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6 iconic TV moments we wish the Goggleboxers had witnessed

From the Royal Wedding, to the Friends finale and the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony, here are a few TV moments we wish the Goggleboxers had experienced.

Season 6 of Gogglebox is just around the corner, and we can't wait to see what outrageous, memorable, and moving TV moments will unfurl this time around. 

To date, the cast has watched, discussed, deliberated, reviewed, and reacted to everything from Game of Thrones to The Real Housewives of Sydney. There was even the time the Goggleboxers watched rather obscure reality show Chris Humphrey's Animal Instinct

However, there are so many historic TV shows and earth-shattering broadcasts we wish were captured in a Gogglebox moment. Productions that changed our lives, live telecasts that gripped the entire nation, or moments that shifted the power of TV forevermore. 

So, in anticipation of season 6 of Gogglebox, here is a mixed bag of six of our favourite unforgettable or ridiculous TV minutes we wish the Goggleboxers had seen.  

Gogglebox season 6 premieres on Lifestyle on Wednesday 4 October at 7.30pm.

The Sydney 2000 Olympics Opening Ceremony

Aside from the moment Australia was picked as host of the 2000 Olympics Games, few local television moments have been as iconic as the Sydney 2000 Opening Ceremony broadcast. There was tiny Nikki Webster soaring across the stadium, swathes of giant fluorescent jellyfish, and a football field full of exotic costumes to sum up all the colours of our great nation. 

It was simply a breathtaking spectacle to behold - even if you were watching from the couch at home. Re watch the official Olympic Committee version here

 

The Friends Finale

Few sitcoms have had the global impact that Friends did throughout the 90s. While there’s been many life changing TV series across the years (Seinfeld, Twin Peaks, The Simpsons, and The Office, depending on your taste) Friends' influence was felt in so many ways. Rachel’s haircut, the theme song, the celebrity cameos, the relationship swerves and tumbles, the iconic but unrealistic New York City loft apartment, and the endless relatable quirks of life in your 20s made it an unmissable show to watch.

The show kicked off in September 1994, and ten seasons later in 2004, the cast of six finally returned the keys to that apartment and took their final bow.

 

Merlin’s Big Brother eviction protest

In 2004, Big Brother contestant Merlin Luck decided to use his live eviction interview to protest about Australia’s devastating refugee crisis.  He taped his mouth in black tape, and held up a sign saying ‘Free the Refugees’.

During the broadcast, host Gretel Killeen admitted it was “a good opportunity to express the message” however, Merlin was eventually marched off stage. He’s recently revealed the protest was also a statement on reality TV and mainstream media, and on calling out what's truly important. 

 

William and Kate's Royal Wedding

Whether or not you think the Royals are still relevant in today’s world – who doesn’t love the spectacle of a Royal Wedding? Millions and millions of people around the world tuned in for the first display of traditional English royal romance since Charles and Princess Di in 1981. 

 

 Australia's Next Top Model announces the wrong winner

Australia’s Next Top Model’s former host Sarah Murdoch happily announced during the show’s live finale that Kelsey Martinovich was the winner of the 2010 season six series. Kelsey made a little acceptance speech, and supposed runner-up Amanda Ware graciously wished her the best.

Then, in what may be one of the country’s greatest live TV blunders, Sarah apologetically announced she’d called the wrong winner and had been sent the wrong cue. “This is what happens when you have live TV folks,” she said.

 

Big and Carrie's happily ever after

Sex and the City was a pretty unconventional romantic comedy, but after 6 seasons we couldn't help but feel that its more conventional romantic ending on a bridge in Paris was pretty much perfection. 

 

Gogglebox season 6 premieres on Lifestyle on Wednesday 4 October at 7.30pm.

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