You can access the particular's episode's full cast by clicking on a particular episode's link. For example, clicking on the "Wrap Around the Clock" Family Ties episode for Micheal J. Fox will take you to the episode's page, which shows the entire cast for the episode.
As part of this enhancement, early next week, we’re eliminating the old Episode Cast page. If you had an Episode Cast page bookmarked, upon using your bookmark, you’ll automatically be redirected to the corresponding Full Cast & Crew page.
As Col referenced in his posting earlier this week,
we're pleased to announce that we've added episodic information
to the Series Cast section of the TV Series Full Cast & Crew page...
Leonard, Official Rep
Joined on May 8, 2017
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Merge this with this :
Another recently launched benefit from this is
you can now click the number of episodes on the title main details
and full cast pages of any TV-show
to show exactly in which episodes the person appeared directly on the page.
For example, from
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4574334/ (by clicking "9 episodes"):
14 hours ago
by Col Needham, Official Rep
The old way also made it easier when I could remember the name of an episode but not where it falls in the lineup of the series.
But for heaven's sake don't remove old features like the list *in credits order* of all the cast for all the episodes. It's a convenient single place that lists everything. And as I said earlier, it makes it very easy to see in any of the cast members in any of the episodes have been removed/altered, accidentally or maliciously.
Can you please restore the episode cast page, and also adopt a policy of "only ever add features, NEVER remove features".
It feels like a throw-back, because many, many years ago, actors used to be added to the show's main page, rather than episodes, and the result was the same as now: long lists of actors with no easy way of finding out when they actually appeared. It was just a mess of not very useful data.
Since I don't think the episodes cast feature will be back, you might at least think about doing the same sort of display for the crew as well. I, for one, am more likely to look for all the episodes a certain director was involved in, than any of the hundreds of bit players listed. And secondly, it would also improve if not only the episode title, but also the season & episode number were displayed. I doubt that anyone has memorized all the episode titles for a show, whereas the season and episode numbers give you at least a rough idea.
Also, for anyone who misses this page as much as I do: the Internat Archive has a Wayback Machine that stores almost every internet page that ever was. For older shows you still can find the episodes cast pages there. Doesn't work for new shows, or new seasons; and it might not have the most up to date data; but that probably doesn't matter all that much for old shows or seasons.
I hope this doesn't mean you also going to be soon doing away with the invaluable Reference View because the so-called modern layout is just a terrible mess.
The feature that they added is a merged cast page for the whole series, which shows how many times and in which episodes every cast member appears. This might be useful (though I'm not sure how often I personally would use it) but it solves a very different problem to the episode cast page which is a list of every episode, in order, with the episode cast, in order, for each episode.
I use episode cast to look for modifications to the cast of any episode, possibly as a result of an unrelated change or credit vandalism. For the various TV series that I regularly submit to, I:
- open EpCast, select all, copy, paste to text file on my PC
- use WinDiff to compare that with a text file from a few days earlier
- copy the new text file over the previous one, ready for next time
If I find any differences, I check what's happened. The two most common problems are:
- uncredited background actors added without "(uncredited)" attriibute
- every occurrence of an actor deleted or the actor's name changed
On one occasion I found an actor who has appeared for many years under one name, and someone had changed their official name to their full name (addition of middle name and change of surname). Not every case of this is wrong - Samantha Janus and Jessica Stevenson changed their official acting names to Samantha Womack and Jessica Hynes respectively on marriage - but it flags it for further checking. On another occasion I found a high-profile actor (Jim Norton) who had had all his credits deleted: this showed up because he disappeared from all the before/after text files, and I was able to use this to get IMDB to retrieve his filmography from their backup.
Why is the episode cast list option gone from some shows like Stargate SG-1? I saw a similiar question for another show. Perhaps that outage/problem from earlier this week caused issues like this. Please restore the "episodes cast" info for SG-1. Thanks.
The episode cast button was deleted or taken down. Why? If I want to see the every episode of a TV show along with the episodes full cast and a synopsis without having to go back and forth I now can't. Why?
You used to be able to click on the link for each Season of a Series and there were options for Episode List and Episode Cast and the Episode cast is no longer an option. I used it when I had watched a show, saw an actor I recognized but couldn't recall their name or where I had seen them before and I would come to this site, look up that episode and see the cast by episode to see who it was. What happened to this option? I see you can see all cast and crew, but it's no longer by episode.
The implications are not insurmountable. I'll still carry on submitting data. The lack of the Episode Cast page simply means that I will no longer be able to do a periodic check that I do out of the kindness of my heart which may show up problems (misguided deletion of an actor's credits or changing of his name) that may affect more than just the credits for the titles that I check. I'd gladly have carried on doing this; now I can't. Your loss, IMDB.
It is in essence an unheralded ”episode guide" feature that possibly some users were even unaware of with its somewhat vague understated title of ”Episode Cast". It certainly contains all the elements that one would expect such a guide to have. (Episode number and title, broadcast date, plot and cast, all in chronological order) - perfect!
I certainly considered it a key feature of the site, much like the perfectly presented Reference/Combined pages for Names and Titles respectively.
If using old code is so problematic why couldn't you replicate the functionality with new code and then seamlessly replace it so the users don't know the difference. Better than the ”can't be bothered" attitude that your approach seems to convey.