2011's most tweetable TV
December 30th, 2011
09:36 AM ET

2011's most tweetable TV

This was the year that TV and Twitter truly joined forces.

Hashtags could be seen during shows like "Glee," "Fringe" and "The Voice," and CBS, Fox and USA were among the networks where actors live-tweeted while episodes aired.

One doesn't just watch TV or DVR their favorite shows anymore. They interact about what they're viewing on social media (and encouraging live tweeting certainly doesn't hurt ratings).

Let's take a look at the shows and moments that set Twitter on fire this year:


The combination of mystery, soap and a young cast on ABC Family's runaway hit, "Pretty Little Liars," is tailor-made for Twitter.

Even the social network itself had to acknowledge its social media dominance this year, giving it the top spot on its list of hot TV topics. Moments like Hanna's inadvertent shower scene with Caleb got the Twittersphere going.


The No. 2 show on Twitter's official "year in review" list seems like a no-brainer, since two of the most popular celebrities on Twitter were at the center of "Two and a Half Men's" roller coaster of a year.

@aplusk may have taken a respite from tweeting (okay, actually not for long), and people may not hang on to @charliesheen's every word anymore, but when their show was the talk of Tinseltown, it was also the talk of Twitter.


For each Sunday night during the spring when HBO's first season of "Game of Thrones" was airing, it was impossible not to see the tweets flying around, fast and furious.

The oft-repeated phrase, "Winter is coming" was popular, though the simple #got or #gameofthrones were also widespread. Look for Twitter to explode again with season 2 in April 2012.


"Parks and Recreation" was the inspiration for plenty of hashtags, thanks to its hilarious script. None were more memorable than Tom and Donna's "Treat Yourself 2011."

Once the two started listing all the ways they planned to treat themselves that day ("fragrances, mimosas, fine leather goods"), it was understandably tempting to tweet #treatyourself at the end of just about anything you wanted to recommend others check out or do. And people did just that.


Comedy Central highly encouraged tweeting during its roast of Donald Trump back in March, and it really paid off.

Not only were the ratings (as Trump would say) huge, but the tweets about the show were off the chart (one has to wonder at what point in that chart did The Situation's roasting attempt bomb in front of the audience?).


At various times during Steve Carell's final weeks on "The Office," his character Michael Scott - and his alter ego, agent Michael Scarn - trended on Twitter.

From his touching proposal to Holly, to his final goodbye to Dunder-Mifflin, Twitter was with him all the way.


Between tweets from the coaches, tweets from the contestants, and even tweets from its (soon-to-be-ex) social media correspondent, Alison Haislip, it was almost difficult to watch "The Voice" without checking Twitter. Many of the aforementioned tweets were shown on air, another bonus.


When AMC's season finale of "The Killing" failed to wrap up its central murder mystery in a tidy bow, many fans revolted on Twitter.

Even our own Anderson Cooper responded, tweeting, "That was the finale?!"

(A producer responded, "We never said you'll get closure at the end of season 1. We said from the very beginning this is the anti-cop cop show.")


This reference to an episode parodying NBC's shortlived show "The Cape" has been used on Twitter during the last few weeks of the year for fans to show support for the network's comedy, "Community." The cult favorite may or may not return to TV during the spring or summer.

Another popular hashtag, #thedarkesttimeline, referred to the very-well received "alternate timelines" episode of the show.

What shows do you think will get fans tweeting in 2012? Let us know in the commments!

soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Roxy

    Do you know this site is suesegtgd by a number of other sites? Nice stuff. Thanks very much!

    February 13, 2012 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. re: six seasons and a movie

    cg... nope, it was about the Cape (of course, there might be another mention about CT). For the Cape reference, do a google search on the term... +community +"six seasons and a movie". There's a youtoob! clip of the scene available.

    December 31, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 31, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. art vandoly

    And Two and Half Men is plain awful to watch. Kutcher should go back to his old Punkd show. Totally non-funny. There, that's my TV tweet for the next year. -Art

    December 30, 2011 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. art vandoly

    Who tweets about TV? Talk about a bunch of losers with no life. -Art

    December 30, 2011 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrisintheQ

    I think NBC's Awake is gonna be huge. It's what I've been waiting for on the edge of my seat for!

    December 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. cg

    Wasn't the #sixseasonsandamovie hastag about Community's comment on Cougar Town and not the Cape?

    December 30, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      It was a reference to both. The first time Abed says six seasons and a movie he is referencing The Cape in the episode, Paradigms of Human Memory. The second reference is in the third season premire in regards to Cougar Town.

      January 1, 2012 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. batchycatchy

    Tweet this. You'll be glad you did:


    December 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. RS

    Wow, so no one really tweeted about True Blood or The Walking Dead ? Those are my top fav shows on tv right now, and not once did it make the list. I guess April Moreno & I are the only ones here so far that are huge into True Blood. This season alone has been very intriguing. Not like the others weren't. And with The Walking Dead, a lot of us had been twittering about whether or not they'll finally find Sophia. There was also the debate as to whether or not Lori would finally tell Rick that the baby she was carrying may or may not be his. These shows to me are the best shows on tv, and yet they're not on the list. For shame !

    December 30, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. McBMT

    Let's not forget Gene Simmons Family Jewels. Gene and Shannon live tweet during the new episodes during the east and west coast airings. Why was this left off the list?

    December 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JT

    Wow I think I watch a lot of television, but then I read a blog like this and realize that I don't even scratch the surface.

    December 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. April Moreno

    What about True Blood!!! It has everyone on Twitter and Facebook before and after the episodes!!!

    December 30, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @lildetroitmama

    no #TCAP?

    December 30, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. LILKOZ

    I agree with bizle. Why do they have to overlook the WWE? Biased list.

    December 30, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Enceldus

    An old anime movie airing on TV broke Twitter records how could you not mention that?

    December 30, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  16. bizle

    this is absolutely missing a huge one! the WWE has some of the most twitter active fans. something about wwe trends every weekd during their shows. there is no way they missed this list.

    December 30, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Goat Bottom

      Makes sense... WWE fans are idiots, and most people on twitter are idiots.

      January 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Karthic

    Hai da

    December 30, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |

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