Hum Paanch to Shararat, 10 TV shows of old times that made us wish we had the Avengers’ time stone to go back

Indian television always wasn’t full of saas-bahu melodramas and reality shows. There was an era back in the days when content and story-telling catered to everyone in the family. Here’s a throwback to ten old TV shows that combined good content, great actors and entertainment.
Hum Paanch to Shararat, 10 TV shows of old times that made us wish we had the Avengers’ time stone to go backHum Paanch to Shararat, 10 TV shows of old times that made us wish we had the Avengers’ time stone to go back
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Most of the 90's kids who must be in their late 20’s or 30 by now would have come to hate the present shows on Indian television due to the same story-line and saas-bahu melodrama. Even reality shows now seem to have become robust and redundant. Most of the 90’s kids would choose online streaming platforms and search for epic old TV shows that catered to everyone’s needs in the family. Yes, there was a time in Indian television history when TV shows weren’t just for women, they were for the entire family. 

From kids to oldies to youngsters to the frustrated middle-aged office goers, everyone would gather together and enjoy these shows. If you probably haven't figured out the list in your head, we have an entire list of the amazing TV shows from the past which didn’t just entertain us but became so much more than that. These shows became a lifeline for most of us as we were growing up.

Not necessarily saying that saas-bahu banter was absent from TV in those days too, but it surely wasn’t exaggerated beyond measure like shows on TV these days do. Remembering these shows, we wished we had the time machine or just Doctor Strange’s Time Stone from Avengers so that we could go back in time. Shows like Tu Tu Main Main, Hip Hip Hurray, Just Mohabbat, Hum Paanch and many more brought to light the power of storytelling on Indian television. Thus, here’s a throwback to all those shows that we wouldn’t mind watching all over again on our TV sets.

Hip Hip Hurray

Remember the story of high school teenagers minus the overdramatic attitude like we see in today’s teenagers? Well, the students of DeNobil high school still hold a special place in our hearts. From Purab Kohli as Mazhar to Vishal Malhotra as John, the story of Hip Hip Hurray made us feel like home as teenagers back in the days who were struggling with relationships, education and friendships. 

Hum Paanch

Oh! Who can forget the epic show by Balaji Telefilms of a hilarious family of seven where a nagging wife kept troubling her already frustrated husband with five crazy daughters and a picture of a talking dead wife. From Choti to Sweety, everyone on Hum Paanch left an impression on our minds, and hence, it is till date the best comedy shows ever made on Indian television. Ekta Kapoor, are you listening?

Tu Tu Main Main

The most hilarious version of a saas-bahu relationship people from the 90s will remember is the image of a dominant mother-in-law, Reema Lagoo fighting a cheerful daughter-in-law, Supriya Pilgaonkar. Tu Tu Main Main directed by Sachin Pilgaonkar was among the shows that didn’t just show the side of fighting saas-bahu’s but also added some amazing comic punches in it. The storyline also was entertaining and we wish we could time travel back to those days. 


Attention Maurya High! Remember this? Well, if you don’t, then here’s a throwback to Remix days. The show that depicted the life of a modern school of those times where Tia, Ranveer, Anvesha and Yuvraaj represented different sections of the society brought together in an elite boarding school. While the relationship part between Tia and Ranveer and Yuvi and Anvesha was a highlight, the music of the show composed by Aasma was the main USP. We wish more shows come up with some great music!

Dekh Bhai Dekh 

Do you recall a joint family with hilarious members all living under the same roof? Well, we are talking about the Diwan family in Dekh Bhai Dekh that included of actors like Shekhar Suman, Farida Jalal, Navin Nischol, Sushma Seth, Vishal Singh and more. They all came together like a crazy bunch that made us laugh and left our jaws hurting by the end of the show. Produced by Jaya Bachchan, the comedy show left a void in everyone’s hearts when it ended. 

Just Mohabbat

The show which sort of helped young boys understand a bit about relationships and more, Just Mohabbat was the coming of age story of Jai. The show didn’t just entertain the kids, but also helped parents in understanding their kids in a better way. Remember the show’s title song, Don’t Darofy, Simply Karofy, Just Mohabbat? 

Sarabhai V/S Sarabhai

By far the most hilarious tv show that we saw on TV was Sarabhai V/S Sarabhai. The tale of Maya Sarabhai picking on her middle-class daughter-in-law Monisha Sarabhai ended up making us roll on the floor laughing. Add to the sassiness of Ratna Pathak was Roshesh Sarabhai’s epic poetry which didn’t just tickle our funny bones, but irritated us beyond measure like his brother and father, Indu Sarabhai. The sequel was a modernised take on the Sarabhai family, but the earlier show was much hilarious.  

Office Office

The struggles of Mussadilal, a common government employee stuck in the middle of corrupt fellow colleagues was among the first shows that hilariously took a jibe at the rampant corruption in public sector offices. Pankaj Kapur as Mussaddi Lal surely has a special place in all our hearts. 

Shararat- thoda jaadu, thodi nazaakat

The story of three women who were ‘paris’ or angels with magical superpowers tickled our funny bones in Shararat. Starring Shruti Seth as Jiya, Farida Jalal as Nani and Poonam Narula/Eva Grover as Radha, Shararat didn’t just cater to kids, but also adults and was an entertaining show on Indian television. Who can forget the magic statement, ‘Shring Bhring Sarvalin, Bhoot Bhavishya Vartman Badling.’ Feel like travelling back in time?

Flop Show

Before stand up comedy, it was the most amazing comedian, late Jaspal Bhatti who made us laugh till our stomachs hurt in Flop Show. A perfect culmination of a sitcom and a satire on society and everyday government issues, Flop Show was a classic and entertaining show that we still miss till date. From stepping into the shoes of a government officer to a contractor, Jaspal Bhatti nailed every bit of the comic punch through his impeccable timing and also hit the right mark with regards to the issue at hand. 

Apart from these shows, there were many other shows like Saans, Swabhimaan, Tara, Shaktimaan, CID, Aahat and more, which were the perfect combo of fun, laughter and entertainment. Don’t you agree you need the time stone from Avengers now? Well, we are hoping to find it too. 

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