How to cite a TV show episode in APA

APA TV show episode citation

To cite a TV show episode in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Producer(s) & director(s) the episode: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of the primary contributors (e. g. Director or Producer) ending with a parentheses identifying their contribution.
  2. Year of release: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the episode: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Producer(s) &/or Director(s) of the TV show: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of the primary contributors (e. g. Director or Producer) ending with a parentheses identifying their contribution.
  5. Title of the TV show: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  6. Place: Location of the production company.
  7. Production company: Give the name of the company that produced the documentary.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a TV show episode in APA style 6th edition:

Producer(s) & director(s) the episode. (Year of release). Title of the episode [TV series episode]. In Producer(s) &/or Director(s) of the TV show, Title of the TV show. Place: Production company.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines in action:

Examples

One episode of a popular TV show with one director

Kirk, B. (Director). (2011). Lord snow [TV series episode]. In D. Benioff & D.B. Weiss (Producers), Game of thrones. New York, NY: HBO.

One episode of a TV show with one director

Spiller, M. (Director). (2012). When good kids go bad [TV series episode]. In C. Lloyd & S. Levitan (Producers), Modern family. New York, NY: ABC.

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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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