iTunes TV Shows. How can I consolidate the view?

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  1. dbrewer80221, Jul 9, 2012
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    I have multiple seasons of various TV shows in iTunes. Each season has its own listing when you click on TV Shows. What I would like is for the view to condense the TV shows, then I could expand them to see the individual seasons and episodes. I'm attaching a link of what one TV show looks like in iTunes.

    I've seen pictures of various people's iTunes libraries where they are condensed into listings of the show, with the seasons/episodes listed within them. I don't get how this is done because even when you buy multiple seasons on the iTunes store, they show up as separate entries in TV Shows.

    Edit: Here is a screenshot of someone else's iTunes library, describing exactly what I'm looking for. It's old, but you get the idea:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=90828&d=1194653872
     

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    Not exactly. Look at the screenshot of my library. You'll see that each Season is sorted into it's own album. Now look at the screenshot of some random person's library I found - you'll see that each show is an album, with the episodes ordered by season.

    I'm trying to get my library organized like the second screenshot.
     
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    I believe that's just the way "it is" now. The random persons screenshot you reference is from an older version of iTunes. (I'm not 100% on that, but iirc...)

    You might be able to fake it with some clever metadata shenanigans.
     
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    Yeah, I've been trying that. Like setting the "Album" on the TV shows to the title of the show- still separates them out.

    Also makes it a PITA when browsing on Apple TV. Instead of seeing album artwork for each show, I'm seeing it for each season. So I have to go through 12 seasons of Are You Being Served? before I get to anything else, lol.
     
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    I gave up trying to configure my metadata in a way that would sort things correctly. I now just use smart list and smart list folders.
     

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    I'm hoping this functionality comes in 11. Fingers crossed. It bugs me too (especially on the aTV)
     
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    Looks like we got what we wanted! Look how organized that library is now! :)
     

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    Yeah loving it. Hope it comes to the ATV as well.
     
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    Amen brother
     
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    I would just go in and change the data myself when I added a full season of a show. You just have to be sure that the info is the same across all episodes...such as year, program title, episode number, and things like that. It took me a while to do all of mine manually. But, regardless it looks as though your question was answered.
     
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    If you look at my screenshots, you'll notice the difference from iTunes 10 - 11. I didn't change any of the metadata in the files, because my library is already incredibly well organized. It was resolved simply by upgrading to iTunes 11 when it became available. :)
     

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