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Welcome to the assessment department of WikiProject Television. This department focuses on assessing the quality of Wikipedia's television articles. While much of the work is done in conjunction with the WP:1.0 program, the article ratings are also used within the project itself to aid in recognizing excellent contributions and identifying topics in need of further work.

The ratings are done in a distributed fashion through parameters in the {{WikiProject Television}} project banner; this causes the articles to be placed in the appropriate sub-categories of Category:Television articles by quality and Category:Television articles by importance, which serves as the foundation for an automatically generated worklist (Index · Statistics · Log).

Frequently asked questions edit

How can I get my article rated?
Please list it in the section for assessment requests below.
Who can assess articles?
Any member of the Television WikiProject is free to add or change the rating of an article.
Why didn't the reviewer leave any comments?
Unfortunately, due to the volume of articles that need to be assessed, we are unable to leave detailed comments in most cases. If you have particular questions, you might ask the person who assessed the article; they will usually be happy to provide you with their reasoning.
What if I don't agree with a rating?
You can list it in the section for assessment requests below, and someone will take a look at it. Alternately, you can ask any member of the project to rate the article again.
Aren't the ratings subjective?
Yes, they are, but it's the best system we've been able to devise; if you have a better idea, please don't hesitate to let us know!

If you have any other questions not listed here, please feel free to ask them on the discussion page for this department.

Instructions edit

Quality assessments edit

An article's quality assessment is generated from the class parameter in the {{WikiProject Television}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Television|class=???}}

The following values may be used for the class parameter to describe the quality of the article (see Wikipedia:Content assessment for assessment criteria):

FA (for featured articles only; adds articles to Category:FA-Class television articles)  FA
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class television articles)  A
GA (for good articles only; adds articles to Category:GA-Class television articles)  GA
B (adds articles to Category:B-Class television articles) B
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class television articles) C
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class television articles) Start
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class television articles) Stub
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class television articles)  FL
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class television articles) List

For non-standard grades and non-mainspace content, the following values may be used for the class parameter:

Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class television articles) Category
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class television articles) Disambig
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class television articles) Draft
FM (for featured media only; adds pages to Category:FM-Class television articles)  FM
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class television articles) File
Portal (for portal pages; adds pages to Category:Portal-Class television articles) Portal
Project (for project pages; adds pages to Category:Project-Class television articles) Project
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class television articles) Redirect
Template (for templates and modules; adds pages to Category:Template-Class television articles) Template
NA (for any other pages where assessment is unnecessary; adds pages to Category:NA-Class television articles) NA
??? (articles for which a valid class has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unassessed television articles) ???

For a non-article, such as a Category, File, Template, or Project page, placing the {{WikiProject Television}} banner on the talk page, without a class parameter, will automatically put the page in the appropriate class category.

Quality scale edit

Importance assessment edit

An article's importance assessment is generated from the importance parameter in the {{WikiProject Television}} project banner on its talk page:

{{WikiProject Television|importance=???}}

The following values may be used for the importance parameter to describe the relative importance of the article within the project (see Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Priority of topic for assessment criteria):

Top (adds articles to Category:Top-importance television articles)  Top 
High (adds articles to Category:High-importance television articles)  High 
Mid (adds articles to Category:Mid-importance television articles)  Mid 
Low (adds articles to Category:Low-importance television articles)  Low 
NA (adds articles to Category:NA-importance television articles)  NA 
??? (articles for which a valid importance rating has not yet been provided are listed in Category:Unknown-importance television articles)  ??? 

Importance scale edit

Don't worry too much about assessing for Importance. It's helpful to have the most vital television articles tagged as Top importance so they can be easily identified as the highest priority, but less influential television articles don't really need to be tagged for importance.

Article importance grading scheme edit

Requesting an assessment edit

If you have made significant changes to an article and would like an outside opinion on a new rating for it, please feel free to list it below. Please add new entries to the bottom of the 2022 list and sign with four tildes (~~~~). An archive of past requests can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject Television/Assessment/Request archive.

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2021 edit

2022 edit

2023 edit

  • The Chosen (TV series) - I previously requested outside assessment in May of 2021, at which time it was assessed as C-class. Since then, I have been able to add some much more solid source coverage (such as NYT, the Atlantic, and WSJ) and fix some of the items pointed out from that assessment. I have worked to expand the readable prose from around 900 words to around 3500. I think it is solid B class at present, and even though I have a lot more experience assessing other articles in the last 18 months, there is a definite benefit to an outside pair of eyes. There are still some key items I'm working to improve but have held off to avoid page instability. I'm hoping that outside assessment gives some support and direction to further improvements. TIA. ButlerBlog (talk) 16:08, 10 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Thanks for the request, Butlerblog, and great to see you back with a much improved article! I agree that it is clearly a B-class article; I've done a little bit of copyediting here.
      I think Reception could be expanded—I want to know more details about how the acting, deviation from the Bible, cinematography etc. was received. There's a tag on a source at "Awards and accolades"; "Viewership" and "Themes" are the other sections where it looks like there could be room for expansion. Conversely, the episode summaries might be spun off into List of The Chosen episodes. The article could probably also benefit from a deeper copyedit (like by WP:GOCE but there might be a bit of a wait). However, I think GA quality is in sight, although you would have to think about its stability as the series is ongoing.
      Overall, fantastic work on a highly viewed article! — Bilorv (talk) 14:54, 15 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      Thanks for doing the assessement, and I appreciate you taking the time to do it. That's definitely some helpful guidance which will give me some focus areas. Getting it to GA is my next target. ButlerBlog (talk) 13:04, 16 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Forged in Fire – The article has been considerably expanded since the last assessment in 2015. In its current state, the article, in my opinion, could easily be better than just Start class. CYAce01 (talk) 22:39, 24 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Thanks for the request, CYAce01! I think there are a few reasons this wouldn't meet the B-class criteria, but it meets C-class in my opinion—"The article is substantial but is still missing important content [and] contains much irrelevant material" is an accurate description. Many of the sources given are not the most reliable and more of them are needed; there is also a lot of format point and episode details. A Reception section summarising critical reviews, more interviews with production members and participants, and any other reliable secondary sources would go towards improving the article further. — Bilorv (talk) 11:39, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • The Newsreader - I've spent a lot of time since mid-2022 improving the article significantly, adding a tonne of production information being one example. I recognise that the article isn't perfect, and is probably a tad overly detailed in some places (and I've probably overdone it on the quotes; but I have an 'include as much detail as you can just in case it's relevant' approach!), but it's definitely not Stub class anymore; I just don't want to reclassify it myself and underestimate or overestimate its quality. --Phinbart (talk) 13:38, 18 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Thanks for your work on the article, Phinbart! It certainly isn't Stub-class, I agree, and I've re-rated it as C-class. Of the six B-class criteria, I think only #4 is not met and it's for a reason you identify.
      The quotes in the Production section are excessive—not necessarily the information or length, but the proportion of content that is quoted. Per MOS:QUOTE: Using too many quotes is incompatible with an encyclopedic writing style and may be a copyright infringement. It is generally recommended that content be written in Wikipedia editors' own words. If a quote is used, it should be clear (without looking at the references) who said the quote, and why their exact wording is needed.
      Let's take this segment as an example: Over the course of 2015 and 2016, Lucas began researching newsrooms of the 1980s, interviewing those who worked in them at the time and hearing "eyepopping stories about the culture". Lucas claimed that the relatively nascent arrival of female newsreaders in the 1980s was something that "caught his attention" in his research; “it was just such an era of change. I was particularly obsessed with female newsreaders because they were a new development in the 80s, prior to that people just liked hearing the news read by very masculine voices of God. There was so much pressure on them. They had to find a way to define how a woman should look in a workplace, and they had such a strong, striking look.". I would rewrite it as something like: Over the course of 2015 and 2016, Lucas researched newsrooms of the 1980s, interviewing those who worked in them and learning about the culture. Lucas was interested in the relatively nascent arrival of female newsreaders in the 1980s, describing it as an "era of change". Lucas said that before this change, viewers enjoyed listening to "very masculine voices of God". Women faced significant pressure in newsrooms, as their appearances were taken to signify the way women should present themselves in a workplace. Be merciless with the rewriting! Most of the time, an adjective like "eyepopping" or a particular phrasing does not add to the readers' understanding. If something is said in Wikipedia's words ("relatively nascent arrival") then don't quote it again ("they were a new development").
      I hope this feedback is useful! — Bilorv (talk) 21:26, 22 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • Thanks! I had a feeling quoting was a problem; it's always something I've had trouble with, thinking I'll butcher or bastardise the original words if I try and paraphrase them. I'll work on it!--Phinbart (talk) 23:59, 22 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Beebo the God of War I was bored and decided to start a personal effort to catalogue my favorite show. This page was previously a redirect and I am hoping that somebody could anaylise it and tell me what I can improve on. This is my first article and I have put a lot of work into it. OlifanofmrTennant (talk) 18:45, 23 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Thanks for the request, OlifanofmrTennant! I've looked at both this and Aruba (Legends of Tomorrow), making an edit to each. I've rated both articles C-class, which is a completely respectable level. I usually advise against newcomers creating new articles, but episode articles are where I started when I first reached that stage. My advice in descending order of priority would be:
      • Finding reliable sources should be the first, lengthiest and most important stage of article creation. This is needed to establish notability, otherwise the article could be restored to a redirect. I still regularly abandon planned new articles during my initial reference search as insufficient sources exist for notability.
        Sources such as IMDb are no good as they are user-generated: we want to report what professionals said. Episode articles can have plot summaries without explicit inline citations, so sources are primarily needed to make 'Reception' and 'Production' sections. IGN, The A.V. Club and Collider contribute to notability, but with only two or three sources many TV-focused editors would not consider this sufficient.
      • When writing 'Reception', consider MOS:QUOTE: fundamentally we want to keep quotes to a minimum to maintain encyclopedic style. It is better to say (e.g.) "Doe praised the plot twist as surprising" than to quote Doe saying "I found the plot twist surprising". If reviewers' wording is worth quoting exactly then try cutting it to the minimum words needed: e.g. "This is the most quirky, offbeat and unexpected episode we've ever seen" could be "Doe found it the 'most quirky, offbeat and unexpected' episode yet".
      • Even something as simple as where the article title comes from is original research if not backed by a reliable source.
      • Note that MOS:TVPLOT gives a word limit of 400 for episode article synopses.
      • I've adapted the formatting a bit—learning the rules comes over time and it's easy for others to fix, so this should be of least concern.
    Let me know if you have any follow-up questions! — Bilorv (talk) 13:55, 27 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • OK-JEK - A new article about an Indonesian show. I'm aware that the English can use some improvement. Daud (talk) 04:13, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @Daud I.F. Argana: thanks for the request and your work on the article! I've rated it as C-class. The English is good, and I've made a couple of small improvements. All the important sections are present and sources are well-used, but some more expansion would be needed for B-class. Given the number of episodes, I would imagine that more interviews and reviews exist. — Bilorv (talk) 17:35, 8 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Marc Guggenheim - This article has recived singifact changes since its last assesment and I think someone should reevaluate it. OLI 21:29, 6 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @OlifanofmrTennant: re-rated as C-class as it contains a substantial amount of content, but needs a lot of cleanup work. Much content like writing credits can just about be taken as implicitly sourced to the work itself, but more reliable sources would be needed for B-class, as well as fleshing out some one-sentence paragraphs, adding some interviews/reviews or rewriting for flow of the article. — Bilorv (talk) 17:35, 8 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Meet the Legends - I wanted to get an assesment on this so I can identify problems and respond to them accordingly before I begin my next article for Legends of Tomorrow, OLI 20:01, 17 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @OlifanofmrTennant: thanks for the request! I've rated it as C-class. Sourcing is good and structure is present. A B-class article would show additional detail and perhaps some freely licensed images (perhaps of some guest actor or actor with a larger role than usual in this episode). Some sentences need rewording, like The episode is the intended opener to the fifth season however it is sometimes considered the second due to "Crisis on Infinite Earths".Bilorv (talk) 10:10, 21 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • @Bilorv: I added an image does it reach the quality need for B class? — Preceding unsigned comment added by OlifanofmrTennant (talkcontribs) 01:45, 27 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
        • @OlifanofmrTennant: there's a few issues with the recent changes, though no harm done. Hopefully this edit summary makes most of my changes clear. Additionally, I've nominated File:Meet the Legends.jpeg for deletion as I do not believe it meets the non-free content criteria (NFCC). Volunteer views differ on whether screenshots of an episode alongside relevant commentary typically meet NFCC, but I think few would agree that images of actors not in their fictional roles meet NFCC. It is hard work to get freely licensed images but some of the hard work may have been done for you, if you look through actors' articles (e.g. Caity Lotz) and the relevant Wikimedia Commons information (e.g. commons:Category:Caity Lotz).
          Overall, I still think the article could do with a bit more expansion, a free image with a caption that shows the image's relevance, and another editor's eyes on the grammar and wording. Hope this helps! — Bilorv (talk) 09:52, 31 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Resurrection (Stargate SG-1) - my work here was reviewed and given a C; just wondered if someone could take the time to give a little feedback of what I need to be doing differently? (I've been slowly rebuilding Stargate SG-1 episode articles - see also: Chimera (Stargate SG-1), Death Knell (Stargate SG-1), Grace (Stargate SG-1), Lifeboat (Stargate SG-1), Wormhole X-Treme!, Enemy Mine (Stargate SG-1), Space Race (Stargate SG-1)). Any feedback & suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks :) --Mehehehea (talk) 10:36, 20 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Thanks for the request, Mehehehea! The structure of the article looks good and C-class is a good rating, particularly for a new creator. (You can't go higher than B without submitting through a dedicated quality review process.) I agree with the C-class assessment at present because I'm not too confident with the reliability of some of the sources. For instance, Gateworld and Stargate-sg1-solutions describe themselves as independent fansites. On the latter, I wonder if there's a video of the event itself that would cover all of this information. On the former, we really need reviews written by professionals to show notability of the topic and avoid the slippery slope of including little-read blogs that could just represent one heterodox opinion.
      Note that MOS:TVPLOT gives a word limit of 400 that is slightly exceeded at present. I found a lot of missing apostrophes to differentiate "show's" ("belonging to the show") and "shows" ("more than one show")—maybe there's other apostrophe issues too. But I think the other B-class criteria are met. — Bilorv (talk) 09:42, 25 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Ground Control to Sara Lance So its been a while since I've had a review. I have been working to create a page for every episode of Legends and I hope that I can get some better pages. OLI 21:33, 24 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Great to see another one of your creations, OLI! I see another volunteer rated it C-class initially and I think it's still at that level. Some comments towards B-class:
      • The lead should mention the premiere date.
      • Under "Writing", the colours don't mean anything to someone outside of the industry. I gather these are just successive drafts, so the colours don't need to be mentioned: you can call them the "first draft", "second draft", "following draft" etc.
      • Criterion #5 is about images. You could use an image of David Bowie with a caption explaining that he is an English musician who died in 2016, or some biographic details of him that are relevant context to the episode. Or a free image of the cast or characters that they portray. It depends what's available, but here I would expect there to be a couple of options (and you could use multiple images).
      • The Reception section needs to be significantly expanded. There's more reviews like Den of Geek and TV Fanatic, but perhaps more importantly you need to squeeze more out of each review. For instance, The A.V. Club review is 1100 words long and all we currently take from it is: while the episode had flaws there was more good than bad and the B rating. I've been working on Black Mirror episodes lately and, while there's the advantage of many more reviews, I organise the reviewer comments by topic. For instance, "Mazey Day" (Black Mirror)#Reception has five paragraphs: (1) critics' ratings; (2) comments on the themes; (3) and (4) comments on a major plot point; (5) comments on the characters. There isn't a one-size-fits-all, but I start by reading all the reviews and pulling out quotes that I want to use; then I re-order the quotes by topic; then I start writing paragraphs using these quotes.
    Hope this helps! — Bilorv (talk) 12:14, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @Bilorv: Thank you for the assessment and I have adjusted it. I was thinking of adding an image of Lisseth Chavez but I couldnt find any public domain images of her. I was hoping to write more on Gary Greens reveal but I couldn't find the right way to phrase it. I do plan to rewrite the plot but currently dont have a Netflix subsciption so I have to wait for the dvd to come in. Would you happen to have any suggestion on how to solve these problems. Thanks, OLI 22:50, 28 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    @OLI: it's not easy to get public domain images. If there aren't any on Wikimedia Commons then there are websites you can search (like Flickr) but it may be that none exist. You can get in touch with an actor's agent and ask for them to release a selfie under a free license, but often the agent will not reply. I've had cases of an agent emailing me an image but not being understanding or willing to get the copyright holder (the person who took the photo) to release it through the proper procedure. It's not a high probability of success.
    If you don't have access to the episode currently then you might want to work on something where you do, and if it changes then you can come back to it: there is no deadline. — Bilorv (talk) 21:11, 29 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Statistics edit

Article quality statistics edit

As of 30 November 2023, there are 110,343 articles within the scope of WikiProject Television, of which 524 are featured. This makes up 1.63% of the articles on Wikipedia and 4.69% of featured articles and lists. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 213,317 pages in the project.

Television article rating and assessment scheme
(NB: Quality stats are updated on a daily basis by a bot. Log not available)
Daily log of status changes
Current Statistics

Popular pages edit

  • Popular pages: A bot-generated list of pageviews, useful for focused cleanup of frequently viewed articles.

Assessment log edit

The logs in this section are generated automatically (on a daily basis); please don't add entries to them by hand.
  1. ^ For example, this image of the Battle of Normandy is grainy, but very few pictures of that event exist. However, where quite a number of pictures exist, for instance, the moon landing, FPC attempts to select the best of the ones produced.
  2. ^ An image has more encyclopedic value (often abbreviated to "EV" or "enc" in discussions) if it contributes strongly to a single article, rather than contributing weakly to many. Adding an image to numerous articles to gain EV is counterproductive and may antagonize both FPC reviewers and article editors.
  3. ^ While effects such as black and white, sepia, oversaturation, and abnormal angles may be visually pleasing, they often detract from the accurate depiction of the subject.