Television is mainly a source of entertainment and recreation. After a busy day of work, it feels great to unwind with a funny TV show. Comedy serials are the best form of entertainment as they keep the mind fresh and heart happy. Throughout the years, many shows have come and gone. But some shows strike such a chord with the audience that they stay in our hearts for a long time. Let us look at ten such comedy serials on Indian television which changed the definition of fun and entertainment.
Dekh Bhai Dekh
Dekh Bhai Dekh was a comedy show in the early 90s which aired on Doordarshan. Starring Sushma Seth,
Deven Bhojani, etc, it was based on a joint family named the Diwan family and their hilarious experiences. Dekh Bhai Dekh found humor in daily life incidents and managed to capture the attention of the audience. It was one of the best comedy serials in India.
2. Hum Paanch
Hum Paanch was a critically acclaimed comedy serial on Zee TV based on a middle-class family of a father and his five daughters. The antics of the daughters landed the father in funny situations and troubles. The show starred actors like
Rakhee Tandon, etc. It was also the debut role of popular Bollywood actress
Office Office was a comedy show on SAB TV which focused on the corruption and malpractices in Indian offices in a hilarious manner. It starred Pankaj Kapoor as Mussadi Lal, a man who has to visit an office regularly to claim his rights. The other actors of the show were
Asawari Joshi, Deven Bhojani,
Eva Grover, etc. This serial became so beloved that it was adapted into a Bollywood film called Chala Mussaddi…Office Office.” However, the film was nowhere near as good as the serial.
4. Sarabhai vs Sarabhai
This show on Star One was a critically and commercially acclaimed sitcom featuring an upper-class family based in Mumbai. The characters of the series and their quirks were immensely loved by the viewers. This show became a cult classic on TV, and the viewers are waiting for a sequel even today. The show starred
Satish Shah as Dushyant, Ratna Pathak Shah as Maya,
Sumeet Raghavan as Sahil,
Rupali Ganguly as Monisha, etc. It was directed by Deven Bhojani who is himself a comic actor of great stature.
Khichdi was a very famous comedy serial on Star Plus which appeared as seasons on TV. The serial was also adapted into a film called Khichdi-The Movie. It was based on a Gujarati family consisting of eccentric characters and the situations that they got into. The characters of Praful and Hansa are considered pop-culture references even today. Khichdi starred
Richa Bhadra, Vandana Pathak, and other such talented actors.
6. Tu Tu Main Main
Tu Tu Main Main started on the channel Doordarshan and was later taken up by Star Plus. The show focused on the bitter-sweet relationship of a mother-in-law with her daughter-in-law played by
Reema Lagoo and
Supriya Pilgaonkar respectively. Their hilarious bickering amused the viewers immensely. The show was also dubbed in the Tamil language and aired on Raj TV.
7. Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
This comedy show on SAB TV is based on a Gujarati comic column by journalist Taarak Mehta in a magazine called Chitralekha. The show is set in a fictional society called Gokuldham located in Mumbai. The camaraderie among the residents of the society is very lovable and endearing. The serial stars
Neha Mehta, etc. It is a long-running serial on SAB TV and is still loved by the viewers as much as it was when it started in the year 2008.
8. Shriman Shrimati
This sitcom was aired on Doordarshan in the year 1994. It had the actors
Rakesh Bedi, Reema Lagoo,
Jatin Kanakia, and
Archana Puran Singh as the lead characters. The story was about two neighbors who are attracted to each other’s wives. These situations lead to funny instances and great situational comedy. The show revolutionized the concept of comedy and made this concept very famous on which a few futures shows were based as well.
Chidiya Ghar is a comedy serial on SAB TV which has gained appreciation from the audience. The story is focused on a family of many different individuals who have characteristics of certain animals and birds. The show also teaches morals and life lessons after every episode. The main cast includes actors like
Aditi Sajwan, etc.
10. Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai!
This series on &TV is based on the concept of Shriman Shrimati, featuring two neighboring couples who like each other’s wives. Their competition and one-upmanship lead to funny situations and weird occurrences. This is one of the most popular comedy serials on &TV and has continued to enjoy the love and appreciation of the viewers till today. It stars Aashif Sheikh,
Shubhangi Atre Poorey, and
Saumya Tandon in the lead roles.