Before I start this post, credit must first go to @harrisonjbrock on Twitter, whose post I saw and loved so much I decided to recreate it, but obviously using my own rankings!
You can see the original post here: https://twitter.com/harrisonjbrock/status/1245006249126760448
So, here’s the premise. This is my list of Gogglebox families past and present, ranked from 20 to 1. Obviously there are more than 20 families who have made an appearance so apologies if your favourite has been missed off the list, but these are the ones who made my cut and the reasons why.
20. Bill and Josef
I have a soft spot for these two, even though their appearances are fleeting. The artwork in the background is always an interesting talking point too!
19. Stephen and Chris
Ok, so there’s a disclaimer with this selection. As much as I’m a fan of Stephen’s new husband Daniel, I feel like Stephen tries harder to be controversial in the more recent series and was more natural when he was with Chris, hence my choice. Used to love the dynamic between these two.
18. The Tappers (Jonothan, Nikki, Josh and Amy)
In fairness, this family makes the cut due to mum Nikki. Her reaction to things was often hilarious. Amy and her sulks, on the other hand, were often irritating!
17. The Woerdenwebers (Ralf, Viv, Evie and ‘silent’ Jay)
It was the talk of the series for ages…would Jay ever speak? It almost broke the internet when he finally commented while the family were watching the X Factor final in 2014. But it was Ralf’s quips and coarse language that made the family a firm favourite with viewers.
16. Linda, Pete and George
Again, the dynamic between these three was brilliant and their over-the-top reactions to what they were watching was often hysterical. That, coupled with Linda’s random quotes that left the other two baffled, means they remain a Gogglebox institution.
15. Kate and Graham Bottley
There’s an argument to say this shouldn’t have worked. As a reverend, Kate could easily have remained cautious about sharing her views but, in fact, was a breath of fresh air. The moments with their dog Buster often added extra comedy moments and the customary cup of tea became legendary.
14. Pete and Sophie
It may be a surprise to see these two so far down the list but I think they’re a bit like Marmite. They’ve got a great bond but sometimes Pete can push the boundaries too far and be slightly too judgemental for them to place any higher for me.
13. The Plummers (Tremaine, Twaine and Tristan)
I love the interactions between these three and the way they wind each other up. Their shocked reactions to things often have me laughing out loud. They are pretty easy on the eye too!
12. Amira and Amani
The reactions from these two are pure comedy gold! They have such a good rapport with each other and I love how honest they are considering their age.
11. Ellie and Izzi
I have to confess to taking a while to warm to these two. The constant ‘I know’s’ in that Leeds accent used to grate on me, but over time, I grew to find them both quite endearing and tuned into their humour to the point where their comments now often make me chuckle out loud.
10. The Moffatts ( Mark, Betty and Scarlett)
There’s a reason Scarlett Moffatt shot to fame after her Gogglebox appearances. Endearing, funny and sharp-witted, her interactions with parents Mark and Betty were often a Gogglebox highlight.
9. Mary and Marina
The best friends from Bristol have rapidly become firm Gogglebox favourites. Not afraid to discuss the controversial and often frank and open with each other where others might be too shy! Always raise a chuckle.
8. Dave and Shirley
It could well be the Welsh connection that places these two so highly but I have to confess to loving the interaction between them. They remind me somewhat of another couple yet to be mentioned in this list who have that undeniable bond that makes their relationship special.
7. Sandra and Sandy
Well, what can you say about these two? Comedy gold on a weekly basis! Their reactions and comments were often priceless and that’s before you add in the quirks like the Pot Noodle drinking vessels! Sorely missed!
6. The Malones (and Dave the dog)
Perhaps initially more talked about for their array of snacks on the coffee table each week, the Malones have become a firm favourite with viewers. Mum Julie is probably the star of the show, although canine Dave comes a close second!
5. Steph and Dom
It’s no surprise that the popularity of this couple led to further TV projects. They became renowned for liking a tipple or two during recording but it was their clear love for each other than endeared them to the nation’s hearts. Cin cin!
4. Jenny and Lee
Arguably one of the best friendships on TV! The banter between these two is second to none and there are no holds barred! The facial expressions between them at times is hysterical and they’re a pairing I look forward to seeing each week.
3. Giles and Mary
Apart from having total house envy every time they show that shot of their thatched roof, I honestly can’t speak highly enough of these two. I love how disdainful Mary is at times of Giles’ waffling and I equally adore his dry humour that knows exactly how to push her buttons to get a reaction. The perfect pairing!
2. The Siddiquis
This family provide the ultimate ‘pick-me-up’ every single week without fail! Brilliant dynamics, such dry humour and a quick wit to comment poignantly on the week’s events. Gogglebox wouldn’t be the same without them!
- Leon and June
It’s fair to say this couple holds a special place in the heart of any Gogglebox viewer. The love between them was evident for all to see. Leon delighted in any opportunity to embarrass June as much as she took any chance to reprimand Leon for any indiscretions (of which there were plenty!). Their presence on screen was less about their review of television than a glimpse into their life together and their obvious connection which was utterly endearing. It shook the nation when Leon passed away in December 2017 but their legacy lives on. True Gogglebox royalty and thoroughly deserving of the top spot.
I welcome your comments and would love to hear your lists!