Shrimaan Shrimati: Shrimaan Shrimati was one of the most progressive shows of the 90s. The show had a funny take on extra-marital relationships, starring Reema Lagoo, Archana Puran Singh, Rakesh Bedi and Jatin Kanakia. The show's remake - Shrimaan Shrimati Phir Se too happened in 2018, with an altogether new star cast but with the same director. However, it lasted barely for four months.
Dekh Bhai Dekh: This show should have never ended. Dekh Bhai Dekh was a bitter-sweet story of a joint family that had a bunch of misfits, eccentric individuals, yet totally relatable to the life in the 90s.
Flop Show: Late comedian Jaspal Bhatti's show was monikered as Flop Show, but it was a super hit series, which used to air on Doordarshan. The show gained a cult status over the years and is considered as one of the funniest shows ever on Indian television.
Hip Hip Hurray: Hip Hip Hurray was an extremely endearing, coming-of-age romantic drama which aired on Zee Television. It dealt with several issues faced by teenagers such as drug abuse, romantic relationships, pre-marital sex etc. Quite ahead of time, we must say!
Hum Log: India's first soap opera, every character of the serial, which dealt with the trials and tribulations of a middle-class family, became a household name. Ashok Kumar's interactive narration at the end of every show added further charm to Hum Log.
Wagle Ki Duniya: Anjan Srivastav brought issues of the common man into focus through Wagle Ki Duniya, adapted from the cartoons of R.K. Laxman. Shah Rukh Khan played a cameo in one of the episodes as well.
Nukkad: Nukkad, directed by Saeed Mirza and Kundan Shah, depicted the woes of urban youngsters, who find it hard to make a living owing to volatile social and economic conditions. The nukkad (or the street corner) served as the place where all these people met and poured their hearts out to each other.
Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne: In Mungerilal Ke Haseen Sapne, Mungerilal played by Raghubir Yadav is a small-time clerk who gets bossed around by his wife at home and by his boss at the office and his father-in-law too. Mungerilal overcomes all this by daydreaming. It was directed by Bollywood filmmaker Prakash Jha and written by Hey Ram, Appu Raja fame writer Manohar Shyam Joshi.
Tu Tu Main Main: Yet another show featuring the late Reema Lagoo. Tu Tu Main Main was a show based on the legendary saas-bahu fights. However, in several episodes, it showed both Supriya Pilgaonkar and Reema Lagoo being fond of each other and learning to co-exist.
Ye Jo Hai Zindagi: A clean comedy, Ye Jo Hai Zindagi centred on the funny situations in the lives of Shafi Inamdar and Swaroop Sampat, who played husband and wife, and the latter's unemployed brother, portrayed by Rakesh Bedi.
Zabaan Sambhal Ke: Zabaan Sambhal Ke, a desi version of Mind Your Tongue had mild political undertones, but nevertheless some hilarious gags from the cast. The show had characters hailing from different states and nationalities as well and had to take Hindi lessons for their personal and professional lives.
Khichdi: Khichdi, is yet another comedy which enjoyed cult status for a long time. It was revamped and introduced later with Instant Khichdi and the makers also came up with a film - Khichdi: The Movie.
Left Right Left: This was a unique concept back then when the show was introduced. Left Right Left starring Rajeev Khandelwal was based on Kanchanjunga Military Academy, where soldiers are trained to serve the nation.
Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin: Coming to the 2000s, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin was one popular show of the era which was based on a Mexican show. The show had a cliched Plain Jane Jassi getting a makeover and becoming beautiful and winning over the heart of the man she loved. Nevertheless, the show was popular and won several awards.
Remix: Remix, yet another show based on college life and coming-of-age teenagers, captured the pulse of the youngsters who attended a famous school. The show was an interesting take on how the students rebel against their families and teachers to form a music band Remix.
We list some iconic shows from the golden era of Indian television and some late 2000s shows as well that will take you on a nostalgic trip. We wish these shows to be remade as well (All pics/Youtube screengrabs)
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