10 Best TV Shows to Watch If You Liked Panchayat (and Where to Stream Them)

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Panchayat has been one of the biggest streaming successes for Amazon Prime Video in India. The political satire and coming-of-age drama stars Jitendra Kumar as a disgruntled government office-worker who is transferred to a remote village in the middle of nowhere. But as he immerses himself in the local politics and makes some unlikely friends, his life takes a new turn.

If you have enjoyed watching this cult favorite, check out our list of 10 similar shows like Panchayat along with all the options to stream them.

Aspirants

Created by The Viral Fever (the same team behind Panchayat), Aspirants covers the arduous journey of dreamers from all walks of life as they aspire to crack the UPSC exam. Regarded as one of the toughest exams in the world, these would-be bureaucrats sweat it out for an inspiring underdog journey.

Maamla Legal Hai

Similar in tone as Panchayat, Maamla Legal Hai pokes fun at the Indian legal system. Each episode takes on one absurd court case inspired by stranger-than-fiction true stories.

Kota Factory

Yet another TVF (The Viral Fever) original, Kota Factor is stylishly shot in black-and-white and shifts between emotional drama and classroom comedy. The Netflix series revolves around engineering students struggling to crack the dreaded IIT-JEE exam. Panchayat star Jitendra Kumar also stars as a friendly tutor called “Jitu Bhaiya”.

Laakhon Mei Ek

Underdog tales often tend to do well in the Hindi streaming space. And while Laakhon Mei Ek isn’t as funny as Panchayat, the anthology series is powerful enough to showcase how ordinary Indians fight their daily battles to break out from the rest. For Panchayat’s protagonist, cracking the CAT exam is as important as the engineering and medical students in Laakhon Mei Ek.

Gullak

A TVF series made for Sony LIV, Gullak is a heartwarming family comedy that explores the everyday ups and downs of a dysfunctional middle-class household. If you need some family-friendly comedy like Panchayat, watch this critically acclaimed series right away.

The Great Indian Murder

An endearing presence in Panchayat is Raghubir Yadav who plays a local village leader. To watch the veteran actor’s dramatic range in other web series, you can stream the Hotstar investigative crime drama The Great Indian Murder. Yadav changes colours to play a morally grey character this time instead of his ever-smiling Panchayat character.

Permanent Roommates

Before Panchayat, one of the breakout TVF series was Permanent Roommates. Exploring new-age romance from the POV of an urban couple sharing a high-rise flat, Permanent Roommates was equal parts funny and emotional. Also, Panchayat leading man Jitendra Kumar makes a hilarious guest appearance in one of the episodes!

Masaba Masaba

Anything with Neena Gupta in the lead is worth a watch. Panchayat is no exception as she plays the village leader’s self-empowered wife. Redefining feminism in her 60s, she takes on a more urban role in Masaba Masaba. What makes the Netflix original worth a watch is the fact that she plays a fictionalised version of herself alongside her fashion designer daughter Masaba Gupta.

Yeh Meri Family

A simple comedy set in the 1990s, Yeh Meri Family follows a dreamy school student and his sweet but loud family. The TVF show is a wholesome watch for the entire family, much like Panchayat. And the audiences who grew up in the 1990s are bound to love it a bit more.

Humorously Yours

Panchayat showrunner Deepak Kumar Mishra found his start with a few episodes of Permanent Roommates and the criminally underrated satire Humorously Yours. The show stars stand-up comic Vipul Goyal playing himself, covering the behind-the-scenes drama of the comedy circuit.

Check out our list below to find all options to stream, buy or rent these shows across different OTT platforms in India. Happy streaming!

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Crunchyroll
Hotstar
Jio Cinema
Zee5
Eros Now
Google Play Movies
MUBI
Sony Liv
YouTube
GuideDoc
Netflix Kids
Tubi TV
Yupp TV
Sun Nxt
Alt Balaji
Hungama Play
Hoichoi
Curiosity Stream
EPIC ON
ShemarooMe
DOCSVILLE
Tata Play
Discovery+
ManoramaMax
MX Player
Spamflix
aha
Spuul
Plex
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
Filmzie
Lionsgate Play
MovieSaints
Dekkoo
True Story
DocAlliance Films
VI movies and tv
Eventive
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Amazon Video
Cultpix
FilmBox+
Takflix
Classix
Amazon miniTV
AD tv
Shahid VIP
Bookmyshow
Lionsgate Play Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
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  1. Aspirants

    Aspirants

    2021

    IMDB 9.2 (312k)

    #1

    Aspirants is a story of 3 friends - Abhilash, SK, and Guri. The story takes place in the past and the present where the past captures the struggle and the drama behind the making of UPSC CSE aspirants in Old Rajinder Nagar of Delhi, while the present talks about the aftermath. It is the story of three UPSC aspirants journey.

  2. Maamla Legal Hai

    Maamla Legal Hai

    2024

    IMDB 8.0 (8k)

    #2

    Chaos collides with the letter of the law at District Court Patparganj, where quirky employees work to uphold justice — but not without a few objections.

  3. Kota Factory

    Kota Factory

    2019

    IMDB 9.0 (81k)

    #3

    In a city of coaching centers known to train India’s finest collegiate minds, an earnest but unexceptional student and his friends navigate campus life.

  4. Laakhon Mein Ek

    Laakhon Mein Ek

    2017

    IMDB 8.2 (4k)

    #4

    All that 15-year-old Aakash wants to do is make mimicry videos and post them online. Instead, he finds himself in an IIT coaching institute called Genius Infinity, where he is a misfit, unable to cope with the syllabus, and placed in the notorious section D. Now, along with roommates Bakri and Chudail, Aakash will learn to answer life’s multiple-choice questions.

  5. Gullak

    Gullak

    2019

    IMDB 9.1 (22k)

    #5

    Set in quaint by-lanes in the heart of India, Gullak is a collection of disarming and relatable tales of the Mishra family.

  6. The Great Indian Murder

    #6

    When notorious industrialist Vicky Rai gets killed at a party, the main suspects are the guests - both invited and uninvited.

  7. Permanent Roommates

    Permanent Roommates

    2014

    IMDB 8.6 (26k)

    #7

    A couple, who were in a long distance relationship for 3 years, face the prospect of getting married.

  8. Masaba Masaba

    Masaba Masaba

    2020

    IMDB 6.7 (2k)

    #8

    Inspired by real events from Masaba Gupta's life, "Masaba Masaba" follows the designer's atypical journey through heterogeneous universes ranging from fashion to family, and documents her return to the singles market.

  9. Yeh Meri Family

    Yeh Meri Family

    2018

    IMDB 9.0 (25k)

    #9

    Set in the summer of 1998 it is a story about conflicting emotions towards family members from the eyes of a twelve year old.

  10. Humorously Yours

    Humorously Yours

    2016

    IMDB 8.5 (7k)

    #10

    Follows the life of Vipul Goyal , a Stand Up comedian. As the tagline says "The drama behind the comedy"