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How we’re huge fans of TV shows we haven’t even seen! 50% of people LIE rather than admit they’ve not seen the latest cult programme

  • Research by Radio Times found that 52 per cent of 1,300 readers had lied 
  • Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad featured as most lied-about
  • Fourteen per cent said they had lied and claimed to have seen Stranger Things 


More than half of Britons would rather lie than admit they haven’t seen the latest Netflix hit, a new survey has revealed.

Research by Radio Times found that 52 per cent of 1,300 readers had lied about having seen a TV series everyone was discussing.

Stranger Things, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Crown and Schitt’s Creek make up the five most lied-about shows, according to The Times.

More than half of Britons would rather lie than admit they haven’t seen the latest Netflix hit, a new survey has revealed. Stranger Things (pictured), Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, The Crown and Schitt’s Creek make up the five most lied-about shows

Game of Thrones was next in the list of the most lied-about series, with 10 per cent of those polled having been dishonest about whether they watch HBO's eight-season long fantasy drama (pictured)

Game of Thrones was next in the list of the most lied-about series, with 10 per cent of those polled having been dishonest about whether they watch HBO’s eight-season long fantasy drama (pictured)

Fourteen per cent said they had claimed to have seen Stranger Things when they actually hadn’t.

The global hit is set to premiere its fourth season next year, and follows a group of young friends in 1980s Indiana as they witness supernatural forces and secret government exploits.

Game of Thrones was next in the list of the most lied-about series, with 10 per cent of those polled having been dishonest about whether they watch HBO’s eight-season long fantasy drama.

Next in line was Breaking Bad, with seven per cent of readers saying they had chatted about the programme despite never having watched it.

Next in line was Breaking Bad (pictured), with seven per cent of readers saying they had chatted about the programme despite never having watched it

Next in line was Breaking Bad (pictured), with seven per cent of readers saying they had chatted about the programme despite never having watched it

Netflix¿s The Crown (pictured), a controversial drama detailing the lives of the royal family, came fourth in the list of lied-about programmes

Netflix’s The Crown (pictured), a controversial drama detailing the lives of the royal family, came fourth in the list of lied-about programmes

Finishing the list was the Emmy award-winning sitcom Schitt's Creek (pictured), which sees the formerly filthy-rich Rose family reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke

Finishing the list was the Emmy award-winning sitcom Schitt’s Creek (pictured), which sees the formerly filthy-rich Rose family reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke

The show, which ran from 2008 to 2013 for five seasons, was voted the third best TV programme of the 21st century in a BBC poll.

Top five most lied-about series 

  1. Stranger Things
  2. Game of Thrones
  3. Breaking Bad
  4. The Crown
  5. Schitt’s Creek

Netflix’s The Crown, a controversial drama detailing the lives of the royal family, came fourth in the list of lied-about programmes.

Finishing the list was the Emmy award-winning sitcom Schitt’s Creek, which sees the formerly filthy-rich Rose family reduced to living in a ramshackle motel in a town they once bought as a joke.

Tim Glanfield, RadioTimes.com’s editorial director, said: ‘From the water cooler at work to dinner parties and pub tables up and down the land, the latest and the greatest shows often dominate conversation.

‘Our survey illustrates just how much we love talking about TV. 

‘However, it’s a surprise to see just how many of us are not completely honest about what we’ve seen.

With so much choice in a truly golden age of TV it’s almost impossible to see everything, so don’t be afraid to admit you’ve never tuned in.’

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