The Most Popular '90s Sitcom in Each State

Do you have the same taste in TV as the majority of the people in your state? The folks over at satellite provider put together a map of the most popular '90s sitcom in each of the 50 states.

The company's data is from Google search interest from 2004 to the present, capturing the tail end of the run of some of these shows and the beginning of an era of fans constantly watching reruns on TV. It's no surprise that the universally popular Friends dominates the map, with 13 states claiming it as their most-watched show. It is not, however, New York's most-watched show: fellow New York City-set series Seinfeld has that honor. Out of the Friends contingent, six are states in the Midwest: perhaps these viewers are dreaming of leaving cornfields behind and moving to The City That Never Sleeps.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air came in second as the favorite of four states (Maryland, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) plus Washington, D.C. Weirdly, Pennsylvania isn't in this group: Pennsylvanians' fave program is Step by Step. It's also the only state to choose Step by Step. Guess they really love family in PA!

There are a few other instances in which a show is claimed by the state in which it's set: Washington loves Seattle-centric Frasier; Ohio roots for the Cleveland-set Drew Carey Show; and Wisconsin can't stop watching That '70s Show, which is set in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin.

Utah supports 3rd Rock from the Sun, which makes sense given that the state is a hotbed for UFO sightings. What about California, home of Hollywood and the beautiful people in the film and TV biz? Well, those beautiful people like to watch yellow cartoon people. That's right, The Simpsons is Cali's most-loved show.

See the map below and visit for an in-depth look at the data.

The Most Popular Kid-Friendly Scary Movie In Each State, Mapped


If you’re settling down on the couch to watch 1993 classic The Nightmare Before Christmas this Halloween season, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most searched-for kid-friendly Halloween movies in the U.S. this year, according to data compiled by telecom company Frontier. As Fatherly reports, Frontier looked at Google Trends data from all 50 states to see which PG- and G-rated movies are most popular across the country.

The list draws on data from the entire year and includes 15 different movies, not all of which you would automatically consider Halloween movies. (Harry Potter films may involve ghosts, but they're not what you typically sit down to watch immediately after carving jack-o-lanterns.) It does feature spooky standbys like Beetlejuice (1988), Hocus Pocus (1993), Casper (1995), and Halloweentown (1998), as well as kids' favorites from the past few years like 2012 movies Frankenweenie and Hotel Transylvania.

A table of icons representing different childrens' movies

The data shows there's variability from state-to-state when it comes to which ghosts and goblins kids prefer to see onscreen, and it’s not always regionally specific. Ghostbusters (1984) tops the list in 10 different states, mostly throughout the northern part of the nation. Coco (2017) is beloved by Californians (no surprise there—it’s also the state’s favorite Pixar movie, according to similar data) but it’s also the top movie in Washington, Idaho, Nebraska, Illinois, and Ohio. Beetlejuice is a hit in Colorado, Alabama, and New Hampshire.

Did your favorite make the list?

[h/t Fatherly]

Each State's Favorite Celebrity Chef

Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit
Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit

Whether they specialize in baking, travel, or food science, celebrity chefs are an American obsession. For the map below, USDirect sifted through Google Trends data to determine where in the country television's most famous foodies are most popular.

The late Anthony Bourdain, host of No Reservations and Parts Unknown, is the celebrity chef with the most widespread appeal. The well-traveled television personality is the top-searched chef in 10 states, including Texas, Florida, and California. Host of Good Eats and Iron Chef America Alton Brown is a close runner-up, dominating search trends in Missouri, Oregon, Alaska, and five more states.

Unsurprisingly, many celebrity chefs are the favorites of their home states. In Louisiana, New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse is number one, while Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes is beloved in Maryland. Pioneer woman Ree Drummond is the favorite food star in her home state of Oklahoma and Cleveland chef Michael Symon takes Ohio.

In Nevada, no one chef reigns supreme. Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Robert Irvine, Gordon Ramsay, and Guy Fieri are all tied for most popular, and for good reason—between them, they own 16 restaurants in Las Vegas.

The round-up shows that American chefs aren't the only celebrities people search for in the states: Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry of The Great British Bake Off both appear on the map.

To see which celebrity chef your home state loves, check out the map below.

Map of popular celebrity chefs.