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Advanced Search does not actually do an advanced search.  It does not allow users to narrow the search to one category, one year, one genre, et cetera.  If for example you search a keyword it shows you all movies and TV episodes with that keyword from the beginning.  You should be able to select either Movie or TV and a year, or at least a smaller range of years. 
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I think you may only be using the "Browse Titles By" section found on this page: http://www.imdb.com/search/
In order to achieve the search results that you are describing, our Advanced Title Search will do the trick! You can find it by going here: http://www.imdb.com/search/title. It allows you to search titles that are within one genre, a certain year, etc.
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I went to the page you indicated.  I did not see a selection for me to choose Movies or TV under a plot keyword.  One of my points was you have to search both together and you can't choose one or the other under plot keyword.
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Actually it lets you be even more granular than that, you have check boxes to include only specific entry types; it's the second entry on the page after Title

Title Type
Feature Film TV Movie TV Series TV Episode TV Special Mini-Series Documentary Video Game Short Film Video Unknown Work

And below that is release date range, genre options.....

I don't think you looked at the page, it includes what you asked for and more

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Advanced Title Search
Welcome to IMDb's most powerful title search. Using the options below you can combine a variety of the types of information we catalog to create extremely specific searches. Want Canadian horror movies of the 1970s that at least 100 IMDb users have given an average rating above a 6? You can find them here.

Remember, all the fields below are optional (though you should fill out at least one so there's something to search for). Please note that when you're given the option of a range (two date boxes for release date, or two boxes for min/max number of votes), you do not need to fill out both boxes. Filling out the 'min' box will give you results of things larger/after; filling out the 'max' box will give you results of things smaller/before.

Note: An alternate way to submit your search is to press your keyboard "Enter" key either after clicking on a check box (while there's a dotted border around it), or after setting focus on a text field (such as "Number of Votes").

Title

e.g. The Godfather

Title Type
Feature Film TV Movie TV Series TV Episode TV Special Mini-Series Documentary Video Game Short Film Video Unknown Work

Release Date
to
Format: YYYY-MM-DD, YYYY-MM, or YYYY

User Rating
to

Number of Votes
to

Genres
Action Adventure Animation Biography Comedy Crime Documentary Drama Family Fantasy Film-Noir Game-Show History Horror Music Musical Mystery News Reality-TV Romance Sci-Fi Sport Talk-Show Thriller War Western

Title Groups
IMDb "Top 100" IMDb "Top 250" IMDb "Top 1000" Now-Playing Oscar-Winning Best Picture-Winning Best Director-Winning Oscar-Nominated Emmy Award-Winning Emmy Award-Nominated Golden Globe-Winning Golden Globe-Nominated Razzie-Winning Razzie-Nominated National Film Board Preserved IMDb "Bottom 100" IMDb "Bottom 250" IMDb "Bottom 1000"

Title Data

Companies
20th Century Fox Sony DreamWorks MGM Paramount Universal Walt Disney Warner Bros.

Instant Watch Options
Free on IMDb Free on IMDb via Hulu Amazon Instant Video Amazon Prime Instant Video Without A Box Internet Archive Crackle CW

US Box Office Gross
to

US Certificates


Color Info
Color Black & White Colorized

Countries


Keywords Search for a notable object, concept, style or aspect.




Languages


Filming Locations


MOVIEmeter
to

Plot Search for words that might appear in the plot summary.


Production Status
Released Post-production Filming Pre-production Completed Script Optioned Property Announced Treatment/outline Pitch Turnaround Abandoned Delayed Indefinitely Delayed Active Unknown

Cast/Crew




Runtime
to

Sound Mix
Mono Silent Stereo Dolby Digital Dolby Dolby SR DTS SDDS Ultra Stereo 4-Track Stereo 70 mm 6-Track Vitaphone Dolby Digital EX De Forest Phonofilm DTS-Stereo Chronophone 6-Track Stereo DTS-ES Perspecta Stereo Cinephone 3 Channel Stereo Cinematophone Sonics-DDP 12-Track Digital Sound DTS 70 mm IMAX 6-Track Matrix Surround Sonix Sensurround Cinerama 7-Track Kinoplasticon Digitrac Digital Audio System Cinesound Phono-Kinema CDS

Your Ratings
Include All Titles
Exclude Titles I've Seen
Restrict to Titles I've Seen

In Theaters
Show All Titles
Only Show Titles Currently Playing Near Me
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Yes this is more helpful.  Why wasn't this the Advance Search I saw when I selected it from the Main IMDb web page?

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As Vincent pointed out, in order to include movie and TV titles, you need to specify what Title Types you are interested in, not include them as plot keywords. Plot keywords are used to describe the synopsis of a title. (You can browse example of plot keywords here: http://www.imdb.com/search/keyword/)
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To answer your second question, it's because we have different types of Advanced Search. When you select it from the homepage, it takes you to the landing page of all the possible options for Advanced Search. We have Advanced Name Search, Advanced Title Search, and Collaborations/Overlaps search. You were looking to search through titles, so Advanced Title Search is what you would click on.
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Now you are being insulting and condescending.  Stop patting each other on the back and explain why I could not find this Advanced Search off the main web page in the first place.  If you are so great this link should be what people saw when they selected it off the main web page.  Do you want me to show you screen prints of what I found there?  I found a two drop down choice, not the web page you e-mailed me, and certainly not all the choices in this link.

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I am not understanding you either.  If not seeking a title or titles, what you seeking?

I've read your questions three times and don't see that the two responses you received have not addressed exactly what you asked for. 

Can you, as an example, describe exactly what you're trying to search?

You said, " If for example you search a keyword it shows you all movies and TV episodes with that keyword from the beginning," but that's only true if you selected nothing, or included TV episodes in the category for:

Title Type
Feature Film TV Movie TV Series TV Episode TV Special Mini-Series Documentary Video Game Short Film Video Unknown Work

You also said, "One of my points was you have to search both together and you can't choose one or the other under plot keyword."

What do you mean by "under plot keyword?"  You can add a keyword to the search and search TV or Movie or both, as shown above by your first two replies.

re: "You should be able to select either Movie or TV and a year, or at least a smaller range of years. "

You can do exactly that by way of the advance title search.

Maybe you can clarify by saying exactly what you're searching (what are the exact keywords and what you expect as results-titles, names, etc.). It seems you're seeking titles but you also added, ""NOT A TITLE SEARCH".
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I don't think you understand...

When you push the search button you are using ALL of the settings from the entire page.

You are not required to fill in words or entries to every setting.

Title is simply one of the options on the entire page. (go ahead, leave it blank)

If all you want to do is select type: Movie, TV, Video game
And than put words in the plot search box, it does not matter that one is higher up on the page than the other

You are selecting for yourself which parts of the advanced search page to use before hitting search

The page does EXACTLY what you are requesting and about 100 other things optionally

You are requesting to search within only TV or only Movies while using the plot box for word entry, nothing is stopping you from doing this with that page

TV, Movie, Video Game, etc These check box options are known as "title type", what type of material are you searching for?

What do you think is going to be returned by your search? The entire list will be "titles", whether you included a word entry in the title box or not.

All TV shows, movies, video games, short films etc are "titles"

What "type" do you wish to include with your plot summary box search? Check those off, put your entry into plot and push search.

Or utilize any of the other settings (or not) at your discretion.

You have been given exactly what you asked for and more.
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Now you are being insulting and condescending.  Stop patting each other on the back and explain why I could not find this Advanced Search off the main web page in the first place.  If you are so great this link should be what people saw when they selected it off the main web page.  Do you want me to show you screen prints of what I found there?  I found a two drop down choice, not the web page you e-mailed me, and certainly not all the choices in this link.
I am going to go out on a limb and guess you don't know what "insulting and condescending" mean.  Insulting and condescending is exactly how you've been and the only person who seems not to be able to locate or use this feature is you.  So, you certainly have no room to be so critical of the efforts of others to get you to read, understand and click a link.  This thread has been nothing but ridiculousness and ignorance on your part followed by efforts of others to explain things most people find out on their own.

Ridiculous...
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explain why I could not find this Advanced Search off the main web page in the first place. 


On the main page there is a basic search box. On the right side of it, the default setting is "All"; this is a drop down menu. At the bottom of the drop down is Advanced Search.

This takes you to a page which explains that there are THREE types of advanced search that you may pick from and gives you examples of the type of searches each Advanced Search type can perform:

Advanced Title Search

Want to get a list of comedies from the 1970s that have at least 1000 votes and an average rating of 7.5 or higher? Use Advanced Title Search.

Advanced Name Search

Want a list of males in the database who are Virgos and over 6 feet tall? Use Advanced Name Search.

Collaborations and Overlaps

Want a list of titles in which both Brad Pitt and George Clooney appeared? Or a list of people who worked on both Forrest Gump and Apollo 13? Try searching Collaborations and Overlaps.




See those blue underlined words? Those are links (pretty standard link format for web browsing over the last 20 years...)

So, all movies, tv shows, videos, video games, etc are "titles" and they exist on "title pages". If you are searching for a type of film or tv show, than you would click on Advanced Title Search.

If you were looking for an actor, actress, or character role, these are "names" and exist on name pages. You would use Advanced Name Search.

Collaborations and Overlaps is a bit more advanced and does exactly as it explains: looks for overlaps between credited work on various subjects.

On the Advanced Title Search page (which is what you were given a direct link to) here: http://www.imdb.com/search/title

It actually gives you instructions at the top of the page:

Using the options below you can combine a variety of the types of information we catalog to create extremely specific searches. Want Canadian horror movies of the 1970s that at least 100 IMDb users have given an average rating above a 6? You can find them here.

Remember, all the fields below are optional (though you should fill out at least one so there's something to search for). Please note that when you're given the option of a range (two date boxes for release date, or two boxes for min/max number of votes), you do not need to fill out both boxes. Filling out the 'min' box will give you results of things larger/after; filling out the 'max' box will give you results of things smaller/before.


I bolded the part you seem to have missed: Remember, all the fields below are optional

So, you wanted to separate out TV shows from Movies? You can go 11 levels more precise than that by choosing exactly which types you include in your search:

Feature Film
TV Movie
TV Series
TV Episode
TV Special
Mini-Series
Documentary
Video Game
Short Film
Video
Unknown Work

You want to search only with certain years? Set the release date. (or leave it blank)

You want certain words to be part of the Title? Use the title box, or leave it empty and you will get all titles no matter what words are in the title (but only within the TYPE you chose such as Feature Film)

Everything else on that page is optional, want to look for keywords from the plot while searching for Feature Films? Fill in some keywords in the plot search box.

Once you go through the entire page and set what you want (or leave them untouched if you don't want them to be part of your search)

Now you push search.



If you are so great this link should be what people saw when they selected it off the main web page.
That's because there's 3 different types of advanced search; had you actually... READ the page, you would know that and found the version you wanted to use.

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Is there some part of this you need further explained or did you just want to yell at everyone here for no reason while they try to help you?
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