OTT has changed the entire dynamics of the entertainment industry in the last 10 years. These 76 web shows of the decade certainly made us switch to mobile screens this decade and got us hooked. Check them out now!
If you call yourself a couch potato, blame it on these streaming platforms. OTT platforms have made video content consumption ‘an anywhere and everywhere experience’. At the beginning of 2010, no one would have thought that small-screens will become such a big deal. But today, it has changed the viewing experience completely. In fact, there is so much competition that content generators are leaving no stone unturned to provide users with the best possible content. Thanks to this competition, we are treated with some incredible web-series. These shows are breaking all the barriers that theatrical movies can never even touch upon. Online shows are big, content-driven, and bold. Sometimes, more money is spent on making a web-series than movies. Moreover, creators can now make practically anything, and this has resulted in some revolutionary content. It’s time for the ultimate binge as we’ve listed down our top 76 web shows of the decade.
Take a look at the web shows of the decade you should binge on:
Sacred Games: Sacred Games is the first big-budget web-series of India. Not just that, it is also highly content-driven and very well executed. It’s a show that unabashedly highlights the “telling” in story-telling and the “making” in filmmaking. Each and every character in the show deserves their own spin-off.
Money Heist: Money Heist is ridiculous but in a good way. Once you start watching this crime-thriller, you are not going to stop yourself from binging.
Bose Dead/Alive: Rajkummar Rao is playing a titular role in this show. Do we have to say anything else? ?
The Handmaid’s Tale: This show is the best of its kind. The show has led to so many conversations as it is relevant to today’s time. The Handmaid’s Tale is a visual treat with award-winning performances.
Mirzapur: Some shows are about the story, some are about its characters, while some are just brutally entertaining. Well, Mirzapur belongs to the third category for sure. It’s filled with twists and turns, graphics, strong language and raunchy scenes, making it a perfect entertainer.
The Test Case: Nimrat Kaur’s one-woman army show is one of the most progressive shows every made by ALT Balaji. Along with that, the show is also a thrilling whodunit.
Delhi Crime: Delhi Crime is a perfect example of breaking stereotypes. They have added so many dimensions to the characters of cops. It is as fresh as it is gripping. Shefali Shah is perfect as Vartika Chaturvedi.
The Family Man: The Family Man takes a template of a regular spy-thriller to a whole new dimension. It adds human emotions to every character. Manoj Bajpayee has given a spectacular performance in the show.
A.I.SHA My Virtual Girlfriend: This show is about an app developer, a loner and a loser until he creates the most beautiful app of his life. The series is one of the most loved series on YouTube.
Man’s World: Man’s world is light-hearted, funny and engaging. But the most important thing is that it started a debate on feminism in India. Also, it’s packed with special appearances like Parineeti Chopra, Bhumi Pednekar, Richa Chadda, and many more.
Girl In The City: Girl in the city stars Mithila Palkar in the lead role who to Mumbai from Dehradun. It’s a story every person who has shifted to Mumbai with a small suitcase filled with big dreams.
Ghoul: The story is as smart as it is relentless. It redefines the horror genre. Politics and horror are the two sides of the same coin in Ghoul.
Permanent Roommates: Permanent Roommates is the show that changed the YouTube viewing in India. It’s a sweet and impactful show which deals with two people who are opposite to each other but are still in love. It may sound like any template but its presentation is far from a template.
F.L.A.M.E.S: F.L.A.M.E.S plays with your heart and mind. It’s a perfect blend of romance and nostalgia. The show will remind you of your first awkward kiss, date at street food stalls, long hours of talking and so much more.
Karrle Tu Bhi Mohabbat: Karrle tub hi Mohabbat brings back our favourite television jodi, Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar on OTT Media. This show will make you fall in love with this hit jodi all over again.
Bang Baaja Baaraat: Bang Baaja Baaraat is a perfect popcorn-entertainer available on YouTube. It is light-hearted and a treat to our eyes.
Little Things: As the name suggests, ‘Little Things’ is about those little things yet important things in a relationship. The show captures the new love with sincerity.
Made in Heaven: Made in Heaven is the best web-series in India. It’s complex, addicting and very well-acted. This show is path-breaking on many levels.
Haq Se: Haq Se is like any Indian television soap-opera but with a legit storyline and brilliant acting. It’s a kind of family drama we grew up watching.
M.O.M – Mission Over Mars: M.O.M is a very sweet, simple but impactful version of the Mars mission led by India. The show has a massy appeal, making it pretty entertaining.
The Kota Factory: Kota Factory is one of the finest shows that India has produced. Just Google Kota Factory review and you’ll see the endless love that the show has garnered.
Breathe: This is one of the best thrillers Indian creators have produced. R. Madhavan is in his best form as Denzel. Amit Sadh is exceptional as usual.
Inside Edge: Inside edge combines cricket with entertainment, and when these two elements come together, you can only expect fire-crackers.
Laakhon Mein Ek: Laakhon Mein Ek is probably one of the most underrated shows of this list. It is subtle and very well executed.
Kaafir: Kaafir is one of those rare shows that is mature, relevant and engrossing. Dia Mirza gives a crackling performance, adding value to an already great show.
Tripling: This show started a new trend, which is a road trip with friends siblings. The 3 protagonists are just like your siblings and that’s what makes this show so special.
Sex Chat with Pappu and Papa: This show is a conversation starter, and it does it by using subtle humor and simple metaphors. Every teenager must watch this show instead of misogynic sketches by many Indian Youtubers.
Mrs. Marvelous Maisel: Of course Mrs. Marvelous Maisel is on our list of web shows of the decade. The stand-up sitcom is guaranteed to make you laugh out loud. The good bits of this show are fantastic especially when Mrs. Maisel is doing her thing.
Ladies Room: Every guy wants to know what happens in Ladies Room. Well, YRF’s hilarious show ‘ladies’ room’ breaks the mystery with quirks and wit.
Baked: Baked is India’s most ambitious original fiction web-series which chronicles the misadventures of three Delhi University flatmates who decide to start their entrepreneurial journey – a midnight food delivery service.
La Casa De las Flores: Suicide, Controversy, Family Business, LGBTQIA are often associated with serious dramas but La Casa De Las Flores is comedy at its best. It takes all the above topics and spins it like no one’s business. It’s entertaining and bold. It’s a stick of dynamite.
Pushpavalli: Pushpavalli is comedy ka pitara. It stars one of the most talented stand-up comedians -Sumukhi Suresh. And oh boy… She knocks the ball out of the park. Not just her, but the ensemble cast keeps you entertained every single minute. This is one of those ‘chillax’ shows that you can watch anytime.
Russian Doll: Expect nothing but greatness from this show. The writing is sharp and so is the acting. Dark comedy is rarely presented in such a fashion. This show plays with your funny bones and brains, both.
BoJack Horseman: BoJack Horseman is probably the saddest funny show on the internet. This is an animated series and for anyone who has ever thought of animals acting like humans, then BoJack is paradise. This show will take you by surprise.
Pitchers: Pitchers is a first Indian show with actual content. That is probably one of the many reasons why it is loved so much. For the first time in many years, an Indian show had dealt with real human emotions. Pitchers opened up the idea of telling content-driven stories on small screens.
Call My Agent: Call My Agent is a smart light-hearted show that must be on everyone’s list. The humour is gentle but enough to binge-watch all the seasons. Also, it’s a French show focusing on the backstage of the entertainment industry in France. Exciting, no?
Shaitaan Haveli: Shaitan Haveli is a parody-ish tribute to all the 80s horror movies. It is not meant to be taken seriously. The series follows all the wrong-doings of the 80s horror movies – poor graphics, tantriks and chudails, and much more. This one is a scary laughter-ride.
Sex Education: The show is much more than sex. It is healthy and funny and complicated and sad and sweet. Basically, it ticks all the essentials of a teenage drama.
American Vandal: American Vandal takes its jokes very seriously. It’s a spoof of true-crime shows. It has all the elements of a crime show + comedy. Interesting combo, right?
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: This show is weird, which means it is funny. Along with being genuinely funny, it’s warm and charming too. Triple treat.
Master Of None: The execution of Master Of None is rich with many excellent details, gags, and characters.
Gullak: Gullak is a collection of disarming and relatable tales of the Mishra family. This show is great for some laughs and drama.
Star Boyz: It stars Kenny Sebastian, Naveen Richards and Mani in the lead. You can expect a high dose of entertainment as 3 South Indians fly to space.
Transparent: Transparent is a perfect example of – when a great idea turns into a great script, which turns into a great show.
Official Chukyagiri: The show traces the journey of Spandan Chukya with his arrival in a new office and every hilarious, emotional, serious romantic thing that goes on with him. If you’re expecting it to be just another web show about millennials, you’d be mistaken. It has all that and so much more with the added doses of drama and office politics.
The Great Indian Dysfunctional Family: This modern family is anything but functional. It focuses on the turn of events and the change in the family dynamic, especially between two brothers, with the return of one estranged brother and his wife after 8 years.
The Aam Aadmi Family: The comedy web series revolves around a middle-class family and everything that comes with being a middle-class family in India.
Leila: Leila is an Indian dystopian web series that follows the story of Shalini, who sets off on a mission to find her missing daughter as a tyrannical regime takes over in the near future.
College Romance: This story revolving around three best friends and their sometimes great, sometimes bad and mostly hilarious dating lives is one that will make you text your bros and revisit all the good and bad life decisions you made together.
The Reunion: Reunions are can be super fun and also super awkward, no? Well, The Reunion revolving around old friends, batchmates and how their lives have changed since the last time they were put together! From complicated relationships to estranged best friends, the show will leave you wanting to reconnect with your friends.
The Trip: The Trip follows four women of today on a bachelorette making their own memories, decisions, choices with exciting and unexpected incidents making it a vacation to remember!
Hostages: A surgeon’s family is taken hostage after she is scheduled to perform a routine operation on the Chief Minister. The thriller drama revolves around the surgeon’s dilemma, rescuing of the hostage and other plot twists.
Smoke: A double-murder takes place in Goa creating chaos amongst drug cartels and thus enters, ACP Pereira, who has only one aim – to right the wrongs in the beach city.
Apharan: The plot of Apharan begins with the fake kidnapping of a girl to extort money. This show starring Arunoday Singh has everything from crime, thriller, and suspense with action and comedy sequences.
Gandii Baat: Gandii Baat as its tagline suggests covers urban stories from rural India. Each episode in the series focuses on a separate erotic-themed story from rural India and is already on its 3rd season.
All About Section 377: The fictional show portrays the life of a straight guy living with two gay guys. The content of the show aims at educating the masses on the struggles faced by the LGBT community in India.
What’s Your Status: What’s Your Status is a web series that focuses on the lives of 3 different people going through the 3 different phases of relationships i.e. single, committed and married. Get ready for a roller-coaster of emotions and relatable moments as you watch this one.
Minus One: Being in a relationship isn’t always easy, being exes is mostly difficult but being flatmates with your ex? Well, we don’t know how that is but Aisha Ahmed and Ayush Mehra starrer, Minus One sure makes it look fun, emo, complicated, sweet and overall extremely entertaining.
It Happened In Hong Kong: A lot can happen when you’re on a solo trip, no? It Happened in Hong Kong starring Amol Parashar and Aahana Kumra is a great mix of fun, thrill, adventure, romance, and reality! It might just inspire you to set off on your own adventure.
Thinkistan: The world of advertising that looks glitzy on the outside actually has a lot going on under the surface. Thinkistan takes you into the crazy world of advertising and gives you a close look into what being in the field is actually like.
FLAMES: Love is a lot of things, isn’t it? For Rajat and Ishita, it felt a lot like a chemical reaction – the most adorable kind, of course. The story, emotions and everything that else that comes with a first love was captured quite perfectly in the show making it a must-watch.
Dev DD: Dev DD is a modernised adaptation of the age-old story of, Devdas. The show featured less-spoken about topics like feminism, sexism and homophobia among other things.
Rangbaaz: Rangbaaz, based on a true story showcases the life of Shri Prakash Shukla, who became the most wanted gangster of Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Starring Saqib Saleem, the series traces his journey from being a DDU student to becoming the second most wanted gangster in India.
Did we miss any in this list of web shows of the decade? Tell us your favourite shows in the comments section below.