Every week, streaming platforms spoil us with new shows and movies that absolutely must be watched. But sometimes, don’t you feel seeing re-runs of the shows you grew up on? The good news that a lot of the television series that kids of the 1980s and ’90s were weaned on are now streaming. Here’s a list.
STREAMING ON AMAZON PRIME
‘Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi’ (1984)
A comedy show about a couple, a jobless and unmarried brother-in-law and Satish Shah who plays different characters in each episode. The story revolves around their lives and the trouble they get into, time and now.
Directors: Manjul Sinha, Kundan Shah, Raman Kumar.
Writer: Sharad Joshi.
Cast: Shafi Inamdar, Swaroop Sampat, Rakesh Bedi, Satish Shah, Nivedita Joshi-Saraf
‘Malgudi Days’ (1987)
This sweet series is an adaptation of RK Narayan’s book Malgudi Days, a collection of slice-of-life stories set in the fictional town of Malgudi.
Director: Shankar Nag
Writer: RK Narayan
Cast: Master Manjunath, Girish Karnad, Vaishali Kasaravalli, Suhashini Adarkar, Raghuram Sitaram
Who can forget Shah Rukh Khan as a camo-clad trainee in a commando school? The popular show was Khan’s television debut.
Directors: Raj Kapoor
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan, Rakesh Sharma, Vikram Chopra, Vishwajeet Pradhan
‘Zabaan Sambhalke’ (1993)
The hilarious remake of British sitcom Mind Your Language is one of the most memorable shows of the 1990s. Pankaj Kapoor plays a beleaguered Hindi teacher in a language school, where he has a tough time teaching students from all over India and the world.
Director: Rajiv Mehra
Writers: Saleem Agha, Shaukat Baig, Rajender Mehra
Cast: Pankaj Kapur, Rajender Mehra, Vivek Vaswani, Dinyar Tirandaz, Shubha Khote, Viju Khote, Tom Alter
Shaktimaan, played by Mukesh Khanna, is a superhuman being, whose job it is to eradicate injustice and corruption and safeguard the Suryanshis, a sect that he formed 5000 years ago.
Directors: Dinker Jani, Nirmal Jani
Writer: Brij Mohan Pandey
Cast: Mukesh Khanna, Vaishnavi, Surendra Pal, Kitu Gidwani, Lalit Parimoo, Rajendra Gupta, Manjeet Kular, Deepshika Nagpal, Nawab Shah, Raju Srivastava
STREAMING ON HOTSTAR
‘Shaka Laka Boom Boom’ (2000)
Shaka Laka Boom Boom is a fictional series about a young boy Sanju, played by Kinshuk Vaidyam who finds a magic pencil that has the power to bring things into life when they’re drawn on a piece of paper.
Writer: Saurabh Bharadwaj
Cast: Vishal Solanki, Kinshuk Vaidya, Rahul Joshi, Hansika Motwani, Frank Anthony, Sainee Raj, Reema Vohra, Madhur Mittal
‘Ssshhhh…Koi Hai’ (2001)
Three ghost-busters fight to save the world from evil spirits.
Directors: Pavan Kaul, Mahim Joshi, Suraj Rao, Kaushik Ghatak, Mukul Abhyankar
Writers: Mahim Joshi, Aditya Narain Singh
Cast: Rahil Azam, Savita Bajaj, Anil George, Chetan Hansraj, Kali Prasad Mukherjee, Ronit Roy, Vindu Dara Singh, Mamik Singh, Shaukat Baig
A comedy-drama about a Gujarati joint family (pictured above) that wants to sell their old mansion and split into nuclear families. They’re waiting for babuji, the head of the family, to make up his mind. The crazy family comprises of the old man, his useless son, Praful, Praful’s wife Hansa, widowed daughter-in-law Jayshree and her kids Chakki and Jackie.
Director: Aatish Kapadia
Writer: Aatish Kapadia
Cast: Anang Desai, J.D. Majethia, Rajeev Mehta, Supriya Pathak, Vandana Pathak, Richa Bhadra, Yash Mittal, Tina Parekh
STREAMING ON ZEE5
‘The Zee Horror Show’ (1993)
This is a horror show by the Ramsay brothers ran for nine years. It’s unsurpassed for cheap, cheesy thrills.
Director: Shyam Ramsay, Tulsi Ramsay
Writer: M Salim
Cast: Javed Khan, Prabha Sinha, Poonam Dasgupta, Sudhir, Mayuri, Ved Thappar, Prithvi, Asha Sharma, Ragesh Asthana
‘Hum Paanch’ (1995)
A middle-class businessman from Mumbai, Anand Mathur finds himself in trouble each day because of his five daughters Meenakshi, Radhika, Sweety, Kajal and Chhoti.
Directors: Kapil Kapoor, Rajat Rawail, Sameer Kulkarni, Raju Parsekar, Rajan Waghdhare
Writer: Imtiaz Patel
Cast: Anirudh Agarwal, Shoma Anand, Ali Asgar, Vidya Balan, Neha Bam, Suchitra Bandekar, Jitendra Bhardwaj, Ramesh Bhatkar, Sudha Chandran, Rinku Dhawan, Aishwarya Duggal, Jatin Kanakia