The greatest TV family of all time has been named - and you might be in for a surprise

A nationwide study has found the animated stars of the iconic American series, The Simpsons, created by Matt Groening in 1989, are our favourite TV family.

Wednesday, 8th July 2020, 4:45 pm

In fact, over a third (34 per cent) of respondents named the heart-warming, if rather dysfunctional family from Springfield as their most loved on the box.

In second place came the Trotters from Only Fools and Horses (28 per cent), with The Royle Family coming in joint third place with The Adams’s Family and The Flintstones.

The Griffins clan from Family Guy (21 per cent) and the Shipmans from Gavin and Stacey (18 per cent) followed in fourth and fifth.

The greatest TV family of all time has been named - and it might not be which you would expect

Also making an impact on our screens are the families of Gogglebox, with the Moffats (16 per cent), the Malones (15 per cent), the Siddiquis (14 per cent) and the Warners (11 percent) from the British sofa show making the list.

The Goodman family, stars of British sitcom Friday Night Dinner, starring Tamsin Greig and Inbetweeners star Simon Bird, received 15 percent of the vote, beating arguably the most glamorous TV family of all time, the Kardashians.

The study, by Freeview, also revealed that family TV time is BACK, as British broods are now watching a whopping 18 hours of TV together every week - four hours more than before lockdown.

In fact, more than HALF (57 per cent) of Brits said watching TV as a family had been a bonding experience, bringing them closer together.

Comedy is the most popular genre to co-view, with nearly two thirds saying this is their favourite choice for family viewing (62 per cent), followed by documentaries (42 per cent) and adventure (40 per cent).

Relationship and Behavioural Psychologist Jo Hemmings, who was involved in the study said: “Families can bond over their feelings towards fictional characters, situations and plots and chat about them in the same way that they might talk about real life events and friends.

“We get emotionally attached to characters in TV series and we want to see them continue – or conversely gotten rid of – one of the reasons why voting apps, which create an interactive voting process for many reality TV series, have become so popular. It makes us feel as if we have some influence over what happens.”

Owen Jenkinson, Marketing Director at Freeview, said: “It is great to see how many families are coming together to watch TV, and that this time is seen by so many as a chance to bring the family unit closer together and help them escape from their day to day worries.”

For 45 percent of the nation’s families, TV has helped them feel connected to the rest of the world throughout lockdown, with one quarter (26 per cent) claiming that watching TV with their family helps them escape life’s anxieties.

The study found that, when it comes to how a typical UK family chooses what to watch on the box, 38 per cent will browse together, 30 per cent say the parents decide, while 23 percent of families let the kids control the remote.

Although 13 per cent admit their family often has disagreements about what to watch on TV, 18 per cent say they’ve managed to find a good way to compromise on what to enjoy together.

And one in ten (11 per cent) resort to a good old-fashioned family vote to help settle the debate.

THE NATION’S FAVOURITE TV FAMILIES

The Simpsons

The Trotters (Only Fools and Horses)

The Royle Family

The Addams Family

The Flintstones

The Griffins (Family Guy)

The Shipmans (Gavin and Stacey)

The Moffats (Googlebox)

The Malones (Gogglebox)

The Goodmans (Friday Night Dinner)

The Starks

The Siddiquis (Gogglebox)

The Khans

The Wests (Gavin and Stacey)

The Kardashians

The Osbournes

Ellie and Izzi Warner (Gogglebox)

The Goldbergs

The Platt’s (Coronation Street)

The Harper’s (My Family)