How do I add a missing TV show?

We use a combination of TMDB and TVDB for TV show information. By default, we use TVDB as the primary data source. However, we can also force a TV show to use TMDB as the primary. If you find a show that would benefit from using TMDB for all data, please open a support ticket and include the Trakt website link along with info on why TMDB data would be better.

Here's how to import a TV show:

  1. Make sure the TV show exists on TMDB and TVDB with English information filled out.
  2. On TMDB, make sure the correct TVDB ID is entered in the external IDs section. This is important so we can import season and episode info correctly.
  3. On the Trakt website, click the Import TV Show link in the footer.
  4. Type in the TVDB ID and click the Import button.
If you get a 404 error, that could mean a few things:
  • There is no English translation.
  • TMDB has a blank or invalid TVDB ID in the external IDs section.
  • The TV show is a duplicate (usually indicated in the title) at TVDB or TMDB.


Behind the scenes, here is what we do during a TV show import. 

TVDB as the primary:
  1. All main English TV info is imported from TVDB.
  2. Aliases, translations, genres, language, and actors are imported from TMDB.
  3. The highest rated poster and fanart are also imported from TVDB. 1080p (or larger) is preferred for fanart and we'll only use 720p if nothing better is available. If no image exists on TVDB, we import from TMDB with the same 1080p preference.
  4. All English season and episode info is imported from TVDB. If any info is missing, TMDB is used to fill in the gaps.
  5. The highest rated season posters are imported from TVDB. If no season poster exists, we import from TMDB.
  6. The highest rated episode screenshots are imported from TMDB since they support 1080p+ resolutions. If no screenshot exists on TMDB, we import from TVDB.
  7. Supporting images are imported from Fanart.tv for the show (logo, banner, thumb) and seasons (poster, fanart, thumb, banner). If the no show banner exists, we import from TVDB.
TMDB as the primary:
  1. All main English TV info is imported from TMDB.
  2. Aliases, translations, genres, language, and actors are imported from TMDB.
  3. The highest rated poster and fanart are also imported from TMDB. 1080p (or larger) is preferred for fanart and we'll only use 720p if nothing better is available. 
  4. All English season and episode info is imported from TMDB.
  5. The highest rated season posters are imported from TMDB.
  6. The highest rated episode screenshots are imported from TMDB.
  7. Supporting images are imported from Fanart.tv for the show (logo, banner, thumb) and seasons (poster, fanart, thumb, banner).


Note: Some TV shows have locked poster and fanart (indicated on the left sidebar). This means we have specifically set those images and they won't be auto updated with a refresh.

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