and tricks to start streaming now.
Don't limit yourself to Netflix's built-in search tools. While there are a lot of sites to help you sift through the muck, we're partial to FlickSurfer.com, which allows you to search through every title on Netflix by a number of quality indicators, including Rotten Tomatoes score, IMDb rating, and number of awards won. And then there's InstantWatcher, which has a super-advanced search function that allows you to browse by all sorts of criteria, including what other Netflix users are into right now.
Download an enhancer
We've extolled the virtues of Chrome's Netflix Enhancer before, and goddamn it, we'll extoll them again! This add-on works with your Netflix desktop interface, allowing Chrome users to see IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes ratings for each show and film, as well as providing built-in links to YouTube trailers.
Give Netflix more to work with
Accept it: life is basically an episode of Black Mirror (now available on Netflix!) waiting to happen. The Internet knows where you live, what you eat, where you shop, what you look like naked, what kind of weird porn you're into, and the time of your next bowel movement (probably).
Once you've come to terms with the fact that there's no escaping the all-seeing eye of the World Wide Web, you'll be free to give in to our next rule: give Netflix more data. In addition to rating all your past-viewed shows and flicks, you can also let Netflix know your favorite films by clicking over to their description pages and giving them five stars. This will help Netflix refine your taste profile and give you more accurate recommendations in the future (before the robots come to destroy us all).