Terrestrial television in India started as an experimental setup on 15th September, 1959.However, small screen programming began in the early 1980s with Doordarshan being the only national channel but the scenario is quite different now. Indian television now has over 857 channels telecasting thousands of programs in various languages. Television industry in India is progressing fast with time. So, we have this article to present before you the list of Top 10 Indian TV Shows of all time.
Hum Log was the first drama series in Indian subcontinent aired on 7th July, 1984 on Doordarshan. Directed by P. Kumar Vasudev and originally written by
Manohar Shyam Joshi, this show revolved around the story of an Indian ‘middle-class’ family, their daily struggles, and aspirations. The audience could easily relate to the subject of the show and received high critical appreciation. This show did set up a benchmark for the future generations.
Ramanand Sagar, this show is based entirely on the Valmiki’s Ramayana and Tulsidas’ Ramcharitmanas.
Arun Govil was the lead actor playing Rama while his counterpart was
Deepika Chikhalia playing Sita. This show holds the record for World’s most viewed mythological serial and is surely Mr. Sagar’s greatest masterpiece.
Another mythological serial that makes into our list is none other than the Ravi Chopra’s directed serial Mahabharat. This show gave life to the epic written by Veda Vyas and was successful in portraying the mythological characters to utmost perfection. Every show began with a lyrical content from Bhagwat Gita which was followed by a narration about life by Harish Bhimani. About 94 episodes were aired on Indian television and worldwide it received over 5 million audiences.
Dekh Bhai Dekh
A Hindi situational comedy based show that revolved around the life of Diwan family and was one of a kind at that time. Produced by
Jaya Bachchan, this show received an IMDB rating of 8.7 and is one of the best comedy serials of all time.
5. Hum Paanch
This show is also one of the favorite comedy shows of all time. It consisted of two seasons and together it had a total of 303 episodes. The main plot revolves around the life of a middle-class worker Anand Mathur. He had five daughters who in every episode planned out something new and somehow got their father into trouble. This provided a ready new source of humor for its huge audience.
Shaktimaan is possibly one of the most loved Indian superhero series of all time. Created by
Mukesh Khanna this show ran for eight years starting from 1997 to 2005 casting over 520 episodes. In this show, Shaktimaan is regarded as a superhuman that fights for the justice of the deprived. However, Shaktimaan had an alter ego named Pandit Gangadhar Shastri who worked for a newspaper company and was a jocular character in all.
Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai
Created by Hats Off Productions and directed by
Deven Bhojani this show had one of the highest fan followings for an Indian anthology comedy show and had an IMDB rating of 9.2.The prominent star cast of this show was
Ratna Pathak and
Sumeet Raghavan. The non-repetitive nature of the jokes and the highly intelligent punches delivered by the actors was the reason behind its huge success. This show won various television awards and was highly appreciated by the critics.
This crime fiction based suspense show is currently the longest running Indian TV show with over 1398 episodes. This series stars
Shivaji Satam as ACP Pradyuman and
Dayanand Shetty as Senior Inspector Daya. The location of the crime sequence is in Mumbai where we find ACP Pradyuman and his team solving the high-profile crime cases. The well-directed methodology of operation and flawless acting are the reason which has successfully amazed the audience for 19 years.
Kaun Banega Crorepati
Based on the concept of the US show “ Who wants to be a millionaire,” this reality show has participants from all over the country trying to give a shot at the grand prize of 7 Crore. To achieve this target the contestants need to answer a series of questions asked by the anchor who is none other than
Amitabh Bachchan. This show has a total of 8 seasons so far, and we also had
Shah Rukh Khan hosting the 3rd season. This show has always been one of the top favorites because of the high quality of the content and grandeur in the presentation.
10. Comedy Nights With Kapil
An Indian sketch comedy and celebrity talk show originally hosted by
Kapil Sharma, became India’s highest rated scripted TV show. Navjot Singh Siddhu was the permanent guest who with his charming personality made the show highly entertaining. Other star casts of this show were
Sunil Grover (Gutthi),
Ali Asgar ( Dadi), etc. Eminent Bollywood and cricketing personalities have been the guests of this show. This show got high appreciation from the audience and Kapil Sharma also got The Indian of The Year Award from CNN-IBN in 2013.