How to cite a TV show episode in MLA

MLA TV show episode citation

To cite a TV show episode in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Title of the episode: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  2. Title of the TV show: Container titles are italicized and followed by a comma.
  3. Contributor(s) name: Start with the action of the key contributor (Directed by, Performed by, Produced by, etc.), follow with the name.
  4. season number: Give the season number of the TV show.
  5. episode number: Give the episode number.
  6. Publishing studio: Always use the abbreviated version, e.g: MIT P for MIT Press or Oxford UP for Oxford University Press.
  7. Year of release: Give the year of publication as presented in the source.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a TV show episode in MLA style 8th edition:

"Title of the episode." Title of the TV show, by Contributor(s) name, season season number, episode episode number, Publishing studio, Year of release.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


One episode of a popular TV show with one key performance

"Lord Snow." Game of Thrones, performance by Kit Harington, season 1, episode 3, HBO, 2011.

One episode of a TV show with its director as key contributor

"When Good Kids Go Bad." Modern Family, directed by Michael Spiller, season 3, episode 2, 20th Century Fox, 2012.

MLA in-text citation of a TV show episode

Audio-visual material uses the specific time of the audio/video for in-text citations.

(Last name time) or (Short form of title time).


One episode of a popular TV show with one key performance

The following scene highlights Jon's loyal character (Lord 00:15:43-00:19:20).

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