Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Nov 30, 2017     Views: 13

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

General Format:

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).

For example:

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-.

Citing One Episode

General Format:

“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 #.

For Example:

“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.

 

‚ÄčNOTE: The episode’s air date can either be just the year or the exact date depending on how you are using the resource. 

More Information: 

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.

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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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