APA Citation Guide

How to Cite TV Shows in APA Style

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Citing television shows

The key to making good citations is to give credit to the right organization. A number of referencing styles require that you to include the film director, producer, distributor and year of release. The APA style guide has opted for a simpler structure.

Based on the APA guide, we recommend you use the following structure to cite TV shows.

APA TV show citation format:

Director (Director). (Year). Series Title [TV Programme]. City: Broadcaster.


  • Taylor, A. (Director). (2011). Game of Thrones” [TV Programme]. New York City: HBO.
  • Lespert, J. (Director). (2015). Versailles [TV Programme]. Paris: Canal Plus.
  • Mancuso, G. (Director). (2010). Modern Family [TV Programme]. New York City: ABC.