Naming 'Series' & 'Season' Based TV Shows

The scanners and metadata agents used by Plex will work best when your major types of content are separated from each other. We strongly recommend separating movie and television content into separate main directories. For instance, you might use something like this:

/Media
   /Movies
      movie content
   /Music
      music content
   /TV Shows
      television content

Warning!: Plex will do its best to appropriately find and match content. However, a failure to separate content such as movies and TV shows may result in unexpected or incorrect behavior.

Standard Television Series

TV Shows can be one-off, episode/series, or date-based shows. It is important that both the folder structure and each episode filename be correct for shows to be correctly matched. If you're not sure whether a show is episode/series or date based, check TheTVDB.com and name it as it appears there.

By default, Plex matches against TheTVDB.com, so you should name and organize your content based on the information on that site.

Tip!: For identically-named remakes, include the year series folder name, e.g. "Battlestar Galactica (2003)" or "Dr. Who (2005)".

Series/Episode type TV Shows

To name series/episode based shows:

  • TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - sXXeYY - Optional_Info.ext

Where:

  • XX is the season number
  • YY is the episode number

...Optional_Info is additional optional text (e.g. episode title) that is ignored by Plex, and ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.)

Tip!: Be sure to use the English word "Season" as noted above, even if your content is in another language.

/TV Shows
   /Grey's Anatomy
      /Season 01
         Grey's Anatomy - s01e01.avi
         Grey's Anatomy - s01e02 - The First Cut is the Deepest.avi
         Grey's Anatomy - s01e03.mp4
      /Season 02
         Grey's Anatomy - s02e01.avi
         Grey's Anatomy - s02e02.mkv
         Grey's Anatomy - s02e03.m4v

Multi-Episode Files

If a single file covers more than one episode, name it as follows:

  • TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - sXXeYY-eZZ.ext

where ZZ is the last episode number contained in the file (e.g. "Heroes s04e01-e03.mkv" starts with episode 1 and ends with episode 3).

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Season 02
         Heroes - s02e05-e08.mkv
      /Season 04
         Heroes - s04e01-e02.mkv
         Heroes - s04e03.mkv

Note: Multi-episode files will show up individually in Plex apps when viewing your library, but playing any of the represented episodes will play the full file. If you want episodes to behave truly independently, you're best off using a tool to split the file into individual episodes.

To get a better overall experience, you may wish to use a tool to split the video so that each episode has its own individual file. There are multiple ways you can do this and a quick search in your favorite search engine should give you some options on how to "split" a file. An unofficial guide with one free tool has even been posted in our forums.

Related Page: Forums: Splitting multi-episode files with MKVtoolnix GUI