Indian TV shows have a long standing reputation of spanning generations and becoming a staple in our daily lives. They often go on for years and keep revisiting the same storylines albeit with a new generation and a soft reboot. Although some of these serials struck an eternal chord with and still continue to rule our hearts. Let’s take a look at some of the longest running Indian TV shows of all time.
TMKOC is one of the longest-running serials and the longest-running sitcom on Indian TV. The show premiered on 28th July 2008 and has been continuously on air ever since and has aired over 2950 episodes. The show revolves around the lives of the Gada family and other residents of the Gokuldham society who inadvertently keep getting involved in hilarious mishaps.
The show went on for over 8 years on Star Plus until its plug was pulled, before clocking 1,833 episodes. Showrunner Ekta Kapoor wanted to keep the show on-air but the channel didn’t agree due to low TRP. The show chronicled the lives of the Virani family through the eyes of its eldest bahu - Tulsi Virani, portrayed by Smriti Irani.
One of the most iconic Indian TV shows and also one of the longest running, C.I.D clocked in 1,547 episodes before going off-air in 2018. The show ran for more than 20 years and saw a team of C.I.D officers solve crime. Over the years the show has hosted a myriad of actors but the principle characters - ACP Pradyuman, Daya, Abhijeet, Fredricks, and Dr. Salunkhe remained intact.
The show that gave us Hina Khan, has been going on for more than 12 years and is currently at the 3,143rd episode. It is a regular soap opera that sees the “bahu” saving the day despite all the odds. The show went through a soft reboot after the lead Hina Khan decided to call it quits on being a sari-clad superhero. Currently the show’s leads are Naira and Kartik who are the daughter and SIL of Naitik and Akshara (Hina Khan).
Another popular Ekta Kapoor show of the early 2000s that ran for 8 years, Kahaani gave us many actors such as Sakshi Tanvar and Ali Asgar among others. It clocked in 1661 episodes before going off-air. It showcased the ideal son in the form of Om Agarwal and the perfect bahu in the form of Parvati Agarwal. This is another show after Kyunki… that helped usher in the era of saas-bahu serials.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay was so popular and well-received that the show was rebooted in 2018. The show ran for 1,423 episodes spanning almost 7 years. Kasautii along with Kahaani and Kyunki formed Ekta Kapoor’s trio of shows that ran almost simultaneously to each other and dominated the Indian TV scene.
Kumkum introduced us to Hussain and Juhi Parmar and just like some other shows on this list, dominated our TV time during the 2000s. The show ran for nearly 7 years and clocked in 1,449 episodes. The show tells the story of Kumkum, a bahu who is remarried by her in-laws who worry about her future after her husband dies.
Another Ekta Kapoor shows that just kept going year after year breaking one record after another in terms of TRP. The show ran for 1,424 episodes over a span of 5 years. It gave us Bollywood heart-throb Sushant Singh Rajput and Ankita Lokhande. It tells the story of Manav and Archana, how their love blossoms and they continue overcoming one obstacle after another to keep their families from falling apart.
Abhishekam is a Telugu language show that has been continuously on-air since 2008 and has clocked 3,494 episodes. This makes it the longest running Indian TV show. It airs from Monday to Saturday during afternoon on ETV Telugu. The show explores relationships among family members and human values.
This is a Telugu show that ended in March 2020. It remained on air for 11 years clocking in 3,329 episodes. The show is centered around Amrita, a lawyer, who keeps moving ahead in life despite the insurmountable personal problems that come her way.