Netflix’s Shmunguss Category: TikToker Shares “Experience”

Netflix Shmunguss Category TikTok
Callie (Carlos) Cadorniga - Author

As one of the most popular streaming services of all time, Netflix offers tons of content for movie fans and binge watchers. Given the seemingly never-ending offerings, you’d expect them to break them all down into neat little categories for people to scroll through. For the most part, they keep things simple with “comedy,” “animation,” “sci-fi,” or even “critically acclaimed drama.”

Then there are the weird categories.

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QZ has previously reported on strange Netflix categories that have been doing the rounds before. In the past, there’s been “political tearjerkers,” “hot independent movies based on books,” and even something as specific as “emotional drama for 11-12 year olds.”

However, none of these compare to the ridiculously absurd nature of the “Schmungguss” category. on Netflix. People on the internet are stunned by the supposed appearance of this category. What is inside? Is it even real? Let’s break it down.

"Shmonguss' revenge"

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What the heck is the Shmunguss category on Netflix?

In early March 2023, a popular TikTok profile called @channel.everything published interesting footage of them scrolling through Netflix one day. The user and his girlfriend were reportedly reviewing the streaming service when they came across the Shmunguss category. With TikTok, the user loudly questions the existence of the category and wonders what it might contain. Her friend suggests it showed up because they were on a VPN.

“A VPN in what, another dimension!?” they answer.

The category itself is reportedly filled with movies and shows that simply contain the word “Shmunguss.” For example content like The Shmunguss King, I married a Shmunguss, And In Shmunguss we trust. In fact, TikTok even allows the in-app trailer for a short time Shmunguss’ revenge to play, in which a hoarse voice ominously declares, “They stole my Shmunguss,” much to the couple’s shock.

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People in the comments section are equally confused by the category. One person writes, “I’ve been trying to figure out what the heck a Shmunguss is all over the internet and I can’t find anything.” Another even suggests the content is part of the shared “Shmunguss Cinematic Universe.” Someone else leans into the TikTok and declares that they believe “I married a Shmunguss deserves a fourth season.”

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Now, before you start scrolling through your own Netflix, we’re here to save you some time. The “Shmunguss” category is not genuine and you will not find it in your app even if you use a VPN. The video itself is probably just an elaborate prank by @channel.everything, but it’s certainly a departure from their typical content.

That being said, they certainly seem to be doubling down on the joke. As of this writing, @channel.everything’s TikTok bio has a link to their online store,”Shmunguss’ revenge.Supposedly, you can buy all kinds of Shmunguss merchandise here, including stickers, shirts, and even a tote bag that says “Live, Laugh, Shmunguss.”

The category itself may not be real, but we’re thinking about it right now. As of this writing, there is no official confirmation as to whether or not there will be a sequel The Shmunguss among us is in production. Netflix’s Shmunguss Category: TikToker Shares “Experience”

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