The Favorite TV Shows of World Leaders [WATCH VIDEO]

By Rachel Cruz | 4 years ago
The Favorite TV Shows of World Leaders [WATCH VIDEO]
President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office with Russian President Vladimir Putin about the situation in Ukraine. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Television these days has been delivering superior quality programming that even the world’s top leaders admit to having a favorite series or two. Can you imagine them watching the same shows as you do? Can you see them cheering for beloved characters and sneering at villains? What are some of the favorite TV programs do these world leaders watch? Find out more by reading below.

We know that America’s Obamas are big TV fans. One of the daughters, Sasha, visited the set of “Pretty Little Liars,” while Malia worked on “Extant” for a week. President Barack Obama has also admitted to loving “Homeland” and “House of Cards” — shows that are right up his alley. During a state dinner at the White House in February 2014, Obama boldly asked the chief executive of HBO for advance copies of “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective.” But the president is most hooked on “Sportscenter” on ESPN.

In an exclusive interview  with Barry O’ Farrel, Australia’s Tony Abbot said that he follows “Downton Abbey” closely and names the “Dowager Duchess” as his favorite character. The prime minister is, of course, referring to Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess on the show.

Australia’s prime minister before Tony Abbot, Julia Gillard, has once alluded to her time as a public servant to being in “Game of Thrones.”

“I first felt the addictive power of Game of Thrones when I was prime minister, living in a world where power was also pursued relentlessly, albeit far less colourfully. Certainly the characters of my world were nowhere near as good looking or exotically dressed,” said Gillard, as published on Independent. She also cited that her favorite character is none other than the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.

The Queen and Prince Philip, who visited the set of the “Game of Thrones” in Ireland last June, are more thrilled about watching popular British series like “Coronation Street” and “Doctor Who,” according to Radio Times.  The royals are also big antique collectors, thus appearing on “Antiques Roadshow” was really one for the books. The younger royals, William and Kate, meanwhile, are “massive” junkies of the talent contest “The X Factor,” so says a report from Mirror.

In 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada was guest on the top-rating “Murdoch Mysteries” series, playing the role of a police constable. Harper considers the show his favorite among what’s on TV today. You can watch a clip of Harper’s cameo in the video below.

These world leaders are pretty much like everyone else when it comes to their TV favorites. Doesn’t it amuse you to know that they also watch TV like regular people?

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Rachel will watch any TV show once to see if it's worth following. She watches 55 to 60 American, British and Canadian TV shows on any regular week. Glued to TV, she has not seen the world outside in a while. :P