TV serials are widely popular in India; in fact, so much that these are an important part of the lives of a lot of women in India. Saying only women give importance to serials will not be entirely right as every once in a while, there are serials that are known to attract the male audiences too. But the quantity of these serials that are made according to the taste of male audience is negligible. Soap opera in India has been only confined to the Saas Bahu drama since the last decade or even more and for the breeze of change; they always bring the things like Naagin etc to make sure that audience (male in the house) don’t get a chance to complain. These serials when gain so much of popularity; it is but obvious that they make their existence in the long run and that means that they go on air over the years. India doesn’t have the concept of seasons and that is why these soap operas run continuously completing a large number of episodes. Here we bring to you Top 20 longest running TV serial in India that have completed at least a 1000 episodes journey:
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To start it up this serial was featured in Malayalam language and is a comical representation of the current events and the first episode of Cinemala was filmed on January 1st of 1993 and the final episode was filmed in the year 2013. Thus, it was a complete 20 year journey and serial completed its journey with great popularity.
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Devyani was shown on the channel “Star Pravah” and it started from 19th of March in 2012 and is telecast every Monday to Saturday from 8:30 PM to 9:30 PM. In this serial the lead character of the serial named Devyani is an orphan and the show is about the difficulties that she has to face while she faces the problems in her marital even after falling in love with her uncultured husband. The show started with good TRPs initially and with the changes in plots and turns of events; it has managed to complete such a great journey so far.
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Bhabhi Tv serial, that was broadcasted on “Star Plus” by the “UTV Software communications” was produced by Ronnie Screwala and Zarina Mehta. The lead role of the show was portrayed by Neha Mehta and the show completed duration of 6 long years during which it aired a total of 1328 number of episodes. The show’s lead actress finds herself in the wrong home just after her marriage when she faces a fateful accident. The show was on air from 18th March of 2002 to 23rd May of 2008.
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Rashi is the story of a self made woman who believes in making her own destiny rather than falling in the hands of the destiny. She is a common girl who despite of all the restrictions from her family never stops helping those who need her. More than 1000 episodes of the show have been completed in the year 2015 itself and it was shown on the “OZEE channel”.
16 Rasoi Show
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This show is one of the longest running show not only in India but also in Asia. With more than 3000 episodes aired so far; Rasoi Show holds the record for being the second most running cookery show in the world after the Mexican series Hasta La Cocina. The show is based on the simple concept where guests from the state of Gujarat are invited and they introduce it to the viewers; the methods of making the new invented dishes that they have made and also the dishes that already exist and how to make them in a better and a healthy way. It is still counting in the longest running TV serial.
15 Sasural Simar Ka
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The thing to be noted about Sasural Simar Ka is that this show has changed genres ever since its launch. The show was earlier a family drama show but over the time; it developed as a supernatural family drama where the lead actress along with her sister get married to the 2 brothers of the Bhardwaj household. Even if you have to look at the wiki page of the show; its genres are shown like “Indian soap opera, supernatural, thriller, drama, horror, fiction and romance”. The show’s rating in IMDB is a superb 1.2 and still it is running in its 5th year on “Colors” with more than a 1,975 episodes as of 31 October 2017 in its account and still telecasting as longest running TV serial.
14 Pavitra Rishta
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This is yet another long running soap opera which has run over 5 years and had Sushant Singh Rajput in the role of the lead male character. His character’s name is Manav and he falls in love with a girl named Archana and marries her and this is a story of the conflicts that the two of them faces after that. Pavitra Rishta saw its starting in the year of 2009 on 1st of June and it ended on 25th of October in 2014. The show aired on “Zee TV”.
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Kkusum that aired on the “Sony Television” became a household name when it was aired. The show completed 1001 episodes and its memories are still there in thousands of its female admirers. The show was about a girl named Kkusum Deshmukh who belonged from a middle class Maharashtrian family and marries a guy named Abhay Kapoor who she later finds out that has already been in love with another girl. The show started on 14th of May in 2001 and the final episode of the show was aired on 30th of November in 2005.
12 Bade Achche Lagte Hai
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This show was also a serial that aired on “Sony television” and was hugely popular amongst women for the most of its time. the story of Bade Achche Lagte Hai revolves around the character of Ram and Priya who are supposed to marry each other whilst their siblings are marrying each other. The show aired on 30th of May in 2011 and ended on 10th of May in 2014.
11 Ye Rishta Kya Kahlata hai
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The show belongs to the Romance Drama genre and has been created by Director’s Kut Productions. The show started on 12th of January in 2009 and is still running on “Star Plus”. Ye Rishta Kya Kahlata hai is focused on the daily happenings of Akshara and Naksh in a family based in Udaipur and also about the relatives that they have in their lives. It is a typical Indian soap opera that has attracted the usual audiences of women. It falls into the longest running serial range which had completed +2500 episodes till date.
10 Diya Aur Baati Hum
This is yet another TV soap opera that is centered in the background of Rajasthan (which is clearly a new favorite). This however has acquired a decent rating on IMDB and is aired on “Star Plus” since last 5 years. Diya Aur Baati Hum started on 29th of August in 2011 is still running and is centered on a lead character name Sandhya who also happens to be an IPS officer. The show is centered in the area of Pushkar and has also done its shooting at various other places including Singapore and Hyderabad etc. So far the show has completed total of 1370 episodes and is released under the production company of Shashi Sumeet Productions.
9 Kasautii Zindagi Kay
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Kasautii Zindagi Kay is yet another serial from the golden era of the TV for the “Star Network” and the Ekta Kapoor. This show was aired for a long period of almost 7 years and this show started on 29th of October in 2001 and ended on 28th of February in 2008. It was also a show from the renowned Balaji telefilms that is owned by Ekta Kapoor and truth be told was like an out of the world tale of high society family where marrying and remarrying and affairs were like the only essence of the show. Shweta Tiwari and Ronit Roy were the main attractions of the show.
8 Saath Nibhana Saathiya
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With a mere rating of 3.5; Saath Nibhana Saathiya is also one of the most running TV shows in India. This show is centered on the lead character Gopi Modi and is created by the Rashmi Sharma Telefilms limited. The show was started on 3rd of May in 2010 and ended on 23th of July in 2017. The show is aired on “Star Plus” and set in Rajkot but filmed in Mumbai.
7 Balika Vadhu
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Now who is not aware with this show? Balika Vadhu created nationwide sensation when it started on 21st of July in 2008 with the evil of child marriage in some of the sections of the society. The show was one of the few shows that started with the origin of “Colors channel” itself. But the show has sadly lost its track and ended on 31st of July in 2016.
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“Daya Darwaja tod do and Kuch to Gadbad Hai”; take these 2 dialogues and the only show that comes to mind is CID. The show was started in the year 1998 on 21st of January and this crime fiction action drama was created by B.P. Singh and it airs on “Sony TV”. So far, the show is said to have completed 1,471 (as of October 28, 2017) episodes and is still airing as longest running TV serial. The show has acquired a cult following in India and there are many who are the true admirers of this show where the lead group of CID officers crack difficult and mind twisting murder and other mysteries with their courage and mind capabilities.
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Kumkum was a famous show that aired on “Star Plus” and it starred Juhi Parmar in the lead as the central character with Hussain as the lead male protagonist. The show completed a big number of 1449 episodes and started on 15th of July in 2002 and ended on 13th of March in 2009. This show was actually one of the shows when Saas Bahu drama was on its peak and it gained huge popularity for the actors and actresses in the show.
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Uttaran was a show on “Colors” and it completed a respective running of 7 years on the channel. Tina Dutta and Rashmi Desai were the lead actresses in the show portraying the respective characters of Ichcha and Tapasya. The show was started on 1st of December in 2008 and ended on 16th of January in 2015. Rashmi and Nandish who played important roles in the show got actually married due to the bonding that developed between them on the sets of the show.
3 Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii
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Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii was the serial that aired on “Star Plus” with the lead characters of Sakshi Tanwar and Kiran Karmarkar in the fictional Aggarwal Family. The show topped the charts during its reign with Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as another chart topper at the time. The show completed 1661 episodes in 8 years with its starting date as 16th of October in 2000 and ended on 9th of October in 2008.
2 Kyunki Saas Bhi kabhi Bahu Thi
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This show was like the beginning of the Saas Bahu era that still entertains women of the house and scares the male members. The show had Smriti Irani the current Cabinet Minister as the lead actress of the show named as Tulsi Virani. The show was aired on 3rd of July in 2000 and ended on 6th of November in 2008. It also aired on “Star Plus” and was a creation from Balaji Telefilms. The show completed 1833 episodes before it saw its end.
1 Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma
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Taarak Mehta ka Ooltah Chashma needs no introduction and is currently the most loved comedy series in India. The show started on 28th of July in 2008 and as of now has completed more than 2326 as on 30 October 2017 and still broadcasting as longest running TV serial. The show saw a good start with promising comedy but after that it was seen having a decline with the storyline bending more towards the emotional and moral value teaching than the comedy itself which affected in its viewership. The show airs on “Sony SAB”.
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We know that the list has been completed but this is an honorary mention and actually the show that maintained its flavor from the beginning to the end. It was a Be Sirper comedy till the end with characters like Aamir, Kiku Sharda, Gopi Bhalla and Sandeep Anand. FIR aired a total of 1323 and you can bet that all of them had the caliber and the storyline to tickle your funny bone.
So these were the TV serials that completed 1000 episodes and were liked a lot by the Indian viewers. Though the running of some of them is actually a curse and insult to the Indian TV (while we compare them to the storyline and acting on English Series); but people like what they like and there is nothing that anyone can do for that. With these shows completing more than 1000 of episodes and Game of Thrones offering only 50 episodes in last 5 years; you can frustrate all you want at the quality of Indian TV; but that is the truth.