2 Great Free Apps To Keep Track Your Favorite TV Shows

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keep track of tv showsTelevision is getting harder to keep track of. Let’s face it, there are just too many great shows out there. Between shows like House, Breaking Bad, and Lost wrapping up their seasons, the return of shows like True Blood and Entourage, and the introduction of new shows like Persons Unknown and Rubicon, my calendar has been full as of late. Is there not a better way to keep track of all my favorite TV shows?

You’ll be pleased to learn that there are two great ways to manage your favorite TV shows online. In this article, I will cover the two best web applications I’ve found to keep track of what would have otherwise been a daunting task.


I’ll admit, I wrote this article out of necessity. I used to rely on the Two Ways To Never Miss A Television Episode for all of my television needs, but lately they’re not enough. Crap, I Missed It‘s emails have slowed to a halt and it appears that they are no longer updating their database. RerunCheck (made by MakeUseOf’s own Jorge Sierra) is a good place to check if there are new episodes of your shows but it is better used if you are only following one or two shows at a time.

For the power users and television buffs among us, I have uncovered two very useful apps to keep track of TV shows.

EpisodeCalendar

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EpisodeCalendar offers an easy way to see when your favorite TV shows are going to air. Shows are presented on a calendar so you can see which day and which episode is airing. It does not keep track of the time a show will air, but it offers many great features that make using this app worthwhile.

If you are just inquiring about which new shows are on a particular day, you can visit their public calendar here.

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You can create a personalized calendar and keep track of only the shows you want to if you create an account on EpisodeCalendar. Add shows to your list by searching for them individually or you can click Quick multiple add and select from a list of the most popular shows.

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Once a show is added to your list you can see the last episode that was aired, the next one to be aired, and the date. To view these in calendar form, simply go up to My calendar.

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One of the best features of EpisodeCalendar is notifications of new episodes. If you navigate to the My settings page, you will see that you can add your iCal feed to Google Calendar, subscribe to your own RSS feed, and enable email notifications. Once you enable email notifications, simply go back to your My shows page and check the email box next to any shows you would like to receive notifications for. You’ll never miss an episode again.

If there’s a downside to EpisodeCalendar it’s that they take a little while to add new shows to follow, but you can always email them if you can’t find one of your shows.

MyTVShows

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MyTVShows is “the best way to manage your TV shows” online. This webapp helps you organize episodes to all your favorite shows and keep track of what you’ve seen and what you have yet to see. It also keeps you updated on new episodes for the shows you’re following, so you won’t miss them.

MyTVShows has every show imaginable. I tried to stump them but I couldn’t. I searched for Boardwalk Empire, which is an upcoming HBO series that airs for the first time in September and – sure enough – they had it in their database.

Sign up for an account and you can begin adding shows to your My Shows page. You can add specific season of shows if you want, and you can mark which episodes out of the seasons you’ve seen. MyTVShows will keep track of all of the unseen episodes to all of your shows until you mark them seen. You can also rate shows.

On the Stats page you can see the most popular shows and the most addicted users. You can visit any user’s profile to see what they have favorited unless they have marked their profile private. Your profile picture is pulled from your Gravatar image based on the email you signed up for an account with.

As far as I can tell there is no system of notifications for new episodes, although you can access the site on your iPhone/iTouch or Android, which makes checking for episodes easier.

Conclusion

I will be using these apps in conjunction with one another for all of my television management needs. With MyTVShows’ ability to keep track of every episode and EpisodeCalendar’s notifications, I doubt I’ll ever need to check the TV guide again.

Are you a TV junkie like me? Do you use an app to keep track of your favorite shows or do you just mark them down using Google Calendar? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

Image Credit: Dr Snafu

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Amdou

try tvrage.com add ur show to fav it will create ical then add to iphone or google cal

Steve Campbell

Thanks for sharing the site!

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Amdou

try tvrage.com add ur show to fav it will create ical then add to iphone or google cal

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Biggi

Steve, I’ve been looking for something like EpisodeCalendar. I hate how hard it is to keep up with the schedule of my favorite shows, and yes, I am addicted to them. :-) My old source has also disappeared, so this is just in time.
Only recently have I been thinking it would be nice to track which episodes I have watched, but I would probably prefer a more automated way for that.
Thanks!

Steve Campbell

I was surprised how few resources there were for people like us, but the
sites I uncovered appear to be the best so I hope they are helpful to you. I
really don’t know why there aren’t more people out there providing such
services.

Kristian Gerardsson

A feature to be able to ‘check’ which episodes you have watched is coming! A few others have also requested this feature.

Regards,
Kristian @ EpisodeCalendar

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Biggi

Steve, I’ve been looking for something like EpisodeCalendar. I hate how hard it is to keep up with the schedule of my favorite shows, and yes, I am addicted to them. :-) My old source has also disappeared, so this is just in time.
Only recently have I been thinking it would be nice to track which episodes I have watched, but I would probably prefer a more automated way for that.
Thanks!

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Kilian

I absolutely love MyTVShows! Thanks a lot for pointing that site out to me. I’ve been looking for ages to find the functionality of checking off seen episodes and having a complete list of the unseen ones. And there it is… Wow, just wow :)
The statistic of total time spent on watching TV in the upper-right-hand corner is cool, but also quite depressing. I really shouldn’t know that if I want to continue enjoying my shows ;)

Steve Campbell

Kilian,

I’m so glad to hear you’re loving the recommendation. It really is an
important webapp and there aren’t nearly enough sites that provide such a
service.

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Kilian

I absolutely love MyTVShows! Thanks a lot for pointing that site out to me. I’ve been looking for ages to find the functionality of checking off seen episodes and having a complete list of the unseen ones. And there it is… Wow, just wow :)
The statistic of total time spent on watching TV in the upper-right-hand corner is cool, but also quite depressing. I really shouldn’t know that if I want to continue enjoying my shows ;)

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Steve Campbell

I was surprised how few resources there were for people like us, but the
sites I uncovered appear to be the best so I hope they are helpful to you. I
really don’t know why there aren’t more people out there providing such
services.

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Steve Campbell

Kilian,

I’m so glad to hear you’re loving the recommendation. It really is an
important webapp and there aren’t nearly enough sites that provide such a
service.

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Cotlea

dude, get a life. seriously.

apart from that, they both load slow + no dl links. i can use notepad to keep track of shows. you know, like a .txt file.

Kilian

I have no problems with loading speeds, and download links do have some kind of magical reason why they’re not there. Apart from that MyTVShows does offer torrents, just not hosted on their server I presume.
And when using a text file, how do you get notified of new shows? That’s the entire point of a site like this.

Steve Campbell

I don’t know what download links you’re referring to. The headings for the two webapps are linked directly to the websites mentioned.

Steve Campbell

I assure you, Cotlea that I do in fact have a life :)

Cotlea

Hi Steve, I am sorry, didn’t mean to sound so harsh, I am just annoyed with the number of useless start-ups popping up nowadays on the net. I’ll have a closer look at the two sites mentioned. PS – I’m sure you have a life, point made :)

@Kilian: Indeed, text files offer no notifications – it was just a dramatization of the fact that registration on a website – is required for just keeping track of the shows you watch. Anyway, like I said I’ll have a look at the two services an form an opinion after.

Cheers.

Steve Campbell

Thanks, Cotlea. It is hard finding the good sites amongst all the failing
ones out there. If you take a closer look I’m sure you’ll see some value in
them. Honestly there aren’t many that offer even the basic features
highlighted here. Enjoy :)

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Cotlea

dude, get a life. seriously.

apart from that, they both load slow + no dl links. i can use notepad to keep track of shows. you know, like a .txt file.

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Kilian

I have no problems with loading speeds, and download links do have some kind of magical reason why they’re not there. Apart from that MyTVShows does offer torrents, just not hosted on their server I presume.
And when using a text file, how do you get notified of new shows? That’s the entire point of a site like this.

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Present20

EZTV, google it and never miss a tv show ever!

Steve Campbell

Nice, thanks for sharing.

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Kristian Gerardsson

A feature to be able to ‘check’ which episodes you have watched is coming! A few others have also requested this feature.

Regards,
Kristian @ EpisodeCalendar

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Cotlea

Hi Steve, I am sorry, didn’t mean to sound so harsh, I am just annoyed with the number of useless start-ups popping up nowadays on the net. I’ll have a closer look at the two sites mentioned. PS – I’m sure you have a life, point made :)

@Kilian: Indeed, text files offer no notifications – it was just a dramatization of the fact that registration on a website – is required for just keeping track of the shows you watch. Anyway, like I said I’ll have a look at the two services an form an opinion after.

Cheers.

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Steve Campbell

Thanks, Cotlea. It is hard finding the good sites amongst all the failing
ones out there. If you take a closer look I’m sure you’ll see some value in
them. Honestly there aren’t many that offer even the basic features
highlighted here. Enjoy :)

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Jen

Have you heard of this site?

http://www.mytvrss.com/

You pick the shows you want to get updated on and you get an rss feed to remind you about air dates.

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Aibek

Hi Jen,

we have covered MyTVRSS in the past,
http://www.makeuseof.com/dir/m

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Jen

Have you heard of this site?

http://www.mytvrss.com/

You pick the shows you want to get updated on and you get an rss feed to remind you about air dates.

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GrahamRB

Check out http://www.mytvrss.com/ You just tick the shows you watch and it gives you a unique rss feed with all of the shows you’ve ticked. You can go back in with a special URL and add/remove shows. use RSS feeds for all my news stuff and this nicely compliments it.

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GrahamRB

Check out http://www.mytvrss.com/ You just tick the shows you watch and it gives you a unique rss feed with all of the shows you’ve ticked. You can go back in with a special URL and add/remove shows. use RSS feeds for all my news stuff and this nicely compliments it.

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