For millenials who grew up during the 90s, TV was really one of the few options to entertain themselves. With no internet, no smartphones, and barely any computers, 90s TV had a big job in its hands – to entertain an entire generation of growing children. And oh how it delivered! Some 90s shows were so good, we’re still talking about them. In fact, 90s are considered to be the peak-time for Indian TV before it was hijacked by Saas-Bahu serials and brain dead reality TV shows. And true enough, there really is no comparison between shows from the 90s and the ones we have on TV today.
Based on the novel of the same name by Devaki Nandan Khatri, Chandrakanta follows the story of its eponymous protagonist, the princess of Vijaygarh, who is in love with the prince of Naugarh. She is visited by several suitors who try to woo her with deceit.
2. Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh follows the three generations of the Diwan family who live together in an ancestral home in Mumbai as they keep finding themselves in ridiculously funny situations.
3. Hum Paanch
Hum Paanch follows Anand Mathur, a man with five daughters who seem to always annoy him, and his wife. He’s also pestered day and night by the sarcastic comments of his late ex-wife, who keeps talking to him through her framed photograph.
In the Kali yuga, where greed and hatred have well taken over humanity, a mystical group of saints choose a man who through meditation and yoga learns to be a superhuman, and end the evils of society, and must work hard to do the same. This man, when he is noticed by the media, is called “Shaktimaan” by one reporter, Geeta Vishwas.
5. Alif Laila
Based on Arabian nights, or One Thousand One Nights, Alif Laila revolves around Shahrzad and Shahryar. Shahryar is a king who, upset by his first wife being unfaithful, decides to marry a virgin, behead her at dawn, and marry another virgin the next day, and he does this until he meets Shahrzad, who tells him a story on the night of the wedding, and when dawn is about to break, Shahrzad stops, but Shahryar grants her another day to live in order for her to finish the story. And this cycle continues.
6. The Sword of Tipu Sultan
The Sword of Tipu Sultan follows the story of Tipu Sultan, the king of Mysore who was known for his bravery and his innovations including a rocket artillery. The Sword o Tipu Sultan was immensely praised for its casting and grandeur.
7. Boogie Woogie
Boogie Woogie was a dance reality show that aired on Sony TV. Hosted by Javed Jaffrey, Boogie Woogie was the oldest dance reality show in India.
Hosted by Renuka Sahane and Siddharth Kak, Surabhi was a cultural magazine show which was the longest running Indian cultural show, and holds a record in the Limca Book of Records for receiving the largest measure response in the history of Indian television.
9. The Jungle Book
The Jungle Book follows the story of Mowgli, a human male child who is left behind in the jungle after his father is killed by a tiger. Mowgli is then raised by a pack of wolves, and befriends other animals in the forest.