Shaktimaan to C.I.D. - TV Shows That Defined the 90s

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Hum Paanch (1995-2006)

The show follows Anand Mathur (Ashok Saraf), a hard-working white-collar employee who has to deal with the shenanigans of his five daughters and wife on a daily basis after a hard day at work.

Aahat (1995 - 2015)

Created by B.P. Singh, the show started off as a crime thriller, boasting the writing skills of the Raghavans - Sriram and Shridhar, and the direction of Sriram, among others, but a switch to horror is what earned it serious credibility with viewers.

Just Mohabbat (1996-2000)

Set in a Dehradun boarding school, the show follows Jai (Harsh Lunia and Vatsal Sheth) as he goes through the motions of his pre-teens and senior school years, experiencing the very things a fair few of the audience were themselves experiencing.

Shaktimaan (1997 - 2005)

Mukesh Khanna donned the suit of Shaktimaan, the buckteeth of Gangadhar, and the role of creator-producer off-screen to bring the country's most significant homegrown superhero enterprise to life. Despite the obvious similarities to Western superheroes, Shaktimaan held its own for a fair period of time.

Captain Vyom (1998)

Directed by Ketan Mehta and featuring 90s heartthrob Milind Soman in the lead role, the futuristic sci-fi show set in the 22nd century in a completely transformed world marked a major shift in the otherwise staple television environment.

Yes Boss (1999-2009)

Starring Rakesh Bedi, Aasif Sheikh, and Kavita Kapoor, the show revolves around three pivotal characters, all of whom work in an advertising agency, and how their inter-personal equations lead to hilarity in the workplace.

C.I.D. (1998 - 2018)

Also created by B.P. Singh and led by Shivaji Satam, Aditya Srivastava, and Dayanand Shetty, the police procedural was an entire generation's regular evening entertainment, pulling in family audiences despite the theme.