The 10 Most Iconic TV Couches Ever
Revisit some of the small screen's most popular pieces as we gear up for The People's Couch.
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The People's Couch kicks off Sunday night at 11:30 ET/PT on Bravo. Based on the U.K.'s popular show Gogglebox, our new social series shows Americans as they watch some of TV's most OMG moments. As we gear up for the premiere, we've ranked some of the most iconic couches in TV history, from the famous (the Simpsons! Married with Children!) to the infamous (no list wouldn't be complete without Tom Cruise on Oprah).
This couch was so famous it had a starring role in every show opening, where Matt Groenig's varying set-ups with the family were some of the show's highlights. In fact, the couch gag initially had a technical purpose: it was used as time filler depending on the episode's length. So when an episode was running too long, the couch scenario ended quickly and vice versa.
Married with Children
After a long day selling women's shoes, Al Bundy's favorite activity was lounging on his '70s-style couch. One of the show's most memorable episodes happened when his daughter Kelly had a date who accidentally destroyed the piece of furniture, sending her on a wild goose chase to find a replacement.
The al fresco location made this an essential place to wheel and deal for D'Angelo Barksdale and his posse. Fun fact: when HBO picked up the series, the set designer had to find a replacement for the sofa he found in a dumpster—it turned out to be a $5,000 investment.
The ladies' lounger was such a staple in their home that after the show ended, it went up for auction.
The Cosby Show
The Huxtable's sofa was one of the classiest ones on television. It even featured in one memorable plot when Clair wanted to give it to her daughter Sondra and son-in-law Elvin. Though Cliff found out, he agreed it was time to say goodbye—on the condition that he could bid a proper farewell to his favorite living room piece.
Tom Cruise's Appearance on Oprah
Talk shows were never the same after Tom Cruise bizarrely jumped up-and-down on the sofa while confessing his love for Katie Holmes.
After the show wrapped, set decorator Greg Gande estimated the Central Perk couch was estimated to fetch between $4,000 and $6,000 at auction.
Who can forget Poppie peeing all over Jerry's new white sofa?
The Baberaham Lincoln of furniture: Wayne and Garth's dingy piece almost acted as their news desk when they broadcast their cable access show from Wayne's basement.
Sure, the couch was the centerpiece of many episodes of Roseanne Barr's groundbreaking sitcom. But the crocheted blanket was the real eye-catcher. Rumor has it that the throw was often stolen off the set and had to keep being remade until it was eventually stitched permanently to the couch.
What are your picks for most iconic TV couches? Tell us in the comments and tune in to the People's Couch on Sunday at 11:30 ET/PT.