If I were to document every instance of Indians calling Indian TV shows names, I’d run out of disk space on my hard disk drive. We’re quick to jump to conclusions when it comes to Indian TV shows because to be honest, most of them are really bad. But what about the good ones? What about the shows that tried giving the Indian audience an honest approach to good story-telling?
We’ve compiled a special list of some of the best shows that prove that Indian television scene isn’t all that bad –
1. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
This is probably the funniest show to have ever graced our television screens. This show taught us about the Indian class divide with a lot of classy humour.
2. Sea Hawks
Milind Soman and Madhavan starrer Sea Hawks provided us a brilliant insight into the lives of those who serve in the Indian Navy. The Navy is one of the lesser known divisions of the armed forces but Sea Hawks did a phenomenal job of capturing what it exactly takes to be a member of the Indian Navy.
This thriller was centered around the drug business plaguing the city of Mumbai. Widely considered as an Indian version of The Wire, this show more than just exceeded our expectations.
Fauji is famous because it was Shah Rukh Khan’s debut as an actor in a lead role. Fauji is the coming-of-age story of Lt. Abhimanyu Rai who learns how to become a good army officer. With a very well written script and brilliant acting, Fauji is one of the best Indian TV shows of all time.
5. Sarkar Ki Duniya
This is by far, the best reality show to have ever been broadcast on Indian television. A group of individuals were to live on an abandoned island where they had to build all the facilities they wanted for themselves. There were weekly eliminations on the basis of ‘coins’ as well. It’s a shame that the show only had one season.
6. Captain Vyom
Heavily inspired from Star Trek, Captain Vyom was the first taste for a lot of us Indians in the sci-fi genre. Milind Soman owned the role as the captain of the team that was supposed to capture all the extremely dangerous criminals who had escaped from the ‘high security space prison’.
7. Special Squad
The better version of CID, Special Squad is one of the finest detective shows to have made it to Indian television. The show has some awesome acting, direction and background score. If you haven’t seen it yet, we heavily recommend you to do so.
8. Mahi Way
In a country plagued with problems like casual body shaming, Mahi Way was centered around an overweight girl who would make no compromises when it comes to finding her Mr. Right. The cliffhanger it ended on still haunts us.
9. Alif Laila
When we were little, the tales from the Arabian Nights were all the rage. Alif Laila brought it to our television screens in a magnificent way. This is the best fantasy show by a margin.
This was a series of documentaries on different Prime Ministers of India. Hosted by Shekhar Kapoor, Pradhanmantri covered a lot of controversial events in the history of the Prime Minister’s office.
One of the earliest sci-fi shows on Indian television, Indradhanush is famous because of Karan Johar and Urmila Matondkar’s stints as actors. Focused around a virus that hijacks computers to take over our galaxy, the show was way ahead of its time.
12. Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne
Little do people know that the Hollywood movie, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, was based on this excellent show. It’s about Mungerilal who’d daydream about his ‘adventures’.