Though never-ending soaps continue to rule the roost when it comes to raking in TRPs on the small screen, a few shows have tried to give the tube a makeover. With fresh concepts, innovative storylines and increased interactions with the audience, they stand out in the crowd for putting content over everything else.
1) Bigg Boss
The reality show that follows the format of the UK show, Big Brother, hit it off with the audience from the first season itself. Viewers look forward to the show every year, in which various celebrities are locked in a house while the cameras follow their every move. Salman Khan hosting the show, especially in the last three seasons, notched up its popularity even further. The show has not only provided ample entertainment, but also controversies galore.
2) Comedy Nights With Kapil
Comedian-actor Kapil Sharma’s TV show became a huge sensation almost overnight. Hilarious gigs and star appearances, are its highlights. Setbacks like the sets of his show catching fire or Sunil Grover, who played the popular character of Gutthi, walking out, didn’t wane Kapil’s popularity or the show’s ratings. It has continued to entertain audiences since 2013.
3) Crime Patrol
Twelve years and still on, this show is perhaps the longest-running crime show on TV. Hosted by Anup Soni, the show presents dramatised versions of actual crimes in an attempt to create awareness among audiences. The concept was so successful that many other channels ended up churning out their own versions of it.
4) Balika Vadhu
It will be remembered as the show that made rural themes popular. The story of a child bride caught the nation’s imagination with Aanandi (Avika Gor) becoming a star overnight. The show also focused on many social issues, like education for senior citizens, water shortage, corruption and lack of hospitals, among others. The show has surpassed the popular show Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi’s record of 1,833 episodes in its seven-year run.
6) Koffee With Karan
Donning the host’s hat, film-maker Karan Johar started this chat show, in which he featured his star friends as guests, in 2004. The free-flowing wit, controversial statements and uninhibited comments by the guests made it quite popular. In its four-season run, the show has seen many popular stars wanting to appear on it, turning the show into a status symbol of sorts.
5) Satyamev Jayate
Aamir Khan struck an emotional chord with the audience through his chat show based on social issues, which has seen three successful seasons till now. Aamir’s credible background, and in-depth research done on each topic, helped the show rise on the TRP charts. Topics from child abuse, female foeticide, rape, honour killings, domestic violence, medical malpractice, untouchability, alcoholism, physical disabilities, and criminalisation of politics, among others, were discussed on the show.
8) Saath Nibhana Saathiya
What was supposed to be a regular saas-bahu show, Saath Nibhana Saathiya revolutionised the TV time slot, creating a new prime time at 7pm. Audiences loved the fact that they had a new show to watch early in the evening, turning the soap into an instant hit. This led many other channels airing new shows to compete with it.
The family-oriented comedy show revolves around a housing colony that not only features people from various communities, but also addresses current social issues. The makers haven’t succumbed to the usual formula of time leaps or generation leaps to sustain the interest of the audience or to take the story forward. The show’s success has partly led to the channel turning comedy-centric.
9) Dance India Dance
Dance India Dance is an iconic show, which enjoys a cult following, having made superstars out of average Indians since 2009. The top-rated reality show, in its four seasons, has changed the way dance and dancers are perceived in India. The show has produced some of the finest dancers, like Salman Yusuff Khan and Dharmesh, among others.
Anil Kapoor’s decision to adapt the hit American TV series 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland, was touted as a potential game changer for Indian television. Directed by Abhinay Deo, the first season saw mixed reactions from critics, but was successful in garnering high TRPs. It saw many popular faces from the film world doing cameos in it, adding value to the show. Currently, Anil Kapoor is working on the second season of it.