Naming 'Date' 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.

Date-Based Television Series

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

TV Shows that are date-based should be named as follows:

  • TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - YYYY-MM-DD.ext
  • TV Shows/ShowName/Season XX/ShowName - MM-DD-YYYY.ext

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

Valid date formats are:

  • Dashes (2010-01-20)
  • Periods (2010.01.20)
  • Spaces (2010 01 20)
/TV Shows
   /The Colbert Report
      /Season 08
         The Colbert Report - 2011-11-15 - Elijah Wood.avi