The Most Facebook Liked TV Shows of all Time
It doesn’t take a social media whiz to see that when millions upon millions of people are “Liking” your fan page on Facebook, you’re probably doing something right. Lots of Facebook fan pages have attracted the attention of Facebook users the world over, but when it comes to mainstream television, there are few things that compare with the raw enthusiasm Facebook users display for their favorite shows.
With Facebook, watching TV becomes much more of a shared experience – not only do people get to update others as to their thoughts on a show’s most recent episode, but they get to “Like” their favorite pages and contribute to the online popularity of said TV show.
But which TV shows are doing the best at this – attracting the most “Likes” on Facebook? Let’s take a look, because the answers might surprise you.
1. The Simpsons
Coming in at some 54,000,000 likes, The Simpsons is not only the ultimate franchise on TV, but apparently is also the ultimate TV franchise on Facebook. The Simpsons has been around for a few decades now, and with Facebook popularity in its pocket, it’s hard to see why the show can’t keep going strong as it always has. The Simpsons is also the first of an emerging Facebook trend: newer shows tend to get “Liked” more than older shows simply because they tend to be fresher in peoples’ minds.
2. Family Guy
At second place with 48 million likes is Fox’s “Family Guy,” a show that has been compared to The Simpsons since it began around the year 2000. In fact, Family Guy was once cancelled…and then brought back thanks to the interest and enthusiasm of fans. So it should be no surprise that Family Guy garners a lot of enthusiasm online.
3. South Park
Comedy Central’s long-running-but-still-going strong cartoon is another fan favorite on Facebook with about 41 million likes. Considering that South Park is the highest-liked show on cable, it could be considered a unique entry into this rare category. Like fans of the above shows, South Park fans are very enthusiastic about the characters of South Park. Considering South Park has been on the air for some 15 years, it’s also not surprising that the interest in South Park seems to span at least one or two generations.
4. SpongeBob SquarePants
Speaking of TV shows that somehow span generational lines, SpongeBob SquarePants is our fourth-ranked Facebook “liked” show with 36 million likes (“MTV” is liked more, but as that is a network and not a television show, it seemed more fair to put SpongeBob at number four).
Another Fox show – giving it three of the top four spots – House is the first “serious” show that makes an appearance on this list. Generally, the most-liked TV shows are comedies – Two and a Half Men and Mr. Bean also make appearances in the top 10 – but House has enjoyed a rare social media popularity among television dramas.