I’ve recently been grappling with the sequence of a particular show, Blackadder, as it relates to my TV Rotation Technique. Each season was named differently, which is unique as far as I’m aware. The Blackadder, Blackadder II, Blackadder the Third and Blackadder Goes Forth. In iTunes, these equate to Album names (Show is just Blackadder). As you can see, if you alphabetise the album names, you get a mess, in the season sequence 1, 4, 2, 3.
This would be immaterial if you could select a number of items by Show order in Smart Playlists, but you can’t. Choosing Album order works only if the show has logically named albums such as Seinfeld, Season 1, Seinfeld, Season 2, etc. So it messes up my Rotation Technique.
To compound the problem is the need to work specials such as The Cavalier Years and Blackadder: Back and Forth into the sequence. I tried organising them as a completely separate “show” called The Blackadder Specials but these episodes slot into history in two points, after series 2 and 4, respectively, so it seemed a pity to keep them separate. I made The Cavalier Years the seventh episode of series 2 and Blackadder: Back and Forth one episode in a fifth series.
I limited my Smart Playlist to 6 items selected by least recently added, because, as covered above, selected by album doesn’t work and selected by show is not an option. I still got a mess because when I had originally copied the batches of files into iTunes, the order in which they were copied didn’t exactly match the episode order. I had to delete them all from iTunes, then add them back, one at a time in correct sequence, in order to get this to work. I’ve since realised that selected by least recently played could also be used, if you’ve played all episodes strictly in sequence. I’ve told Apple that they should add a selected by show option.
Luckily, you normally won’t have this much trouble, but this is my current handling for those uniquely named shows.