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Gogglebox: Watching me, watching you

The Dalton family in a scene from Gogglebox.
The Dalton family in a scene from Gogglebox. Photo Channel

THE concept of Gogglebox sounds silly at first.

You watch people on TV as they watch TV shows.

The show centres around what shows make ordinary Aussies "laugh, get angry and cry".

In the age of social media and selfies, this is voyeurism taken to a whole new level. But Gogglebox is so watchable.

This week's debut of Gogglebox Australia, on Foxtel and Channel 10, featured the cast - a mix of families, couples and friends - watching and commenting on shows including Shark Tank Australia, My Kitchen Rules and one of my personal favourites: Selling Houses Australia.

Sure, these people know they're being taped for a TV show, but the fly-on-the-wall filming style makes the conversations and reactions feel natural and genuine.

Everyone sings along with the MKR theme and just like at my house, Texan Robert is a big talking point. So is Manu Feildel's irresistible French accent.

These people say what I often think and do what I often do, whether it's passing judgment on a person's outfit or grabbing something from the fridge because it's nearly impossible to watch a cooking show without food in front of you or doing that "I've got to pee" dance as you wait for the next ad break.

The other key to the show's appeal is its timeliness. These are the shows and events many of us have been talking about at home and work for the past week.

And that's what good TV is at the end of the day: a talking point. Entertainment is supposed to spark conversation and debate, rather than act as a substitute for domestic interaction.

This is guilty pleasure viewing, but I have to say I feel like I've lost less brain cells watching Gogglebox than Big Brother.

We love watching people like us, who think like us and say the things we say while parked in front of the small screen.

We're all armchair experts, after all, aren't we?

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