Fifty Fifty (comedy show)

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Fifty Fifty
Fifty Fifty DVD cover
Genre Sketch comedy
Created by Anwar Maqsood
Directed by Shoaib Mansoor
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
Producer(s) PTV Productions
Shoman Productions
Location(s) Karachi, Pakistan
Running time 60 minutes (per episode)
Original network Pakistan Television Network (PTV)

Fifty Fifty (Urdu script: ففٹی ففٹی) is a popular Pakistan Television Corporation comedy series which was aired on the national television PTV during the early 1980s, based loosely on the American comedy show Saturday Night Live.[1] The programme was a sketch comedy considered by many critics as one of the best television shows to be produced in Pakistan.[2] Along with pop singer Nazia Hassan, Fifty Fifty was one of the pop-culture phenomena of the 1980s in South Asia.

The content of the show includes satire and parody, with some slapstick comedy. It is widely considered to be a trendsetter in its genre, with its content being ethnically balanced and written to respect all Pakistani communities. Regulars on the show included TV actors Ismail Tara, Zeba Shehnaz and Majid Jehangir. Some golden-era songs of Naheed Akhtar and Ghulam Ali were also featured on the show. It was produced and directed by acclaimed Pakistani film and TV director Shoaib Mansoor.[1]

Fifty Fifty and Alif Noon are the two prominent comedy series in Pakistan television in the 1980s. Their writers were regarded as being dedicated to creativity and patriotic values, and that is why they are still the most-in-demand comedy serials.[3]



Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result
2005 1st Indus Drama Awards Special Award for Direction Shoaib Mansoor Won
Special Award for Performance Zeba Shehnaz


  1. ^ a b, Retrieved 24 June 2016
  2. ^, Fifty Fifty (comedy show), a videoclip from an episode on YouTube, Retrieved 24 June 2016
  3. ^, Fifty Fifty (comedy show) writer and actors on Dawn newspaper, Published 22 Oct 2013, Retrieved 24 June 2016