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Conceived on August 29, 1997 by Reed Hastings and Marc Randolph out of protest towards Blockbuster's high rental fees, Netflix is a service that began in 1999 as a subscription DVD rental service where movies were ordered via the Internet and delivered by the U.S. Postal Service in the United States. Starting in 2007, they began to offer movies via streaming video over the Internet as a value-added service for their subscribers. However, over the next 3-4 years, as DVD and Blu-ray sales began to fade and Internet access became faster and cheaper, Netflix quickly evolved and now has become the most prominent entertainment streaming service. Its available content includes both television shows and movies, though some of their material is still limited to physical disc rentals.

The service can be viewed on all major computer operating systems (Windows, Mac, and Linux), as well as nearly all internet-connected game consolesnote , most Blu-ray Disc players, smartphones, tablets, TiVo, smart televisions, and set-top streaming boxes such as Apple TV and Roku. Basically, if it has an Internet connection, you can almost certainly watch Netflix on it.

In late 2015, Netflix started moving away from using the Microsoft plugin "Silverlight" to rely on Video DRM and streaming, instead opting to use HTML5 on the Desktop versions of Netflix for three reasons: 1. So other browsers besides Google Chrome (such as Safari, Chromium, Opera, and Mozilla Firefox) could use Netflix. 2. So it wouldn't need to rely on a third-party plugin,note  and 3. To add support for basically every Linux distro that has support for any of the browsers listed above.note 

On the television front, Netflix primarily competes with Hulu for reruns. While Netflix's library of reruns is extensive, both services in the past couple of years have made exclusivity deals for certain shows (Friends for Netflix, and Seinfeld for Hulu) to keep them off other services, and Hulu has become a serious competitor when it comes to streaming recently-aired shows (having originally been partially owned by three of the major networks helps). Netflix has begun to lose some of its notable licensing deals to newly emerging rival streaming networks from the owners of the shows in questions (Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Disney+ in 2019, Friends to HBO Max in 2020, The Office (US) to Peacock in 2021), though the streamer has shown a willingness to spend big on new deals to remain competitive (shelling out a rumored $500 million+ to swipe Seinfeld from Hulu in 2021).

Since the early 2010s, Netflix has competed with HBO as a maker of prestige television, making a heavy push towards original, exclusive content, with great success. Several of its originals (including House of Cards, Orange Is the New Black, BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Stranger Things, The Crown, Ozark, Big Mouth, Tiger King, The Queen's Gambit, Bridgerton, Squid Game, and Arcane) have been massive hits (at least in the demographics that count), and House of Cards became the first direct-to-streaming show to win Emmy Awards. The network has also become notable for picking up or producing sequels to outside programs to great success, including Arrested Development, You, and Cobra Kai. Netflix's success in this regard has legitimized the idea of online distribution of original TV shows outside of cable or network television, with competitors like Hulu, Amazon, and Yahoo! also now having success with their own programming. All three even went as far as to revive or rescue other shows from cancellation, just as Netflix did for Arrested Development. Netflix brands their original content as "Netflix Originals" though this term can cover a few scenarios: shows commissioned and produced by Netflix, shows produced by other companies which Netflix was the exclusive distributor of, or shows from other companies Netflix has purchased ownership of.

Netflix also developed a reputation for being extremely willing to give shows a chance to build an audience; basically, if you got your show on Netflix, you were guaranteed at least one season renewal. It took four years for one of their shows (Marco Polo) to be cancelled before a third season. As its output of new shows increased drastically in the latter half of The New '10s, however, its reputation in this regard began to sour; in 2019, the streamer drew the ire of passionate fanbases for its shows The OA, One Day at a Time (2017), Santa Clarita Diet, Anne with an E, and Tuca & Bertie by cancelling them early into their runs (the last after just one season) despite general critical and audience acclaim. This only became more pronounced in 2020, when Netflix also began abruptly cancelling several series that it had initially renewed (e.g. I Am Not Okay With This, GLOW), in part due to costs related to the COVID-19 Pandemic. By the end of the decade, Netflix had acquired nearly the exact opposite reputation with new shows that it had previously enjoyed, which led to some scrutiny of Netflix's advertising practices and internal metrics and whether they harm the longevity of the streamer's more recent series.

Building on their successes with original programming, Netflix inked an exclusive content deal with DreamWorks Animation in 2013 for original animated shows, such as the 2016 Voltron reboot, Legendary Defender. A similar deal was made with Marvel Comics in 2014 for original Super Hero dramas. Set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these shows — Daredevil (2015), Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016), and Iron Fist (2017) — also had its own Avengers-style team up event with The Defenders (2017). Meanwhile, a series starring The Punisher (a major character in the second season of Daredevil) was announced in April 2016. However, by June 2019, all six shows were cancelled by Netflix as Marvel's owner sought to develop rival streaming services. Nonetheless, the development of the six shows greatly helped the streaming service in its formative years. Meanwhile, Netflix had inked a deal with the Roald Dahl Story Company in 2018 for the rights to produce content based on the author's works. This has later led to the wholesale purchase of the company in 2021, meaning Netflix now owns Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and Dahl's other stories.

Finally, due to the increased popularity of anime, where it competes primarily with services like Crunchyroll in the streaming market, Netflix also aims to be an anime producer. In the interim, they licensed, simulcast, and even dubbed the likes of Knights of Sidonia and The Seven Deadly Sins. To that end, they made partnerships with anime heavyweights Production I.G and Studio Bones, as well as lesser-knowns Sublimination, Anima and David Production, to create exclusive content for the platform. In 2018, they began to roll out the first batch of true original anime with content like DEVILMAN crybaby, B: The Beginning, Aggretsuko, and A.I.C.O. Incarnation, to great success. With the looming threat of numerous streaming services all vying for Netflix's spot at the top, they have doubled down on the production of original anime as one of its biggest selling points over the competition.

Netflix is so popular, as much as one-third of all internet traffic in the US during the hours of 7 pm to 1 am is Netflix streaming. And if you want a measure of how important the business has become internationally, take Canada's example. Its telecommunications authority, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the CRTC, the analog to the US' FCC) has a bidecadal conference on the state of television in Canada. In 2009, Netflix was only mentioned twice. By 2014, its burgeoning media presence was first & foremost in nearly all of that year's presentations, and it climaxed with Netflix's representative on the hot seat arguing with the main regulators.

Also to that point, as Netflix continued to expand to other countries, it announced in 2011 that it wouldn't become available in New Zealand, due to the low speed of an average Internet connection and unrealistic data quotas. After a huge backlash from New Zealanders pointing out that many of the same bandwidth limitations existed in the US, it ate its words and launched in the country shortly after. By 2014, Netflix was available in 40 countries.

In late 2015, Netflix announced a plan to launch in all remaining countries worldwide, rolling out in phases through 2016, culminating in a full worldwide release at the end of 2016. This was then promptly thrown out the window with a surprise announcement during the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show that the service has been simultaneously launched in all remaining countries worldwide, immediately, on January 7th 2016. As of that announcement, only four countries and one territorynote  do not have access to the service and despite the move receiving standing ovation from people worldwide, it has received threats of blockages from the Malaysian government (although they've stood down after a rather huge backlash from the people) and one ISP in Indonesia has blocked the service for allegedly carrying family-unfriendly shows.

Additionally, there are criticisms regarding the Region Coding scheme, with some users being dissatisfied that a show isn't being made available in their region despite said show being available in a different region. This intensified when Netflix started actively clamping down on VPN users, with said users crying foul over the limiting of shows in their country while Netflix themselves say that the user should request them to make the show available in their region in the first place.

In January 2019, Netflix made history by joining the Motion Picture Association,note  Hollywood's largest lobbying group representing the major studios, becoming the first (and so far only) streaming service to receive membership of the association. The move was due to Netflix's increasing presence within the motion picture industry, as well as Twentieth Century Fox vacating its seat due to its absorption into fellow major studio and MPAA member Disney.

Netflix is also notable for starting what some refer to as the "streaming wars" that dictated the film and television industries starting in the late 2010s. Netflix's massive success at delivering high-end entertainment through their originals created a ripple effect to other big name companies, including Amazon, Apple, Disney, AT&T (later Warner Bros. Discovery), Comcast, and ViacomCBS all wishing to do the same, with the COVID-19 Pandemic even speeding up the process as it wrecked the film industry. After Netflix helped kill video rentals and marginalize cable TV, this paradigm shift in the industry now threatens movie theaters as film studios attempt to cut out the middle-man and distribute content on their own terms. After Netflix spent most of the 2010s relatively unchallenged in the streaming market, media conglomerates began pulling their content from Netflix and using it to bolster their own streaming services, as well as spending heavily to produce their own original content.note  As such, Netflix has doubled down its already massive efforts to secure original and exclusive content in all areas, to better compete with the pack. A massive deal with Sony Pictures gave Netflix first-run streaming rights to their new films, a first-look deal at Sony streaming projects and access to much of the company's back catalog. By 2023, several of the studios that had pulled most of their content from Netflix years earlier, namely Disney, Warner, ViacomCBS and Comcast, resumed licensing deals after slower-than-expected growth for their own services. Also, starting in 2025, Netflix will become the new home of WWE Raw, previously on USA Network, in a 10-year deal reportedly worth over $5 billion.

Netflix had at one point been a distributor of films, via its Red Envelope (a play off of Netflix's signature DVD mailers) subsidiary, but then closed the company in 2008 as it didn't want to compete with the same film studios that provided their content. However, in recent years, Netflix has gotten back into the film game, buying the rights for high-profile films like The Square, Beasts of No Nation and Roma. In that arena, they have found a big competitor in Amazon Studios, who have also branched into original programming and films for its streaming service, with both companies becoming serious players in a short time, and even going so far as to be involved in several bidding wars at 2016 Sundance. After Cannes announced in 2018 that it would no longer allow films that cannot be theatrically released in France during a given year to play in competition (French law states that theatrically released films have to wait three years before a streaming release), Netflix announced its decision to deemphasize prestige film commissioning. Netflix has inked deals with numerous studios and content creators, including Happy Madison Productions, Paramount, Nickelodeon, Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, Zack Snyder, David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Higher Ground Productions, Amblin Partners and more to create exclusive film and television content for the service. In 2021, they also outright acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company, granting them the rights to adapt the full catalog of the author's work.

Netflix also at one time was going to distribute its own set-top box, after seeing the success Apple was beginning to have with its Apple TV. Again, the company decided they didn't want to compete against companies who would be ultimately creating equipment that Netflix would want to be installed on. So, in 2007, the project nicknamed 'Project Griffin' was spun off into its own company - Roku - which has become successful in America as that market expanded. The move allowed Netflix to be included in more electronics as it hoped, as it is 'baked in' to nearly all new Blu-ray players and smart televisions.

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    Launch dates 

  • April 14, 1998 — United States (DVD rentals)
  • January 16, 2007 — United States (streaming services)
  • September 22, 2010 — Canada
  • September 5, 2011 — Brazil
  • September 7, 2011 — Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay
  • September 8, 2011 — Chile and Bolivia
  • September 9, 2011 — Colombia, Venezuela, Peru and Ecuador
  • September 12, 2011 — Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean
  • January 4, 2012 — United Kingdom and Ireland
  • October 18, 2012 — Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
  • September 11, 2013 — The Netherlands
  • September 19, 2014 — Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg
  • March 24, 2015 — Australia and New Zealand
  • September 2, 2015 — Japan
  • October 20, 2015 — Italy, Portugal and Spain
  • January 6, 2016 — The rest of Asia (except China and North Korea), most of Africa, North Africa and the Middle East (except Syria), the rest of Europe (except Crimea) and India

Netflix's original works with TV Tropes pages include (available worldwide unless noted otherwise):

The following list is for programming that is either specifically produced for Netflix or has Netflix as a distributor in its home country. Bold indicates either upcoming or already-renewed programs.note 

    Animation (Other) 
This folder lists Netflix cartoons which are neither Japanese Anime nor Western Animation; see Asian Animation and Eastern European Animation.


    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 

    Western Animation 

Licensed programming on Netflix include:

The following list is for programming Netflix licenses to stream on its service. For series, this means Netflix streaming a program after its original run, while for films, this amounts to Netflix having distribution rights for a film that was released by another company in its home country. Most of them have the label "Netflix Original", despite Netflix not having anything to do with its original release.

    Animation (Other) 
This folder lists Netflix cartoons which are neither Japanese Anime nor Western Animation; see Asian Animation and Eastern European Animation.


    Films — Animation 
  • Child of Kamiari Month (2022)note 
  • Leo the Lion (2013)note 
  • The Little Prince (original release in 2015; released on Netflix in 2016)note 
  • Miraculous: Ladybug & Cat Noir, The Movie (2023)note 
  • A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (2020)note 
  • The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020)note 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 


    Western Animation 

Current content providers include:

Netflix's works provide examples of:

    Tropes A-D 
  • April Fools' Day: Netflix has been doing these since 2013:
    • In 2013, Netflix added genres that were overly detailed. These included "Movies Starring Estelle Getty and Some Other Guy", "Movies That Are in English, But Still Require Subtitles" and "TV Shows Where Defiantly Crossed Arms Mean Business!", which had nothing to do with the shows themselves, but rather listed shows whose icons had people with their arms crossed on it.
    • In 2014, two Netflix Originals were added, titled Sizzling Bacon and Rotisserie Chicken. They were nothing but long, unedited stock footage of the respective foods being made.
    • In 2015, if you binge-watched something, instead of the usual "Are you still watching" message, one of thirteen Public Service Announcements would play about the dangers of binge-watching, each starring an actor of a Netflix Original.
    • In 2016, Netflix once again added overly detailed genres, though this time they were all John Stamos-themed (possibly to advertise Fuller House, which was added earlier that year). A video was also "leaked" of Stamos at the Netflix headquarters upset that the company was not greenlighting his documentary about himself. The next day, Netflix added a video jokingly apologizing about the incident.
    • In 2017, a new Original was added titled Netflix Live on March 31, featuring Will Arnett giving commentary about various mundane things. On April 1, they announced that the segment had been cancelled, citing that they had overestimated how many people wanted to binge watch microwaves.
    • In 2018, Netflix announced that they were acquiring Seth Rogen. Not any of his projects, him literally.
  • The Artifact: Since the company is almost exclusively associated with streaming television nowadays, many people are surprised to learn that, up until 2023, Netflix still maintained a DVD rental service, which was modestly profitable enough to justify its continued existence. For international viewers, the fact that Netflix started out as a rental service is a legitimate surprise, since it had never been available outside the US.
  • Bad Export for You: When Netflix turned on its services worldwide in January 2016, many countries were left with English-only programs and optional audio in a non-native language. On the other hand, Netflix's default to user-language audio as opposed to the content's original language caused many a frustration in the Nordics and Benelux, where subtitles are used to translate everything not aimed at kids. Since 2019 however, Netflix began subtitling and dubbing its originals in at least six different languages; such as Hungarian, Czech, Japanese and Hindi.
  • Banned Episode:
    • The Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj episode "Saudi Arabia" is missing from the Saudi version of the service due to Minhaj's criticism towards the government.
    • Disjointed is nowhere to be seen on Singapore's version of Netflix due to the presence of drug use.
  • Banned in China:
    • Literally. China is currently the only non-sanctioned country that does not have access to the service. Netflix themselves hinted that the Chinese government prohibited them from launching in the country in its current form. This results in the noticeable dearth of Chinese-produced content on the service, despite the PRC's mammoth entertainment industry. Some Netflix original series are available in China on locally owned streamer iQiyi.
    • Syria, North Korea and the Crimean Peninsula (part of Ukraine that has been de facto annexed by Russia) are the only other countries in the world who do not have access to Netflix. Not because they banned them, but because it would have risked US sanctions. It is still, however, available in Cuba and Iran, despite both countries being designated state sponsors of terrorism by the US.
    • On March 6, 2022, Netflix announced that it would join the Western boycott of Russia by suspending its service in the country, following its invasion of Ukraine.
  • Breakthrough Hit:
    • House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black established Netflix as a provider of original programming. Both reached huge levels of popularity in their runs on Netflix comparable to some of cable TV's biggest hits, like The Walking Dead (2010) and Game of Thrones.
    • When a new season of a Netflix show is released, Netflix traffic, which dominates much of North America's bandwidth already in the evening hours, sees jumps of up to 35%.
  • Channel Hop: Netflix has something of a reputation for saving shows axed by other networks (especially prominent when it was still trying to create buzz for the platform), but they do tend to focus on original content produced for the service more than importing cancelled shows, in part because of the existence of other streaming services releasing over the years Netflix has been around that also offer original content and imports:
  • Content Warnings: Starting in 2019, some shows such as Stranger Things and The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance had warnings about strobe effects that could cause seizures in viewers with photosensitive disorders, which was made service wide not long after. These were likely added to comply with content regulations used around the world that require information of a program to be shown before it starts (like the age rating and anything in it that could cause offense). This was later extended to disclose Product Placement (as per the UK's laws), and other varied content warnings.
  • Colbert Bump: Older movies and series added to the service tend to get a boost of interest from the public.
  • Creator Killer: Not Netflix itself, but Netflix did kill off video rental stores once the internet became fast enough for streaming to truly be viable. Blockbuster eventually filed for bankruptcy (not helped by their own business decisions).
  • Darker and Edgier: Because the shows don't cater to advertisers, lack the guidelines network TV has to follow, and has almost no Executive Meddling keeping creators from putting in what they want, shows and movies on Netflix are often this compared to what you'll find on basic cable or in theaters. Notable examples include Sense8, GLOW (2017), Narcos, Orange Is the New Black, Ozark, 3%, 13 Reasons Why and the Marvel Cinematic Universe series (them being this to the rest of the franchise) to name a few. That said, there are plenty of shows that are perfectly acceptable for viewers of all ages.
  • Digital Destruction:
    • Netflix has annoyed film buffs by showing some movies in incorrect aspect ratios.
    • Its release of Seinfeld took some heat for using a 16:9 ratio that cut off the top and bottom of the frame. Luckily, the show's strong emphasis on verbal humor means not much is actually lost, with the one episode that's really harmed being "The Pothole" as the titular object isn't visible.
  • Dueling Works: As of the early 2020s, Netflix faces competition from other major streaming services with huge back catalogs and heavy incoming original content, Disney's Disney+/Hulu combo, WarnerMedia's HBO Max, and Amazon's Prime Video, while others like NBCUniversal's Peacock are furbishing arms. The "streaming wars" have begun.

    Tropes E-M 
  • Easter Egg: The Gear VR version has tons of set pieces that reference a few Netflix Originals.
  • Follow the Leader: With the success of Netflix's original programming, many companies have started to introduce their own streaming services with original programming of their own, whether it be existing ones like Hulu, Amazon Prime and Yahoo View, or brand new ones like Paramount+, Disney+, HBO Max and Apple TV+. This has kickstarted what is colloquially referred to as the "streaming wars", where numerous big-name companies are all vying for subscribers. The results have been mixed; while Disney+ has managed to become a serious rival to Netflix (even snatching its crown as the most subscribed streaming service in 2022), Netflix's originals still routinely dominate the weekly Nielsen streaming chart.
  • Friday Night Death Slot: Averted, as time slots are meaningless when viewers can watch on their own schedules. Netflix has started debuting its major original films and series on Fridays in time for weekend binge watching.
  • Friendly Enemy: While both Amazon and Netflix have competing streaming services, and both are becoming heavy-hitters in distributing original content and bidding for films, Netflix recently moved all data center operations for the streaming service (except for content delivery, which is housed in Netflix-maintained boxes throughout the Internet backbone providers) onto Amazon's cloud services. Only the DVD rental business still uses a physical data center. And to top it off, Amazon Studios actually went worldwide 11 months later, which many see as a in a bid to play catch up with Netflix.
  • Gamebooks: Its landmark Branch Manager technology, rolled out for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, is a video example. Viewers are given a set amount of time to make a choice, and if they don't choose the software chooses for them, all with seamless video editing. Rather than a 'flowchart', the software is dynamic, allowing for story resets and pushes towards certain endings.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Not unlike HBO, Netflix's looser content restrictions have allowed their original shows and movies to push nudity and sexual content in ways not allowed on non-premium TV or mainstream Hollywood cinema, such as Altered Carbon, Sense8, Hollywood and Sex Education. Netflix joining the MPAA created fears that their original programming would be taken in a Tamer and Chaster direction in order to adhere to the latter's controversial ratings system, but so far this has failed to come to pass.
  • In Name Only: Anything Netflix licenses but otherwise has no part in making/producing will be called a Netflix Original in those markets. This comes to the chagrin of anime fans in particular, as they feel it should only apply to the true originals that are exclusive to the platform everywhere and not on shows that already aired in Japan. A notable exception to this policy can be seen with Neon Genesis Evangelion. While Netflix did obtain the streaming rights and make a new dub for said series, it's not listed as a Netflix original, likely because it was already quite well-known long before Netflix started streaming it.
  • Invisible Advertising:
    • Netflix often doesn't release trailers or ads for its original shows and films until less than a month before their release dates.
    • Since it transitioned into a streaming service, Netflix had done little to promote its DVD rental service, which was not mentioned in their main website. It actually had been a separate service since 2011, with a different website and subscription plan; subscribing one would not let you access the other. Come 2023, the company ultimately decided to pull the plug on rental service altogether.
  • Killer App:
    • Netflix was one of the major reasons to own a DVD player when it first started. Many people found being able to watch rented movies at their leisure with no late fees irresistible.
    • Its streaming option is also a killer app for set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku, as well as smart TVs and tablets.
    • For a good while, the only non-PC device that supported Netflix streaming was the Xbox 360, which gave it a noticeable popularity bump.
    • Contrary to popular perception, House of Cards is not Netflix's very first original programming, or even the first English-language one (both records are held by Lilyhammer). It is, however, the first one produced in the United States, and its smashing success led the company to really kickstart their production arm into overdrive.
    • The ability to invokedblow through entire seasons at once right upon the shows' release is one of Netflix's selling points. Netflix releases all the episodes to the seasons of its original shows at once for this reason. And that's why "binge-watch" has made it into the public lexicon.
    • Netflix is one of the killer apps for broadband internet, especially cord-cutting. A lot of people are finding that with the massive selection of TV shows and movies, they don't need cable or satellite TV. The possibility of cable companies throttling their binge-watching sessions is a catalyst for net neutrality activism.
  • Konami Code: Most devices that provide Netflix use this code, though "B A" is replaced with pressing "up" four more times. Most of the time this brings up a diagnostics menu.
  • Late Export for You: In 1998, Netflix launched in the United States as a DVD rental service with its streaming service premiering on January 16, 2007... and that was it. The service would eventually launch in Canada in September 2010, with the Latin America countries following suit one year later, European countries in January 2012 and Japan in September 2015. The rest of the world had to wait until January 2016 to get Netflix.
  • Lighter and Softer:
    • Stranger Things is this compared to most Netflix shows of the horror genre. While still dark, it's TV-14, focuses on Kid Heroes and never goes beyond the PG-13 range of content.
    • Raising Dion is this in turn to Stranger Things, right down to being rated TV-G despite some similarly dark themes and imagery (but much less explicit violence).
    • The Umbrella Academy in a similar vein, is also TV-14, and is lighter than many of their other originals, especially compared to its predecessor superhero series that make up the Defenders.
    • Rilakkuma and Kaoru is a lot more adorable and cute than many of Netflix's true original anime. Whereas many of them hold TV-14 or TV-MA ratings, this is TV-PG.
    • Kids mode, which is available on all devices. Basically it blocks out any shows not Y-, G- and PG- rated and presents a chunkier and brighter interface.
  • Metaphorically True: Some shows branded as a "Netflix Original" are really just distributed by Netflix. For example, The Good Place is made by NBC, but has a title card at the start of each episode that brands it as a Netflix original. Co-productions are often branded as this too, such as Aggretsuko, which is made by Japanese station TBS, but was commissioned by Netflix.
  • Multiple Demographic Appeal: Netflix aims for this with their diverse assortment of original content, covering all manners of formats from Live-Action TV and Movies, to Western Animation, to Anime, and just about every genre of entertainment.

    Tropes N-V 
  • No Export for You:
    • Historical example. Up until January 2016, more than two thirds of the world did not have access to Netflix. This changed on January 7, 2016, when the service was simultaneously launched almost worldwide in a surprise announcement. Even then, it is still not available in three countries due to US embargoes, and China (where certain Netflix Originals run on a domestically-owned streaming service).
    • Even still, some of the "Netflix Originals" can't be seen in certain countries. For instance, Glitter Force isn't shown in Japan due to them already having the source material Smile Pretty Cure! while certain countries can't watch Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return due to limitations made by the studios that own the featured riffing targets.
    • In March 2022, Netflix took part in an economic boycott of Russia due to an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine the previous month, which led to all of the studio's upcoming titles being delayed in Russia indefinitely.
  • Pan and Scan: They have been known to do this without warning the user, and often against the director's wishes.
  • Quarter Hour Short: While a majority of animated shows are either full 22 minutes or split into the 11-minute Two Shorts format, a handful of shows, usually certain Preschool Shows, run as single increments of 11-16 minutes.
  • Port Overdosed: In The New '10s, you'd be hard pressed to find a device with both a screen and Internet connectivity that can't stream Netflix, either through the web or a dedicated app. It's available on pretty much anything with an internet connection, and this is very much intentional, with the Nintendo Switch being a notable exception.
  • Production Posse: More than a few examples exist; Mainly releases newer shows from the DreamWorks Animation library since 2013, they've have worked regularly with Polygon Pictures on several anime titles and Cinesite and Framestore on many of their live action efforts. Their deals with Production I.G and Studio Bones and purchases of Scanline and Animal Logic invoke this as well.
  • Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy: The service also streams stand-up comedy specials.
  • Role Reprise:
    • Almost any given original will feature reprises of the old cast when possible, such as Fuller House.
    • Whenever a film or series is released onto Netflix and dubbed into another language, Netflix usually keeps the official voice actors whenever possible.
  • Screwed by the Network: Has its own page.
  • Shared Universe: Netflix, like many other companies, want in on this.
    • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set within the same universe as Riverdale, which aired on The CW. There are a couple of character crossovers; notably, Sabrina Spellman herself appeared in Season 6 of Riverdale. In fact, Sabrina was originally conceived as a spin-off of Riverdale until The CW opted not to pick it up.
    • Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist are connected and outside of small crossovers individually, saw their big crossover with The Defenders. Furthermore, The Punisher got his own show after being a Breakout Character in Daredevil. All are part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they are largely connected by brand name only as they make little references to the films, while the films make little reference to the Netflix TV series.
    • As for the DC Comics, the titular character of Lucifer makes a surprise appearance in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, part of The CW's annual crossover event for the Arrowverse. Although they share the same continuity in the comics, The Sandman is not set within the same universe as Lucifer (it even had a different Lucifer, played by Gwendoline Christie rather than Tom Ellis), but Neil Gaiman has confirmed that it will share continuity with the upcoming adaptation of The Dead Boy Detectives (which was originally supposed to be a spin-off of Doom Patrol from Max — confused yet?).
    • Narcos: Mexico has been referred to as such, rather than a sequel to Narcos.
    • After getting the complete film and TV rights to The Chronicles of Narnia, Netflix announced that a multitude of films and books will be set within the same world.
    • Likewise, upon acquiring the rights to all of Roald Dahl's material, they intend to make a shared universe out of them, even the ones unconnected in the books.
    • Castlevania and the upcoming Devil May Cry are set in the same world, which is interesting because neither of the games they're based on are even made by the same company.
  • The Stinger: Most Netflix streams end with an extra 1-3 minutes of foreign dubbing credits.
  • Trope Codifier:
    • For the entire "binge-watching" culture. Netflix champions the policy of releasing all episodes of a season at once and is very persistent about it (Hulu sometimes adopts the policy, but they mostly stick to a weekly schedule). Some showrunners who don't want to have their shows dumped all at once have found a way to work around the issue by dividing a season into several "parts", each being considered a season.
    • For streaming television, as well. The streaming wars began in the first place because major Hollywood companies wanted a piece of revenue that Netflix had, up to that point, monopolized.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda:
    • Allegedly, Reed Hastings receiving a $40 late fee from Blockbuster for losing a copy of Apollo 13, and tired of having to put up with Blockbuster's fees, he formed Netflix, which offered a completely different rental model (mail order DVDs for a subscription fee). However, according to Marc Randolph (the co-founder), said story is a myth, and the service was actually created because the two wanted to be the Amazon of somethingnote .
    • It's also commonly said that online streaming was always the company's plan and they only ran the DVD service so they could remain profitable until streaming was more widely adopted. In truth, the company's plan was always to be a DVD service until they recognized the potential of online streaming and prepared themselves for it to avoid the same fate as the video stores they ran out of business.
  • What Could Have Been: In 2000, Netflix was offered to Blockbuster for a price of $50 million (which, at the time, they could've easily afforded; hell, they made $800 million a year from late fees alone), but refused the offer - which made sense at the time, but unquestionably came back to haunt Blockbuster, since Netflix ultimately became a Creator Killer for video rental stores such as Blockbuster. However, it's worth noting that the main draw of Blockbuster was because of the demand for renting VHS/DVDs at the time - once streaming shows online became a thing, it was only a matter of time before stores like Blockbuster folded, since if Netflix didn't come up with the idea, someone else would have.
  • Vindicated by Cable: Netflix has allowed some shows that were cancelled and some films that were Box Office Bombs to find new audiences.


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52 Seasons a Year

When discussing a comment about how the fast fashion model means retailers now have '52 seasons a year', Hasan claims no other business operates like that because nobody needs that much new stuff every week. Cue the familiar chime of the very service that hosts this show.

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