Five Amazing TV Shows that Prove Indian TV can be Much More Than Just Saas-Bahu Serials

Even after the advent of OTT platforms, television still remains one of the main sources of entertainment for an average household in India. During the 80s till the late 90s, the Indian television gave us many classic shows but when the saas-bahu sagas arrived, the scenario changed and quality content took a backseat but still we tried and made a list of shows that proves that the Indian television scene isn’t all that bad 

Byomkesh Bakshi 

We can hail Byomkesh Bakshi as the desi counterpart of Sherlock Holmes. Byomkesh Bakshi was made into a series by Doordarshan in the 90s which became very famous and is still revered for its quality of content. 

Byomkesh Bakshi was a detective series that was directed by Basu Chatterjee and featured RajitKapur as Byomkesh Bakshi and KK Raina as his side-kick Ajit. Byomkesh Bakshi broadcasted on Doordarshan that featured solid suspenseful stories within a 40-minute timeframe with good performances and simple yet impactful dialogues.

Stories by Rabindranath Tagore

Stories by Rabindranath Tagore telecasted on the Epic channel in 2015 and it was based on different novels and short stories written by Rabindranath Tagore.

Anurag Basu created this classic show which premiered on July 6, 2015, on the ‘Epic’ channel. It can be regarded as one of the best television shows of the decade. As the title suggests, the show was based on the writings of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore and each episode has a different story.

Sarabhai V/s Sarabhai 

Probably one of the best comedy serials in the Indian television industry, Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai aired between 2004 and 2006.

Sarabhai vs Sarabhai was a comedy series and featured fine actors like Satish Shah, Ratna Pathak Shah, SumitRaghavan and RupaliGanguly. Sarabhai v/s Sarabhai was quite famous among viewers and it had a second season that premiered on Disney + Hostar. It’s one of the best-written sitcoms known for its cheeky dialogues and situational comedy.


Khichdi first premiered in 2002 and it’s still enjoying reruns because of its vast popularity. 

Khichdi is a comedy TV series about the Parekh family where each family member has its own funny traits making the series quite funny. It was first premiered in 2002 and because of its huge popularity it came back with a second season and the fans are eagerly waiting for the third season.

Office Office

Office Office was a satire with lots of comedy and it starred Pankaj Kapoor as Mussadilal who has to deal with eccentricities of government employees to get his work done.

Office Office highlighted the problems with the officials in the government and public sector in a funny way. It had Pankaj Kapoor in the lead where he played Mussadilal. Each story had the same characters but different stories and it had Pankaj Kapoor as Mussadilal who is always at the receiving end of the officials.

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