Top 5 Best Hindi Serials of all Times

Indian television is the most engaging medium of entertainment for audiences. Ever since television was introduced in India, it has managed to attract people and gain high viewership. Hindi serials started way back in the 1980s and today, with the boom in Hindi channels, the number of Hindi shows being telecast has also gone up. Audience preferences have changed over time, but there are certain shows which captured their attention back then and continue to do so even now! Here is a list of the top 5 best Hindi serials of all times.

The Most Popular And Best Hindi Serials Of All Times

5. Kaun Banega Crorepati

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Nobody had ever imagined that someday Amitabh Bachchan would make way for himself in the households on Indian audiences and get them to win cash prizes by showing their knowledge! Based on the format of the UK show ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’, the KBC show has participants from various backgrounds trying their luck at winning cash prizes by playing a knowledge-based quiz game.

What started in the year 2000 with a grand prize money of Rupees 1 crore, is now in its 7th season, with a grand prize of 7 crore rupees. Barring Season 3, which was hosted by Shahrukh Khan, all other seasons have been hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. Every season, the show has seen numerous participants sharing the ‘hot seat’ with the host.

4. Shaktimaan


Shaktimaan was a Hindi television series about a fictional Indian superhero who had magical powers and worked to eradicate evil from the society. Produced by Mukesh Khanna, who also played the lead role, the show aired around 400 episodes from 1997 to 2005 on Sundays. It was one of the most popular and longest running television series for children on Doordarshan.

Mukesh Khanna played dual characters of the powerful Shaktimaan and the simpleton Gangadhar. His love interest was Geeta Vishwas, who was a reporter in the newspaper for which they worked. The show was criticized on the grounds that it encouraged children to try stunts like setting themselves on fire or jumping off buildings, with the hope that Shaktimaan would come to their rescue.

3. Hum Log

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Hum Log started in 1984, and is credited as being the first commercially sponsored show on Indian television. The popularity of the show also convinced other advertisers to sponsor programmes on television and reap the benefits of the same. It was directed by P. Kumar Vasudev and had quite a few renowned actors in it. The narration of the show was done by Ashok Kumar, adding to the likeability of the show.

Hum Log was about a middle class Indian family, how they lead their lives and deal with their aspirations and dreams. The show beamed at a time when people could very well connect to the characters and relate their real life instances with the events on the serial. This soap opera garnered high viewership even in areas where people could not understand Hindi, which is proof of the fact that this serial was such a huge hit.

2. Mahabharat


One of the most popular religious based Hindi serials of all times, next to Ramayan, is B.R. Chopra’s Mahabharat. Based on the epic of the same name, the show had a run of 94 episodes and boasted of a huge and popular star cast. The total estimated cost of producing the show was a whooping 9 crore rupees way back in the late 1980s.

Mahabharat, as is evident from the name, had plenty of violence to show the war between the two groups of brothers. However, it also spread the message of using one’s discretion to differentiate between the good and evil and choose the virtuous path. The show aired in the Sunday morning slot and was quite a draw even among audiences in UK.

1. Ramayan


The nation came to a halt every Sunday morning when Gods made way to every television set for around a year and a half. Way back in 1987, Ramanand Sagar conceptualized the show based on Valmiki’s Ramayan and Tusidas’ Ramcharitmanas. This show was a milestone in many ways- first, since it was the first Indian television series with a religious theme. Second, it spread the “Ramayan fever” among people because they would stop all their activities and not budge an inch from their seats at the time the show would be telecast.

The characters of the show became very popular and people began to associate with them as being true avatars of the Gods and Goddesses. It held the Limca Book of Records of being the most viewed serial until June 2003.

There are many more Hindi serials which form a part of the best Hindi serials of all time, but these are the top 5 best Hindi serials of all time.

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