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The Most Popular and Best Shows in 2021 by State

In 2020, the revenue of theaters went down by billions while streaming services revenue went up by billions, and now there are 1.1 billion online video subscribers worldwide.1 And while many shows and movies were delayed or canceled last year, 2021’s picking up the pace with a pretty packed lineup.

Using survey responses from our recent dream job, we found the most popular TV shows and movies of 2021. On top of that, we mapped out each state’s favorite shows and movies (just in case they weren’t WandaVision and Godzilla vs. Kong).

WandaVision is the most popular TV show so far in 2021

We asked, “What is the best new TV show you’ve seen since the start of 2021?” and most folks loved WandaVision. This Marvel Cinematic Universe installment received plenty of praise for its sitcom-meets-superhero take on suburban living. Those hoping for a typical happy family comedy are in for some dark tonal shifts and surprises, but then again, what is good TV if not joy persevering?

Americas Popular Shows 2021

The Top 5 Shows of 2021 (So far)

Top 5
WandaVision
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Rebel
Clarice
The Equalizer

Following in popularity behind WandaVision, another MCU series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, follows the character Sam Wilson (The Falcon) after he receives the Captain America shield and mantle.

Rebel stars Katy Segal as a legal advocate (inspired by Erin Brockovich), fighting for clean water after thousands of people fall ill.

Based on The Silence of the Lambs, Clarice features the FBI Special Agent continuing her task force work after her encounter with Wild Bill and Dr. Hannibal Lecter.

The Equalizer is a crime drama centered around Robyn McCall (Queen Latifah), a mysterious vigilante who defends those who can’t protect themselves.

The Most Popular Shows in 2021

Godzilla vs. Kong is the Most Popular Movie So Far in 2021

Coming out with a giant lead, Godzilla vs. Kong is three to five times more popular in our survey than the next few films. The titular titans take some exciting turns around (and through) the Earth. Audiences who love monster matchups may be surprised to find some metaphysics and moral questions along the way.

Americas Popular Movies 2021

The Top 5 Movies of 2021 (So far)

Top 5
Godzilla vs. Kong
Judas and the Black Messiah
Nomadland
I Care a Lot
Wonder Woman 1984

Judas and the Black Messiah powerfully portrays the life of Fred Hampton (played by Daniel Kuluuya) and the Black Panther Party from the perspective of FBI informant Bill O’Neal (Lakeith Stanfield). Beyond stellar casting and performances, director Shaka King’s biopic brings beautiful vintage visuals and authentic history to a modern mainstream audience.

Nomadland, starring the mighty Frances McDormand, explores life through the lens of a sixty-something van-dwelling nomad. Chloé Zhao, McDormand, and the rest of the Nomadland team took home three Oscars this year: Best Director, Best Actress, and Best Picture.

I Care a Lot stars Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, and Eiza González in a surprising, swindling film about draining the savings of the elderly. There’s plenty of dark humor and denial of expectation if you’re into that sort of thing.

Wonder Woman 1984 features Gal Gadot reviving her role as the amazing Amazonian superhero in a retro world. Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, and Kristin Wig add some fun, familiar faces to this feminist and family-oriented film.

The Most Popular Movies in 2021

The best new shows of 2021 in each state

In nearly every state, WandaVision is the clear favorite (according to trending searches). However, The Equalizer takes over three states: Hawaii, South Dakota, and Vermont. Clarice captures the attention of North Dakota, and Wyoming watches Rebel.

The best new movies of 2021 in each state

When it comes to searches by state, no other movies come close to the dominance of Godzilla vs. Kong in 2021.

FAQ

What TV shows are coming in 2021?

We can expect to see a whole slew of shows coming in 2021. If you want to keep up with what we’re streaming, check out our What to Watch series.

What is the number one show in America 2021?

WandaVision is by far the most popular show in America in 2021, but since the show won’t likely return (til at least 2022), we’ll have to see if other shows take the top spot.

What’s a good movie on Netflix 2021?

Netflix has quite the lineup ranging from older classics like Back to the Future, Training Day, and Batman Begins to newer originals like Stowaway, Ride or Die, and One.

What should I watch in 2021?

Now through the summer, Marvel fans can tune in to WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Loki. Later this Fall, you’ll get Ms. Marvel. Or if you’re looking to catch up with some culture, ongoing favorites like The Handmaid’s Tale, You, and Succession have all recently come out with new seasons.

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Methodology

Our data came from a survey of 1,000 respondents that participated in our Best Pictures Dream Job. We generated the top five shows and movies from the responses to this survey.

To find out how popular each title was in each state, we compared their search volume in Google Trends. In Google Trends, our date range was January 1st, 2021 through April 28, 2021. We filtered results using the “TV & Video” and “Movies” categories.

This content was produced by CableTV.com and is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures Television, MGM Television, Disney+, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, CBS Studios, Warner Bros., Netflix, Universal Pictures, or DC Comics.

Sources

  1. Brad Adgate, Forbes.com, “The Impact COVID-19 Had On The Entertainment Industry In 2020,” April 13, 2021. Date Accessed May 14, 2021.

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