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How to deal with TV Show Naming of Extras

hinder90hinder90 Posts: 84Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

I have a whole bunch of "unofficial" content for the TV Show Mystery Science Theatre 3000 that I have no idea how to get Plex to just read the content as "face value". At first the name structure was all messed up and it added them to the existing series but then I ended up with 10 more seasons each with its own separate extra. I attempted to name them "Specials" with s00e## in their order of appearance but S00 is reserved from the "KTMA" Episodes. (This is something I have seen a lot of where there was a show that had a "season before their official first season" which invariably is called S00 and so Plex's naming scheme collides with this.

These are a random grab bag of extras that aren't associated with any episode. The strict naming convention Plex employs (the best call for fuzzy logic application if there ever was one!) doesn't have any accommodation for Extras in TV shows and frankly I just want this folder to appear named whatever the heck I call it with the titles the file names. I tried making a bogus season (S100) but that didn't work (probably too many digits) so before I go and rename it a fourth time, anyone have any suggestions here? They aren't Specials, since that is reserved for the KTMA "pre episode" episodes and they aren't part of any season. How do I store these in a why that Plex won't do something annoying, or worse, nothing at all?

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  • OttoKernerOttoKerner Posts: 29,549Members, Plex Pass, Plex Ninja Plex Ninja

    @hinder90 said:
    but S00 is reserved from the "KTMA" Episodes.

    Nope. There is nothing 'reserved' about season 00

    This is currently the only officially supported way for extras in tv shows

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  • hinder90hinder90 Posts: 84Members, Plex Pass Plex Pass

    Thanks for the assist. It would be nice if there was some way to handle this sort of thing that is standardized, which I presume is the hardest part of this. How the standard works is nothing compared to just getting everyone aboard for it.

    Thanks for the detail explanation. It would seem that I should see what is presently in these DBs and use what is there first.

    Does anyone know if there is a good query tool for any/all of the guide database tools that Plex makes use of? That would be extremely helpful for deciding what to name things as it would shine a light on what other folks have done in cases where standard practices just don't work exactly.


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