5 Weird Things to Watch on Netflix

Spend enough time on Netflix and it feels like your childhood neighborhood. You know all the streets, secret shortcuts, and weird neighbors. It’s super exciting when someone new moves in, but you binge an entire season and you’re left cruising the same places on your 10-speed. At least until The Office departs in 2021. I’d wager there are a few Easter Eggs hidden inside the streaming service that you haven’t found yet. They’re not high-quality content, but at least they’re new.

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Just 3 minutes long, it’s content for a high dynamic range high frame rate test. In those three minutes you follow Brian Clausen through a day in the life of a welder on a construction site. Most of the three minutes is him donning safety harnesses, riding in elevators, and sweeping. Somewhere in the middle there’s at least 45 seconds of genuine sparks. 

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Slow TV

Slow TV brought you such hits as National Firewood Night, National Knitting Night, and Train Ride Bergen to Oslo. They’re all productions from the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK), and in their glory days on Netflix, there were over 50 hours of both slow and boring content. Sadly, the streaming service removed the titles in 2019. But, there’s still a fireplace show to watch, in both a classic and a Birchwood Edition. 


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The title card of this 11 minute video just says, “This is a test,” repeatedly and then, “This is still a test.” Which sets appropriate expectations for the video. It looks exactly like what happens when an office worker, who took theater in college, generates 10 minutes of content to test an online streaming service. A lanky man in a black t-shirt moonwalks around a fountain while using his laptop, does some cartwheels, and recites a monologue from Julius Caesar. 

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Test Patterns 

There’s four seasons of binge-worthy test patterns. They’re centered on a still image of a little girl playing with toy musical instruments. Each episode lasts 2 hours, with a robotic voice counting up the seconds and occasional beeping. It’s meant for internal testing by Netflix, but is also not the most inane things I’ve ever watched on the service. 

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Beat the Algorithm

Thanks to a 2018 article by The Telegraph, there’s a way to break the iron-clad hold Netflix’s algorithm has on your watching habits. By typing specific codes into the end of your Netflix URL, you’re able to browse through genres and content you’d never normally get presented. If you’re in the mood for something new, or are searching for even more weird stuff, it’s an ideal way to venture out of the same old neighborhoods.