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Finder-Spyder is a fictional brand of Web search engine that has appeared in numerous unaffiliated television shows, used in the same manner as the fictitious 555 telephone number in TV and film.[1] It has had various graphic design incarnations, including appearances with a similarity to Google.[1] In addition to search engines for Web, images, news, forums, and blogs, Finder-Spyder offers Phone Trace, a for-a-fee reverse phone number lookup tool.[2]

Due to its significant use in a number of TV series, Finder-Spyder has been called "an unofficial, open source stand-in for Google and its competitors," used when access to a brand-name product is for whatever reason unavailable.[1] Finder-Spyder is a regular top 10 pick in "best fictional brand" lists by various online media, along with Oceanic Airlines, Morley cigarettes, Acme Corporation, and others.[3][4][5]

List of TV appearances[edit]

  • Bones: "The Geek in the Guck" (s10e04)
  • Breaking Bad: "Cat's in the Bag..." (s01e02)
  • Criminal Minds: "Pleasure Is My Business" (s04E16); "Hopeless" (s05e04); "Cradle to Grave" (s05e05); "100" (s05e09)
  • Crossing Jordan: "Hubris" (s06e07)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: "Time of Your Death" (s06E22); "Meet Market" (s07e014)
  • Dexter
  • The Finder: "Eye of the Storm" (s01e07)
  • Heroes: "Hysterical Blindness" (s04e05)
  • Hidden Palms: "Party Hardy" (s01e03)
  • Homeland: "Grace" (s01e03)
  • Hung: Pilot (s01e01)
  • Journeyman: "A Love of a Lifetime" (pilot) (s01E01); "Friendly Skies" (s01e02); "The Year of the Rabbit" (S01E04); "The Legend of Dylan McCleen" (S01e05)
  • Moonlight (TV series): "12:04 AM" (s01e08)
  • Prison Break: Pilot (s01E01); "J-Cat" (S01E17); "Unearthed" (S02E09); "Dirt Nap" (S03E10); "Safe and Sound" (S04E05); "The Legend" (S04e10)
  • Touch: "Safety in Numbers" (s01e03); "Eye to Eye" (s02e05); "Clockwork" (s02e09)
  • Weeds: "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (s05e07)
  • Without a Trace: "Baggage" (s06e04); "Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg" (s07e10)
  • The X-Files

In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Jay Garmon (16 Mar 2009). "Geek Trivia: Search party of the second part". TechRepublic (CBS Interactive). Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Cat's in the Bag...". Breaking Bad. Season 1. 27 Jan 2008. AMC Networks. The wife of lead character, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), uses Finder SPYder's Phone Trace reverse phone number lookup tool to find out who was behind a suspicious call to her husband. Whether she used the 30-day free trial is unclear. Note the espionage-friendly capitalization of "SPY."
  3. ^ "Top 10 Fictional Brands from Movies and TV". 12 Aug 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Best ‘fake’ brands in film and TV". 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Stacy Conradt (3 Mar 2009). "The Quick 10: 10 Fake Brands Used by the Entertainment Industry". Mental Floss. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Items are available from RealSlickTees,, Amazon, and elsewhere.