Series: Gogglebox

Josh Tapper: "Do you think these presenters actually know loads or do they just get told what to say?"

Mystery Science Theater 3000, without the robots for British television... and with the camera facing the other way. This is a rather crude summary of what can be a crude show... but it's certainly a very funny one.

Airing on Channel 4 since March 2013, Gogglebox involves a batch of 'ordinary' (some have appeared on TV previously) people reacting to some of the television 'highlights' of the week... which frequently means ripping them to shreds. The show does have a slight Channel 4 bias (though those shows get criticised too), but most major channels get covered. In addition, there is always a bit on current affairs.

The cast includes:
  • Leon and June Bernicoff: A pair of retired teachers from Liverpool.
  • Steph and Dom Parker: Owners of a high-end B&B.
  • Sandy and Sandra: Two black South Londoners.
  • The Siddiqui family: A father and two sons from Derby.
  • The Woerdenwebers: A German man, his wife, their daughter and her silent boyfriend Jay.
  • The Tappers: A North London family with two whiny teenagers.


Contains examples of:

  • Camp Gay: Chris and Stephen.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Sandra.
  • Deadpan Snarker: All the viewers have moments of this. The Parkers do it more-so.
  • Dirty Old Man: Leon, who makes comments about being only interested in the young attractive women on TV, says to his wife to "show us yer knicks!", and gets really smug about sex scenes in movies and tells his wife that he wants to act it out with her when the program's over. His kids must be cringing!
  • The Ditz: Scarlett on Alex Salmond, leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party:
    "He's not going to get that many votes, is he, 'cos he's limiting himself, calling himself the Scotland Party - 'cos only Scottish people are going to vote for him."
  • Informed Judaism: The Tapper family are seen in episodes lighting the menorah and talking about the Torah. The narrator mentions at one point that they spent 25 hours fasting for Yom Kippur.
    • Leon claims that Jewish men are more attractive to his wife, which is why she married him.
  • Remake: The rights have been sold to China, Ukraine and the US, the last one making the show as The People's Couch.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Sandy and Sandra.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: The Parkers, who drink wine every time they're on screen and swear constantly.
  • The Vicar: Kate.
  • The Voiceless: Jay, who never says anything... and is studying for an NVQ in Customer Services.
  • Too Much Information: Sometimes we get this on sex discussions.
    • One incident had a mother tell her half-Turkish children that she's had a lot of Greek inside her, leaving them both with open mouths.
    • The mother of the Tappers watching a romantic movie with her family, and begs her husband to be as romantic as the characters, making her husband say "Let's go upstairs and be romantic," making the children cringe and beat him with cushions and the mother stating that it's not romantic.

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