So, it’s a long weekend and there is no such work, so you decide to sit back and watch TV. As soon as you switch on the idiot box and surf to some hindi channel, the thing you could only find is irritating 'saas bahu' shows that make you wish you could go back in time to better entertainment.

Here is a list of the TV shows we watched before family melodrama took over.

1. Hum Paanch

While today’s shows are peppered with women wearing expensive sarees and jewellery, going about their household drama, 'Hum Paanch' had a layered approach to women. On the surface, it was a comedy, but it talked about serious women-related issues like independence, feminism and marriage in a very light vein.

2. Surabhi 

Surabhi brings very pleasant memories. This was one show that actually made you happy about India and proud of its culture. The hosts were always smiling and the way the show was carried left us with a smile after it got over too.

3. Dekh Bhai Dekh

Before Sarabhai vs Sarabhai had us in splits, this family comedy was probably the best thing to happen to Indian TV. It was intelligent and had memorable characters we still remember after a decade.

4. Family No. 1

Before family squabbles took an ugly turn on the TV shows, they were cute and funny in Family No.1. the TV show swoon and the family actually gave everyone life goals.

5. Shrimaan Shrimati 

It was one of the most popular TV shows to be aired on Doordarshan. Comic characters like Keshu have not been seen on TV since. This show too highlighted the nuances of families and couples effectively.

6. Shaktimaan

The show that gave us lessons in being good human beings and of course our very own superhero.

7. Office Office

This serial very accurately portrayed the corruption in Indian government offices and channeled the frustration we felt in them when we go to get any work done.