For plenty of us, actually watching stuff on Netflix is a surprisingly small percentage of time spent on the app. The rest is spent scrolling through pages and pages of stills waiting for something to capture the imagination.
With the emphasis on imagination, Nestflix does something similar. It’s a Netflix themed wiki collecting all the fictional TV shows and movies within actual TV shows and movies. The likes of Angels with Filthy Souls from Home Alone:
…Troy McClure’s 1977 classic The Muppets Go Medieval, from The Simpsons…
…Les Cousins Dangereux from Arrested Development…
The site is the handy work of designer Lynn Fisher and it’s certainly more colourful than your standard wiki, allowing you to browse through genres, letting all the fictional titles wash over you. Alternatively, you can search for fictional content via the show or film where it appeared, where each one has a simple Netflix style description and set of stills.
It’s this format that probably explains key omissions. My fellow Seinfeld fans will no doubt be disappointed by the lack of Rochelle, Rochelle (“a young girl’s strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk”) and Death Blow (“when someone tries to blow you up, not because of who you are, but because of different reasons altogether”). But these films are only referenced by other characters and never actually seen on screen, which would break the visual format that makes Nestflix function.
There are currently over 400 films and TV shows to browse through (though, alas, not to watch) and demand has been so great that Fisher has temporarily had to disable the submission form. So you’ll likely have to wait before Man Getting Hit by Football joins other Springfield Film Festival nominees such as A Burns for All Seasons and Pukahontas.