Indian television in the 90s was defined by the happiness of simple things and the comedy in daily life.
The TV shows that dominated much of our days in the ‘90s still resonate today. These shows funny and nostalgic, remain in our memories and are certainly worth watching even today. Let’s just say some things never lose their magic and it goes without saying that old is gold.
Back in the 90s, life was much simpler when the evenings weren’t filled with todays complicated naagin stories or saas-bahu sagas.
Are you looking for a way to bring back those golden days of TV shows and the fun-filled non-dramatic evenings?
We have got you covered. Over-the-topic channels and online video streaming websites like Hotstar, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, have come to our rescue!
You can watch the highly acclaimed Doordarshan serials that you have always missed, as well as other famous international tele-series on these online platforms.
Here's our list of the top 90's TV shows that you probably loved watching back in the day!
1. Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai
Loved by people from all age groups, Sarabhai vs. Sarabhai, is an Indian sitcom about the life of the Sarabhai family. A mother-in-law from an uber-wealthy family, a daughter-in-law who exhibits typical middle-class bargaining powers, a father-in-law who loves to troll his son, a brother-in-law whose poetic skills are a nuisance for everybody, and other eccentric characters, whom we cannot simply ignore – everything about this show was hilarious and beloved!
2. Malgudi Days
Based on stories by R.K. Narayan first published in 1943, Malgudi Days is a simple, slice-of-life series that revolves around humorous accounts of day-to-day lives of the people in Malgudi, a fictional, sleepy town in South India.
Striking an emotional chord with the Indian audience, this award-winning series revolves around the joint family of the Parekhs with its crazy members who manage to find themselves in hilarious situations. Its popularity can be gauged by the fact that it was remade into a movie in 2010.
4. Shakalaka Boom Boom
This series is an account of the adventures of little Sanju, who finds a magic pencil that could bring anything drawn with it to life. This show was quite a hit among children.
5. Twin Peaks
This American drama is a horror, thriller television series that tells the story of FBI agent Dale Cooper who travels to Twin Peaks, to investigate the murder of a high school girl. His surreal experiences certainly kept the audience on tenterhooks. However, this series, with its uncanny and quirky characters, is definitely not everyone's cup of tea.
6. The Sopranos
A popular crime drama series centred on a leading American-Italian mafia member, who tries to balance his family and criminal life. All of this often impacts his mental state, which he tries to deal with by confiding with a psychiatrist.
One of the longest-running and most popular international shows, Friends is a story of six friends who stay in Manhattan and stay together through every thick & thin, amidst the chaos of broken relationships, dating problems, and other woes.
8. Full House
This cute American sitcom maps the life of a widower who is tirelessly trying to raise his daughters, with the help of his brother-in-law and friend. Much adored by audiences across the world, this series outlines the relationship between father and daughter in so many heart-touching ways.
9. That '70s Show
Aired during the 90s, this show depicts the golden era of 70s, centered on teenage friends. It highlights the changes during that era, including feminism, rock music, providing the 90s generation a window to see how their parent's teenage years looked like.
10. Tales of the City
A mini-series around the people who live an apartment complex owned by Anna Madrigal, it tells the story of some eccentric characters. It was recently revived in 2019.
This popular American sitcom tells the story of Jerry Seinfeld, a stand-up comedian who finds humour in mundane things from everyday life. Simplicity at its best.
Silly as it may seem now, Shaktimaan was the first Indian superhero who was loved by all Indian kids. This Indian Superman and his alter-ego, a nerdy photographer, fight cosmic evil and injustice. Even though this era belongs to the Avengers, nothing can quite take Shaktimaan’s place in our hearts.
The megastar of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, aka SRK's debut in television, Fauji was a highly successful Indian series. It is a simple story of commandos at an army training camp and their everyday experiences.
14. Dekh Bhai Dekh
This timeless classic and light-hearted family drama revolves around the Diwan family, narrating their every-day experiences and relationships in a typical Indian family setup. A much-needed breather from the constant bickering between saas and bahu.
15. Zabaan Sambhalke
An Indian sitcom, featuring the much-loved Pankaj Kapoor, this is the story of Mohan Bharti, whose circumstances compel him to become a Hindi teacher, and his hatred for this job is obvious. His students belong to various parts of the world, and often create problems for him.
Take yourself back in time - and take your family members with you – to the TV shows you always wanted to watch again!
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