Googling "Orphan Black" = "Firefly" Description

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FYI when I google "Orphan Black" it gives a description of "Firefly". The link still brings me to the "Orphan Black" page but on the google page it gives a description of Firefly under Orphan Black.
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I see what you are talking about. When I do a Google search for "Orphan Black", the following is the second search result:

Orphan Black (TV Series 2013– ) - IMDb‎ Internet Movie Database 
Rating: 8.4/10 - ‎15,480 votes
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring ...
Episodes - ‎Full Cast & Crew - ‎Sarah Manning - ‎User Reviews
The "Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew ..." plot description is the plot of "Firefly", not of "Orphan Black".

But this is a Google error, not an IMDb error. The correct plot description appears on IMDb's own "Orphan Black" page. ("A streetwise hustler is pulled into a compelling conspiracy after witnessing the suicide of a girl who looks just like her.")

You may want to try using the "Send feedback" link near the bottom of the Google search result page to notify Google about this.
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I noticed the same problem. This is happening with multiple titles. I noticed this when I searched for "Thelma and Louise". It also happens with "Gravity".

This could actually be an IMDB problem and not a Google problem. IMDB should be supplying the right metadata to Google so that Google knows what to display in the search results. This can be fixed, or at least improved for as many films as possible, by optimizing the HTML code in the IMDB page to be read by Google's algorithm.

What's happening is that Google is taking the description from one of the movie suggestions under "People who liked this also liked..." and displaying that description in search results. Google's algorithm is just guessing which text should be used as the page description.

I'm not sure why it's happening with some films and not others; it might have to do with the keywords in the description of the related movie--maybe Google thinks the related movie's description is more relevant because of its wording.

It should be possible to optimize the HTML to influence which description Google displays, minimizing these mistakes, even if there's still a small probability that this occurs from time to time.