The Pakistani audiences for the longest time have had an obsession with dramas, and to date, it remains the most important part of our entertainment industry. People can’t get enough of the myriad of narratives available to them since decades on their television sets and that has proven to be the most important factor for this industry to grow.
Looking at this phenomenon, today we explore the Pakistani shows that you, the fans of dramas, have chosen as the top 50 best ones of all time on IMDB!
Did your favourite make it to the list? Diva has the lowdown…
An action-packed story of five friends that join to form a crack team of police commandos tackling criminal activities as vigilantes in Quetta, Pakistan, Dhuwan is considered to be one of the most popular shows on television. No wonder, it rates so highly on IMDB as well!
Alif is the journey of Momin and Momina, where Momin’s journey is to rediscover his roots and Momina’s journey is to maintain the livelihood of her family by fateful events their paths will join.
Laag is the story about Huraira, the only survivor in her family, which has been killed by the gang of Kaku Lala in Kashmir. He is raised by an Indian couple as ‘Kehlash’, but he has failed to escape his past.
Exploring everyday life of army officers at Pakistan Military Academy, Sunheray Din remains one of the memorable series’ to come out of the 90s in Pakistan.
An epic story of a brutal landlord’s decision to fight the government to preserve his elite status that he inherited from his ancestors, Waris rates high on the intricacy of its narrative.
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi
A story about a slum girl Noori and Bhola who is an autistic adult and only son of a rich widow, Ranjha Ranjha Kardi is an exploration of Noori’s awkward situation when she is forced to marry Bhola and what unfolds next.
Sange Mar Mar
Sange Mar Mar focuses on the family of Gulistan Khan, a cruel man who rules his family with an iron will and wields considerable influence in the area where he lives. The story goes on to explore the lives of those who reside in these environs.
Diyar-e-Dil revolves around on the splinted family issue with separated parents. The story concludes a moral lessons regarding respect, love and care in relationships, all packaged in a story that people couldn’t stop loving.
A story about the arranged marriage of Khirad and Asher, Humsafar is a much-loved narrative about the trials and tribulations faced by the couple in their bid to try to understand each other, while also trying to find love between them.
A story about a young man confronting his forbidden love and situations which change dramatically as things starts to unfold, Pyarey Afzal remains one of the most highest rated dramas on Pakistani television.
Meri Zaat Zara-e-Benishan
Meri Zaat Zare-e-Benishan is a story about a woman who was wrongfully accused of adultery and her daughter from the second marriage, who later finds the truth about her mother’s past as she herself gets married into the same family.
Yakeen Ka Safar
Yakeen Ka Safar is a story of three families. A girl who witnessed her mother murdered by her father. An educated family struggling to find its place in society, and a poor village girl, who is gang raped and left for dead by powerful people of the village.
The story of two sisters who lose their parents and go to live with their aunt, Tanhaiyaan is a cult-classic, in which there is exploration of the efforts of the two sisters in buyng back their parents’ house that leads them to realize what makes a house a home.
Four Pakistanis who have migrated to New York City undergo several trials and tribulations, Jackson Heights is about the exploration of what life in an unforgiving city looks like to immigrants with much going on their personal lives.
Inkaar revolves around the plight and suffering of a brave university student Hajra, her battle against powerful and corrupt opposition and the flawed justice system. Once an energetic and socially active person, Hajra has become frightened and detached. Will saying “no” cost her her own life? Or will she regain the strength to fight her battles.
Ab Dekh Khuda Kya Karta Hai
A story of a successful businessman who traps young women for his pleasure by pretending to be their well wisher and family oriented man, Ab Dekh Khuda Kya Karta Hai worked as a brilliant eye-opener.
Dil Mom Ka Diya
Dil Mom Ka Diya is a story of a family where an elder brother, looks after all the siblings. He gets married to a self-centered and careless girl. Instead of acting sensibly in taking care of household duties she creates a rift with all the family members. Things get out of hand when she starts neglecting her children
A Ramadan show that become a sensation, Suno Chanda revolves around two people who hate each other but their families want them to marry. They make some plans to cancel their wedding but slowly get in love.
A classic story about a daughter’s anger towards her father who left her mother when she was a child, Marham holds an important position on the list as a show that explored simple themes in a beautiful way.
Khudgarz is a story about love, betrayal, selfishness and its psychological effects, where complex relationships changes lives all around them and creates drama in all the lives affected.
Dil Lagi is a story set in the back streets of interior Sindh, where Anmol lives with her mother and younger sister after their father died. A feudal claimed her father owed him money and assigned the task of recovery to his son, Mohid who falls in love with Anmol.
The story of Meri Guriya revolves around the social and economic issues of citizens in Pakistani society alongside highlighting deeply rooted problems in Pakistan including and particularly child abuse.
One of the most iconic dramas on Pakistani television, Dastaan is a story about Bano and her fiance, as they face the trials and tribulations caused by the 1947 Indian partition.
Anaa revolves around two nawab families, where members from each side fall for each other but have to confront their family norms in order to be together.
Ishq Zahe Naseeb
Ishq Zahe Naseeb is a story that talks about split personality disorder through a serpentine narrative that had everyone hooked onto!
Balaa is a story of an obsessive woman, Nigar who crosses all limits to win her love interests which just marks the beginning of the worst that is yet to come. The drama truly sticks to its name as shown by the story.
Udaari follows a family in a village where Meera, a young girl turns out to be extremely successful after being dumped by her lover. All the while, it also explores the story of Sajjo who marries a man for shelter and help towards her daughter from her first marriage but doesn’t realise the man’s negative intentions.
Dur-e-Shawar shows the trials and tribulations a woman has to go through in order to win the love of her husband. It has two story lines, of Dur e Shahwar (title character) and her daughter, Shandana. The drama is set in Shandana’s modern day time. Dur e Shahwar’s is shown in flashbacks.
Main Abdul Qadir Hoon
Another cult-classic to make people fall in love with Pakistani dramas, Main Abdul Qadir Hoon is a story of a man who seeks solace in religion after a heart-break but finds more than what he seeks.
Khuda Aur Muhabbat
An exploration of soul, religion and love, Khuda aur Muhabbat is a story about a young college graduate from a modern elite family from Islamabad, who falls in love with the daughter of an Imam.
Ehd-e-Wafa is a story about four friends as they leave high school and enter practical lives, make mistakes as they grow up, fall in love, and become willing to sacrifice their lives for their country.
Do Bol depicts a complicated yet a very beautiful love story between two persons who belong to entirely different family backgrounds. Badar, who belongs to a poor family and a rich girl Giti, that would lead him eventually to a horrible end.
Parchayee revolves around a mother daughter tale entwined in unpredictable circumstances, which had fans loving the underlying narrative and all that is brings forward.
Dar Si Jati Hai SIla
A shying and fearing girl along with her mother are being victimized by funny-yet-clever hypocrite. Dar Si Jati Hai Sila has dark undertones that make the show that will leave you questioning many things around us.
A show exploring the rights and wrongs of society, Sirat-e-Mustaqeem is based on the typical love story in which a person lost the values of their family including the parents.
A story about rebellious youth who runs away from home to marry a man against her parents’ wishes, only to be rejected and hated by, first her mother in-law, then her husband, when she gives birth to a girl, Meri Ladli is a drama worth crying to!
Mann Mayal revolves around two neighbours, Manahil and Salahuddin. They live in a provincial town in Sindh. The story explores how their love unfolds and all they have to deal with.
Pehchan is a story about a young man who returns home to a mother from whom he ran away as a child. Since she doesn’t know what he looks like, a fugitive sees the opportunity of impersonating him and tries to kill him. The heir survives but loses his memory.
Churails focuses on the lives of four women, whose lives become intertwined when one of them discovers her husband cheating on her, after which the four decide to set up an agency to catch cheating husbands in action.
Qurban is an extremely sad story about Heer, Jamal, and Shahmir, three individuals entangled in an intense love triangle.
Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat
When Azar and Sila decides to get marry, their families who have nothing in common pave way for differences and troubles. Will Azar and Sila find their happy ending amidst their pole apart family members? That is what Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat is all about!
Besharam revolves around three women, Sara (Atiqa Odho), Mashal (Saba Qamar) and Sofia (Fia Khan), and apart from them the serial also has Malik Raza and Zahid Ahmed as the male figures of the story.
Mann o Salwa explores the story of a girl who is deeply in love with her cousin Sheraz and is also committed to him. But Sheraz witnesses certain events which he misinterprets and hence, believes Zainab to be involved in affairs with other men.
Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat
Part of the Baraat series, this drama is what people couldn’t stop loving. Azar’s wedding leaves Dolly heartbroken and she agrees to marry her cousin, Mushtaq as per her mother’s wish however Dolly realizes her feelings for Nabeel. Set in the backdrop of wedding festivities, will Dolly be able to make a choice?
Zindagi Gulzar Hai
Zindagi Gulzar Hai is a story about a school teacher who was left by her husband with her 3 daughters and marries another women for the sake of getting a male child. The story focuses on gender biasness and the difference between the classes in terms of the affluence level.
A middle-aged, well off, family oriented man loses his love interest after his two sisters creates chaos. Baba Jani’s story begins when he has to deal with his sisters after he marries a widow with a daughter of teenage and put up with the show his sisters create while his brother in law secretly harassed his step-daughter. How will he tackle each situation without hurting relationship with his sisters is all this show is about.
Dil e Jaanam
Dil e Jaanam is about the challenges of a marital mismatch between Ishal and Shahvaiz, where one tries to salvage the relationship while the other seeks solace elsewhere.
Alif Allah Aur Insaan
Alif Allah Aur Insaan is a narrative of trust, relationships and regrets, revolving around five people with different backgrounds and their faith and conviction. It highlights the concept of how the creator rewards the people who believe in hard work and patience.
Deedan tells the story of two friends from a rural village: One girl serendipitously finds fortune in the big city while under the thumb of her husband; The other is forced to remain in the mountains in a warped family situation.