We've all been there. You sit down to spend the movie night, you open Netflix and you start looking for something to watch. And you keep looking. And keep looking. And you look until you get to the point of not wanting to see anything else. This is the modern version of going to the movie rental shop, walking for an hour and leaving empty-handed.
While I would partially attribute this to having so much to choose that it is too difficult to choose a movie or program, I also blame the Netflix interface. It is approximately the same on all platforms: a continuous and changing sequence of classified rows that only applies to user observation habits.
There is no easy or quick way to explore what comes to the service or what goes. You can no longer see the ratings of users in a movie or show. Instead, they give you an ambiguous percentage that, in my experience, is not as accurate.
Reddit user CrazedEll created a web interface that corrects most interface failures with Netflix.
When you point your browser to flixable.co for the first time, you will find a list of movies or shows on Netflix that, by default, are listed in reverse chronological order by date added. This list can be filtered by gender, IMDB classification and range of launch dates. And it can be ordered when it was added to Netflix, average rating, title or year of publication.
You can also search for a specific title or person by using the search bar in the upper right corner of the site.
By clicking on any of the thumbnails or titles, you will access the homepage of that program or movie, with a synopsis and links to the genre, the director and the cast. You can also click on the View on Netflix button to go directly to the Netflix website and start watching or adding to your watchlist. It also includes four similar titles and other titles recently viewed (by other users, I suppose).
Not only can you order the shows by when were added to Netflix, you can see everything Netflix leaves in the next month.
You can use Flixable to explore Netflix from other regions, as well. At the time of writing this document, only Finland is available (in Finnish), but the developer is currently working to add Canada, with other regions to follow.
The whole site is clean, simple and easy to use. It will also make you realize how crowded the Netflix interface has become, and the amount of important things that are hidden under any content that Netflix wants to bring to the front of your feed. Best of all, it fits perfectly into a mobile format to view from your phone.
Still, the best part of Flixable for me are the integrated ratings of IMDB. If available, the rating is provided in the upper right corner of the thumbnail. This classification is noticeably more valuable to me than the percentage that matches a show or movie for me.