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Episode Guide FAQ (frequently asked questions)


  1. Has a show been released on DVD?
  2. Where can I see the shows?
  3. Where does the info in the guides come from?
  4. How did you get started doing the guides?
  5. How often are the guides updated?
  6. Can you add a link to my web site?
  7. What are spoilers?
  8. Where can I find guides not on your site?
  9. Do you work for any of the shows on the site?
  10. Where did you get the pictures?
  11. Where do the quotes come from?
  12. What quotes program is used?

  1. Has a show been released on DVD/Blu-ray?

    TVShowsOnDVD has a Facebook page where a weekly post lists new TV DVD/Blu-ray releases. Unfortunately Facebook is not searchable so finding if a show has been released on DVD/Blu-ray in the past is a challenge. The Digital Bits has news on DVD/Blu-ray releases for both TV and movies. The site is searchable but does not have information for every release. Another site with news on DVD/Blu-ray releases for both TV and movies is the DVD Calendar on Metacritic.com . However their search does not appear to include this information. There is also Amazon.com which lists a lot of TV DVD/Blu-ray that have been released.

  2. Where can I see the shows?

    To check if the show is airing on TV or cable channels the TV schedules section of the Episode Guide info page has a number of free on-line guides that can be searched.

    To find if and where a TV show is streaming an aggregator can be used. A TV show can be searched and they will tell you which streaming services have the shows. They generally include both paid and free services, and can also be used for movies. These aggregators include JustWatch , Realgood , and Yidio .

    Wikipedia has an article which lists the streaming services each aggregator includes.

  3. Where does the info in the guides come from?

    Much of the info comes from the credits of the show. For shows that do not have on screen titles they come from newspaper TV listings or the on-line guides. Synopses are adapted from various TV listings and typically are changed slightly.

  4. How did you get started doing the guides?

    I was inspired to do my first guide by one of Michael Brown's (Mr Vidiot) early guides. My guide was the 1980's Alfred Hitchcock Presents guide and was first posted on the Internet in 1988. Over the years I have done various others though most are not that detailed. The guides were posted in Usenet Newsgroups and put on various archive sites. In June 1996 I created a section on a website for the guides. In July 1999 they were moved to the Inner Mind website adding pictures, sounds, and other things.

    In July 2010 I gave the Episode Guide section of the website a makeover changing the formatting to use CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) and use the Perl Template Toolkit as a template processing system for generating the web pages.

  5. How often are the guides updated?

    For shows with new episodes airing they are updated every month or so. For other shows they are only updated if there is new information.

  6. Can you add a link to my web site?

    Presently I only link to sites with many guides or much TV info. If you have a site like this contact me. For sites for single shows see the General Sites section as some of these are sites for that purpose.

  7. What are spoilers?

    Spoilers are a term often used in TV and movie related Usenet Newsgroups and websites. They refer to giving away plot details or twists in an episode. I try to make the synopses in my guides not have any major spoilers. In a few cases I thought even TV Guide gave away too much and changed the synopses to remove them.

  8. Where can I find guides not on your site?

    Both the General Sites and Sites of Individuals sections have lots of guides or links to them.

  9. Do you work for any of the shows on the site?

    No, I'm a fan just like you.

  10. Where did you get the pictures?

    They come from various sources. The ones with web sites are listed in the Miscellaneous section.

  11. Where do the quotes come from?

    Most came from Wikiquote which as its name suggests is a repository of quotes. Besides TV it has sections for films, people, literary works, proverbs, and other things. A few were posted in usenet newsqroups long before Wikiquote came about. The only one I contributed to is for Eerie Indiana.

  12. What quotes program is used?

    The program used to pick a random quote is PHP-Fortune by Henrik Aasted Sorensen. Info on it can be found on his website . I added code for selecting the TV shows and displaying the quote.