Wikipedia:WikiProject Television/Assessment

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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 questionsEdit

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.


Quality assessmentsEdit

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) Featured article FA 
A (adds articles to Category:A-Class television articles) A-Class article 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-Class article B 
C (adds articles to Category:C-Class television articles) C-Class article C 
Start (adds articles to Category:Start-Class television articles) Start-Class article Start 
Stub (adds articles to Category:Stub-Class television articles) Stub-Class article Stub 
FL (for featured lists only; adds articles to Category:FL-Class television articles) Featured list FL 
List (adds articles to Category:List-Class television articles)  List 
Future (for articles about future events; adds articles to Category:Future-Class television articles) Future-Class article Future 

For pages that are not articles, the following values can also be used for the class parameter:

Book (for Wikipedia books; adds pages to Category:Book-Class television articles) Wikipedia Book Book 
Category (for categories; adds pages to Category:Category-Class television articles) Category page Category 
Disambig (for disambiguation pages; adds pages to Category:Disambig-Class television articles) Disambiguation page Disambig 
Draft (for drafts; adds pages to Category:Draft-Class television articles)  Draft 
FM (for files; adds pages to Category:FM-Class television articles) Featured media FM 
File (for files and timed text; adds pages to Category:File-Class television articles)  File 
Redirect (for redirect pages; adds pages to Category:Redirect-Class television articles) Redirect page Redirect 
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 
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 scaleEdit

WikiProject article quality grading scheme

Importance assessmentEdit

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:

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)  ??? 

The importance parameter should be assigned according to the importance scale below.

Importance scaleEdit

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 schemeEdit

Requesting an assessmentEdit

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 2020 list and sign with four tildes (~~~~).












  • The Circle (American TV series) – This season just finished a few days ago. I worked really hard on this article and it is definitely not start class anymore. I feel kinda biased on rating article I heavily create, so I would prefer for it to be rated by someone else. Thanks! Jayab314 01:15, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
    • @Jayab314: After a couple of edits, I think the article now meets the B-class criteria. I've also lowered its WPTV importance from high to mid, because this is currently a one-season foreign edition of a show and I'm not seeing (e.g.) unprecedented high rating figures or critical acclaim. Thanks for your work! — Bilorv (talk) 17:53, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
      • @Bilorv: Thanks for the reassessment to B-Class! Just one question: do you think there is any potential for this article to become a GA article? Jayab314 18:33, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
        • @Jayab314: there's potential, definitely. Wikipedia:Copyediting reception sections is a very good essay to read on how to link reviews together by content, rather than just having a block of text for each review. There's some information in the article's lead which isn't mentioned anywhere in the body, and probably that content belongs only in the body. I imagine the show will be nominated for awards in the next year, which will need to be mentioned once they occur. Other than that, I can't see any obvious areas to address, though a GA reviewer would probably find some more points for improvement. — Bilorv (talk) 00:35, 3 February 2020 (UTC)
  • The Untamed (TV series) - This series has been constantly updated by many contributors ever since the release. It was rated stub-class and low-importance when this page was first created, so I would like to request a reassessment. Thank you! --ZoeZoeZoey (talk) 14:13, 30 January 2020 (UTC)
    • @ZoeZoeZoey: I've re-rated it as C-class. There is a lot of detail which might require a split, particularly in the cast section (maybe List of The Untamed characters is appropriate) and the soundtrack (The Untamed (soundtrack)). There's also some detail which might be excessive (under "Promotion"). The article contains all the major aspects of the series. I've also re-rated it as high importance due to the large number of awards, reviews, audience views and high profit of the series. — Bilorv (talk) 17:53, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Draft:Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis – This article got sent to draft space for being improperly sourced. Whenever i come across a TV movie I've seen that doesn't have a page I create one, but don't want to if they get deleted. Is IMDB no longer a good source [or I guess was it ever?] Should I just add more sources to this like Allmovie and/or Rotten Tomatoes? Iwalters (talk)
    • Hi Iwalters and thanks for the question! Take a look at WP:RSP, which has a pretty good list of websites and whether they are or are not a reliable source. IMDb is not good because its content is mostly user-generated, whereas Rotten Tomatoes' critics scores are good and Allmovie is reliable for its professional reviews. But to demonstrate notability, you need a bit more than reliable sources: you need secondary sources that discuss the movie in significant detail. Usually with television, the way to do this is by referencing three or four professional reviews of the piece of media, or non-routine coverage of the media's production or filming. Big award nominations could also show notability—picking one of the articles you created, After the Shock looks good because it was nominated for an Emmy (though it should have an inline citation to the Emmy's website or another page to verify the nomination).
      I'm afraid not all television movies meet these criteria, and in such cases we can't have an article on those movies. (I know some of this may not accord with your experience on Wikipedia, but the site is so large that it's hard to enforce our rules consistently; if you see, say, an IMDb source on another article then you could replace it with a better one, or remove it.) — Bilorv (talk) 10:59, 22 February 2020 (UTC)
  • Love Is Blind (TV series) – This show just finished on Thursday and is definitely not start class anymore. I'm thinking it's C, but I always want a second opinion, especially on articles I create a large majority of. Feedback would be great on making it better, too. Thanks. Jayab314 01:28, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
    • Well I've made one edit to the article but I think I'm fine to re-rate it. It's B-class, I reckon. I've got a lot of small thoughts so I've posted them on the article's talk page. — Bilorv (talk) 21:20, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Hawaii Five-0 (2010 TV series, season 10) – The season finished last week, and has not been assessed since before the season began.TheTVExpert (talk) 19:15, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
    • C-class by my estimation, close to B-class but narrowly failing criterion #2 in the omission of critical reviews and #2/#4 in the varying lengths/styles of the episode summaries. — Bilorv (talk) 21:28, 12 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Riverdale (season 1) – Bit of an older season, but we're slowly expanding the Riverdale seasons into their own pages on the mainspace. Not sure what to assess it as. QueerFilmNerdtalk 09:17, 24 April 2020 (UTC)
    I notice Lee Vilenski has re-rated it B-class and I agree with that assessment. No sections missing, good referencing and well-written. — Bilorv (talk) 12:08, 26 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Lenkov-verse – Relatively new article, that has yet to be assessed. Would like to have it assessed so I can know what needs be improved. TheTVExpert (talk) 20:18, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
    @TheTVExpert: An interesting case, hard to assess what should be in a franchise article. I've gone with C-class and I think it meets B-class criteria #1,3,4,5, but the lead doesn't identify the scope to a person with no knowledge of the subject (#6). Imagine someone not at all familiar with American television: what are the shows about? They're police procedurals/actions/dramas about police, military, detectives etc.—explain the genres and maybe give a sentence about each show individually. We're also missing a lot of real-world context about how the shows were made (#2): they were all created by the same person, right? Did ideas for one show ever get used for another, or was one show a spin-off of an idea conceived for another? Did the writing teams overlap? Did the shows ever use the same sets or share anything else production-related? (Even if there's no overlap at all, some production details are needed.) Not all of these questions need to be answered for B-class (maybe some of them aren't answered in reliable sources), but some of them do. — Bilorv (talk) 19:52, 28 April 2020 (UTC)
    @Bilorv: I've expanded the lead and added some production information. TheTVExpert (talk) 18:43, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
    @TheTVExpert: lead looking good, made a small edit here. With criterion #2, I think there's still a lot more that could be done in writing about the histories of the shows and in particular any ways in which their development overlapped or had similarities. The sentences about filming should have inline citations (fine to copy them from the main series' articles if they're there). — Bilorv (Black Lives Matter) 20:45, 22 June 2020 (UTC)
  • Roger Rees – The article looks to be well-edited and fully cited, and seems like it should be classed higher. His work has been well-covered in sources (esp. after his death) and may rank higher in importance. Not sure what to do about projects like WPTheatre, which seems inactive. (I haven't really participated in projects much.) —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 18:08, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
    @AlanM1: thanks for the request. With all due respect, I've actually downgraded the article to low importance for this WikiProject—it seems Rees is better known for stage work, and we usually have "mid" importance or higher only for articles about internationally-famous television shows or worldwide household names most closely associated with television. I think the article is still C-class at the moment, too, though it's close to B-class. My only criticism is with criterion #2, as the article could be a bit more detailed.
    The "Career" section of the prose is not hugely more than a prose repetition of "Work", and it can be improved by including much more detail about the more important projects of Rees. Take featured article Michelle Williams (actress) as a perfect example. Some questions to answer: what was Rees' motivation in different parts of his career? Did he have different genres he moved through? Which roles marked new experiences for him? What inspired the beginning of a television career? How did critics receive each role, and which projects were most successful? When did he gain fame—slowly over time, or for one performance? Were there particular roles which became iconic? How is he now best-remembered? These questions are all addressed a little bit in the section, but could be turned into the focus of it. Of course, any answers need to be reliably sourced and neutrality written, and it may be that some questions aren't discussed much in the literature, so it's okay to pick and choose the ones answered best by secondary sources. Addressing this advice a little bit would take it over the edge to B-class, and really internalising it would improve the quality much further. — Bilorv (talk) 22:10, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
    @Bilorv: Thanks for the detailed review. While I didn't see him on stage, his work on television, especially The West Wing, was quite memorable (enough that it was mentioned conspicuously in much of the post-mortem coverage), so I would disagree with the downgrade in importance on that basis (i.e., what sources said). Perhaps someone familiar with the field and his stage work will improve the areas you outlined. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 22:26, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
    @AlanM1: It's no comment on Rees personally, but it's quite rare for any individual person to be mid-importance in the whole industry of television. I've added the comments to the talk page as a maybe more obvious place for anyone who can help improve the article. — Bilorv (talk) 22:45, 8 May 2020 (UTC)
  • NCIS (TV series), NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: New Orleans – Have not been assessed in years. TheTVExpert (talk) 19:56, 21 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @TheTVExpert: I've just assessed these. NCIS: still C class. Los Angeles: demoted to C class - too much unsourced information and poorly weighted prose vs. lists and tables. New Orleans: updated to B class - latest casting needs a source but otherwise good, much better weighting, and even coverage (though could use some more depth) Kingsif (talk) 00:16, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
  • @Kingsif: I added sources for the casting on New Orleans. I'll see about working other the other two soon. TheTVExpert (talk) 02:49, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
  • MacGyver (2016 TV series) – Also has not been assessed in years. TheTVExpert (talk) 12:38, 23 May 2020 (UTC)
    • @TheTVExpert: I've gone with C-class, but it's close to B-class. Some pointers: "Notable guests" is probably too much detail for the main page – can be removed; more production details, particularly of writing and filming, would be good; the lead should be a summary of the body of the article with weight given in proportion to the length of each section. — Bilorv (talk) 23:16, 29 May 2020 (UTC)
  • Aloha (Hawaii Five-0) – Has been improved since the last assessment. TheTVExpert (talk) 18:16, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
    • @TheTVExpert: still C-class by the skin of its teeth, in my opinion. More critical reviews are needed, and search for more secondary sources or interviews—if any exist, they would greatly improve the article. The twitter/instagram content in Production needs improved sourcing. The plot synopsis should be multiple paragraphs and Continuity should be a separate section (which I would recommend renaming "Analysis"). The tiny subsections in Production should be expanded if possible, or reorganised to use fewer subsections. "Part 1" shouldn't be a section (just mention the first part in a different part of the body) and the lead should be expanded. No comment on whether the infobox image has an appropriate rationale. — Bilorv (talk) 12:12, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  • The Den (TV programme) - Has not been accessed on the importance scale. Danny157 (talk) 10:07, 21 June 2020 (UTC)
    • Thanks for the request, Danny157. It had |priority=high in its banner, presumably meant to be a high importance rating, but I've reassessed it as mid-importance—a significant cluster of children's entertainment spanning a generation, but with limited international scope. — Bilorv (talk) 12:24, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Bluestone 42 - Has not been assessed in years and improved since it was. Terasail (talk) 13:47, 19 July 2020 (UTC)
    • @Terasail: definitely way better than a stub, re-rated as C-class. Thanks for the request! To get to B-class, it needs a Production section (incorporating the sentences at the top of Series 2 and 3 under Episodes, and then expanding with any interviews or production information). More critical reviews are needed. I think we use "—" or some similar placeholder rather than "Fewer than ..." for ratings. — Bilorv (talk) 12:31, 8 August 2020 (UTC)
  • Long Vacation - Doing some improvements. Ominae (talk) 02:24, 5 August 2020 (UTC)


Article quality statisticsEdit

As of 23 September 2020, there are 91,624 articles within the scope of WikiProject Television, of which 450 are featured. This makes up 1.49% of the articles on Wikipedia and 4.5% of featured articles and lists. Including non-article pages, such as talk pages, redirects, categories, etcetera, there are 178,906 pages in the project.

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