WHAT IS A WEB SERIES?

Web series are the episodic form of content that is either scripted or non scripted in nature that is available for streaming online whenever the user wants. We have always enjoyed these best web and television series from around the world since the 1990s which are household names today.

In India, the prominence of web series began with the onset of high-speed internet and is now considered one of the best forms of entertainment. The Indian entertainment industry was previously dominated by the Bollywood film industry and the television industry and now with the popularity of online content, the tides have shifted.

BEST WEB SERIES

The popularity of streaming platforms like Youtube, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Disney Plus Hotstar has created a new wave of demand for quality online content. With the television Industry being stuck with the same format for years without any innovation or evolution of content. The dominant form of television entertainment is still the daily half to one hour of over the top melodrama that was considered entertainment about 20 years ago.

When popular television networks concentrate on quantity there is a huge demand for quality-driven content. The growth of digital media has given rise to independent creators joining forces to create new forms of entertainment. With web content, there is almost zero restriction or censorship on the type of content that can be produced thereby creating a wide and versatile content for users to choose from.

WHAT ARE THE BEST WEB SERIES IN INDIA

The best web series of the past have all started their journey through small scale productions developed for the Youtube audiences which have inspired the likes of Netflix and amazon prime to provide content similarly.

Here is the list of Best Web Series in Hindi that we have selected based on entertainment value, originality, and quality of the content that you should give a try.

TVF PITCHERS
TVF PITCHERS

TVF Pitchers is the holy grail of web series released in 2015 and considered the one that started the web series craze in the country. The series developed by Arunabh Kumar follows four friends, Naveen, Jitu, Yogi, and Mandal who quit their jobs to fulfill the dream of start-up company their own. The series created by The Viral Fever (TVF) has now achieved cult status.

This comedy-drama series follows the lives of four friends in the struggles developing their own start-up company and the impact of quitting their day job on their personal and family life. The series portrays the ambition and dreams of unhappily employed friends who want a better and fulfilling work life.

Though it is a mini-series it is still considered the best web series in Hindi and responsible for the popularity of web series in the country.
RATING – 8.7/10

THE FAMILY MAN
THE FAMILY MAN

The Family Man is the Amazon Prime Video web series created by D.K Krishna and Raj Nidimoru. This Indian action drama series follows an intelligence officer of a fictitious branch of the National Investigation Agency, T.A.S.C. Veteran actor Manoj Bajpayee plays the role of Srikant Tiwari a secretly working intelligence officer who lives as an everyday middle-class man married with two kids.

This is the story of senior analyst Srikant Tiwari of the TASC (Threat Analysis and Surveillance Cell) wing of NIA, living a chaotic middle-class family life while investigating a potential terrorist attack. Season 1 premiered in September 2019 and is renewed for two more seasons following the positive review and streaming success.

The Family Man is one of the best web series in Hindi of the past year as it ends with a cliffhanger puzzling viewers with a lot of questions and the second season is expected to premiere late 2020.
RATING – 8.1/10

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MIRZAPUR
MIRZAPUR

Mirzapur is the Amazon Prime Video Indian crime thriller web series created by Karan Anshuman and Puneet Krishna. This crime thriller series is produced by Excel Entertainment that follows the drugs, guns, and lawlessness surrounding Mirzapur. The series portrays the dark reality of lack of good governance, rule of the mafia, crime, and corruption in the Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh.

The story follows a mafia don and millionaire carpet exporter of Mirzapur Akhandanand Tripathi and his son Munna. The power-hungry Munna wants to inherit the legacy of his father and nothing can stop him. Everything changes when a violent incident at a wedding forces him to cross path with an upstanding lawyer Ramakant Pandit along with his sons Guddu and Bablu.

This is one the best web series available on prime and can be summed up as a violent crime thriller drama starring prominent actors like Ali Fazal, Vikrant Massey, Pankaj Tripathi.
RATING – 8/10

KOTA FACTORY
KOTA FACTORY

Kota Factory is the TVFPlay original web series directed by Raghav Subbu. The Viral Fever (TVF) series was premiered on Youtube in April 2019 that follows the life of a group of students in Kota, a city in Rajasthan. The series shows the dreams of ambitions of students from different parts of the country in search of coaching centers that prepare students for entrance exams of different fields.

The show follows the life of 16 years old Vaibhav who has relocated from Itarasi to Kota intending to get into IIT by joining one of the coaching centers in Kota. The show a comedy-drama that paints a realistic picture of the lives of students preparing for IIT-JEE in Kota's coaching town. The show creator Saurabh Khanna feels the need to address the mental stress and trauma that education brings to the student's life.

This is one of the best web series in Hindi and the first that is in 'Black and White'.
RATING – 8.4/10

ASUR: WELCOME TO YOUR DARK SIDE
Asur

Asur is an Indian Hindi crime drama thriller web series created by Gaurav Shukla for video on demand platform Voot. The series is directed by Oni Sen starring Arshad Warsi and Barun Sobti in prominent roles. The show is a crime drama thriller that follows two forensic officers trying to catch a serial killer with a psychotic and twisted view of Indian mythology.

The series is set in Varanasi, a city with a connection to the ancient and mythical past of the country. Set in this backdrop the series follows a forensic expert along with his former mentor tries to uncover the mystery behind the serial killings. The show is a collision of the world of forensic science and the mysticism and Mythology of ancient Indian that could solve the puzzle of the total unrelated murders.

The series is a must-watch for the crime thriller lovers and one of the best investigative series in Hindi that is worth your time.
RATING – 8.2/10

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SACRED GAMES
SACRED GAMES

Sacred Games is the Emmy nominated Hindi web series thriller adapted from the 2006 novel of the same name written by Vikram Chandra. This Netflix series is produced by Phantom Films is directed by Anurag Kashyap and Vikramaditya Motwane. The series follows the events after a troubled cop portrayed by Saif Ali Khan receives a phone call from a gangster asking the cop to save the city within 25 days.

The first season that released in 2018 follows the cop along with the Research and Analysis Wing officer Anjali Mathur (Radhika Apte). Together they try to uncover India's dark underworld and the rise to power of crimelord Ganesh Gaitonde played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui who has been missing for 16 years. This is one of the best web series in Hindi that Netflix has to offer and a crime drama you cannot miss.
RATING – 8.2/10

PERMANENT ROOMMATES
PERMANENT ROOMMATES

Permanent Roommates is a romantic comedy web series created by Biswapati Sarkar. This series is produced The Viral Fever (TVF) that follows the life of a young couple. Tanya and Mikesh played by Sumeet Vyas and Nidhi Singh who decides to move in together first after Mikesh asks her to marry him. The first season shows the long-distance relationship between the two until Mikesh returns from the US to surprise Tanya with a proposal after three years.

As the season continues the couple begins to unravel themselves and if they are ready for the next step in the relationship. The series follows the couple through difficult life events, fallout, getting together and a pregnancy scare, and eventual wedding planning. This was released in October 2014 and is the first web series in India and probably the best romantic comedy series in Hindi.
RATING – 8.2/10

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