The Most Popular LGBTQ+ TV Show in Every State

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Title graphic of “The Most Popular LGBTQ+ TV Show in Every State”

Following a groundbreaking year for LGBTQ+ representation on television, it’s no surprise that Google searches for LGBTQ+ shows are at an all-time high. In fact, according to GLAAD’s annual “Where We Are on TV” report, there are more LGBTQ+ characters on TV and streaming services than ever before! Viral shows like “Pose,” “Sex Education,” “Batwoman,” and “Euphoria” not only represent the LGBTQ+ community but feature them as main protagonists with diverse, nuanced, and in-depth stories. We sought to find out which LGBTQ+ show is most popular in each state. Read on to see what we found!

Each State’s Most Googled LGBTQ+ Show

a U.S. map plotting the most popular LGBTQ+ show in every state

If you’ve already seen Javicia Leslie’s incredible performance as the first-ever Black, bisexual “Batwoman,” you won’t be surprised to learn that the show is the most Googled in six states. Leslie worked closely with the show’s creators to develop a character that has gained strength from past traumas (including bullying, homelessness, foster care, and incarceration) to become the powerful hero Gotham needs. 

The new Amazon Prime hit series “A League of Their Own” is also a huge favorite, according to Google searches, taking the top spot in three states. The show features a diverse ensemble cast of brilliant queer actors, including co-creator Abbi Jacobson (Carson) and Chanté Adams (Max). Not only does “A League of Their Own” center around a lesbian love story and shine a light on the experiences of trans and non-binary people, but it also tackles complex topics like sexism, racism, and homophobia in professional sports.

The Most Popular LGBTQ+ TV Shows Overall

  • Euphoria – 13 states
  • Batwoman – 6 states
  • Orange Is the New Black – 5 states
  • A League of Their Own – 3 states
  • Glee – 3 states

As the most popular LGBTQ+ show in the country, “Euphoria” is the most searched title in a whopping 13 states! The show is often praised for its unflinching portrayal of addiction, mental health, and friendship. Starring Zendaya, an executive producer, “Euphoria” features an unbelievably talented young cast that includes trans actor Hunter Schafer, as well as openly gay actors, including Barbie Ferreira and Coleman Domingo. The first season took home an impressive three Golden Globes (out of six nominations), and after nine Emmys and no less than 25 Emmy nominations, it’s safe to say “Euphoria” is a pop culture hit!

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is also a clear favorite, taking the top spot in two states. The reality competition show, which features drag queens from all over the country competing for the title of “America’s Next Drag Superstar,” has been a massive hit since it first aired in 2009. Living legend RuPaul Charles is the most awarded Black artist in Emmy history and took home a seventh Emmy in 2022 for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Competition Program. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is among the most awarded reality shows in history, with a mind-blowing 26 Emmys and 56 nominations.

Closing Thoughts

This study shows the considerable progress made in recent years when it comes to LGBTQ+ representation on TV and streaming services. We’re excited to see how popular these TV shows become nationwide and look forward to seeing even more shows featuring LGBTQ+ protagonists get the green light!


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Methodology

Using Google Trends search data over the past year, we analyzed the search volume of 45 of the most popular LGBTQ+ TV shows from sources including Mashable, ET Online, and Rolling Stone to ultimately determine the most popular LGBTQ+ shows in every state and nationwide. 

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