Answered By: Elyse Wolf Last Updated: Jun 07, 2018 Views: 18714
There are several ways to cite a television show in MLA Style depending on whether you want to cite the entire show or one specific episode as well as how the show was accessed. You can include the following optional elements as well:
- The name(s) of the director(s) and/or performer(s) if you are discussing their work,
- A timestamp if you are discussing a particular instance or clip of an episode.
Please see pages 24, 28, 30, 33, 38, 43-44 of the MLA Handbook for more information.
Citing an Entire Television Show
Show Title. Publication Company, Date(s).
Show Title. Netflix app, Publication Company, Date(s).
Show Title. Hulu.com, Publication Company, Date(s).
Performer Name, performer. Show Title. Publication Company, Date(s).
Director Name, director. Show Title. Netflix app, Publication Company, Date(s).
Creator Name, creator. Show Title. Hulu app, Publication Company, Date(s).
Stranger Things. 21 Laps Entertainment / Monkey Massacre, 2016-.
Stranger Things. Netflix app, 21 Laps Entertainment / Monkey Massacre, 2016-.
Brown, Millie Bobby, performer. Stranger Things. 21 Laps Entertainment / Monkey Massacre, 2016-.
Duffer, Matt and Ross Duffer, creators. Stranger Things. 21 Laps Entertainment / Monkey Massacre, 2016-.
In-Text Citation Example
Mille Bobby Brown's role as Eleven in Stranger Things.....
Matt and Ross Duffer stated that....
Citing One Episode
“Episode Title.” Show Title, season #, episode #, Station, Date aired.
“Episode Title.” Show Title, performance by Performer, season #, episode #, Station, Date aired.
“Episode Title.” Show Title, season #, episode #, Station, Date aired. Hulu, URL (without the http://).
“Episode Title.” Date aired. DVD set title, episode #, Publisher, Date released, disc #.
“Aliens in a Spaceship.” Bones, season 2, episode 9, Fox, 15 Nov. 2006.
“The Man in the Fallout Shelter.” Bones, performance by Emily Deschanel, season 1, episode 9, Fox, 25 Jan. 2006.
“The Hole in the Heart.” Bones, season 6, episode 22, Fox, 12 May 2011. Hulu, www.hulu.com/watch/237556.
“The Sense in the Sacrifice.” 2013. Bones: The Complete Seventh Ninth, created by Hart Hanson, performances by Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, episode 4, Twentieth Century Fox, 2014, disc 1.
NOTE: The episode’s air date can either be just the year or the exact date depending on how you are using the resource.
In-Text Citation Example
Aldo told her that "like all of us, he has two sides to him. He has one side that wants to save the world, and one side that wants to take care of the ones he loves. Those two collide - that's what you call a 'tortured soul'" ("The Sense in the Sacrifice" (00:32:15-00:32:35).
The actor's character was killed off in the episode so he could pursue other acting choices ("The Hole in the Heart").
- MLA guide (Shapiro Library)
- MLA (8th Ed.) Research paper Basics (Atomic Learning - log in using your SNHU email username and password)
For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC/On-Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing a television show in MLA style.
You may also want to consider:
- How do I cite personal interviews in MLA style?
- How do I cite a YouTube video in MLA style?
- How do I cite a tweet in MLA?
This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a television show in your class assignments and projects.
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