TV Shows from the 90's era


July 9th, 2017
Gone are the days when the entire family would sit in a common room and watch soaps together. No family member has same choices, free time to sit together and watch their favorite family show together.
It’s been 26 years since satellite TV came to India. We look back at the early years, taking a nostalgic journey to the 90’reminding ourselves that old is indeed gold, here are the 10 TV shows from the 90’s we fondly remember:

1. Dekh Bhai Dekh (1993)

Anand Mahendroo put together an ensemble cast with great comic timing – Sushma Seth, Navin Nishchol, Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal – in Dekh Bhai Dekh, which was shown on DD Metro. The story was of a khandan with all sorts of idiosyncrasies. Plus: a young Deven Bhojani playing Karima, the obese domestic help with panache. Also, Liliput, the writer, did several cameos.
Dekh Bhai Dekh Hindi Serial

2. Office Office (2001)

This show, which touched a chord with thousands of TV viewers at the turn of the century, was a comment on our bureaucracy. First aired on SAB TV in 2000, it took a scathing dig at the exploits of a man who runs into red tape, corrupt officials and middlemen in the government.

Office Office Hindi Serial

3. Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai (2004)

Rukmani (Ratna Pathak Shah) and Prashant (Satish Shah) were back as Maya and Indravadan Sarabhai on Star One, a few pounds richer and heavier, living in a swish SoBo apartment. Their sons were called Sahil (Sumeet Raghavan) and Rosesh (Rajesh Kumar). Sahil had a wife, the ‘downmarket’ Monisha Sarabhai (Rupali Ganguly), bullied by her ‘prim and propah’ saas. Remember the catchphrase, ‘Don’t mind me beta, I’m just making a point’?

Sarabhai VS Sarabhai Hindi Serial

4. Jassi Jaissi Koi Nahin (2003)

Jassi Walia, with her nerdy glasses, braces, clumsy ways and a heart of gold won over her colleagues, her handsome boss and all of us. The story of an ordinary girl with dreams of making it big, Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahi was a departure from the saas-bahu soaps which were a staple on Indian television at that time. The show’s script made the audience connect with the geeky protagonist. So popular did the Sony show become that fashion designers launched Jassi collections and the Indian postal department even issued a first-day cover featuring the protagonist, played by Mona Singh, on the show’s first anniversary.

Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin Hindi Serial

5. Shrimaan Shrimati (1995)

It was a popular sit com, which was also used to air on Doordarshan. Rakesh Bedi, Reema Lagoo, and Archana Puran Singh were the mean leads of the show. Keku and Koki’s constant ‘nok-jhok’ was the highlight of this serial. Remember the tune, “Shrimaaaaan jiii, pyaari Shrimatii jii”?

Shrimaan Shrimati Hindi Serial

6. Hum Sab Ek Hain (1998)

This family drama was one of the finest comedies on Indian television. The story was of three brothers, their wives, their sisters and parents who used to live together. The gist or the message of the serial was ‘Ekta me anekta’. No one can forget the character of Brigadier Khachru played by Sudhir Pandey.

Hum Sab Ek Hain Hindi Serial

7. Zabaan Sambhal Ke(1993)

This show was the Indian version of the British sitcom ‘Mind Your Language’. One of the most acclaimed actors Pankaj Kapoor played the role of Mohan Bharti, a hindi teacher. This show dealt with the issues like “I hate my job” and “culturle shock”.

Zabaan Sambhalke Hindi Serial

8. Tu Tu Main Main (1996)

The Nok-Jhok of saas-bahu was the main U.S.P of this show. Reema Lagoo as Mother-in-law and Supriya Pilgaonkae as daughter-in-law created sheer magic on screen through their comical arguments and bickering. Every other ‘saas-bahu’ used to connect with this show.

Tu Tu Main Main Hindi Serial

9. Hum Paanch (1995)

One of the most memorable sitcoms of the 90’s, this show had us laughing at Mr. Anand Mathur and his troubles brought on by his nagging wife, and five wearisome daughters.

Hum Paanch Hindi Serial

10. Khichdi (2002)

Unlike other family shows, Khichdi was different in its own sense. The usage of instant witty lines by every distinct character was the highlight of the show. It was the first T.V series to adopt a style of deadpan humor. Prafful and Hansa Parekh were the two characters which became the U.S.P of the show. Though it had second season called Instant Khichdi.

Khichdi Hindi Serial