Netflix April Fools' Day jokes
Video on demand Internet streaming media provider, Netflix, performs April Fools' Day practical jokes on its subscribers. These jokes have included overly detailed categories for films, comic public service announcements and two original films composed entirely of footage of food cooking.
In 2013, Netflix added overly detailed genres to its service, including "Movies Starring Estelle Getty and Some Other Guy" (with only the film Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot listed), "Movies That Are in English, But Still Require Subtitles" (with Snatch and Trainspotting), and "TV Shows Where Defiantly Crossed Arms Mean Business!" (featuring television shows with cover art showing people with their arms crossed). In 2014, Netflix added two "Netflix originals" including Sizzling Bacon, a 20-minute feature of bacon cooking, and Rotisserie Chicken, a 73-minute feature of a chicken cooking on a rotisserie. For their 2015 joke, Netflix created a series of public service announcements, warning users of the "dangers of binge-watching". Thirteen messages were created, starring actors and actresses from Netflix original programming shows, such as Michael Kelly from House of Cards (telling the viewer to go to work) and Selenis Leyva from Orange Is the New Black providing a bilingual message (Spanish and English) encouraging the viewer to do their homework. The PSAs would play when the viewer watched two episodes of the same show in a row. On April Fools 2016, Netflix added again overly detailed genres to its service, but all having something to do with John Stamos of Full House like "Horror Movies that give John Stamos the Heebie-Jeebies" and "Movies that make John Stamos feel emotions". The next day, the site issued a jocular apology to Stamos in an exclusive video.
- Kleinman, Alexis (1 April 2013). "Netflix April Fool's Day Prank: Implausibly Specific Categories". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Gupta, Prachi (1 April 2013). "Netflix's April Fools' Day categories". Salon. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Kolodny, Carina (1 April 2014). "We Would Actually Watch These Delicious Netflix Prank Shows". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Molina, Brett (1 April 2014). "Netflix may have won April Fool's Day". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
- Stenovec, Timothy (1 April 2015). "Netflix Warns About The Dangers Of Binge-Watching -- Sort Of". Huffington Post. Retrieved 1 April 2015.