Is it me, or does IMDb suddenly suck...

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Rob Helmerichs, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    ...for episode cast credits? Since I got my smart phone, I often check IMDb when watching a show to see who that person is and where I know them from. And in the past, I almost always got the information I was looking for. But the past few weeks, IMDb almost never has good information on the episode casts credits. It's startling how dramatically it's switched from almost always yes to almost always no, which makes me wonder what has changed?

    I remember the annoyance of having to pause the TiVo and run into the other room to look somebody up. But I guess now those were the good old days! :D
  2. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I've had my netbook regularly stationed next to my tv-watching chair for 2 years now, for this very purpose. Convenient. Of course, my computer is in the same room, but it does keep me from having to get up and walk across the room. Now I can choose between my netbook and new Touchpad.

    As for your original point, I haven't noticed a change. I don't think IMDB has ever been the best for episode credits. I find that a bit frustrating, as I like to know who the guest stars are. I think the extended 'info' on the Tivo guide data is often better than IMDB.
  3. Cearbhaill

    Cearbhaill Garden obsessed

    Aug 1, 2004
    My back yard
    I hate the format change.
    Previously it was all right there and now you have to go a clickin'.
  4. tlc

    tlc Active Member

    May 29, 2002
    I think they've always had some lag with specific episode casts. Several times I've had to google guest stars after striking out IMDB. I haven't tried much this season to notice if it's worse.

    Could some of it be that you're watching shows closer to the air date?
  5. vertigo235

    vertigo235 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Oct 27, 2000
    I find to be better for TV shows.
  6. Anubys

    Anubys All About Footwork

    Jul 16, 2004
    I'm with Rob...and just had the same frustration with a guest star on Parks and Recreations...Had to find the actress's name elsewhere. It used to be very easy to get that kind of info there, but not anymore...
  7. mrdbdigital

    mrdbdigital The TBS Archives TCF Club

    Feb 2, 2004
    Moultrie, GA
    Well, after all. it is the Internet Movie Database, not the Internet Television Episode Database. :)
  8. john4200

    john4200 Well-Known Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Hmmm, do you use when you are searching for recreational vehicles? ;)
  9. rahnbo

    rahnbo Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2010
    Greenville, SC
    It seems you can still find all the info but like Cearbhaill said there is too much clicking now. Most of the info used to be in a nice single linear page on the PC and pages. I really hate how on the main version the info doesn't load until you scroll down the page. I guess they're trying to save money on bandwidth or something. The app (for Android) is just horrible.
  10. JTAnderson

    JTAnderson Active Member

    Jun 6, 2000
    I don't think it is "suddenly." I think it has been a steady decline each time they have changed the format of the site.
  11. jschuur

    jschuur TV-holic, improving

    Nov 27, 2002
    London, UK
    Anecdotally, yes. I tried to look up an episode of American Horror Story a few days later, and they didn't have the 2nd episode yet. Other times, the episode is up, but they don't have a particular minor character listed.
  12. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    The new format is horrible.
  13. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Hint: it wasn't "suddenly"

    I prefer for their episode guides but there's usually a one or two day lag in their updates.
  14. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give 'em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    IMDb's info is user submitted, so it's not likely to be submitted and approved that soon after the episode airs.

    My biggest complaint about the IMDB app for iPhone is that when an actor is listed as having appeared in an episode of a TV show, then you click on that and it just takes you to the general listing for the show. It's virtually impossible to find the actual episode that the actor appeared in.
  15. dtle

    dtle Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    DFW also has cast for each episode. I don't know if it's updated better imdb, though.
  16. mwhip

    mwhip All better

    Jul 22, 2002
    My theory is for years IMDB sucked at their online presence but their information was accurate. They worked really hard at getting that part right. Now they have turned into a media company and have upped their IT production with apps and development on the IT side. Work more on movie and TV news, press events like awards shows and such. Because of all this I bet the reduced their work force in the research side and moved it all to media and IT.
  17. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    IIRC, you can change imdb to a classic layout look.. it sounded like one complaint in this thread is the look, not the lack of info.
  18. TonyD79

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    How? Would love that back.
  19. Idearat

    Idearat Active Member

    Nov 26, 2000
    You have to register to change/save your preferences. Then go to this page:

    And tick "Show previous title and name page design (reference view):"
  20. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Raconteur TCF Club

    Jan 6, 2003

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