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Finder-Spyder is a fictional brand of Web search engine that appears in numerous, otherwise unaffiliated television shows, used in the same manner as the fictitious 555 telephone number in TV and film.[1][2] Its graphic appearance varies, at times bearing a similarity to Google.[1] It has been called "an unofficial, open source stand-in for Google and its competitors" (used as a legality-free alternative to a brand-name product),[1] and "the most popular search engine in the TV universe."[3] 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.[4][5][6]

Finder-Spyder offers search engines for Web, images, news, forums, and blogs, also, Phone Trace, a for-a-fee reverse phone number lookup tool.[7]

List of TV appearances[edit]

For TV series, notation is (season# x episode#).

  • Bones: In "The Geek in the Guck" (10x04), appearing as SpyderFinder, "The Best Search Engine on the Web," used by teenage boys in search of porn.
  • Breaking Bad: "Cat's in the Bag..." (01x02)
  • Criminal Minds: "Pleasure Is My Business" (04x16); "Hopeless" (04x15); "Zoe's Reprise" (05x04); "Cradle to Grave" (05x05); "100" (05x09)
  • Crossing Jordan: "Hubris" (06x07)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: "Time of Your Death" (06x22); "Meet Market" (07x014)
  • Dexter[example needed]
  • The Finder: "Eye of the Storm" (01x07)
  • Heroes: "Hysterical Blindness" (04x05)
  • Hidden Palms: "Party Hardy" (01x03)
  • Homeland: "Grace" (01x03)
  • Hung: Pilot (01x01)
  • Journeyman: "A Love of a Lifetime" (pilot) (01x01); "Friendly Skies" (01x02); "The Year of the Rabbit" (01x04); "The Legend of Dylan McCleen" (01x05)
  • Moonlight (TV series): "12:04 AM" (01x08)
  • Prison Break: Pilot (01x01); "J-Cat" (01x17); "Unearthed" (02x09); "Dirt Nap" (03x10); "Safe and Sound" (04x05); "The Legend" (04x10)
  • Touch: "Safety in Numbers" (01x03); "Eye to Eye" (02x05); "Clockwork" (02x09)
  • Weeds: "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (05x07)
  • Without a Trace: "Baggage" (06x04); "Cloudy with a Chance of Gettysburg" (07x10)
  • The X-Files[example needed]

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.  (WebCite archive)
  2. ^ "The Search Engine Equivalent Of The 555 Telephone Numbers Seen In Television And Film Is?". How-To Geek. Retrieved 20 July 2015.  (WebCite archive)
  3. ^ Seitz, Dan (11 Dec 2009). "5 Things Hollywood Reuses More Than Plots". Cracked (Demand Media). Retrieved 20 July 2015.  (WebCite archive)
  4. ^ "Top 10 Fictional Brands from Movies and TV". 12 Aug 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Best ‘fake’ brands in film and TV". 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Stacy Conradt (3 Mar 2009). "The Quick 10: 10 Fake Brands Used by the Entertainment Industry". Mental Floss. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "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."
  8. ^ Items are available from RealSlickTees,, Amazon, and elsewhere.