What’s your TV addiction? Three kind of shows that keep us hooked

Addiction of TV shows is not less powerful than drugs or alcohol addiction. So what kind of shows keep the junta hooked?

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Written by Khyati Rajvanshi , Edited by Parmita Uniyal | New Delhi | Updated: July 24, 2014 4:24 pm

Addiction of television shows these days is not less powerful than drugs or alcohol addiction. The more you get, the more you want, and at the end of the day it is all in your head. With over a million TV shows to watch on air right now, people have different preferences about what they want. Here are some of the most prominently liked TV shows by the people of India, which are highly addictive by any standards.


1) Saas-bahu serials

On the top of the list come the TV soap operas, or as they call it ‘Saas bahu’ serials. These deadly sitcoms are never ending. The main ingredient for these kind of shows is drama. It will be 30 minutes of dramatic camera angles, dramatic entry of the protagonist and the antagonist, dramatic dialogues, and even dramatic ways to cry. They will entertain you but like every medicine, give you side effects such as- mild headache, high blood pressure, nausea and last but not the least, dizziness caused by the loss of your precious brain cells. Not to mention the extreme loud background music used in serials. Dialogues are made to be inaudible and one is forced to increase the volume of their TV set. This could be an amazing way of promoting a show – by letting your whole society know that you are watching it.

It is as if one did not have enough drama in their own lives that they tune in to see how fictional characters deal with their own drama.


There could be possibly two main reasons as to why such serials are so famous these days. The first being, misery loves company. Whether you deny it or not, no one likes to see a happy face when they are sad. You want to make yourself feel better by psychologically thinking that you are not the only one who is getting tormented by your mother in law in the kitchen. The second reason as to why people love these serials could be because they get inspired in a way to deal with their problems in reality. Or one could easily escape from reality by focusing on other people’s issues and lifestyle. It is like you staying over at your neighbour’s house for few hours just to witness all the drama and secrets unfold before your drama hungry eyes.


2) Crime-based shows

Missing the top position just by few votes are the Crime based shows in India. No, not the CSI, Criminal Minds or Law and Order type of investigative murder shows, but reality crime based shows.

With all the uprising crimes in India, the television industry has resorted to making shows such as ‘Crime Patrol’ or ‘Gumraah’, where real life based crime stories are replicated scene by scene.


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