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Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:58 pm

https://www.thetvdb.com/?tab=seasonall&id=70600&lid=7

So even after doing a limited cleanup a few months back, I'm realizing Dateline NBC is still a mess. Of the 660-odd episodes listed:

19 are completely blank (i.e, 25x51 to 25x54)
1 says delete me
52 are listed, by only by airdate - no other information (i.e, 12x1)
14 are listed by "episode xx", but no airdate (i.e, 18x18 to 18x22)
Approximately 84 are part of a duplicated series of 2 or 3 (i.e., Haunting, 25x22 and 25x50)
There must be about 50 skipped episodes (i.e., goes from 19x30 to 19x32)

Dateline has always been an odd one. As I answered a poster in another thread, they can put up on their website an episode, says it's new, and it's absolutely identical to an episode they aired 6 months ago or 2 years ago. Sometimes it's almost identical but with minor on-screen word changes at the very end (John Jones was sentenced to 67 years in prison...). Dateline's own production codes are fairly useless then in this regard. I've kept it much stricter this season, and I have a couple hundred episodes I can go back on to look at for review, but we will never been able to get it as clean as current season. Nevertheless, I'd like to make a dent. So my questions:

1) Sometimes Dateline will air 2 1 hour episodes back to back. Older seasons would list these as 1 combined episode. I've even seen some where it combines a 2 hour episode with a 1 hour episode, which clearly should not be possible. I'd like to break up the combined episodes, which should allow for better/more accurate listing, especially of duplicates. Thoughts?
2) How do we decide on duplicate episodes? If an episode is aired, and is identical to a past episode, I presume that's a dupe that we don't list again. What if it's 99% identical except for updated text at the end? Do we label it "The Mystery of the Red Shoe, Update"?
3) Assuming I can produce a reasonable analysis of the duplicate episodes, episodes to be corrected, and skipped episodes, we'd need to do a mass renumbering. Any policy on consensus for that?
4) As I said above, there are many listed only by either airdate with no supporting info or "episode xx". How do we decide for seasons that could be 5-10 years old whether to keep these or not? I can obviously spend time and research on each air date, and plan on that, but what if we can't find anything? Do we trust what's there or do a clean sweep?
5) Should clear "specials" like "Attack in Paris", or "Princess Diana" type episodes be moved to the specials season, where it might seem like that's where they belong?

I've copied the episodes to a spreadsheet and am working on identifying specific sets of duplicates.

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:19 pm

Initial duplicate list below. Confirmation to follow. In any given list of duplicates, if one has (a) or (b), it means that line item was split up from a double-episode airing that that was originally input in thetvdb as 1 episode. (A) usually corresponds to the first episode listed, (b) usually corresponds to the 2nd episode listed (I moved them around below for sorting purposes). Comments appreciated.

Episode Number Episode Name Originally Aired
19 x 61 A Fathers Mission 5/29/2011
18 x 54 A Father's Mission 6/27/2010

19 x 27 Bringing Brooke Home 2/4/2011
19 x 69 Bringing Brooke Home 7/1/2011
23 x 74 Bringing Home Brooke 8/20/2015

20 x 19 Buried Secrets 1/27/2012
20 x 60 b Buried Secrets The Last Dive; 7/6/2012

19 x 75 Burning Suspicion 7/22/2011
24 x 53 Burning Suspicions 3/12/2016

20 x 7 Crossing the Line 11/11/2011
21 x 4 Crossing the Line 10/19/2012

22 x 16 Deadly Deceit 1/17/2014
23 x 39 Deadly Deceit 4/17/2015

20 x 37 Deadly Trust 4/13/2012
23 x 28 Deadly Twist 3/20/2015

23 x 10 Death in the Driveway 11/28/2014
19 x 62a Death In the Driveway, Lost and Found 6/3/2011

21 x 3 Family Affair 10/12/2012
23 x 36 a Family Affair Fatal Attraction, 4/10/2015

23 x 36 b Fatal Attraction, Family Affair 4/10/2015
21 x 48 b Fatal Attraction; Wild Wild Web 3 7/19/2013

25 x 22 Haunting 3/17/2017
25 x 50 Haunting 9/23/2017

19 x 1 In Broad Daylight 9/24/2010
23 x 22 In Broad Daylight 3/6/2015

19 x 2 In The Dead of Night 10/1/2010
22 x 17 In the Dead of Night 1/24/2014
23 x 12 In the Dead of Night 12/19/2014

20 x 55 In The Middle Of The Night 6/8/2012
21 x 51 In The Middle Of The Night 8/23/2013

20 x 27 Internal Affairs 3/9/2012
24 x 13 Internal Affairs 12/18/2015

19 x 62b Lost and Found Death In the Driveway, 6/3/2011

19 x 40 My Kid Would Never Bully 3/6/2011
19 x 64 My Kid Would Never Bully 6/12/2011

20 x 38 My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger 4/15/2012
23 x 56 My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger 6/7/2015

21 x 24 Mystery at Heath Bar Farm 2/17/2013
23 x 75 Mystery At Heath Bar Farm 8/21/2015

23 x 77 Mystery On The Early Shift 9/4/2015
23 x 9 Mystery on the Early Shift 11/21/2014

16 x 46 Obsession 7/25/2008
21 x 7 Obsession 11/9/2012
23 x 17 Obsession 1/30/2015
17 x 75 a Obsession / Murder in the Family 8/21/2009

18 x 21 On the Trail of the Pink Panthers 1/31/2010
23 x 40 On the Trail of the Pink Panthers 4/19/2015

19 x 81 Over the Edge 8/12/2011
20 x 29 Over the Edge 3/16/2012

20 x 47 Poison 5/18/2012
21 x 54 Poison 8/30/2013
23 x 11 Poison 12/12/2014

19 x 92 Ransom 9/23/2011
21 x 13 Ransom 12/28/2012

18 x 33 Rescue on the High Seas 4/4/2010
19 x 70 Rescue on the High Seas 7/3/2011

23 x 48 Secret Lives 5/14/2015
23 x 6 Secret Lives 10/31/2014

20 x 45 Secrets in the Suburbs 5/11/2012
21 x 45 b Secrets in the Suburbs Secrets of the Bling Ring; 6/21/2013

20 x 58 Shattered 6/22/2012
23 x 53 Shattered 5/31/2015
21 x 38 a Shattered Wild, Wild Web, 5/17/2013

19 x 14 Somebody's Daughter 12/10/2010
19 x 88 Somebody's Daughter 9/2/2011

23 x 7 Someone Was Out There 11/7/2014
23 x 76 Someone Was Out There 8/28/2015

21 x 26 Someone Was Watching 2/24/2013
20 x 3 a Someone Was Watching, The Ballad of Mike & Dalia 10/14/2011

20 x 31 Taken 3/23/2012
21 x 29 b Taken Intersection, 3/17/2013

20 x 3 b The Ballad of Mike & Dalia Someone Was Watching, 10/14/2011
21 x 60 The Ballad of Mike and Dalia 11/23/2012

23 x 4 The Carrollton Plot 10/17/2014
23 x 42 The Carrollton Plot 4/26/2015

22 x 52 The Charleston Affair 9/19/2014
23 x 30 The Charleston Affair 3/27/2015
25 x 33 The Charleston Affair 5/26/2017

18 x 38 The Girl With The Blue Mustang 4/30/2010
23 x 50 The Girl with the Blue Mustang 5/24/2015

22 x 42 The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard 6/11/2014
24 x 29 The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard 3/6/2016

23 x 73 The Root of All Evil 8/14/2015
23 x 8 The Root of All Evil 11/14/2014

20 x 1 The Secret 9/30/2011
23 x 49 The Secret 5/15/2015

19 x 83 The Town That Jobs Forgot 8/14/2011
20 x 12 The Town That Jobs Forgot 12/23/2011

23 x 2 The Wire 10/3/2014
23 x 45 The Wire 5/3/2015

21 x 17 Trouble in Paradise 1/18/2013
19 x 15 b Trouble in Paradise Elizabeth Smart: The Way Back Home, 12/17/2010

20 x 52 Twisted 6/1/2012
22 x 49 Twisted 8/15/2014

21 x 58 Unbreakable 9/13/2013
22 x 48 Unbreakable 8/8/2014

19 x 46 Vanished 4/8/2011
21 x 16 Vanished 1/11/2013
22 x 36 Vanished 5/9/2014

20 x 43 While They Were Sleeping 5/4/2012
21 x 22 While They Were Sleeping 2/10/2013

21 x 5 Wild Wild Web 10/26/2012
21 x 48 a Wild Wild Web 3 Fatal Attraction; 7/19/2013
21 x 38 b Wild, Wild Web, Shattered 5/17/2013

19 x 24 Written in Blood 1/28/2011
20 x 66 Written in Blood 8/17/2012

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Sun Jan 14, 2018 12:15 pm

While I'm waiting for input on larger issues I started to go through duplicates. Here is A-S. T-W still to come. In the case of the many episodes (to my surprise) that were named the same but were completely seperate stories, I added the year of broadcast to title Haunting (2012), Haunting (2016) to differentiate.

Duplicate list that I've confirmed and "blanked" (blanked out the duplicate episode info)

19 x 61 A Fathers Mission 5/29/2011 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/37853775/ns/dateline_nbc-international/t/fathers-mission/#.Wls4e6hKskk
18 x 54 A Father's Mission 6/27/2010 (BLANKED)

19 x 27 Bringing Brooke Home 2/4/2011 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/the-wilberger-women-remember-brooke-506778691515
19 x 69 Bringing Brooke Home 7/1/2011 (BLANKED - compared recorded episodes)
23 x 74 Bringing Home Brooke 8/20/2015 (BLANKED - compared recorded episodes)

19 x 75 Burning Suspicion 7/22/2011 https://www.mercurynews.com/2011/07/21/palo-alto-murder-case-featured-tonight-on-dateline-nbc/
24 x 53 Burning Suspicions 3/12/2016 (BLANKED - compared recorded episodes)

25 x 22 Haunting 3/17/2017 https://www.inquisitr.com/4069860/dateline-haunting-episode-revisits-anthony-garcia-murder-case/
25 x 50 Haunting 9/23/2017 BLANKED - DUPE (https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/ ... 9225283672)

22 x 17 In the Dead of Night 1/24/2014 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/54171892
23 x 12 In the Dead of Night 12/19/2014 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/56636254 BLANKED

19 x 40 My Kid Would Never Bully 3/6/2011 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/41928090
19 x 64 My Kid Would Never Bully 6/12/2011 (BLANKED)

23 x 77 Mystery On The Early Shift 9/4/2015 - (BLANKED - RERUN)
23 x 9 Mystery on the Early Shift 11/21/2014 https://www.cincinnati.com/story/tvandmediablog/2014/11/20/michelle-mockbee-david-dooley-nbc-dateline-josh-mankiewicz-boone-county-thermo-fisher-scientific/70008152/

16 x 46 Obsession 7/25/2008 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/25855779/ns/d ... obsession/
17 x 75 a Obsession / Murder in the Family 8/21/2009 (first hour is repeat of 16x46, BLANKING, renaming. Other episodes are all unique

20 x 47 Poison 5/18/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/47484143
21 x 54 Poison 8/30/2013 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/ ... 6008899995 (BLANKED, REPEAT)

19 x 92 Ransom 9/23/2011 http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/ ... d-dateline
21 x 13 Ransom 12/28/2012 https://www.facebook.com/datelinenbc/po ... 3376607799 - BLANKING, RERUN

18 x 33 Rescue on the High Seas 4/4/2010 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/36193042/ns/d ... high-seas/
19 x 70 Rescue on the High Seas 7/3/2011 confirmed rerun, BLANKING

23 x 6 Secret Lives 10/31/2014 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/56341763
23 x 48 Secret Lives 5/14/2015 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/57377284 RERUN - BLANKED

20 x 58 Shattered 6/22/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/47892918
23 x 53 Shattered 5/31/2015 (rerun to 2012 - BLANKED)

19 x 14 Somebody's Daughter 12/10/2010 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/40613128
19 x 88 Somebody's Daughter 9/2/2011 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/44380368, https://www.facebook.com/datelinenbc/po ... 7828669377 REPEAT - BLANKING

23 x 7 Someone Was Out There 11/7/2014 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/ ... 5749443872
23 x 76 Someone Was Out There 8/28/2015 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/ ... 4961475885 (REPEAT, BLANKED)

21 x 26 Someone Was Watching 2/24/2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/44904201 (REPEAT, BLANKED)
20 x 3 a Someone Was Watching, The Ballad of Mike & Dalia 10/14/2011 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/44905133


Need additional Opinions on:
22 x 16 Deadly Deceit 1/17/2014 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/54105447
23 x 39 Deadly Deceit 4/17/2015 http://www.ithacajournal.com/story/news/local/2015/04/17/karl...dateline.../25943719/
(These are very obviously the same story, but I'm unsure if there were differences in the content of the two airings.)

20 x 38 My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger 4/15/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/47046952
23 x 56 My Kid Would Never Do That: Stranger Danger 6/7/2015 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/my-kid-would-never-do-that--stranger-danger-464775747797
(I can't tell if there are differences between these episodes or not)


20 x 08 Mystery at Heath Bar Farm 11/18/2011 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/45357766
21 x 24 Mystery at Heath Bar Farm 2/17/2013 https://archive.org/details/KNTV_201302 ... teline_NBC
23 x 75 Mystery At Heath Bar Farm 8/21/2015 https://www.inquisitr.com/2353318/tom-f ... -bar-farm/
Note: I'm unable to determine what differences these episodes have. Since this case involved an innocent man it's quite possible they were actual updated episodes. If so, these should be updated as (updated) or (2013), I think.

18 x 21 On the Trail of the Pink Panthers 1/31/2010 http://www.nbcnews.com/id/35125423/ns/dateline_nbc-crime_reports/t/trail-pink-panthers/#.WltyOqhKskk
23 x 40 On the Trail of the Pink Panthers 4/19/2015 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/57246706
Note: I suspect these to be duplicates but cannot be sure. Additional information is appreciated.


Additional Notes on Episodes that initially seemed duplicate but are not:
KEPT:
20 x 19 Buried Secrets 1/27/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/46166603
20 x 60 b Buried Secrets The Last Dive; 7/6/2012 http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/news/david-jackson-murder-watch-datelines-buried-secrets-based-on-new-times-story-video-6442127

20 x 7 Crossing the Line 11/11/2011 http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/dateline-to-feature-kalispell-teen-convicted-of-killing-mom-son/article_46f6dc28-06f2-11e1-aa7e-001cc4c03286.html
21 x 4 Crossing the Line 10/19/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/49450835

20 x 37 Deadly Trust 4/13/2012
23 x 28 Deadly Twist 3/20/2015

23 x 10 Death in the Driveway 11/28/2014 http://www.wgem.com/story/27489201/2014/11/Wednesday/dateline-nbc-death-in-the-driveway
19 x 62a Death In the Driveway, Lost and Found 6/3/2011 https://www.facebook.com/datelinenbc/posts/214196961944692

21 x 3 Family Affair 10/12/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/49396539
23 x 36 a Family Affair Fatal Attraction, 4/10/2015 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/sneak-peek-family-affair-425080899920

23 x 36 b Fatal Attraction, Family Affair 4/10/2015 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/57224122 (would not delete but would split)
21 x 48 b Fatal Attraction; Wild Wild Web 3 7/19/2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/52526776 (would not delete but would split)

19 x 1 In Broad Daylight 9/24/2010 https://archive.org/details/WRC_2010092 ... teline_NBC
23 x 22 In Broad Daylight 3/6/2015 http://leavinglongbeach.com/Dateline.html

19 x 2 In The Dead of Night 10/1/2010 http://www.wowt.com/home/headlines/104177448.html (Not Duplicate of the other listed listed above)

20 x 55 In The Middle Of The Night 6/8/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/47744718
21 x 51 In The Middle Of The Night 8/23/2013 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/in-the-middle-of-the-night-part-5-44619331943

20 x 27 Internal Affairs 3/9/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/46688990
24 x 13 Internal Affairs 12/18/2015 https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/full-episode--internal-affairs-592391235609 (was going to prefix title with (2015) but season is locked.

21 x 7 Obsession 11/9/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/49768164
23 x 17 Obsession 1/30/2015 https://archive.org/details/WRC_2015013 ... teline_NBC
Note: Both of these are unique and different than 2008 episode.

19 x 81 Over the Edge 8/12/2011 I can't find much information on this, other than to verify the airdate and description. https://www.facebook.com/datelinenbc/po ... 6999133532
20 x 29 Over the Edge 3/16/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/46724597
+ Found new episode - Over the Edge, 2/26/16, had to slot in at 24x54 since there was no room in proper place.
https://www.nbcnews.com/dateline/video/ ... 9177923509
https://www.bigpicturesmedia.com/blog/o ... h-dateline

23 x 11 Poison 12/12/2014 https://www.nbcnews.com/video/full-epis ... 2746819853

20 x 45 Secrets in the Suburbs 5/11/2012 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/47345248
21 x 45 b Secrets in the Suburbs Secrets of the Bling Ring; 6/21/2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/52280218 (I believe this is a trial update compared to 20x45, though I cannot definitely say so)

21 x 38 a Shattered Wild, Wild Web, 5/17/2013 http://www.nbcnews.com/video/dateline/51923589

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Sun Jan 14, 2018 7:47 pm

I've blanked (set to 0) episodes that were lacking any info (no dates, no episode name, description, etc). Before proceeding further on identifying duplicates I thought it might make more sense to fill in some of the missing episodes and convert those only listed by date (Friday, January 28 - or S19E23) to proper episode names. I am not mass-renumbering yet, hoping for feedback from you guys.

Resources found for anyone who wants to help:

http://www.tvtango.com/series/dateline_nbc/episodes?page=5 - hotlinked to where TVTango starts to include the names of the episodes, around 1995 (season 3 or 4). Need someone to determine where these would fit (what is the S4 season premiere date?) and start copying all this information over. There are probably a couple hundred episodes missing.

https://www.moviefone.com/tv/dateline-nbc/32930/main/ - I've found Moviefone to include some detail that does not appear elsewhere, useful for filling in details

http://www.buddytv.com/dateline-nbc/season-18.aspx - Has Production codes, though I don't know if they are useful (yet).

https://archive.org/details/ - Fabulous for being able to watch snippets of any episode as long as you have the date; I've seen at least back to 2009-ish.

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Sun Jan 14, 2018 9:24 pm

Overview of Work + Mods to do please!
S25 - Cleaned up and confirmed episodes. Consider renumbering b/c of missing E13 (moved to specials). 8 blank 25x0 episodes need to be deleted.
S24 - Can't work on this (locked). Can a mod please unlock the episodes (locked at episode level)? At the very least the descriptions need updating.
S23 - Added e12, E48,E76. Needs renumbering for missing eps (E53,E74,E77) and to reslot E48 to follow E41. Delete 3 blank 23x0 episodes.
Specials - Fixed slotting dates of specials, blanked 24x37 (it was already in specials).

That's it for today, I think.

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:17 pm

S22 - reviewed. Seemly mostly OK. Added E53, which needs to be slotted after E4 when episodes are renumbered. Episode 0 needs deleting. Renumber to account for missing E30, E31,

S21 - Renumbered E9-13 to correctly order some december episodes and accomodate adding E9. Added E52, Fixed dates on E53-E55 and renumbered E52-56 to get them in correct airdate. Consider renumbering all to move E59 to where it should be (after E5) and take care of missing eps (E26, E51)

S20 - E1 was not the correct episode 1 (starting 9/23/11). That was listed as 19x92. I moved that to E1 and renumbered E1-E13 as E2-E14. Blanked E50 (rerun). I think E51 is a re-run too, but need to verify. Renumbered E66 to E73 so that E66 was in right place.

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:31 pm

E19: Added E11, renumbered E4-E11 to make room for it. Split E4 into E4 and E5. Titled a bunch of episodes listed by date, including E29 + E30 (originally listed as February 11th). Added E32. Blanked E38 (rerun) and then split E39 into E38 and E39. Renumbered a couple episodes (34-39) to make room for adding E40. Added E92, which should be slotted after E43 when the season is renumbered. Added E93.

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:04 am

Continuing on before I finished finding duplicates and doing season re-organizing:

S18: Moved the proper season premiere (listed as 17x84) to E1, re-ordered E1-E12 to fit it. Added missing E13 (tiger woods). Added E16 (atttempted bombing), moved E16 to E15 to fit. Added E18 (matter of time), moved E18 to E17 to fit. Swapped 19 & 20 so they were in correct order. Added E22 (Childrens Hospital). Added E23 (Michael Jackson) & E25 (Doctor's wife). Renumbered 28-32, then added New E29 (America Now). Added E30 (good to be true, the family secret). Renumbered 33 to 31. Corrected E32 date, added E33. Added E35 (america now). Renumbered 36-43 to fit new episode (E37). Added E41 (email scams).

That's all I have time for on S18 tonight, I'll have to finish later.

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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby DarklightIndigo » Wed Jan 17, 2018 11:40 am

Just wondering, since you put all this effort into this, somebody's helping out on the back end?
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Re: Would like input on Dateline NBC

Postby f8andbethere » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:42 pm

DarklightIndigo wrote:Just wondering, since you put all this effort into this, somebody's helping out on the back end?



Hi DarklightIndigo,

Not yet. As I go season by season finding new episodes, I've been renumbering (as little as possible), and I've tried to document it. However, I've noted, there is some backend work I cant do (see Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:24 pm post). You've been a treat to work with in the past, so if you think I'm doing an OK job here and agree with my notes, I'd love the help.

Goal:
1) Finish going back through the seasons, adding episodes properly. I don't imagine it will be possible to do a really good job past season 15 or 16 (there simply isn't enough detail originally input into thetvdb, and archive.org does not have that many episodes online back that far).
2) Finish the checking for duplicates. As you can see I started at the top, but what I found was that many of those episodes had the original airdate missing, so it didn't make sense to check for duplicates until I could add the originals. Depending on what consensus is for duplicates (if a 2011 is identical to 2009, do we not list 2011? What if 2011 is identical except for text update at the end?), I'll work on that. The duplicate checking is super slow and tedious work, but it's worth it for me - this might be my favorite show.
3) Back-end mass renumbering to remove gaps, missing episodes, etc, as consensus agrees. The only thing I'm unsure about is double episodes. Some are entered twice, some are entered as (episode 1 ; episode 2). I haven't seen much consistency. Dateline did air some explicitly as double episodes, but I think most are intended to be 2 seperate 1 hour episodes.
4) Double check each episode has descriptions & correspondent names if possible.
5) If I'm not completely sick of this series by that time, add the information on airdates/episode names from something like TVTango (resource linked above) for early seasons (S1-S15).


Continuing work on S18:
Added E43, E49,E60, E62, E65, E69, E74, E78. There were no missing episodes so I had to renumber a bunch. Corrected dates on a couple episodes. It's a bit difficult tonight, I'm getting 503 server timeout's continously.