Indian television is often seen as playing second-fiddle to Bollywood or other major film industries in the country. However, the impact it has had on the pop culture and its reach and popularity among certain sections of society are undeniable. The small idiot box seems to be an idiot box but its wide range of audience is unmatchable. From timeless classics to new age reality shows, here are some of the best Indian TV shows of all time.
Kaun Banega Crorepati: This Indian version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire caught the imagination of the Indian audience like no other show before it. With Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan donning the host’s cap, the show aired from 2000 to 2007 and was renewed in 2010 for the third season. The show was also central to the plot of the Oscar-winning movie, Slumdog Millionaire.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay: Kasautii Zindagii Kay is one of the most ambitious TV shows of Indian TV Czarina Ekta Kapoor. The reboot of the 2001 series featuring Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes and Hina Khan was launched with pomp and show on September 25, 2018, on Star Plus. The original Kasautii had Shweta Tiwari, Cezanne Khan and Urvashi Dholakia in lead roles
Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain: Bhabiji Ghar Par Hain which airs on & TV is an adult sitcom. Inspired by 1995 Hindi sitcom Shrimaan Shrimati, the show became widely popular because of its characters. the story is set in Kanpur and revolves around two families. Aasif Sheikh, Rohitash Gaud, Shubhangi Atre and Saumya Tandon play the lead roles in the show.
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah: Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah which premiered in 2008 is one of the longest-running sitcoms of Indian television. Based on Duniya Ne Undha Chashma written by real-life columnist and playwright Taarak Mehta for Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha, the show gained popularity because of its characters and won several awards. The story is set in the fictional Gokuldham Society of Mumbai.
Crime Patrol: Crime Patrol premiered in 2003 and the first season was hosted by Shakti Anand. Later Sakshi Tanwar and Anoop Soni became the presenters for season 2, thereafter Anoop continued as host for season 3 and 4. The show presents the dramatized version of different crime cases across the country.