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What to Watch FAQ


Where can I find my personalized recommendations?

IMDb makes personalized recommendations to help you discover movies and TV shows that you will love.

Recommended titles will show under "Top picks" in the What to watch section on the IMDb homepage and on the new What to watch page, https://imdb.com/watch.


How does IMDb choose the titles on the What to watch page?

  • Watch Guide - Showcases curated IMDb original content featuring videos, lists, and galleries of popular and relevant movies and TV shows to help you explore what to watch next.

  • Top Picks - provides personalized recommendations based on your ratings and watchlist activity on IMDb, and how those title relates to people with similar tastes to you. We take all of the movies and TV shows that you have either rated or added to your Watchlist and then compare your data to ratings made by other IMDb users. We can then find movies and TV shows that people with similar tastes to you like. For each recommendation, you can see a list of the movies or TV shows upon which the recommendation was based. You have either rated these titles highly, or added them to your Watchlist. For users who have not logged in, recommendations are based off movies and TV shows you have recently visited.

  • Fan Favorites - highlights movies and TV shows currently receiving the most positive ratings and reviews across IMDb customers.

  • From Your Watchlist - details movies and TV shows you have indicated you are interested in by adding them to your Watchlist. Create an account to Watchlist the content you want to keep track of.

  • Most Popular - featuring recommended movies and TV shows that are the most popular across all IMDb users.


How does IMDb know what I showed interest in?

When you give a movie a positive rating or add a movie to your Watchlist, we track that as a movie that you are interested in and then compare your data to ratings made by other IMDb users. We can then find movies and TV shows that people with similar tastes to you like. For each recommendation, you can see a list of the movies or TV shows upon which the recommendation was based. You have either rated these titles highly, or added them to your Watchlist.


How can I improve my personalized recommendations?

To improve your personalized recommendations, find and rate more of the titles that you love and add more of the titles you're interested in to your Watchlist.


I've just rated a whole bunch of titles. How long will it take for those ratings to impact my recommendations?

New ratings will have an immediate impact on your recommendations. After rating and adding titles to your Watchlist, reload the page to see updated recommendations.

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