How to tell IMDb it has a duplicate?

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How do I tell IMDb that tt1028478 and tt0072065 are the same thing? One is an episode of a television series, the other is a television film.

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Lady Aleena,

It appears that the two title codes you posted are the same. Usually if the data is the same on both pages, I would recommend submitting a title merge, which will combine both titles into one page. The trick here is to figure out which page should be merged.

For what it's worth, on viewing a couple of old TV listings from 1974 when the program aired, it was promoted by NBC as a TV movie on Saturday, December 24, 1974, which happens to be the same release date listed on both title pages. According to this web article, the pilot aired after the show's final broadcast on December 12, 1974.

Please wait for a response from an official IMDb representative for assistance. Thanks for posting this message.
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Hi Lady Aleena -

These cases are unique and a little complicated, so bear with me.  Normally when there are duplicate titles listed on the site a Title Merge is required, as GMJ mentioned, however, this is a unique scenario and will need to be handled differently.

We will retain the stand-alone TV movie title listing, as it was the first release of the title.  However, rather than merge the duplicate episode, instead, to ensure that the episode listing for the "Sierra" TV Series remains comprehensive, we will list "The Rangers" as a shell episode which will direct users to the original page for the TV  film listing.

That being the case, any credits associated with the TV movie title should not be duplicated on the shell episode page, as that would cause the same roles to appear multiple times on the cast and crew members' pages. The same goes for any goofs, trivia, plot information etc pertaining to the TV Movie - they should be reserved for the main page only.

Therefore, the shell episode page will only include certain information redirecting to the TV movie page; the plot will need to link to the TV movie that the episode is showcasing. Eg "This episode focuses on the themes of xxx and showcases the film.... " and then qv link to the title, a Movie Connection should also be used to link the episode to the TV Movie page.

With all that being said, I have made the changes mentioned above, so there are no further updates that need to be made.  The applicable title changes will be live on the site shortly.  Cheers!
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Michelle, good solution!  Please explain how to link duplicated episodes at
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Hi rootsmusic -

Thanks for pointing out this thread, I will reply there with applicable information on our current policy regarding these scenarios.  Cheers!