Alwin Hoogerdijk wrote:
Just enter each season as a separate entry in your database (which will give you full episode details).
Then use the Box Set field to link them.
I use this approach since v8 and have grown to like it, but it's not always appropriate. For example, the later Family Guy
sets have consisted of the latter part of one season and the first part of the next. I have some X-Files Mythology
sets each of which has a selection of episodes from multiple seasons. The box set approach doesn't really work well for these.
For sets like those I've used the workaround described by gemris above and have been able to successfully combine more than two seasons a number of times. Here's how I would combine three seasons.
For convenience, I add one disc per season to the entry I'm trying to update; in this case three.
I link it to the last season, so season 3.
Make sure the entry has no episodes already and run auto-update. This pulls in season 3's episodes. I'll put them all on disc 3 if they're not there already.
I unlink the DB entry and link it to season 2. Before pressing the link button, while the season 2 details are showing, I verify the number of season 2 episodes then press link.
I add that number of blank episodes to disc 2 and run auto-update. That fills in all the blank episodes with season 2 info.
Repeat for season 1 on disc 1. At that point I have all the episodes, one disc per season, and can rearrange them as appropriate for the set.
It's a little fiddly, but goes pretty fast once you've done it a few times. It makes a mess of the links tab, and the cast & crew lists can get a bit out of hand but that's usually not too hard to fix if it bothers you. If nothing else you can clear them out manually, re-link the set to its real entry by barcode and run auto-update once again.
The v8 update to pull in episode info was huge; I love it! Thanks to Collectorz for adding it, and to progrocktv and gemris for figuring out this workaround.