• How to Decide What to Watch on Netflix?

    | Updated on July 18, 2023

    Watching movies and TV shows can help you escape the real world. It could be your unorthodox way of learning history if you’re into documentaries and it can also play a role in developing your personality.

    While you’re down, it could be an excellent source of motivation or to burn the stress hormones by watching some Dave Chapelle as laughter is the best medicine.

    And in this time and age, we have access to unlimited content on streaming platforms. The traditional times are gone when we only had limited shows to watch.

    Now streaming service catalogs are filled with amazing masterpieces of movies and TV shows. Platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video are even producing their original content.

    So, you can watch everything anywhere. All you need is a phone, an internet connection, and a Netflix subscription plan. If you don’t want to do it via your phone and need a wider screen, choose the best tablets for watching Netflix that are affordable and of high-quality. 

    And even if you don’t find your favorite content on Netflix or any other streaming platform, you can just Use a VPN to unlock catalogs in different countries. 

    Some VPNs even provide dedicated tools or features to make your experience of streaming movies magical. Like ExpressVPN’s MediaStreamer tool or NordVPN’s Smart DNS feature.

    So there are no barriers when it’s time for you to relax watching your favorite TV show and did you know that 48% of Americans do the same as a coping strategy to manage stress?

    But with access to an expensive Netflix catalog, half the time is spent on finding something that you want to watch. 

    And nothing great comes up as we just keep on traversing through movie titles and their description until we’re no longer in a mood to watch something.

    But that ends now. Because we have some ways that can help you decide what to watch on Netflix, one of the finest streaming services.

    Play Something Button

    There can be times when you just can’t figure out what to watch. Even the best shows seem mediocre to you. So probably the best option for this is to let your streaming service choose something for you.

    Play Something is a newly introduced feature that can save you a lot of scrolling-through time. It was first tested on a bunch of users and then it was launched permanently on April 28.

    It will simply play anything from the available titles of your catalog.

    And don’t worry, it will not play some TV show’s season 4 from the middle. The purpose of this feature is to enjoy a new story, a new dynamic when you’re not in the mood to choose something.

    You’re probably wondering why would you like ‘anything’ that Netflix plays for you. Well, don’t fret. 

    The Netflix algorithm knows exactly what you’ll like based on the shows you’ve already watched or checked out. So, whatever it plays, you will definitely love it.

    Seek Help from a Website

    Some websites can help you choose a movie in a more fun way. They are,

    • Whatthehellshouldiwatch. It makes you choose whether you want to watch a movie or a TV series, then you need to choose a genre, and the website generates a random movie or TV show based on your decision. You can also watch the trailer for a better idea.
    • Tastedive. This entertainment engine gives you recommendations for movies, TV shows, music, books, and games. 
    • Popsugar. The website will ask you a bunch of questions for a quiz. Like your favorite movie genre, favorite drink, favorite holiday, a person who would take a bullet for you, etc. Then it will suggest a movie or TV show to watch. And you can take the test again if you want to.
    • Playbuzz. Just like the previous one, this will also take a quiz and ask questions like ‘what do you do in your free time’ or ‘what is your favorite donut’. In the end, it will suggest you a movie to watch.

    Reelgood Roulette

    Reelgood Roulette is a free tool that spins a wheel based on the parameters you set.

    You have to put a checkmark on whether you want to watch a movie or a TV show (you can also select both). Then select a genre. And if you watch movies according to their rating then you can choose an IMDB rating and Reelgood rating.

    After setting all the parameters, click on Spin and the tool will suggest you a movie.

    Bottom Line

    Scrolling through multiple titles is never fun. Especially when you don’t know what to watch. So make the most of these hacks and you will probably end up with something interesting to watch.

    Prakhar Shivhare
    I am a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) graduate from Hansraj College (University of Delhi) with demonstrated knowledge and skill in writing, health, fitness, internet, and research domains.
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