Watching TV shows during the leisure hours is the case in most households across the Indian subcontinent. People especially the housewives are especially fond of watching shows of these kinds. It was in the year 1959 that the television set made its foray into the households. During that period and till the 1990s, Doordarshan was the only channel for the Indian viewers. It goes without saying that the channel attained immense popularity; however in the 90s other channels began their broadcasts and Doordarshan slowly lost its mass popularity. Most of the famous and most Popular TV Shows in India shows to have aired on the Indian television owe their origin to Doordarshan.
Mahabharata is undoubtedly the most popular and most viewed television series in India. It was a classical epic and so much was its popularity that it even aired on the BBC with subtitles. It was directed by Ravi Chopra and produced by BR Chopra. It aired on Sundays between 9am and 10 am.
Ramayana was the first religion based show to be aired on the Indian television. It was both produced and directed by Raman and Sagar. It broke many records in terms of viewership. The show portrayed the Valmiki based Ramayan. Arun Govil played the role of Lord Rama and Dipika was Sita, Dara Singh played the role of Hanuman.
8. Hum log
Hum log was the first television opera which the Indian audience saw. Commercials or advertisements were a part of the show. Sponsors came for funding this show. It is the most famous soap opera in the Indian television scene. Actor Ashok Kumar played a vital role in the show.
7. Hum panch
Hum panch is often termed as the best comedy show to have aired in the Indian television. Ekta Kapoor was the producer and the show told the story of the 5 sisters of the Mathur family and some neighbors. This show aired on Zee TV in the late 1990s. The now well-known heroine Vidya Balan, Ashok Saraf, Rakhi Tandon all became household names through this show.
6. Kaun Banega Crorepati
The first quiz game show in the Indian television saw Amitabh Bachchan, the most famous baritone in all of India take the chair of the quiz master. This show was a game changer for many contestants as well as Amitabh Bachchan, who was going through a difficult phase in his career. This quiz show is still going strong and it will be its 7th season, of course BIG B as Amitabh is fondly known among fans, will host the show.
5. Kyonki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi
Speaking of television shows, as mentioned earlier watching these shows is the favorite pass time of many housewives as well as women in general. Hence a drama featuring a newly married girl and her mother in law has to be on the list. This was an extremely popular show and it aired on Star Plus in the year 2001. The protagonist of the show was the daughter in law Tulsi Virani. It is a show in the television to carry on till 1800 episodes, which is a record. The popularity of the show was such that once after killing off Tulsi’s husband, due to audience demand through letters, Ekta Kapoor, the show’s producer, had to bring the character back into the show.
Move over Krissh, the original and undoubtedly the most popular superhero to have come to the Indian screens is Shaktiman. During its broadcast, it was the most popular show in the television circuit. Kids in those days would wait all week for viewing the show. Mukesh Khanna played the role of Shaktiman as well as his alter ego Gangadhar. The basic concept of the show was based on the Superman comics and given an Indian twist. It came into the Indian television in the 1990s.
3. Byomkesh Bakshi
Byomkesh Bakshi is the Indian sleuth brough to the television screen by Basu Chatterjee. Byomkesh is actually a sleuth created in the Bengali literature by Saradindu Bandopadhay. The show started airing in the year 1993. It was a landmark in the Indian television industry and Rajit Kapoor who played the role of the sleuth, was highly praised for his acting. It is still the most popular detective television series in India.
2. Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh is regarded as a classic comdedy show in the Indian television industry. It was aired on the channel DD Metro between the years 1993 and 1997. It was essentially a light hearted family entertainment show and showcased the three generations of the Diwan Family. The show had stars such as Shekhar Suman, Navin Nischol etc.
1. Comedy Nights with Kapil
Comedy Nights with Kapil is a comedy show which has become a huge hit among all generations. Its main host Kapil Sharma has subsequently launched a career Iin Bollywood banking on his comic timing and camera presence. The character Gutti from the show played by Sunil Grover also became extremely popular.