Gogglebox does a great job at highlighting little known shows, and even making us rethink some shows we thought we knew. It’s fun to hear what we’re thinking, and sometimes profound.
But does it have a predilection for Reality shows at the expense of other genres?
With two episodes this year it has featured Reno Rumble, My Kitchen Rules, Married at First Sight, Long Lost Family, plus Territory Cops, Keeping Australia Alive and international shows American Idol, I Am Cait, The Secret Life of 6 Year Olds and The Story of God. But no Aussie drama.
TV historian Andrew Mercado told TV Tonight, “The most recent episode of Gogglebox looked at five reality shows – but ignored Neighbours’ ‘Biggest Ever Week’ which almost doubled its ratings with a special one hour episode. Surely this was worth a look at the expense of one of those reality shows?
“Aussie drama is constantly being overlooked on Gogglebox – there has been no mention of Janet King on ABC this year and I’m pretty sure they have never covered Home & Away.”
Last season the show did feature Foxtel’s own A Place to Call Home, TEN’s Mary: The Making of a Princess and Nine’s House Husbands.
But local drama does seem to be pretty low on the priority list compared to overt Reality.
“On Gogglebox UK, they always follow the hottest British drama of the week. It was their constant weekly updates on the twists and turns of the BBC’s Doctor Foster that alerted me to the fact that it was clearly one of the most griping dramas of 2015 – and it was!” said Mercado.