iPad TV shows not being grouped correctly

Since updating to iOS 8.2, I noticed that any TV shows I had on my iPad weren’t being grouped correctly. They were all grouped together under one untitled TV show and then were separated out by season.

It took a bit of searching, but here’s the solution:

  • Open iTunes
  • Select all TV shows, right click and go to “Get info”
  • Select the “Sorting” tab
  • The “Director” field is empty. Put an underscore in there and press OK
  • Sync your iPad again

I’m not entirely sure why this works, but it solved the issue for me

(via Apple Discussions)

Michael is a polyglot software engineer, committed to reducing complexity in systems and making them more predictable. Working with a variety of languages and tools, he shares his technical expertise to audiences all around the world at user groups and conferences. You can follow @mheap on Twitter

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Jeff Donnelly 2015-04-17

That worked for me on iOS8.3 as well. Thank you!

Mr. B 2015-05-22

Yup, worked on iPad AIr on 8.3. Thank you Michael for sharing this solution.

Terrence 2017-01-19

Over a year later…..problem persists, for me it was the “Album Artist” field. Some episodes had it others did not, once I deleted the value, all episodes sorted correctly. It boils down to finding that errant field or column that exists for some and not others. Ugh.

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