Naming TV Show 'Specials'

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.

Television Specials

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

Shows sometimes air "specials" or other content that isn't part of the standard season. For these shows to be recognized correctly, give them a series number "00" and so name them as follows:

  • /TV Shows/ShowName/Specials/ShowName - s00eYY.ext

Where ext is the file extension. (Some operating systems such as Windows may hide your file extensions by default.)

Place the Season Specials inside a folder named either Season 00 or Specials.

If you're unsure whether a particular episode is a Special or not, check the episode on TheTVDB and name it as you see it there.

If an "episode" you have doesn't appear in TheTVDB (e.g. DVD Specials or goof reel), place this content in the Season 00 or Specials folder named using s00eYY using a false "YY" number (e.g.: Heroes s00e99). The show will be available to play in a Plex App but won't have any special metadata such as posters, etc.

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

/TV Shows
   /Heroes
      /Specials
         Heroes - s00e02 - Countdown to Season 3.mkv
      /Season 01
         Heroes - s01e01 - Genesis.avi