The advent of satellite channels has given children so much variety to watch on television these days, whether we talk about cartoon, sports or entertainment shows. Talking about those of us who have been growing up in the eighties and the nineties, television viewing was limited to a very few shows with fewer TV channels to watch. These television shows, which gave us limited exposure to satellite, were our staple diet during our childhood.
Here are the 10 TV shows all our contemporaries must surely have seen in their childhood:
Talking about mythology, “Mahabharat” presented on Doordarshan by B R Chopra, has been the greatest television show ever featured on the Indian television, with its ensemble cast, grand sets and extra special effects, which made the show far ahead of its time.
Another epic presentation on the Indian television, which ruled the industry in the decades of the eighties and nineties, is “Ramayan”, which brought this great epic to life with its realistic characters, simple screenplay and gripping action. Still remember those lazy Sundays, which no longer remained lazy as the whole household got ready early in the morning to get glued to TV for an hour long wonder!
Next among the most popular shows of our childhood is “Shaktimaan”, the original Indian superhero. This buck toothed Indian version of Superman fought the baddies with his physical and mental prowess and turned out to be the Sunday afternoon star.
4. Small Wonder
“Small Wonder” happens to be the most popular Hindi dubbed English serial, which was aired every evening in those good old days. It was our first experience of technology as Vicki the robot brought some hilarious experience as a part of a normal human family.
5. Malgudi Days
And who can forget the lazy and rustic “Malgudi Days” of the nineties! We often turn nostalgic when we think of Swami and his friends and their days at the school, in the market and at play in the small village of Malgudi.
6. The Jungle Book
Many of us can still recite the anthem of the nineties, “Jungle Jungle Baat Chali Hai Pata Chala Hai, Chaddi Pahan ke Phool Khila Hai, Phool Khila Hai”. Whether it was children or the grown-ups, this animated version of the classic Rudyard Kipling novel “The Jungle Book” was the top rated show of its time. It featured some unforgettable characters like Mowgli, Bagheera and Sher Khan.
7. Vikram aur Betaal
Another impressive TV show from our childhood days is the mythological Indian show called “Vikram aur Betaal”, the encounter between a great Indian king and a ghost. Every episode of the show had a story narrated by the ghost to the king, with a riddle for him in the end. Some of the stories still linger in our memories.
8. Hum Paanch
The original Balaji show “Hum Paanch”, which was aired on Zee TV in the nineties can be rightly called the biggest comedy on TV till date. It was the story of a troubles father, henpecked by his wife and harassed by five mad daughters.
Another TV show each of us must probably have seen is the old and simple “Nukkad”, which was the story of simple street side people and the problems faced by them in their everyday lives. The show was a mix of comedy, emotions, drama and optimism.
“Fauji” is a TV show earmarked as the launch pad of the superstar of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan. It starred the legendary actor as a soldier Abhimanyu Rai and was the story about the rigorous army training.
Some other unforgettable TV shows from our childhood days are “Buniyaad”, “Hum Log”, “Circus”, “Wagle ke Duniya”, “Chandrakanta”, “Karamchand” and “Mungeri Lal ke Haseen Sapne”. These shows might not have been as glamorous and technically superior as they are today, yet their simplicity was their greatest strength.