Sorry, but that weird Netflix menu prank almost definitely isn't real

Netflix’s UI has been much maligned, and we were happy to see its recently revealed visual makeover. But you've got to love its bizarre content recommendations. It seems to throw in a bit of everything, including randomly specific categories, in an apparent bid to make it as difficult as possible to find something we want to watch.

But, according to a viral TikTok video, now it's just making things up. Among the 'boating movies', 'understated Australian independent dramas' and 'dark suspenseful viral plague movies' (these are starting to sound like prompts written for an AI image generator like DALL-E 2), someone claims to have discovered a new category that left viewers totally perplexed: just what is a Shmunguss?


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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.