Template:Episode list

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This template creates a table row, for use in a list of episodes, primarily for television. The number, and use, of columns a table has, is defined by the beginning wikitext of that table (further explained below), and is not defined by this template. In order for this template to provide a table row for a given article, parameters must either be included, or excluded. An included parameter, although empty, will provide a cell for that field (and thus column), while excluding a parameter will not provide a cell for that field.

Parameters[change | edit source]

Episode list parameters and basic guidelines
Field name Type Description Recommended values
EpisodeNumber Optional, desirable A number representing the episode's order in the series. For example, the first episode would be 1 or 01, and so on. When defined, the specified number also generates a link anchor, prefixed by "ep"; for example, "[[List of episodes#ep1]]" or "[[List of episodes#ep01]]". In creating the anchor, the text specified for the number is treated literally: to generate the most straight-forward versions of anchors as previously exemplified, specify only a number, omitting any use of formatting, including bold. number
EpisodeNumber2 Optional A second episode number column. Useful for when a series aired in a different order, or only included certain episodes, etc. When used with multi-season series, this field is typically used to represent the episode's order in the season.
Title Required The title of the episode. The title will appear in "quotes" when rendered, so it is not necessary to place them in quotes beforehand. Only link to an episode article if it has already been created. wikitext, may include links to valid articles.
RTitle Optional Unformatted parameter that can be used to add a reference after "Title", or can be used as a "raw title" to replace "Title" completely. Future episodes should include a reference in this field to comply with Wikipedia:Verifiability. wikitext, references, etc
AltTitle Optional An alternative title, such as the title of a foreign show's episode in its native language, or a title that was originally changed. It will be listed below Title and be presented in "quotes". wikitext, may include links to valid articles.
RAltTitle Optional Unformatted parameter that can be used to add a reference after "AltTitle", or can be used as a "raw title" to replace "AltTitle" completely. wikitext, references, etc
Aux1 Optional General purpose parameter. The meaning is specified by the column header. wikitext, may include links
DirectedBy Optional Name of the episode's director
WrittenBy Optional Primary writer(s) of the episode
Aux2 Optional General purpose parameter. The meaning is specified by the column header.
Aux3 Optional General purpose parameter. The meaning is specified by the column header.
OriginalAirDate Optional This is the date the episode first aired on TV, or is scheduled to air. date, formatted using {{start date}}.
AltDate Optional The next notable air date, such as the first air date of an anime in English. date, formatted per MOS:DATE. Do not use {{start date}} if OriginalAirDate is present.[N 1]
ProdCode Optional The production code in the series. When defined, this parameter also creates a link anchor, prefixed by "pc"; for example, "[[List of episodes#pc01]]". plain text
Viewers Optional, desirable Number of viewers who watched the episode. Should include a reference. The inclusion of viewer figures is supported by MOS:TV and provides encyclopaedic content beyond what might normally be found in a TV guide. It is therefore desirable to include referenced ratings information in an episode list. Number, followed by a reference.
Aux4 Optional Optional parameter. The meaning is specified by the table header. wikitext, may include links
ShortSummary Optional A short 100–300 word summary of the episode. Make summaries specific to that episode (as in, a description that would normally not be confused with another episode). Episode summaries must not be copied from other sources, as this violates WP:COPYRIGHT. Leaving this parameter empty will result in the summary row not appearing for this episode.
LineColor Optional Colors the separator line between episode entries. If not defined the color defaults to "#CCCCFF". Use of "#", or anything but a valid hex code will result in an invalid syntax. Hex code, not preceded by "#". e.g. enter "00ff00" instead of "#00ff00"
TopColor Optional Colors the main row of information (that is, not the ShortSummary row). If not defined, it defaults to the wikitable standard background shading of "#F9F9F9", except when ShortSummary is used, and then it defaults to "#f2f2f2". The excessive use of the parameter is discouraged by Wikipedia's guideline on styles and markup options.
RowColor Optional This parameter is a "switch" that must only be defined when the EpisodeNumber= entry is not a regular number (eg. "12–13" for two episodes described in one table entry). When transcluding the table from a season article into a main episode list article, irregular EpisodeNumber= entries break up the striping effect the template introduces. If the first episode number is even, define RowColor= as On. If the first episode number is odd, define RowColor= as Off. All further uses of Template:Episode list in the table must also have the RowColor= parameters defined to alternate between Off and On to avoid further breakages in the striping. "On", "on", "Yes", "yes", "Y", or "y";
"Off", "off", "No", "no", "N", "n"

This is where information from the template is placed when rendered ({{{LineColor}}}, {{{TopColor}}}, and {{{RowColor}}} are not shown, since there's no text to display):

{{{EpisodeNumber}}} {{{EpisodeNumber2}}} "{{{Title}}}"{{{RTitle}}}
"{{{AltTitle}}}"{{{RAltTitle}}}
{{{Aux1}}} {{{DirectedBy}}} {{{WrittenBy}}} {{{Aux2}}} {{{Aux3}}} {{{OriginalAirDate}}} {{{AltDate}}} {{{ProdCode}}} {{{Viewers}}} {{{Aux4}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}} 

Using the template[change | edit source]

When using optional parameters (such as Aux1 or AltDate) only list the parameters that are being used, and adjust the table headers accordingly. This will help avoid confusion when one entry has a parameter filled out, and another does not. A table cell will be open for each listed parameter, whether it is filled out or not.

To apply an entry to an episode listing, add this template where the episode would go in the List of episodes. The full syntax is as follows, remove the parameters that are not being used in the table:

{{Episode list
| EpisodeNumber   = 
| EpisodeNumber2  = 
| Title           = 
| RTitle          = 
| AltTitle        = 
| RAltTitle       = 
| Aux1            = 
| DirectedBy      = 
| WrittenBy       = 
| Aux2            = 
| Aux3            = 
| OriginalAirDate = 
| AltDate         = 
| ProdCode        = 
| Viewers         = 
| Aux4            = 
| ShortSummary    = 
| LineColor       = 
}}

Because this is only part of a WikiTable, you first must "open" the WikiTable. You need to edit this example according to the optional parameters that you want to show in your table, ensuring that the code used complies with MOS:ACCESS requirements. An explanation of how to do this is detailed at WP:DTT. For example, to create a list with only EpisodeNumber, Title, OriginalAirDate, ProdCode, and ShortSummary parameters, open the table as follows:

{|class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="width:100%; margin:auto;"
|-
! scope="col" style="width:3em;" | No.
! scope="col" | Title
! scope="col" style="width:12em;" | Original air date
! scope="col" | Production code

The {{Episode list}} templates would then follow here:

{{Episode list
| EpisodeNumber   = 01
| Title           = Reborn
| OriginalAirDate = {{start date|1998|09|21}}
| ProdCode        = 98101-201
| ShortSummary    = Immortal thief Amanda is followed by detectives Nick Wolfe and Claudia Hoffmann.
}}
{{Episode list
| EpisodeNumber   = 02
| Title           = Full Disclosure
| OriginalAirDate = {{start date|1998|09|28}}
| ProdCode        = 98102-202
| ShortSummary    = Wolfe and Amanda cannot prevent Navajo code talker Walter from being killed.
}}

After the final episode entry (template) you will close the WikiTable with:

|}

Examples[change | edit source]

The above code would appear as follows:

No. Title Original air date Production code
01 "Reborn" September 21, 1998 (1998-09-21) 98101-201
Immortal thief Amanda is followed by detectives Nick Wolfe and Claudia Hoffmann. 
02 "Full Disclosure" September 28, 1998 (1998-09-28) 98102-202
Wolfe and Amanda cannot prevent Navajo code talker Walter from being killed. 

A more complex case would look like the following:

{|class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="width:100%; margin:auto; table-layout:fixed;"
|-
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Number<br />in series
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Number<br />in season
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Title
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Directed by
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Written by
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Ben's location
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff; width:12em;" | Original air date
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | Production code
! scope="col" style="background-color: #812f09; color: #ffffff;" | U.S. viewers<br />(million)
{{Episode list
| EpisodeNumber   = 1
| EpisodeNumber2  = 1
| Title           = Milfay
| DirectedBy      = [[Rodrigo García (director)|Rodrigo García]]
| WrittenBy       = [[Daniel Knauf]]
| Aux2            = [[Milfay, Oklahoma]]
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2003|9|14}}
| ProdCode        = 1–01
| Viewers         = 5.3
| ShortSummary    = Ben suffers strange dreams about a trench war, and a tattooed man stalking in a cornfield.
| LineColor       = 812f09
}}
{{Episode list
| EpisodeNumber   = 2
| EpisodeNumber2  = 2
| Title           = After the Ball Is Over
| DirectedBy      = [[Jeremy Podeswa]]
| WrittenBy       = Daniel Knauf
| Aux2            = [[Tipton, Missouri]]
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2003|9|21}}
| ProdCode        = 1–02
| Viewers         = 3.49
| ShortSummary    = Ben is slowly setting in as a carnival roustabout.
| LineColor       = 812f09
}}
|}
Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Directed by Written by Ben's location Original air date Production code U.S. viewers
(million)
1 1 "Milfay" Rodrigo García Daniel Knauf Milfay, Oklahoma September 14, 2003 (2003-09-14) 1–01 5.3
Ben suffers strange dreams about a trench war, and a tattooed man stalking in a cornfield. 
2 2 "After the Ball Is Over" Jeremy Podeswa Daniel Knauf Tipton, Missouri September 21, 2003 (2003-09-21) 1–02 3.49
Ben is slowly setting in as a carnival roustabout. 

Sublists[change | edit source]

Occasionally, when dealing with a very long series, you may wish to break the list up into separate sublists. When doing so, the list should be broken at season breaks, or otherwise years.

Sublists should be named as "List of X episodes (season y)", and transcluded onto the main list to prevent ending up with two lists of duplicate information. For sublist pages, you should use {{Episode list/sublist|List of X episodes}} for each episode, where "List of X episodes" is the name of the main episode list. So, for instance, if you're working on List of Bleach episodes, you would split it into List of Bleach episodes (season 1) and List of Bleach episodes (season 2), and each episode on the sublist would use {{Episode list/sublist|List of Bleach episodes}}.

When transcluded onto the main list, this template removes any summaries, and alternates the background row color between light and dark gray, depending on the value of {{{EpisodeNumber}}}. Occasionally, a multi-part episode will skew the pattern between odd and even EpisodeNumbers, to rectify this, use the RowColor parameter. A "On" input will color the row dark gray, like an even number normally would, on the "List of X episodes" page, while a "Off" input will color the row light gray, like an odd number normally would.

For the purpose of transclusion, each sublist must make use of <onlyinclude> tags, with the opening tag just before the WikiTable, and the closing tag at the very end of the table. This prevents the lead, external links, templates, categories, interwiki links, and all other unnecessary information from being transcluded onto the main list.

When transcluding onto the main list, you should make use of {{main}}. For example, referring to Bleach again, the main list would have the following code under the "Episode list" header:

== Season 1 ==
{{main|List of Bleach episodes (season 1)}}
{{:List of Bleach episodes (season 1)}}
<!-- To edit the episodes in this section, you need to edit the article listed above. -->

== Season 2 ==
{{main|List of Bleach episodes (season 2)}}
{{:List of Bleach episodes (season 2)}}
<!-- To edit the episodes in this section, you need to edit the article listed above. -->

Note the colon (:) at the beginning of the transclusions (for example, {{:List of ...); this is necessary when transcluding an article. If you tried to transclude List of Bleach episodes (season 1), without using the colon, you would get a redlink to a nonexistent template.

Examples[change | edit source]

If the following code is on List of Lost episodes (season 3):

<onlyinclude>
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="width:100%; margin:auto;"
|-style="color:white"
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |No. in<br />series
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |No. in<br />season
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |Title
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |Directed by
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |Written by
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |Featured<br />character(s)
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |Original air date
! scope="col" style="background-color: #282;" |U.S. viewers<br />(million)
{{Episode list/sublist|List of Lost episodes
| EpisodeNumber   = 69
| EpisodeNumber2  = 20
| Title           = The Man Behind the Curtain
| DirectedBy      = [[Bobby Roth]]
| WrittenBy       = Elizabeth Sarnoff & Drew Goddard
| Aux2            = [[Ben Linus|Ben]]
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2007|5|9}}
| Viewers         = 12.11<ref name="viewers"/>
| ShortSummary    = Locke meets the Others' mysterious leader Jacob.
| LineColor       = 282
}}
{{Episode list/sublist|List of Lost episodes
| EpisodeNumber   = 70
| EpisodeNumber2  = 21
| Title           = Greatest Hits
| DirectedBy      = Stephen Williams
| WrittenBy       = Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz
| Aux2            = [[Charlie Pace|Charlie]]
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2007|5|16}}
| Viewers         = 12.32<ref name="viewers"/>
| ShortSummary    = Jack learns of the Others' plan.
| LineColor       = 282
}}
{{Episode list/sublist|List of Lost episodes
| RowColor        = N
| EpisodeNumber   = 71–72
| EpisodeNumber2  = 22–23
| Title           = Through the Looking Glass
| DirectedBy      = Jack Bender
| WrittenBy       = Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof
| Aux2            = Jack
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2007|5|23}}
| Viewers         = 13.86<ref name="viewers"/>
| ShortSummary    = Sayid, Jin, and Bernard are held hostage by the Others at the beach.
| LineColor       = 282
}}
|}
</onlyinclude>

If the following code is on List of Lost episodes (season 4):

<onlyinclude>
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders" style="width:100%; margin:auto;"
|-style="color:white"
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |No. in<br />series
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |No. in<br />season
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |Title
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |Directed by
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |Written by
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |Featured<br />character(s)
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |Original air date
! scope="col" style="background-color: #36F;" |U.S. viewers<br />(million)
{{Episode list/sublist|List of Lost episodes
| RowColor        = Y
| EpisodeNumber   = 73
| EpisodeNumber2  = 1
| Title           = The Beginning of the End
| DirectedBy      = [[Jack Bender]]
| WrittenBy       = [[Damon Lindelof]] & [[Carlton Cuse]]
| Aux2            = [[Hugo "Hurley" Reyes|Hurley]]
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2008|1|31}}
| Viewers         = 17.77<ref name="rankings"/>
| ShortSummary    = The survivors of 815 split into two groups led by Jack and Locke.
| LineColor       = 36F
}}
{{Episode list/sublist|List of Lost episodes
| RowColor        = N
| EpisodeNumber   = 74
| EpisodeNumber2  = 2
| Title           = Confirmed Dead
| DirectedBy      = [[Stephen Williams (director)|Stephen Williams]]
| WrittenBy       = [[Drew Goddard]] & [[Brian K. Vaughan]]
| Aux2            = [[Daniel Faraday|Faraday]]
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2008|2|7}}
| Viewers         = 16.96<ref name="rankings"/>
| ShortSummary    = A science team from the freighter arrives on the island.
| LineColor       = 36F
}}
{{Episode list/sublist|List of Lost episodes
| RowColor        = Y
| EpisodeNumber   = 75
| EpisodeNumber2  = 3
| Title           = The Economist
| RTitle          = <ref name="episode titles"/>
| DirectedBy      = <span style="color:gray;"><small>TBA</small></span>
| WrittenBy       = <span style="color:gray;"><small>TBA</small></span>
| Aux2            = <span style="color:gray;"><small>TBA</small></span>
| OriginalAirDate = {{Start date|2008|2|14}}<ref name="TV Guide"/>
| Viewers         = <span style="color:gray;"><small>TBA</small></span>
| ShortSummary    = Locke's group settles into the Barracks.<ref name="TV Guide"/>
| LineColor       = 36F
}}
|}
</onlyinclude>

And if the following code is on List of Lost episodes:

== Season 3 ==
{{main|List of Lost episodes (season 3)}}
{{:List of Lost episodes (season 3)}}
<!-- To edit the episodes in this section, you need to edit the article listed above. -->

== Season 4 ==
{{main|List of Lost episodes (season 4)}}
{{:List of Lost episodes (season 4)}}
<!-- To edit the episodes in this section, you need to edit the article listed above. -->

List of Lost episodes will appear as follows:

Season 3
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Featured
character(s)
Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
69 20 "The Man Behind the Curtain" Bobby Roth Elizabeth Sarnoff & Drew Goddard Ben May 9, 2007 (2007-05-09)
ʁ 
70 21 "Greatest Hits" Stephen Williams Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz Charlie May 16, 2007 (2007-05-16)
ʁ 
71–72 22–23 "Through the Looking Glass" Jack Bender Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof Jack May 23, 2007 (2007-05-23)
ʁ 
Season 4
No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Featured
character(s)
Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
73 1 "The Beginning of the End" Jack Bender Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse Hurley January 31, 2008 (2008-01-31)
ʁ 
74 2 "Confirmed Dead" Stephen Williams Drew Goddard & Brian K. Vaughan Faraday February 7, 2008 (2008-02-07)
ʁ 
75 3 "The Economist"[3] TBA TBA TBA February 14, 2008 (2008-02-14)[4]
ʁ 

Tips[change | edit source]

It may be helpful to include a hidden message that will appear when someone edits the article. Placed above the table headers and under the article section, such as:

==Episodes==
<!-- For help with this template see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template:Episode_list -->
<onlyinclude>
{| class="wikitable plainrowheaders"

This message won't be visible when normally viewing the article. A message such as this notes where one can get help for the template.

Microformat[change | edit source]

For shows where each episode is from a different, single, specific place (for example, Time Team, one of the Aux fields can contain the coordinates, applied using {{coord}}.

See also[change | edit source]

Notes[change | edit source]

  1. {{Start date}} emits metadata as part of the parent template's hCalendar microformat. It is only needed once per episode, and may be harmful if used twice or more.