If you’re a Netflix subscriber, you’ve seen the, sometimes strange, micro-genre listings on your homepage. Tucked in with the usual designations such as TV Mysteries, Classic Movies, and Sitcoms, are lists for Spy Action & Adventure from the 1930s, Cult Evil Kid Horror Movies, and Sentimental set in Europe Dramas from the 1970s.
This week, I have “Goofy TV Comedies from the 1990′s.” This showed up because I’ve been watching Mystery Science Theater 3000, which I suppose is goofy, it was on TV in the 90′s and it’s funny, so I guess it works.
Alexis C. Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic was so fascinated by these strange encounters, he set out on a quest to understand and catalog all of the Netflix mico-genres. Final count? 76,897.