Kitchens are often considered the heart of the home, where families and friends congregate together. But, our sofas are the place we spend a lot of free time; watching TV, catching up with loved ones and they can see us through many special occasions in our lives. Over the years sofas have become an inaugural part of sitcoms and shows, and we’ve rounded up some of the most famous sofas and chairs in television, which have gone on to become iconic pieces in popular culture.
The Royle Family
One of Britain’s best love sitcoms, The Royle Family is known for its dry British humour and throughout the show’s 25 episodes and eight year run; the sofa was the hub of all the action, even inspiring 2008 special ‘The New Sofa.’ The now iconic brown sofa and arm chair has set the scene for many funny conversations and is a staple in each episode, where the family spend time together and discuss what they’ve had for tea that day…
Even after 26 seasons and 16 years on air, The Simpsons still manage to start every episode with the opening credits culminating in a ‘couch gag’ which has now become an integral part of the show. Featuring funny jokes involving the family’s infamous brown sofa, creators are always coming up with quirky and strange jokes. Some of the most notable couch gags include the family coming home to find The Flintstones on the sofa and more recently, Homer falling in love with the sofa before meeting Marge.
Since premiering on Channel 4 in 2000, Big Brother went on to become one of the most popular and talked about reality TV shows, spurning spin offs around the globe. Initially dubbed as a ‘social experiment,’ the show has become increasingly popular for the drama caused in the house. The oversized, plush diary room chair has become a staple in the show and undergone changes over recent years, but still is the heart of the house where housemates tell all.
Think of Friends and you instantly remember the iconic orange mohair sofa found in Central Perk, where the gang gather to spend time together and share funny moments. The sofa has set the scene for many integral plot lines and was featured in almost every episode of the show’s ten seasons. But, the Central Perk sofa isn’t the only piece of furniture that comes to mind… Joey’s La-Z-Boy reclining chair and a hilarious moment involving Ross and a saw, when he is struggling to fit a new couch into his apartment, deciding it would be easier to cut it in half first.
Running for over 17 years from 1993 to 2010, GMTV started the day for many of us here in Britain with thousands of guests gracing the red sofa. Fronted by Eamonn Holmes and Anne Davies, the famous breakfast show was a mixture of news, features and entertainment. Although presenters may have changed over the years, one thing that always stayed the same was the show’s large red sofa, with some of the world’s biggest stars, even the Prime Minister gracing its seats.