Using Parental Controls For Blocking Shows On Netflix


Blocking a show on Netflix is a tricky affair for multiple reasons, mainly because you…can’t actually block shows on Netflix, at least not right now.  If you’re here because you’re trying to clear Continue Watching or a particular show from your history, read our other article on that matter.

In this article, we’ll be discussing the only way you really can block shows on Netflix right now- through Parental Control settings.

Step 1: Open Netflix


Go ahead and open Netflix the way you always have. You can click this link if you don’t have one handy. Once you’ve signed in, you’ll be greeted with your typical Netflix home screen. What’s important for this guide, however, is the dropdown menu in the top-right of this screen.

Step 2: Open Your Account


Click the dropdown menu and select “Your Account” to proceed. Make sure that you’re inside the profile you want to apply Parental controls to before you do this!

Step 3: Select “Parental controls”


Now that you’re on the account settings page, scroll down until you reach the “Settings” section. From here, you want to click “Parental controls”.

Step 4: Enter Your Account Password


On this page, you’ll need to enter your account password before continuing. This safeguard is here to prevent kids and unauthorized parties from changing your parental control settings without your knowledge or permission.

Once you’ve entered that, the next page should look something like this.

Step 5: Choose Your Level


To unlock Parental control settings, you’ll have to start by creating a 4-digit PIN of your choice. Once you’ve done so, make sure you can remember that PIN for future reference, should you ever need to change those settings.

On my screen here, you’ll see that no level of Parental Control is enabled. You can choose what level to enable it at by selecting the circle where you want it to end- for instance, selecting the third circle on the above graph will lock Netflix to ratings TV-14/PG-13 and below.


Whenever Netflix does add the ability to properly block individual shows, we’ll definitely write a guide on it!

Hopefully, though, this article helped you block off inappropriate shows if you have to deal with younger eyes in the house.

Posted by Chris on July 18, 2016

3 thoughts on “Using Parental Controls For Blocking Shows On Netflix”


December 13, 2016 at 7:56 pm

Thank you for posting this how-to – I needed to block Family Guy and a few other grossly inappropriate shows from our Netflix account, and since there is not currently a way to block shows on an individual basis, rating-based blocking is how it’s going to be. Thanks again!



January 18, 2017 at 11:30 am

I have called Netflix as there are individual shows that I would like blocked for various reasons. It is not just because some are inappropriate, one other reason is there is a series of books by a certain popular author that our kids need to finish reading before they watch the series that Netflix has recently produced. When I called Netflix they are willing to put a ticket into the developers but that is all they will say on blocking individual shows. Perhaps if more people call them they will actually add that feature to their parental controls.



January 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

I would really like this function, since we have a long term house guest that refuses to stop watching Friends on a constant loop.


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