10 Of The Most Iconic Indian TV Shows

Few gems which took Indian television to another level. And no, these aren't those melodramatic soaps operas.
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Television holds a special place in Indian hearts. All of us have very vivid memories of the shows we watched as kids and while growing up. Times when the whole family would come together and share a laugh or a tear watching these iconic shows. Let’s revisit them and dig back some long-lost shows that are sure to make us nostalgic.

1.Phool Khile Hain Gulshan Gulshan

This was the ‘Koffee With Karan’ of the 70s and 80s. It was the first talk show of Indian television, which aired for a good 21 years where actress Tabassum interviewed famous Bollywood and television personalities.

2. Hum Log

It all started here. Hum Log was the first serial drama series in India, which was broadcasted on Doordarshan. It had a backdrop of an Indian middle-class family and their struggles and aspirations in life.

3. Buniyaad

Aired in 1986, this soap dealt with the partition of India in 1947. The characters, the plot and the actors were so amazing that it went on to become one of the most beloved Indian soap operas.

4. Nukkad

Some stories and characters are so relatable that they etch a place in our hearts. Such was this comedy drama. Its characters like Khopdi, Ghansu Bhikari, Kaderbhai became household names. One would really go on a ‘Nukkad-marathon’ and watch all its 40 episodes today and it would still have the same effect it did years ago.

5. Ramayana

How can we forget this epic saga? Everyone, literally everyone, would stop their work, come running to their TV sets and watch this show. People were so hooked on to this show that you couldn’t find a single soul on the streets.

6. Surabhi

Surabhi was a unique Indian cultural magazine show. It featured Indian culture and showcased communities, places and heritage sites, which were less explored back then.

7. Fauji

The soap that gave birth to the superstar of today—Shah Rukh Khan, it was a one-of-a-kind show. It aired on DD in 1989 and followed the training of the Indian Army commando regiment and their life struggles.

8. Office Office

This serial gave Indian television their beloved ‘Mussadilal’. The serial takes a comic dig on the rampant corruption and bribery in government offices and how the character is troubled because of it.

9. Tara

Perhaps, the first ever show on urban women, it revolved around the central character—Tara, her life, trials and tribunals, and joys and sorrows. It was such a hit among people, especially women…that it ran for a good five years.

10. A Mouthful Of Sky

This soap was a detour from the usual and the first English serial to be produced in India. The story was very contemporary and dealt with the lives, loves, ideals, of post-independence Indians.

Read more: Golden Moments Of Indian Television

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