The Movie Database Support

I'm trying to import all TV shows.

I first tried a date range of 1940-today, but it had more than 1000 pages, which will break when I get past page 1000.

So then I broke up my search, grabbing a year at a time, for example 1940-01-01 to 1941-01-01, which gets about 60 pages per year, which is great.

The problem is, I see duplicates. While paging through the 1990's, simpsons is returned again and again, in different years.

Is there an easy way to construct a series of API calls (with paging) that will get all TV shows in a large date range (like 1940-today), without duplicates?

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Are you using air_date.lte/air_date.gte or first_air_date.lte/first_air_date.gte?

I was using primary_release_date. But based on your reply, looks like first_air_date is the best solution for TV! I'll use that, thanks.

No problem! You got it. primary_release_date is only supported on movies.


New problem: Some shows have a NULL first_air_date, so they never show up in DISCOVER.

How do we handle this?

I tried modifying my API calls to search for TV shows where first_air_date is equal to null, but it didn't work.


Hi gpvista,

You're right, there's no way to discover these series right now. I am not sure what my solution will be but I've created a new ticket for this here and will look at it when I find some time.


Hi @gpvista, I just pushed this live. You can now use a include_null_first_air_dates filter alongside any of the first_air_date filters if you want to include TV shows with a null air date. These updates have been reflected in the documentation.

Sweet! Will test it soon. Thanks.

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