Entertainment in the form of shows that stream on OTT platforms like Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hotstar have become increasingly popular. However, these platforms require the viewers to have a paid subscription to view their content.
YouTube on the other hand is completely free (other than having to watch a few advertisements) and provides some great content.
Indian web series on YouTube have their own following and some even gain enough popularity to shift to a different paid platform. Even with all this shift, there is never a dearth of good quality Indian shows on YouTube.
The most popular content originates from channels like TVF, Dicemedia, and Zoom Studios among others, which cast talented actors with great story and writing.
All these make for a compelling reason to sit down and watch YouTube web series for a change as compared to others that stream on larger, more conventional platforms.
We have put together a list of the top ten Indian web series to watch on YouTube across a variety of genres, actors, and channels. Depending on your interests and mood, you may find a few of these intriguing enough to give them a watch.
|Cast||Mayur More, Ranjan Raj, Alam Khan, Jitendra Kumar, Revathi Pillai, Urvi Singh.|
|Channel||The Viral Fever (TVF)|
The first of its kind in India, this black-and-white web series is based on the story of students who are stuck for two years in Kota’s coaching town in the hope to crack IIT exams.
It follows the story of Vaibhav, a teenager at Kota preparing to crack the entrance test for IIT. Jeetu Bhaiya (played by Jitendra Kumar), a teacher at the entrance exam preparation institute who leaves a subtle but significant impact on his students.
This show is not only about the struggles that the students face while going through rigorous preparation, but also portrays the joy of friendship, love, and mentorship.
A reflection of the rat race that destroys lives is shown to also have a softer side, reminding us that even in the worst of times and the hardest of situations there will always be the light to look for.
A great show, with raving reviews, this show is definitely worth a watch. Especially if you are looking for some heart-warming moments that are a simple reflection of life.
What the Folks
|Cast||Isha Chopra, Veer Rajwant Singh, Deepika Amin and Renuka Shahane|
In the midst of the typical saas-bahu drama that is often presented on the screens, both on television and in movies, What the Folks is a far more believable rendition.
It is rare to find parents that will go out of their way to cause problems for their child and their partner as Indian cinema is guilty of typically portraying.
What The Folks breaks this stereotype and tells the story of a dynamic that is light-hearted and humorous even. The story begins when Nikhil (played by Veer Rajwant Singh) moves in with his in-laws for a while. The tale that follows is a cute depiction of how when two people get married, adjusting to each other includes their family too.
A story that includes the constantly evolving relationship between the couple, their respective in-laws, and siblings is a great watch for days that you just need a good laugh.
This is a show you should definitely watch if you are looking for a quick smile and some entertainment to accompany your lazy evening snack.
|Cast||Kenny Sebastian, Naveen Richard and Mani Prasad|
A bizarre science-fiction comedy series, Star Boyz is a comedic narration of the outer space adventures of three South Indian boys aboard their spaceship SS Yemma Watson.
Some of the visuals and even the names are inspired by Star Wars and the show really delivers great punchlines coupled with comedic timing which makes for a fun mindless watch.
Each episode keeps you laughing right from the hilarious opening theme to the end.
Conceptually pretty illogical, with the main enemy characters being the Chaats and the Kebabs – the storyline is far less important than the delivery.
With minimal production value, overall, the show is a blast to watch and is a great option if you are looking to immerse yourself into something that will not require too much concentration or logic.
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|Cast||Faiz Khan, Aisha Ahmed, Ayush Mehra|
|Channel||Just Human Things|
Minus One tells the story of Riya (Aisha Ahmed) and Varun (Ayush Mehra) who were in love, but eventually break-up. Due to circumstance they continue to live together and are able to curate a lifestyle perfect for themselves, but too odd for the world to understand and accept.
The transition from being in love to being exes is in itself hard enough, but becoming roommates makes it even harder. The question of even staying friends with your ex is often debated, but staying roommates is a relatively more bizarre concept that Minus One deals with elegance and humor.
Something we do not come across in everyday life, this series tells the real-life story of Shubham Yogi, the director, and creator. When his ex and he broke up and continued to live together, they were teased as the Minus Ones and that became the inspiration for this series.
A fun watch, great acting, and relatable feelings – this series is a great pick if you are in the mood for romantic comedy.
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|Cast||Barkha Singh, Sejal Kumar, Kritika Avasthi.|
The cliche for reminiscent series about college life, especially in the case of engineering colleges revolves around the story of boys. Engineering Girls breaks that stereotype and revolves around the lives of three girls – Kiara (played by Sejal), Maggu (played by Krithika), and Sabu (played by Barkha) at engineering college.
Spread over 5 episodes, the series gives the viewers a new perspective on all things college, from the girls’ perspective. From hostel life to the academic pressure – the story intertwines the life of the three girls individually as well as together.
Each girl has a unique personality, but always come together in case of crisis and help each other out.
If you are looking for a show that will let you relive the highs and lows of college, friends, love, and drama – Engineering Girls is the right pick for you.
|Cast||Aisha Ahmed, Yashaswini Dayama|
Adulting follows the lives of 2 roommates – Ray (played by Yashaswini Dayama) and Nikhat (played by Aisha Ahmed). They are friends in their early 20s in Mumbai who are still figuring out their lives and struggling to get by.
The struggle is not only relatable, but their support for each other makes this show a great heart-warming watch. The transition of these two friends into adults and the issues they face along the way make for an entertaining watch any day.
Good friends are there for you regardless of their own issues, and the best ones live with you and are there for the good, bad, and the ugly.
Adulting is a story that will make you smile as you watch Ray and Nikhat live life on their own terms – full of fun, joy, and hope and share their triumphs, laughing as they laugh and knowing exactly what it feels like when they fail.
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|Cast||Shantanu Anam, Pranay Manchanda, Manik Papneja and Kriti Vij|
Baked is a hilarious tale of three fun-loving students who happen to be flatmates and their adventures after starting a midnight food delivery business to make some extra money.
This fictional Indian web series will allow you to live vicariously through the ups and downs of the struggles of the three struggling students who balance their academics with their business.
Between the laughs and triumphs, you will be forced to think back onto your own life and laugh at the times when things went out of hand and completely off track.
If what you want is a humorous throwback to all the times that seemed never-ending in your life, and how having your friends was always a relief Baked is the right show for you!
|Cast||Lisa Haydon, Mallika Dua, Sapna Pabbi, Shweta Tripathi, Amyra Dastur|
With a total of 20 episodes, The Trip is the story of four girls who go on a bachelorette road trip from Delhi to Thailand before one of them gets married.
It beautifully portrays the journey of friendship, reconnection, and reliving memories with the friends you once called family.
The series takes you on an emotional roller coaster and keeps you entertained from beginning to end. The audience is taken along for the ride as the girls discover the depths of their friendships, relationships, and in the process, themselves.
Season 2 of the show is another tale of their shenanigans as one of their friends runs away from her wedding, scared that it may end in divorce.
The series is not too long to elaborate much, but just enough to keep you hooked to the tale of their friendship, and the whirlwind of emotions that they go on.
|Cast||Gaurav Pandey, Shruti Seth, Bhumi Pednekar, Cyrus Sahukar|
Fed up of the excuses women seem to get in the world, Kiran (played by Gaurav Pandey) prays for men and women to switch places in societal norms, and what follows is a satire that will make you laugh and think at the same time. If women treated men like men treated women – would men still think that women had the upper hand?
Man’s World is a comic narration of how gender imbalance presents itself, especially for women, and how it is so important that it changes. The concept is not popularly explored but this series presents it both well-delivered and thought-provoking.
Even in such a serious concept of equality, the series will keep you chuckling at the blatant differences when the tables are flipped.
If you are in the mood for a slightly more serious series, that will also evoke some laughter, Man’s World is the right pick for you.
|Cast||Jitendra Kumar, Jasmeet Singh Bhatia, Shivankit Singh Parihar, and Gopal Dutt|
|Channel||The Viral Fever|
Based on the everyday life of four bachelors who share a flat, Bachelors is a popular series that is sure to keep you entertained. In each episode, the four face a different enemy, ranging from month end financial troubles to their landlord.
The boys deal with their problems in a “Bollywood inspired” way, and what follows are parodies of different well-known films, like Baahubali, Dangal, Chak De India among others.
This series is both funny and relatable, and an entire series of parodies is also an unexplored genre. The Bachelors face and deal with their problems together, and in the war between them and anything – they put up a great fight and always come out laughing.
If what you want is some comic relief in your busy schedule, this 9 episode series, will certainly keep you entertained and laughing.
All the above Indian web series are currently streaming on YouTube and are completely free to watch. However, this is subject to change with different shows coming and going. So, don’t wait too long, pick a story that piques your interest and give it a watch!
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