5 TV Shows That Topped Google Trends in 2021

While 2020 brought us TV shows like Tiger King and The Umbrella Academy, fans understood why so many of their favorite series experienced delays. However, 2021 was a different story. The world started to open up slowly during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which meant many television productions got back on track as well. With only a few weeks left in 2021, let’s take a look at Google’s top trending TV show searches this year.

Lines of people dressed in green tracksuits file through a maze made of bright pink walls in 'Squid Game' one of the top searches in Google Trends
‘Squid Game’ | Netflix

The Korean drama starring Lee Jung-jae, Jung HoYeon, Park Hae-soo, and Oh Yeong-su premiered in September, and audiences of all sorts instantly became obsessed. The show depicted a group of people desperate to get out of debt. The game promised that the winner would be gifted millions of dollars, and all they had to do was make it to the end. While it might sound easy, the games were deadly versions of childhood games like Red Light, Green Light. 

The Duke and Daphne Brigerton in a light blue dress look off camera in a scene from 'Bridgerton'
‘Bridgerton’ | Cr. Liam Daniel/Netflix

‘Bridgerton’ proved Shonda Rhimes could produce a drama in any era

Executive producer Shonda Rhimes switched out her scrubs from Grey’s Anatomy for the corsets and petticoats of Bridgerton. The Netflix show, based on the book series of the same name, follows the lives of the wealthy Bridgerton family as the women enter the marriage market. Betrayal, steamy scenes, and a Duke everyone drooled over made Bridgerton one of the top trending TV show searches on Google in 2021.

Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff and Vision smile at the camera in a production scene from 'Wandavision'
WandaVision | Disney+

‘Wandavision’ had even non-MCU fans hooked, according to Google Trends

The Disney+ series Wandavision premiered early in 2021, but it’s had fans scrambling to find answers and theories since the finale. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their Marvel characters Wanda Maximoff and Vision, the series uses classic sitcom styles to tell the couple’s story in a suburban setting. However, things aren’t exactly as perfect as what viewers initially thought.

Ralph Macchio and Billy Zabka in a scene from 'Cobra Kai'
‘Cobra Kai’ | Netflix

‘Cobra Kai’ brought back some of our favorite characters from the ’80s smash hit ‘Karate Kid’

The series premiered in 2018, but even in 2021, it was still at the top in Google Trends. Nostalgia is a great marketing tool, and Cobra Kai following characters Daniel LaRusso and Johnny Lawrence as adults found its footing with audiences. The two men lead entirely different lives 30 years after the events in Karate Kid. In the series, audiences learn that maybe Johnny wasn’t the villain we all thought he was in the original movie.

Tom Hiddleston wearing giant horns as Loki in a scene from 'Loki' Season 1
‘Loki’ | Disney+

Fans couldn’t get enough of ‘Loki’ according to Google’s top trending TV show searches

It’s not often that a Marvel TV show or movie doesn’t do well. The built-in fan base is constantly on the lookout for the next production in the franchise. Loki, played by Tom Hiddleston, has always been a fan favorite, and the character finally got his own show. The series takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and stars Owen Wilson along with Hiddleston. Fans who love Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy found themselves with a new series to obsess over due to the similar themes. Even if Loki is technically a villain, the God of Mischief is an entertaining villain capable of carrying an entire series focused on him. 

Next year looks to bring even more TV shows into our lives. With the premieres of new seasons like Stranger ThingsThe Witcher, and more, there’s something for everyone to watch.