Good Old Indian Television!

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Get Digit ized
I know that there is already a thread for TV shows. But most of the discussions are about US TV shows. Haven't seen an indian show mentioned. Understandable, given the current state of affairs of our indian channels (regional & National). Almost every channel is filled with either reality shows or Sans Bahu soap opera. Compare this to old 80's and 90's were we had only 1 channel DD-1 but the content was far better than the crap seen nowadays!. Is indian television dying? or is it just me?. Can anyone list out any good indian TV series seen recently?


In the zone
The only Indian TV shows I watch are Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah and Yam Kisi Se Kam Nahi (not regularly). Both of these have good lighthearted comedy and any episode can be watched disregarding sequence.


TMKOC is ok but it has occasional cliché moments and sometimes the plot is stupid (like when the female characters bought saree, jewellery and shopped using credit cards, all three at different occasions, and got cheated each time :facepalm: ). :|

Sundar is irritating and so is Sodhi family. :|


Get Digit ized
If you really want to see quality content i guess we have to look back to old days of DD-1. Look at this. Much much better than C I D.

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A Couple more good ones:

Circus (SRK acted in this)
Gul Gulshan Gulfam
Fauji (SRK was introduced in this)
Malgudi Days


Sith Lord
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DD still has quality content, not glamorized things
still watch DD
there is this show called Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar


The Vagrant Seeker
DD still has quality content, not glamorized things
still watch DD
there is this show called Yahan Ke Hum Sikandar

its title-track is also good, sung/composed by Rahman.

though nowadays i seldom watch DD, but there's this show named something like 'Road to Himalayas'; also good. plus DD often shows very old short programmes/feature films, that were made & aired long back, like one which has Barry John as the main protagonist, i think a doctor in a village of UK/HP; goes out in the forest and lies down to relax in a cot above a small stream.


some retro and other shows (mostly good) which i can recall at the moment:

- Surabhi
- Byomkesh Bakshi
- Tahqeeqaat
- Suraag (thanks to @ramakanta , but i don't recall anything else of this apart from the title, and that it was a liked serial)
- Nukkad (though didn't like)
- Hum Log (ditto)
- Flop Show
- Zee Horror Show
- Aahat (the first series)
- Sigma
- Gul Gulshan Gulfaam (didn't like)
- Paramveer Chakra
- Chitrahaar (old-value)
- Hum Paanch
- Shrimaan Shrimati
- Potli Baba ki (still don't know what were the original lyrics; jhummad waale jhumme waale jhummu ka baba, kisse ka kahaaniyon ka geeton ka baba, something of that sort. LOL!)
- Vikram Betaal
- Duck Tales; Talespin
- The Jungle Book
- Arabian Nights
- ofc, Ramayan & Mahabharata (as i type, the voice of Mahendra Kapoor announcing the title echoes in my mind!)
- Alif Laila
- Rin Ek Do Teen
- that show which had spoofs of various old movies in each episode, like 'chholay' for sholay, 'mera gown mera dress' for 'mera gaon mera des', etc. used to air on star tv.
- himgiri ka veer; later, zu mountain saga (that title-song video with the eagle!)
- Maano Ya Na Maano
- one show, can't recall the name, of DD, where 2 guys do a return-trip to the NE Himalayas from Delhi on a bike; in one of the scenes, they show a family going in a Maruti car, and it was drizzling lightly, and one of the guys comments that going on a bike has its own charm, unavailable to the carwallahs.
- a wildlife show of zee tv; had a peacock's cry in its title-track.
- Shabaash India (not so old)
- the original Laughter Challenge
- Mohan Kapoor's Saanp-Seedhi
- TMKOC (has deteriorated a LOT over the years; i still watch the old episodes - magnificent!)
- Shubh Mangal Saavadhan (brilliant acting by all the 3 main protagonists! i guess it began the era of modern comedy shows here, which had a different kind of screenplay, acting, background fx, improvisation, etc.)
- Captain Vyom
- Shaktimaan (LOL! didn't watch regularly, but sometimes to have some funny moments)
- that DD show which had a villain named 'kangaroo'; so bad (much worse than Shaktimaan!) that it felt good to watch it!
- Campus (didn't enjoy)
- Tara (ditto)
- Malgudi days
- Bharat Ek Khoj
- Shree Krishna (original)
- Chandrakanta (yakku!)
- Chanakya (didn't watch many episodes)
- Tenali Rama
- the original 'Aaj Tak' (i think hosted by Nalini Singh)
- Turning Point
- The Great Maratha
- The Sword of Tipu Sultan
- Fauji
- Akbar-Birbal (ek samasya, ek hal! ;) )
- that DD show where we had that reporter Mr. Joglekar (he's no more)
- Ye Jo Hai Zindagi
- Just Mohabbat (liked only the first few episodes)
- Knight Rider
- Street Hawk

there are many more. will write as i recall.

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- Phateechar! (Pankaj Kapoor)
- Sheikhchilli (Raghuveer Yadav)
- Raja-Rancho. LOL.
- Commander
- Karamchand (Pankaj Kapoor again!)
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The Vagrant Seeker
yeah! but i didn't watch it beyond first few episodes. and more....

- chamatkaar (late Farooque Shaikh; Makodi!)
- dekh bhai dekh (didn't like it much though)
- the original Movers & Shakers
- zabaan sambhaal ke
- tu tu main main
- ajnabi (that title track!)
- laurel hardy
- the 3 stooges
- He-Man (awesome title track!)
- Rani Laxmibai
- Wagle ki Duniya
- that Samurai Squad something
- Ghostbusters
- Yug
- Swabhimaan and Shanti - guilty of starting the still-torturing daily-soaps era! :-x
- Sea Hawks
- Rajni
- Circus
- Udaan
- Junglee Toofan Tyre Puncture
- Pingoo!
- that Tele-something show, of which i recall only glimpses, in a very hazy way
- Danasur
- and yes, gaayab aaya gaayab aaya gaayab aaya! :D

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- aisa bhi hota hai

learnt some months back the tragic reason why the show couldn't be continued beyond a point - due to rampant corruption in DD! :|


Wise Old Owl
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Wise Old Owl
also this one.street hawk ,i think i watched it everyday ,but now just a pale memory of someone in a motorcycle jumping from a height through a door*

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I was also getting MTV at one time along with DD IIRC


The Vagrant Seeker
^^looks like you spent all your 90s life infront of DD ;)

lol. the 80s, 90s, the audio-video content was so good that the memories remain. while in these times, things simply don't find a home in my mind, and most of whatever goes in i just want to flush them out! :banghead:


you know, i had street hawk as companion for years. not joking! i have his pic too:


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