Children born in the 1980s and 1990s likely recall the delight of viewing television shows like “Alif Laila”, “Raja Rancho”, “Shaktimaan”, and other popular series that became household names at that time. Back in those days, families would gather to watch these shows together, a stark contrast to today’s scenario where kids are often preoccupied with their mobile devices.

If you were born in the ’80s or ’90s, it might be a wonderful idea to revisit these classic serials with your family and children.

1) Alif Laila (1993)

Alif Laila tv serial 1993
Alif Laila

“Alif Laila” a renowned television series aired on DD National, is an adaptation of the classic Arabian Nights, also known as “One Thousand and One Nights.” This show is a tapestry of thrilling tales woven by Scheherazade to captivate King Shahryar, who has vowed to marry a new woman each day and execute her the next morning. Scheherazade’s stories, rich in fantasy, magic, and adventure, include famous narratives like “Aladdin and the Magic Lamp” and “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” With its engaging storytelling and colorful characters, “Alif Laila” captured the imagination of its audience, becoming a significant part of Indian television history.

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Also read: Evergreen Mythological tv shows that every new generation Indian kid should watch

2) Raja aur Rancho (1997)

Raja aur Rancho tv serial 1997
Raja aur Rancho

“Raja aur Rancho” was a popular Indian television show aired on DD National, notable for its unique and engaging narrative. The series centered around a smart monkey ‘Rancho’, and his human friend ‘Raja’. Together, they solved mysteries and crimes, often outwitting criminals with their intelligence and teamwork. The show was a blend of comedy, adventure, and detective themes, making it a hit among a wide age group. Its appeal lay in the clever antics of Raja and the heartwarming bond he shared with Rancho, offering viewers a delightful escape into a world where wit and friendship triumph over adversity.

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3) Shaktimaan (1997)

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Shaktimaan

“Shaktimaan” is an iconic Indian superhero television series that aired on DD National, deeply ingrained in the cultural fabric of India. The story revolves around the protagonist, Shaktimaan (played by Mukesh Khanna), a spiritual and physical powerhouse with superhuman abilities. He is the alter ego of Pandit Gangadhar Vidhyadhar Mayadhar Omkarnath Shastri, a photographer for a newspaper. Shaktimaan fights against evil forces to save humanity and uphold moral values, embodying ideals of truth, justice, and non-violence. The show, a blend of action, moral lessons, and fantasy, was a pioneer in Indian superhero content and became a phenomenon, inspiring a generation of young viewers.

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4) Chandrakanta (1994)

Chandrakanta tv serial 1994
Chandrakanta

Chandrakanta” is a celebrated Indian fantasy television series, broadcast on DD National, based on Devaki Nandan Khatri’s novel of the same name. The story unfolds in a mystical land, revolving around Princess Chandrakanta and her love story with Prince Virendra Singh. Their romance is fraught with obstacles, including political rivalries, conspiracies, and the use of magical powers. Central to the plot are ‘Tilism’ and ‘Aiyyars’ – magicians and spies with shape-shifting abilities. The show is a rich tapestry of magical realms, ancient kingdoms, and enchanted warfare, capturing viewers’ imaginations with its blend of romance, adventure, and intrigue in a fantastical setting.

Popular characters that we remember are: Kroor Singh, Chandrakanta, Uday Singh, Janbaaz, Tara, Sumer Singh.

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5) Zee Horror Show (1993)

Zee Horror Show (1993)
The Zee Horror Show

The “Zee Horror Show” a popular television series on Zee TV, is known for its thrilling and spine-chilling episodes. This anthology series comprises a variety of standalone stories, each delving into the supernatural and paranormal realms. The show explores themes of ghosts, ghouls, witches, and other unworldly entities, often set against the backdrop of everyday life, thus heightening the element of fear. Renowned for its eerie settings, suspenseful narratives, and chilling sound effects, the series captured the imagination of its audience, making it a landmark show in the horror genre on Indian television. It was a trendsetter, paving the way for future horror series in India.

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