Old Hindi Comedy Serials - 7 Best Old Comedy Serials of India

Some of the very best Hindi comedy serials that kept the audience coming back to watch the serials aired way back when Indian Television Industry just consisted of Doordarshan and one or two other channels.

If we exclude a few shows, today there is a dearth of real comedy shows that lack the ability to keep audiences coming back.

Time and again I have forwarded many emails to different Television channels to consider re-telecasting these shows, but to no avail.

Here is the list of some of the unforgettable and rib-tickling Hindi comedy shows that are a real treat to watch.

1| Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi

India's first sitcom, Yeh jo hai zindagi is one of the most popular shows of Indian Television that even the box office collections would take a hit. This program was aired on DD National on 8.30 pm on every Friday. The most funny part came in from the act of Satish Shah who use to play different character on every episode.

Moreover, Shahrukh Khan's production house - Red Chillies Entertainment is remaking the show which will be aired on Imagine TV by the name Ghar Ki Baat

Other Famous Characters

  • Shafi Inamdar played Ranjit, the husband.
  • Swaroop Sampat played Renu, his wife.
  • Rakesh Bedi played Raja, Renu's brother.
  • Tiku Talsania played Ranjit's boss.
  • Farida Jalal played Ranjit's aunt in the second innings.
  • Javed Khan played Farida Jalal's servant, Jhumroo, in the second innings.

2| Zabaan Sambhalke

Many people would not know that this show was the adaptation of the popular British sitcom "Mind Your Language". The main character of Mohan Bharti played by Pankaj Kapoor who is forced to teach Hindi because he has lost his job as an Engineer. People from all walks of life come at the institute to learn Hindi where comedy arises from the interactions of the fellow classmates. Was recently aired on Bindass.

Other famous Characters

  • Archana- played by Meenakshi Shukla - the typist cum receptionist which appears to have crush on Mohan Bharti.
  • Lata Dixit- played by Shubha Khote - Principal.
  • Mister Charles - played by Tom Alter.
  • Rock Patel- played by Javed Jaffrey.

Zabaan Sambhalke: Episode 1 - Nil institute

3| Dekh Bhai Dekh

The story revolves around the Diwan family and the comic part came from the sibling rivalry, relationship troubles, business problems, irksome parents and in-laws

Famous Characters

  • Sushma Seth - Mummyji/Surekha Diwan
  • N K Shivpuri - Pappaji/Raj Diwan
  • Navin Nischol - Balraj Diwan
  • Farida Jalal - Suhasini Diwan
  • Amar Upadhyay ... Chachu
  • Deven Bhojani ... Kareema

Episode 1, Part 1

4| Shrimaan Shrimati

Shrimaan Shrimati was one show that was re-telecasted which got the aftenoon slot on Sab TV. With excellent comic timings of all the actors; this show could give many new sitcoms a run for their money.

Famous Characters

  • Jatin Kanakia as Keshav Kulkarni
  • Reema Lagoo as Kokila Kulkarni
  • Archana Puran Singh as Prema Shalini
  • Rakesh Bedi as Dilruba
  • Ajay Nagrath as Chintu
  • Vijay Gokhale as Gokhale

First Episode

Vidya Balan in Hum Paanch
Vidya Balan in Hum Paanch

5| Hum Paanch

Hum Paanch was the story of a middle class worker and his family who had five daughters. The comic part came from the problems that his five daughters would create.

After the first successful season the show came back for a second season which was aired in 2005.

Famous Characters

  • Ashok Saraf as Anand Mathur.
  • Priya Tendulkar as Anand Mathur's first wife.
  • Shoma Anand as Bina Mathur.
  • Kajal Bhai - Bhairavi Raichura
  • Vidya Balan as Radhika for some episodes

The below video has Vidya Balan enacting Radhika: the double-battery girl (lol).

Vidya Balan in Action

6| Padosan

Padosan went on to become a hugely popular comic show in which the trademark of the show was the character played by Jatin Kanakia who had frequent conversation with cupboards and sofas in his house.

Sameer Khakhar and Ajay Wadhavkar in Nukkad
Sameer Khakhar and Ajay Wadhavkar in Nukkad

7| Nukkad

After lot of searching and researching I could not find any video or much information about Nukkad except for the Wikipedia page. The story revolved around the struggles of urban youth, their problems and sacrifices and their subsequent discussion at the street corner. The main highlight was the character played by Sameer Khakkar as Khopdi.

Update: Shemaroo Entertainment, the official rights holder of the serial have started uploading videos (17 episodes) on Youtube. The first episode is embedded on this page whereas others can be watched on Youtube (link below).

Other Famous Characters

  • Dilip Dhawan - Guru (The Electrician)
  • Avtar Gill - Kadar Bhai (The Hotelier)
  • Sangeeta Naik - Radha
  • Pavan Malhotra - Hari (Bicycle-repair guy)

First Episode of Nukkad

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nir 22 months ago

Can some1 pls. Tell me bou this child actress who. I think was seen in all the best the count down. Show in dd metro .also I have seen her with ajay nagrath in some serial also in dd metro ...some1 plss tell me..


nits 2 years ago

Sarabhai vs sarabhai is all time favourite


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kannanwrites 2 years ago from Mumbai Author

@Goutam Byomkesh Bakshi was not a comedy, it was a detective series.


goutam 2 years ago

add Byomkesh Bakshi to it too.

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