TV Shows just won't sort correctly - what am I missing?

Discussion in 'iPod' started by ss957916, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. ss957916 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    I have Black Adder Series 2,3 & 4. In list or cover flow view, iTunes sorts them correctly, but in the DVD cover view it sorts them 3, 4 and then 2. All the Sorting criteria is correct. What am I doing wrong??

    And Extras is doing the same - series 2 first.
  2. ss957916 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 17, 2009
    In fact a lot of them are doing it - The Office and The IT Crowd too.
  3. NightStorm macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2006
    Whitehouse, OH
    I have the exact same problem with Battlestar Galactica... when in grid mode they are ordered season 2,1,3,4. In list or coverflow mode they are 1,2,3,4. I've tried everything I can think of (i.e. all tagging is correct) but nothing seems to work.
  4. RumMunkey macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2006
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    Two things to check to get grid mode working right:

    First, iTunes wants to sort by "Title" first, then by "Artist", so make sure those field are filled in. For TV Shows, under artist you can just do "Battlestar Galactica", but make sure EVERY EPISODE has this filled in. Even 1 ep missing this tag can blow grid view.

    Third, is the YEAR field. Make sure there are ALL filled out for EVERY episode. I use the year a given show aired (say "1997", "1998" and so on), but in a pinch you could just use "1" for season 1, "2" for season 2 and so on.

    That should fix your grid view assuming you haven't messed with iTunes default "View -> Sort TV Shows" setting and your "Sort" tags.

    Trust me, I spent about 3 months (on and off) trying to figure this out but I finally got it.
  5. DavidClassic macrumors member

    Jul 12, 2008
    Try checking this thread. Link Try changing the 'sort show' tag on the seasons e.g. Battlestar Galactica season one would be

    Battlestar Galactica 1

    This is what I did for my out of order shows and it worked.

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