The 10 most Googled TV shows of 2019
Everyone loves a good top 10 list. Here are some neat TV trends from Google's Year in Search.
We know you love a good top 10 list, right?
Right. Google just released its 2019 Year in Search, a listing of what you googled the most this year – from movies to recipes to outfit ideas (just what does a VSCO girl wear?). They also dropped a pretty sweet year-in-review video:
But today, we thought we'd explore something we know you've all been spending plenty of time doing this year: watching TV. Here's our breakdown of Google's most searched-for TV shows of 2019, featuring a few unexpected frontrunners:
10. The Boys
What happens when a superhero goes rogue? That's the premise of "The Boys," a dark comedy series on Amazon Prime starring Karl Urban, Erin Moriarty and Tomer Capon, the Israeli actor best known for his roles in Israeli TV exports "Fauda" and "When Heroes Fly." "The Boys," based on a comic book of the same name, made a splash at Comic-Con earlier this summer, and it had been renewed for a second season before the series premiere even aired. It quickly became one of the most watched Amazon Original series by Prime Video customers. So as a new decade dawns, it's clear that viewers will keep tuning in to see just how bad these formerly good guys can get.
9. Surviving R. Kelly
This disturbing Lifetime docuseries about the secret world of R&B singer R. Kelly captivated viewers already primed for an era of "Me Too" bombshells. This one, however, sparked real action: A month after it premiered, Kelly was formally charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. In its review of the series, Rotten Tomatoes wrote: "By unearthing previously suppressed histories, 'Surviving R. Kelly' exposes the dangers of enabling predatory behavior and gives necessary voice to its survivors." It gave the series a 95% approval rating.
8. Dead to Me
The Netflix tragicomedy successfully put "Married with Children" alum Christina Applegate back on the map, but it did something else, too: it somehow squeezed consistent humor out of two sad, broken people in tragic circumstances. Applegate's stellar rapport with co-star Linda Cardellini earned mounting praise and a Golden Globe nomination, and the series was renewed for a second season a month after it premiered.
In 2018, we at From The Grapevine reported that Canadian multi-hyphenate Drake had just signed on to executive produce a new drama for HBO called "Euphoria," about a group of high school students navigating through their experiences of sex, drugs, friendships, love and trauma. That series, starring singer/actress Zendaya, is the latest Israeli-adapted show to make it on premium cable following “Homeland,” “In Treatment” and “The Affair.” The new series was created by Ron Leshem, a winner of the Sapir Prize – Israel's top literary award. The show premiered in June of this year, and has been renewed for a second season.
6. The Umbrella Academy
On Oct. 1, 1989, 43 women around the world gave birth simultaneously, despite none of them showing any sign of pregnancy the day before. Seven of the children were adopted by an eccentric billionaire and turned into a superhero team called "The Umbrella Academy." Adapted from a comic book of the same name, "The Umbrella Academy" attracted 45 million households for the Netflix show's first season earlier this year – and it has already been renewed for a second. Rotten Tomatoes described it as a show that "unfurls an imaginative yarn with furtive emotion and an exceptionally compelling ensemble."
5. The Mandalorian
In addition to sparking mass fanfare by forming its own network, Disney also birthed a phenomenon in 2019: Baby Yoda. The character has made "The Mandalorian," which premiered in November, a breakout hit. The series follows a bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic, directed to track down and capture an unnamed target who turns out to be "The Child" (aka Baby Yoda). Instead of capturing the little guy, however, the hunter becomes its guardian and protector. Complicated father-son relationships? Yeah, kind of what "Star Wars" is known for.
The HBO drama miniseries revolves around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of April 1986 and the unprecedented cleanup efforts that followed. It features an ensemble cast led by Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson. And like many other shows on this list, it received widespread critical acclaim: Rotten Tomatoes praised the series, saying, "'Chernobyl' rivets with a creeping dread that never dissipates, dramatizing a national tragedy with sterling craft and an intelligent dissection of institutional rot." In June 2019, it became the highest-rated TV series of all time on IMDb.
3. When They See Us
Continuing the trend of miniseries adapted from real-life events, "When They See Us" explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault of a woman in New York City's Central Park in 1989. Created, co-written and directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix, the series garnered praise from critics, with Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter calling it "a rigorous attempt to chronicle an epic legal failure and to help restore a sense of the men as individuals."
2. Stranger Things
The beloved Netflix horror-drama, praised for its nostalgia-themed 1980s soundtrack and pop culture references, premiered in 2016 with a focus on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town. But in the intervening years, new threats emerge for the youngsters, with new twists and turns and plenty of heartbreaking coming-of-age moments as the series evolves. Stranger Things gained a dedicated fan base soon after its release that has only grown, with several tie-in books and video games created to keep the momentum going. A third season consisting of eight episodes was released on July 4, 2019.
1. Game of Thrones
The HBO behemoth – which debuted back in 2011 – aired its final episode in May, 2019, ending the saga of the Lannisters and the Starks. But it seems the widespread fascination with the series might never perish, as fans' tongues are still wagging months later over that controversial (and arguably disappointing) finale. That's one reason why it's the No. 1 most searched-for TV show of 2019: with such a huge impact on our collective consciousness, it's hard to say goodbye to the characters with whom we've invested so much of our time and energy for the past eight years. We're still trying to recapture the glory, it seems. We miss the introduction of new and intriguing characters, like the Red Priestess Kinvara, played by Israeli actress Ania Bukstein. We miss the cliffhangers, the rumors, the speculation, the anticipation ... and of course, Tyrion's drunken rants. We'll survive the end of "Game of Thrones," just like we survived the end of "The Sopranos," "Friends" and "Breaking Bad." But thanks to the Internet, the nostalgia will live on.
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