It’s Friday night, and you’ve got a hot date with Netflix and your couch. While you won’t have to fuss over what to wear (pajamas!) or what to eat (popcorn and wine count as a meal, right?), deciding what to watch is another story. Unless you know exactly what you’re looking for, trying to find the right movie or TV show among the thousands available from the streaming media service can be challenging. I’ve spent many a night combing through Netflix’s catalog, looking for something entertaining to watch, only to come up empty-handed, or settling on a title that sounds half-interesting because I’m sick of searching. If this sounds like you, too, here are some tips and tricks that can help you get better recommendations from Netflix. I’ve also included some information on lesser-known features of the service, and some outside tools designed to extend the capabilities of Netflix.