I can't put in individual episodes of a series

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I'm told I'm required to add a credit to each episode of a series, rather than a range of dates (seasons) or the whole series. However, the only episode information in IMDB is just a couple of episodes each year -- instead of about 50 per year! What do I do -- I CAN'T point to individual episodes without a complete episode list, and the system won't let me just add a credit to the series or certain years (seasons) of the series. Either of those would work.
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Kenn Rabin

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Kenn: There are two issues here, and both of them may be problems, but if so they are separate problems.

For IMDb purposes, an episode is identified by its title, its original airdate, or its IMDb episode number (for example, the first episode of the third season would be episode 3.1), or any combination of these items. 

1. Is it possible to get the currently listed episodes into IMDb if you know any of the above pieces of information for them? Yes, and it is not too hard in that case. If you don't have any of those pieces of information, though, more research will be required.

2. Can you identify which episodes you worked on (based on any of the above identification criteria), even if they aren't listed in IMDb yet? If you can, it will be possible to get you listed accordingly. If not, then again, more research will be required.

Also, what series is it? There may be information out there that can help you track down what you need.
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Thanks so much for your reply. I think it's difficult, however. The series is BILL MOYERS JOURNAL, which was an on-again, off-again public affairs series. I worked on it for most of the 1979 and 1980 seasons, and it aired once per week. As you can see, there are only one or two episodes listed per season on IMDB -- one without a title or any information except the airdate (doesn't help me). I can check the web, but I think an episode list of this kind of show, way back then, is probably unlikely.
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Kenn: I did some research on Google and found some information that may be useful.

When Moyers returned to PBS in 1979, the season premiere episode "Harvest" had its national premiere on Feb. 5, 1979. (See http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AV9GAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xiwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=1076%2C588232 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=zGoeAAAAIBAJ&sjid=FskEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3336%2C637925 for confirmation.)

I then saw that some newspapers included titles and descriptions of the "Bill Moyers' Journal" episodes in their television listings. See http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=AV9GAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xiwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2235%2C587680 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=CF9GAAAAIBAJ&sjid=xiwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=2441%2C1567907 for examples. By browsing a newspaper on Google each Monday night during that time period, one could compile a list of many of the episodes from that era.

There are some gaps to deal with. For example, Google doesn't have every issue scanned, nor do they necessarily have the TV listings for each issue that they did scan. Also, the scheduling of "Bill Moyers' Journal", which had always been subject to variation by the local PBS stations, apparently got more and more irregular as time went on.

I don't know if this information will help you get your credits listed, but it will probably be of some use to somebody.

Good luck!
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Thanks so much, gromit82. I'll follow these links and see what I can do. It might take me a while, but at least I should be able to get some bunch of episodes listed. Again, thanks for going to all the trouble of finding those links for me.