Yes...I was also under the impression that all these new serials were the Saas Bahu eternal weeping types...but someone gave me an insight into other serails of interest specially light slap stick type comedy..
and then started checking on SAB TV....for the short durations I can manage after returning...to freshen up my mood....found some episodes specially Tarak Mehta Ka Ulta Chashma quite realistic and hillarious.
Buniyad and Hum Log were our favourites when we had no other option...but after checking on the DVD's available...found them a bit technically inferior ...obsolete and outdated. What still thrills me is Mahabharat and Ramayan...the super hits of yore...they are period serials but still find them attractive...a scene quite rare .
Tamas I never checked so would not comment about