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We have a tendency to fib about what we've watched, just to fit in, according to a new survey. Did you ever say you'd seen something when you hadn't. The Wire? Homeland? Downton Abbey? Tell us your guilty secrets

In this golden age of television, the shows we watch are no longer merely shows. Theyre status symbols to be deployed whenever we want to impress or intimidate our fellow viewers. Weve all felt the sneering condescension from people who got into Breaking Bad when it first aired, or the haughty disdain of someone who really wants to discuss the mid-series machinations of Masters of Sex but cant. And its awkward.

There they are, animatedly prattling on about what the shadowy elk thing from Hannibal symbolises, and youre stuck there waiting for the conversation to turn to Michael Underwoods Let Me Entertain You so that you can tell everyone how funny »

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