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What are the best TV shows on Hotstar?

Hotstar is an Indian over-the-top streaming service owned by Novi Digital Entertainment. The company is a subsidiary of Star Media, which is an owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. Hotstar officially launched in February 2014 after 15 months of development. The launch coincided with the 2015 Indian Premier League. What made the service so enticing at the time was that it was available for free, albeit with support for ads, but still, free. Upon its initial release, it already had an estimated 35,000 hours of content available in 7 regional languages. Two years later, Hotstar was still an ad-supported streaming service. This time though, it started to offer a subscription-based tier for those who want to view international content. On top of this, it also gave users the option to view premium sports content.

That same time in 2016, Jio, an LTE-only wireless carrier launched. This helped boost streaming services in the country quite a bit. This, in turn, also helped Hotstar solidify its place as the country's premier video streaming service provider. As of 2019, the service has over 150 million active users every month. This was also around the same time that The Walt Disney Company has completed its acquisition of 21st Century Fox. As a result, most of its major subsidiaries, including Star Media, were also included in the acquisition. In fact, CEO Bob Iger announced plans to expand the services to Southeast Asian markets. If you're unfamiliar with any of the Hotstar TV series and movies, check our list below. We've listed some of the best TV shows on Hotstar worth checking out today.

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  1. 1Yeh Hai Mohabbatein

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    Yeh Hai Mohabbatein is an Indian soap opera directed by Ranjan Kumar Singh based on the novel Custody written by Manju Kapur which first premiered on StarPlus in 2013 starring Divyanka Tripathi and Karan Patel. 

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  1. 2American Crime Story

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    American Crime Story is a true crime anthology series. Each season of the series focuses on a single event, with the first season entitled The People v. O.J. Simpson and the second as The Assassination of Gianni Versace. 

  2. 3Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon

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    Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon is a romantic drama television series available for streaming on Hotstar. It stars Barun Sobti, Sanaya Irani, and Akshay Dogra and was first premiered in 2011.

  1. 4Mahadev

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    Mahadev, also known as Devon Ke Dev... Mahadev, is an Indian mythological drama series based on the legends of God Lord Shiva which aired on Life Ok from December 2011 to December 2014 with a total of 820 episodes. 

  2. 5Big Little Lies

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    Big Little Lies is a dark comedy series with a touch of drama. Based on the novel of the same name, it revolves on a tale of murder and hidden secrets. It stars Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoë Kravitz.

  3. 6Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

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    Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai is a Hindi language television drama show which first premiered on StarPlus in 2009 starring Shivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan. It is about the daily life of an Udaipur-based Rajasthani family.

  4. 7Mahabharat

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    Mahabharat is an Indian Hindi-language mythological drama television series based on the Sanskrit epic of the same name which aired on StarPlus from September 2013 to August 2014 with a total number of 267 episodes. 

  5. 8Doctor Who

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    Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television series that aired on BBC which follows the story of the Time Lord known as "the Doctor" from planet Gallifrey. It started in 1963 and became the longest-running television show in Britain. 

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    August 2, 2018
    "Am a fan of Indian mythology so when i found out that Mahadev is based on the tale of SHiv and Sati I was so stoked to watch. I recently just discovered this so I am not finished watching it yet and currently i am still at season 6. But right now I cant watch it because I am not in India. I am crossing my fingers that soon Hotstar will not be only available in India."
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    August 2, 2018
    "This is probably the only Indian TV show that i have been able to watch religiously since I do not really patronize local shows I prefer English ones. Actually, i accidentally watched an episode of this one night on the internet while i was browsing the web. I like how this shows deals with issues like marriage, divorce, society, infertility and many more..."
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    Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
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    Anonymous
    August 2, 2018
    "My mom super dooper love this show so basically she watched this show from start to the end. She liked to repeat watching this show and now we are living in the US but she can still watch this show through Hotstar although i have to pay for her to be able to watch this though in the US unlike in India she can watch it for free."
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    Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam Doon
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    Anonymous
    August 2, 2018
    "i am going to be honest the only reason i signed up to Hotstar is because of its english tv series collection that includes American Crime Story. I got hooked when i watched the episode about the OJ Simpson trial and assassination of Gianni Versace so I watched the past episodes. But the second season though is not that good."
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    Anonymous
    August 2, 2018
    "Well, let me just say that I am not really interested in any Indian shows but I saw that my Indian friend is using Hotstar so I checked the app and found that he is watching this show. Because of her I am now addicted to this show. lol"
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    Doctor Who
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    Anonymous
    August 2, 2018
    "For someone who is a busy person that means me, I am thankful that Hotstar is there so i can watch the episodes i missed watching since i am always busy at work. TBH after Kaira was introduced to the show i got to even love it more."
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    Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai
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    Anonymous
    August 2, 2018
    "Can I just say that i first read the book before i even watched the series. This shos is enjoyable to watch with its ensemble cast from Witherspoon, Kidman and Woodley."
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    Big Little Lies
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    August 2, 2018
    "Will never get tired of watching this show on Hotstar. I like how the show has shown the Indian culture, ethics and other aspects thtoigh its characters in a unique way"
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    Mahabharat
This list is about What are the best TV shows on Hotstar
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1Yeh Hai MohabbateinTV Shows 15 Free
2American Crime StoryTV Shows 12 Paid
3Iss Pyaar Ko Kya Naam DoonTV Shows 10 Paid
4MahadevTV Shows 10 Free
5Big Little LiesTV Shows 7 Paid
6Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiTV Shows 7 Free
7MahabharatTV Shows 4 Paid
8Doctor WhoTV Shows 0 Paid
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