Stranger Things the most searched for 2022 TV show in the UK

Netflix science fiction mega-hit Stranger Things was the most searched for TV show in the UK in 2022 according to Google’s Year in Search data.

The supernatural show which stars Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour and Winona Ryder released its long-anticipated season 4 across two parts in May and July 2022, and clearly, the eager TV-viewing public in the UK couldn’t help asking Google about the show before, during and after the epic battle with Vecna was revealed.

The question “how many episodes in Stranger Things 4?” was also one of the most asked “how many” questions in the UK.

Other popular TV shows that got the people of the internet searching included Ryan Murphy’s mystery thriller The Watcher on Netflix, Harlan Coben adaptation Stay Close, also on Netflix and BBC drama The Tourist starring Jamie Dornan.

Euphoria, Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon starring Doctor Who’s Matt Smith and Inventing Anna from Netflix also made the top ten with I’m A Celebrity, Dahmer and Disney+’s Marvel TV show Moon Knight also attracting a lot of search in the UK.

Euphoria – HBO

However, UK searchers were not completely in tune with the people of the planet when it came to their TV-typing it seems, as the global top TV search was for HBO’s Euphoria which tells the story of a teenage recovering drug addict, with the second most searched for global TV show being House of the Dragon. The Sandman, All of Us Are Dead, The Boys, and Netflix coming-of-age drama Hearstopper, which starred incoming Doctor Who 60th-anniversary star Yasmin Finney amongst others, were also shows that made the global top 10 but not the UK list.

The most searched-for actors in the UK were Johnny Depp and Amber Heard who were involved in a high profile trail in 2022 and Will Smith who became headline news after slapping Chris Rock at this year’s Oscars ceremony.

In movies, the UK searched for Encanto more than anything else, with The Batman and Uncharted also garnering a lot of searches.

The most popular searches overall in the UK were for online game Wordle, the World Cup, Queen Elizabeth II, Ukraine and lateral flow.

Similar terms dominated the overall global search with the addition of India vs England and Ind v SA showing that there is still a place for sport in search even when the news cycle is running at light speed.