Before Netflix, Prime Video and other streaming platforms became an intrinsic part of our regular life, our dependence on YouTube for churning out relatable content cannot be negated.
Before these subscription-based streaming platforms started to serve content catering to every genre and mood, YouTube was the go-to-place for binge-watching on a variety of shows, may that be a comedy of errors, a solemn drama or a rom-com. Before these platforms proliferated, YouTube was a one-stop destination that checked all boxes for our daily content requirements.
With further expansion of streaming platforms and almost daily production of shows and series, YouTube might have taken a backseat. But let’s be real, the constant cash crunch that we face at the end of the month seldom allows us to subscribe to every streaming platform. Moreover, we would be lying if we say we haven’t had secretly wished for a free streaming platform. Enter YouTube, saving the day.
Churning out quality web series and shows, one can still binge-watch top-rated series and shows on Youtube without spending a single penny. Don’t worry! Here’s our selection of six web series, available fully and free of cost on YouTube.
Revolving around the lives of four bachelors, TVF’s Bachelors is one of the most popular YouTube shows. From skirmishes with the landlord to the frustration of a dry day to struggles of cooking, the show satirises and hilariously portrays bachelor life.
Spanning across two seasons, the show has a total of nine episodes. Bhuvan Bam was cast as the lead in the first season and Jitendra Kumar replacing him in the second. Shivankit Singh Parihar, Badri Chavan and Jasmeet Singh Bhatia played the role of the other three bachelors in the show. The show premiered in 2016, and the second season came out in 2017
Bang Baaja Baaraat
What happens when two completely different people from two very different worlds come together to plan their wedding? A comedy of errors. While Pawan Sharma, played by Ali Fazal hails from a conservative family that values traditions and sanskaar, Shahana Arora, played by Angira Dhar, belongs to a much open, liberal family with a divorcee mother.
When the two sides meet each other and set to explore further, all hell breaks loose, so much as so, throwing their wedding in a jeopardy. Starring Gajraj Rao, Ayesha Raza and Shernaz Patel in other roles, the single-season rom-com was released in 2015.
Starring Lisa Haydon, Mallika Dua, Shweta Tripathi and Sapna Pabbi, the 10-episode season one chronicles the Bachelorette road trip of a girl gang to Thailand. Through an unfortunate but comical turn of events, the trip becomes an emotional rollercoaster ride that leads to rediscoveries of their lives and themselves.
Initially released in 2016, the show garnered wide acclaim and its sequel, Trip 2 released in 2018, bringing back Dua, Haydon and Pabbi and introducing Amyra Dastur.
One of the most popular YouTube series by TVF, Kota Factory follows the journey of IIT aspirant, Vaibhav Pandey (played by Mayur More) in the city of Kota, the hub of higher education in India. Touching upon themes of struggle, competition, frustration, teenage love and success, the series was entirely shot in black and white, with a colour reveal in the final episode. The star of the series, Jeetu Bhaiya, the all-loved teacher and the universal friend, philosopher and guide for the students, was played by Jitendra Kumar.
Vaibhav’s friends were played by Ranjan Raj, Ahsaas Channa, Revathi Pillai, Urvi Singh and Alam Khan respectively. With a long rant on Chemistry, the show instantly struck a chord with the viewers and became hugely successful in a short span of time. Kota Factory was released in 2019.
What the Folks
A family drama created by Dice Media, What the Folks revolves around a married couple (played by Veer Rajwant Singh and Eisha Chopra) who are having to deal with their personal lives and each other’s families. Starkly different from one another, Solankis try all ways to balance and sort out the fun, chaos and drama that arise from time to time.
Spanning over three seasons, the first season revolves around Nikhil (Singh) staying with his in-laws. Starring Deepika Amin, Shishir Sharma and Sudha Sharma among others, the show presents a modern take on breaking stereotypes and addressing generation gaps.
Why should Engineering guys have all the fun? Like countless shows that are based on Engineering students and their struggles, Operation MBBS, by Dice Media, sheds light on the tumultuous lives of medical students.
From fear of dissection to peer insecurities, from career uncertainties to life and friendship crises, the show portrays the journey of Nishant (Ayush Mehra), Sakshi (Anshul Chauhan) and Huma (Sarah Hashmi) as they waddle through the maze of frustration, happiness and enjoying college life. Operation MBBS was released in 2020.
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