How to cite a Netflix show in Chicago

Chicago style Netflix show citation

To cite a Netflix show in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Director(s) of the show: Give first the last name, then the name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two directors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). End with 'dir' or 'dirs' respectively.
  2. Title of the show: Give the title as presented in the source.
  3. Production company: Give the production company name in full.
  4. Year of release: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.
  5. URL: Give the full URL from the direct source. Include http:// or https://.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a Netflix show in Chicago style 17th edition:

Director(s) of the show. Title of the show. Production company, Year of release. URL.

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


A Netflix show with three directors

Headland, Leslye, Jamie Babbit and Natasha Lyonne, dirs. Russian Doll. Universal Television, 2019.

A Netflix show with one director

Murphy, Ryan, dir. The Politician. Prospect Films, 2019.

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