A while ago I saw that this was the thumbnail for Parks and Recreation on Netflix, and I was mildly annoyed.

But, I mean, I get it—Chris Pratt is by far the biggest star on that show now. So I can understand wanting to promote him more.

But then just now I noticed that this was the Gilmore Girls thumbnail:

What the heck, Netflix? Jess was only in a few seasons of that show and no way Milo Ventimiglia is famous enough to justify this! How can you not have the Gilmore Girls on the Gilmore Girls thumbnail!?

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So I decided to look through the some other thumbnails and see if this was an established pattern of favoring male characters over female ones for the thumbnails.

There were a couple more cases I saw, like Jack for 30 Rock instead of Liz.

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And come on, are you kidding me with this!?

ALL of the guys and NONE of the girls, on the Gossip Girl thumbnail!

BUT THEN!

There were a few cases I saw that went the other way—putting women in the thumbnails when I would consider a man to be the most prominent character in the show:

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So now it seems more like just... some very strange choices rather than sexist ones. I’m not sure what to make of it, but it’s definitely weird.

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Has anyone else noticed weird thumbnail choices for Netflix? Or if there is similar weirdness on Hulu? I just check all of these on Hulu and the ones that exist on that site have thumbnails with characters you would expect more.