The Telugu television industry has gone from strength to strength in recent years, churning out innovative fiction shows, reality TV, mythological sagas and more. As we step into 2023, here is a rundown of the top 15 Telugu TV shows that promise wholesome entertainment for audiences of all ages in the coming months:
1. Karthika Deepam (Star Maa)
This hugely popular family drama series continues its successful run in 2023. Led by the performances of Premi Viswanath and Nirupam Paritala as the lead couple, Karthika Deepam balances emotional family dynamics and societal issues deftly, ensuring top ratings every week.
2. Intinti Gruhalakshmi (ETV)
The remake of popular Tamil series Kanmani has swiftly become one of the most watched serials on Telugu television since its premiere in 2022. The story of a joint family with contrasting daughters-in-law has connected with audiences, making it a must watch.
3. Guppedantha Manasu (Gemini TV)
The romantic tale of two individuals dealing with personal trauma who find solace in each other is the premise of this hit serial that tugs at the heartstrings. The lead pair’s chemistry is the show’s USP.
4. Kotha Poradu (ZEE Telugu)
This reality TV dance show provides a scintillating showcase of talent every weekend with celebrities pairing with professional dance partners to compete in various styles, from classical to western. The theme and contestant mix ensures high entertainment.
5. Jabardasth (ETV)
The comedy reality television series continues to be ranked among the most watched Telugu language shows since its inception. The improv comedy skits and public performances by anchors and contestants generate huge laughs.
6. WOW – Women of Worth (Aha)
Showcasing inspiring stories of entrepreneurial women who overcame odds, this series hosted by actress Lakshmi Manchu has gained popularity for throwing the spotlight on lesser known achievers. It offers hope and motivation.
7. Happy Days (Etv Plus)
This serial revolves around the lives of five friends who share a deep bond despite their disparate personalities. The story explores their relationships, families, careers and love lives in a lighthearted way that resonates with younger demographics.
8. Bhagya Lakshmi (Gemini TV)
A classic rags-to-riches story with emotional family drama, Bhagya Lakshmi has seen its lead actors Aishwarya and Rohit win hearts as the central couple fighting prejudice. Their performances drive this popular serial.
9. Na Kodalu Bangaram (Star Maa)
A sitcom family drama that is adapted from popular Marathi serial Sukh Mhanje Nakki Kay Asta, this serial revels in subtle Telugu humor, making it enjoyable for all age groups. The relatable middle-class characters keep the entertainment quotient high.
10. ETV Cinema Chupistha Mava (ETV)
This film-based game show provides a fun-filled viewing experience for movie buffs every weekend. The interactive format that tests contestants’ filmy knowledge engages audiences as well, making it a success.
11. Bathuku Bus Stand (ZEE Telugu)
Blending situational comedy with family emotions, Bathuku Bus Stand narrates the lives of a bus stand owner and his family in a village. Noted comedians like Sudigali Sudheer add humor while the story tugs at heartstrings.
12. Yuva Dancing Star (Zee Telugu)
Young dancing talents from across the Telugu states compete in this vibrant reality dance competition judged by acclaimed choreographer Shekhar. The kids’ talent coupled with energetic dance forms makes it compulsive viewing.
13. Krishnadevaraya – The Great Emperor (Zee Telugu)
This historical drama depicts the life of powerful Vijayanagar emperor Krishnadevaraya and enacts key incidents from his reign. The grand scale, visual appeal and lead actors’ performances bring alive iconic chapters from history.
14. Katha Sangama (ETV Plus)
This anthology series dramatizes short stories written by acclaimed Telugu writers like Viswanatha Satyanarayana, Ranganayakamma and Ampasayya Naveen. Each episode leaves a poignant impact with its range of socio-political themes conveyed through emotive performances.
15. Comedy Stars (Star Maa)
Comedy Stars provides wholesome comic entertainment every weekend by pitting two teams of comedians against each other in comedy skits judged by the audience. With seasoned performers competing, it promises unlimited laughs for viewers.
The popularity of the above shows demonstrates the Telugu audience’s appetite for diverse fiction and non-fiction content. Backed by gripping storylines, talented artists and slick production values, these serials will continue to lead ratings and public discourse in 2023.