How to find TV shows and movies on Netflix

You can find TV shows and movies to watch on Netflix through recommendations or Search, or by browsing through categories.

How recommendations work

To help you find new TV shows and movies, Netflix makes recommendations and displays them in rows for you to browse through.

Recommendation rows include:

  • Trending Now

  • Recently Added

  • Exciting TV Shows

  • Comedies

  • Top Picks For You

  • Because You Watched...

Netflix uses a variety of factors to determine which TV shows and movies to show you.

How Search works

You can search for TV shows and movies in a variety of ways.

  • If something you search for isn't available, Netflix will suggest similar titles.

  • If something you search for is too vague, Netflix will suggest people, titles, genres, or directors that might be relevant.

  • At times, Netflix will have a placeholder for a TV show or movie that can be found in search, but doesn't have a "Play" button. These are usually for titles that aren't available yet.

Search results will vary depending upon the maturity rating level of the profile being searched.

Search Type

Search Term Example

Example of Results

Actors / Actresses

Millie Bobby Brown

TV shows and movies featuring Millie Bobby Brown

Audio Quality


TV shows and movies with Dolby Atmos available


The Duffer Brothers

TV shows and movies directed or created by The Duffer Brothers


TV Sci-Fi & Fantasy

All available TV shows that fall into the Sci-FI & Fantasy genre.

Language Type

Spanish Movies

Spanish-language movies

TV Show or Movie Titles

Stranger Things

TV shows and movies with "Stranger Things" in the title

Video Quality


TV Shows and movies with Ultra High Definition quality available

If you're looking for movies that have subtitles or audio dubbing in specific languages, you can browse our Audio or Subtitles pages to view TV shows and movies in the language you chose. For more information, see How do I adjust subtitles, captions and alternate audio on my device?

How to browse for TV shows and movies

Netflix offers a variety of ways to browse TV shows and movies.

TV show & movie filters

  • On most devices, you have the option to select either TV Shows or Movies, and then further refine by genre. These filters usually appear at the top of the screen on mobile devices and on the web, or within the vertical menu on TVs.


  • On most TVs, you'll find a Categories row, where you can select a category of content you're interested in. These categories also display when you select the Search option.

Suggested titles

  • Netflix has rows of suggested titles based on your viewing habits. These rows can be scrolled through to view more related titles, and may change depending on how often you use them.

    • If you never use a suggested row, it will move lower and lower until it's no longer listed.

    • Rows may vary depending on the device you're using.

Highlighted titles

  • Netflix highlights TV shows or movies we think you’ll enjoy. These are usually at the top of the screen, with a large picture to showcase the suggested TV show or movie.

Suggested results will vary depending upon the maturity rating level of the profile being searched.

If you still don't find what you're looking for, suggest TV shows or movies online.