With each passing year, the shows on TV just keep getting worse. I’m mostly talking about Hindi TV series, which tend to go on for years and years, with no story, gaudily dressed women, guys with fuschia pink lips, regressive, and yet they’re loved.
I really miss the kind of shows we watched while growing up, even cartoons. I’ve seen my nieces enjoying Doraemon, and it appalls me. Though there are some good ones that are coming up now, like Little Einstein.
Here’s my list of the kind of happy, calming and funny shows I miss.
D.J., Stephanie and Michelle had the sweetest father and Uncles growing up. Just a happy environment at home to grow in. It had its funny moments, the growing up, the struggles each of them faced in this setup. It was simple, and helped you unwind.
It was about Mr. Drummond, a white guy adopting 2 African boys, Arnold and Willis Jackson, because their mother had passed away and was an employee of Mr. Drummond. Arnold had the cutest catchphrase, “What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?”.
Well, we did have a hindi version of this one (Karishma ka Karishma), but it wasn’t half as good. Jamie, Vicki and Harriet were kids we saw growing up. Thankfully, we got to watch this in English.
Dekh Bhai Dekh
The show was about the quirky and loving Diwan family, living in the suburbs of Mumbai, then Bombay. The show has the feel that “Bombay” gives. It revolved around their relationships, love and problems.
Hip Hip Hurray
Based on the lives of students studying in the 12th grade of DeNobili High, and their fears, love, relationships, careers, health, exams. It gave high school goals to kids that age.
About Jai, who lived in a boarding school in Dehradun away from his parents, and gets expelled and returns to Bombay to his parents (can’t really remember why). But it was cute, how kids get naughty, and just how curious they can get and how it gets the better of them.
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