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APA Format Guidelines for a TV Show


The format of an APA reference listing for a TV show depends on whether the show being referenced is a single episode of a TV series, an entire TV series or a TV broadcast. Each type of TV show has different characteristics included in the reference.

A Single Episode of a TV Series

For a single episode of a TV series, the APA reference should be formatted as follows:

Writer, W. W. (Writer), & Director, D. D. (Director). (Date of publication). Title of episode [Television series episode]. In P. Producer (Producer), Series title (in italics). City, state of origin: Studio or distributor.

For example:

Fury, D. (Writer), & Bender, J. (Director). (2004). Walkabout [Television series episode]. In J.J. Abrams (Producer), Lost (in italics). New York, NY: American Broadcasting Company.

A TV Series

For a TV series, format the reference this way:

Producer, P.P. (Producer). (Date of Publication). Title of series (in italics) [Television series]. City, State of origin: Studio or distributor.

For example:

Abrams, J.J. (Producer). (2004-2010). Lost (in italics) [Television series]. New York, NY: American Broadcasting Company.

A TV Broadcast

The APA reference for a TV broadcast is similar to that of a TV series, except the date will include the day, month and year of the broadcast being referenced. The broadcast reference should be formatted like this:

Producer, P. P. (Producer). (Date of Publication). Name of broadcast (in italics) [Television broadcast]. City, State of origin: Studio or distributor.

For example:

Burkey, P. (Producer). (2010, January 10). NBC nightly news with Brian Williams (in italics) [Television broadcast]. New York, NY: NBC.

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