TV shows have mostly targeted mature audiences since the inception of television. However, in recent years, we have seen an uprising of youth-oriented shows for teens. New channels and newer concepts have emerged, which air content to which the Indian youth can relate. Let’s have a look at some of these youth-oriented shows, both fiction and non-fiction.
1. MTV Roadies
Roadies can be considered as the pioneer of youth-oriented reality shows. It started airing on MTV India in the year 2003 and is currently preparing for auditions of its 15th season, titled Roadies X5 Rising. The show is all about adventure, courage, mind games, and unforeseen twists. Created by
Raghu Ram and
Rajiv Laxman, Roadies became very popular in a short time and continued to hold on to its loyal audience.
Remix was a show on Star One and aired from 2004 to 2006. It was based on students of a school called “Maurya High,” which mainly consisted of kids from affluent families and scholarship entrants. Starring Raj Singh Arora,
Priya Wal, and
Karan Wahi, Remix focused on the formation of a music band “Remix” which becomes very popular. The series had elements of drama, emotion, music, and romance: everything that attracts the youth. It has now become a cult show, and its reruns are also widely watched.
3. Gumrah: End of Innocence
A television show based on youth crimes, Gumrah started airing in 2012 on Channel V India. It has five seasons till date. Having been hosted by celebrities like
Karanvir Bohra, and
Karan Patel, Gumrah caught the attention of the youth as it aired real incidents of crime committed by the youth. The content of this series is extremely hard-hitting and relevant in the modern world.
4. Miley Jab Hum Tum
This show aired on Star One from 2008 to 2010 and was based on the lives of four college students. Nupur (
Rati Pandey) and Gunjan (
Sanaya Irani) are two sisters who come to Mumbai from a small town and experience culture shock. They meet two handsome boys at college, Mayank (
Arjun Bijlani) and Samrat (
Mohit Sehgal). Henceforth, the show depicted their love stories and how these college crushes flourished into life-long companionship. This serial became widely acclaimed and catapulted the four central actors to instant fame.
5. MTV Splitsvilla
MTV Splitsvilla is a reality show that started airing in 2008 and has recently concluded its 9th season. It has had many hosts, the most recent being
Rannvijay Singh and
Sunny Leone. The show has an interesting concept where boys and girls are housed together as part of a competition to win love amidst jealousy, anger, bitterness, and betrayal. They participate in several contests and games, overlooked by a King and Queen.
Dil Dosti Dance
Dil Dosti Dance or D3 was a youth-based show on Channel V. It was based on the lives of a group of young dancers and their personal equations. It contained several exceptional dance performances, as well as focus on the characters’ love lives. The show had a star cast of brilliant dancers like
Shantanu Maheshwari, and
Dill Mill Gayye
This was an iconic show on Star One about medical interns in a hospital named Sanjivani. It began in 2007 as a sequel to Sanjivani – A Medical Boon, which originally aired on Star Plus from 2002 to 2005. Dill Mill Gayye had the tumultuous love story of its two main characters Dr.
Armaan Malik (
Karan Singh Grover) and Dr. Ridhima Gupta (Shilpa Anand/Sukriti Kandpal/
Jennifer Winget) at its center. It also contained sub-plots related to medical cases and patients. This serial turned Karan Singh Grover into the heartthrob of the nation.
Yeh Hai Aashiqui
Airing on UTV Bindass, Yeh Hai Aashiqui is a unique young show which depicts beautiful love stories. It began in August 2013 and aired four seasons and 144 episodes. Each episode is a rendition of a separate love story and has a different star cast. The show has been hosted by
Rithvik Dhanjani, etc. Its appeal lies in its refreshing concept and feel-good factor.
9. Left Right Left
Left Right Left is aired on Sab TV from 2006 to 2008. It was one of the first youth-based fiction shows and was both critically and commercially acclaimed. The serial focused on six young cadets in the Indian Army, fighting and defeating hurdles in their way of becoming soldiers. Its cast consisted of
Priyanka Bassi, Harshad Chopra, Arjun Bijlani,
Shweta Salve, and Sanaya Irani, to name a few. It stood apart due to its theme of patriotism and the love of the youth towards its country.
10. PPaanch : 5 Wrongs Make a Right
This show aired on Channel V from 2013 to 2014, and dealt with the issue of bullying in educational institutions. The protagonist is a teenager named Roshni Kataria (
Sheetal Singh) who takes admission in a college with the motive of avenging her sister’s suicide. The way she deals with her sister’s bullies makes for an interesting watch and also educates the youth about the evils of bullying. Paanch is one of the most successful shows on Channel V.