How to Cite a TV Show or Movie in MLA

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Published September 2, 2020. Updated October 4, 2021.

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To cite a TV show or movie you watched on a streaming service, follow the guidelines below. Remember, the key to making good citations is to give credit to the right people/organization. You can apply these formulas to any TV or movie content you watch on any streaming service, including Netflix, Google Play, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc.

If you’d rather use a citation form, here is the citation generator form for citing a TV show in MLA.

Citing a specific TV episode:

“Grief Counseling.” The Office, season 3, episode 4, NBC, 12 Oct. 2006. Netflix, www.netflix.com/watch/798356483?.

Citing an entire TV series:

The Office, created by Greg Daniels and Roger Nygard, Deedle-Dee Productions and Universal Media Studios, 2005-2013. Netflix, www.netflix.com/watch/798356483?.

Citing Films or Movies

Films should be listed alphabetically by their title. Include the name of the director, the film studio or distributor, and the release year. If relevant, list performer names after the director’s name.

Beauty and the Beast. Directed by Bill Condon, performances by Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad, Walt Disney Studios, 2017. Netflix, www.netflix.com/watch/798356483?.

In-text Citations

When creating an in-text citation, the information in the parentheses should always match the first item in your full Works Cited reference. For a TV show or movie, this will likely be the episode name or the show/movie title. If a title is long, it can be shortened to the first noun phrase for parenthetical citations.

Structure:

(“Episode Name”)

(Show Title)

(Movie Title)

Example:

(“Grief Counseling”)

(The Office)

(Beauty)

*These examples are in MLA 9 format.

 

Looking for APA guides? Here is the guide on how to cite a TV show in APA.


 

 

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How do I cite a movie, TV show, or video?

To cite a movie, TV show, or video in APA and MLA styles, it is important that you know basic information, such as the director’s name, the title of the show, video, or movie, production company, and the publication date. The examples below show how to cite a movie in APA and MLA styles.

APA reference list entry template and example:

Surname, F. M. (Director). (Year). Title of the movie [Film]. Production Company.

Sant, G. V. (Director). (1997). Good will hunting [Film]. Be Gentlemen.

MLA works-cited-list entry template and example:

Title of the Movie. Directed by Name of the Director, Production Company, Publication date.

Good Will Hunting. Directed by Gus Van Sant, Be Gentlemen, 1997.

Use “Directed by” before the director’s name. Give the movie title in italics.

How do I cite a TV show episode?

To cite a movie, TV show, or video in APA and MLA styles, it is important that you know basic information, such as the director’s name, the writer’s name, the title of the episode, the title of the TV show, names of executive producers, TV channel, production company, and publication date. The below example shows how to cite a TV show in APA and MLA styles.

APA reference list entry template and example:

Director’s Surname, F. M. (Contributor Roles including writer(s) and director). (Year, Month Day). Title of the episode (Season #, Episode #) [Description]. In Names of Executive Producers (Executive Producers), Title of TV series. Production Company; Production Companies.

Noah, T. (Writer & Director*). (2021, September 16). LeVar Burton (Season 26, Episode 112) [TV series episode]. In T. Noah, J. Stewart, & M. Browning (Executive Producers), The daily show with Trevor Noah. Comedy Central; ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks.

*If one person performed multiple roles, combine the descriptions with an ampersand (&).

Include the writers and directors for the episode in each entry. Include the contributor’s role in parentheses after each name.

When there are multiple production companies, separate their names with a semicolon.

MLA works-cited-list entry template and example:

“Title of the Episode.” Title of the TV Series, created by Name of the Director, season #, episode #, Production Company/Production Companies, Publication Day Month Year.

“LeVar Burton.” The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, created by Trevor Noah, season 26, episode 116, Comedy Central/ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, 16 Sept. 1997.

When there are multiple production company names, separate their names with a slash (/).