NOVA Episode numbering issues

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Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:32 am

I'm not entirely sure that this is the correct place to post this, but was unsure of another board where it fit better. I have found issues with the numbering of NOVA episodes going back as far as 1981. Many of the errors are also present on IMDB and Wikipedia. Episodes are in the correct absolute order, but the breakoff point for seasons is wrong. On TVDB, it starts with the first 10 episodes of season 9 being duplicates of the last 10 episodes of season 8. From then on, episodes seem to be numbered incorrectly. This has been very confusing for my DVR'ed content, especially since the issues are so pervasive. I have found a couple of sources with the correct numbering. ... &epYear=44

Thu Mar 02, 2017 6:16 pm

Is anyone able to help out with this? This is in reference to the series at

Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:50 pm

Could someone who is able to help please relply?

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Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:12 pm

I've bookmarked this to review this weekend.

Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:31 am

Hi DarklightIndigo, were you able to find anything?

Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:50 am

The current numbering on this site does not match the PBS website:

or zap2it: ... aid=zap2it

or gracenote

Sat Apr 29, 2017 6:22 am

I had a similar post in at IMDB that was recently marked as resolved, and upon checking it seems that IMDB is now also a reliable source.

kp74508's PBS link has some issues, there are several incorrectly numbered episodes according to air date. Zap2It and now IMDB seem to be the best resources now.

Mon May 08, 2017 5:28 am

DarklightIndigo wrote:I've bookmarked this to review this weekend.
Any chance you've had time to look at this yet?
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Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:54 pm

Interesting.... I was checking to see which episode number for NOVA's Mystery of Easter Island, I see that TVDB list it as S40E03 although iTunes list it as S39E14. On iTunes. S39 starts with "Deadliest Volcanoes" and end with "Inside the MegaStorm" I guess because those episodes are aired in 2012. TVDB's DVD order feature does not list that way... IMDB does list "Mystery of Easter Island" as S39E14. So does PBS's

Let us know if it will be resolved with renumbering of each episodes... so I can renumber them on mine...

Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:17 am

I noticed these errors have still not been corrected. It's going to be a chore but I might start on this. There are a large amount of dupe episodes.