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Fifty Fifty (Pakistani TV series)

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Fifty Fifty
DVD cover
GenreSketch comedy
Created byAnwar Maqsood
Directed byShoaib Mansoor
Country of originPakistan
Original languageUrdu
ProducersPTV Productions
Shoman Productions
Production locationsKarachi, Pakistan
Running time60 minutes (per episode)
Original release
NetworkPakistan Television Corporation Network
Release1978 (1978) –
1984 (1984)

Fifty Fifty (Urdu script: ففٹی ففٹی) is a popular Pakistan Television Corporation sketch comedy series that was aired on the national television PTV from 1978 to 1984, based loosely on the American comedy show Saturday Night Live.[1][2] The programme was a sketch comedy considered by many critics to be one of the best television shows to be produced in Pakistan.[1]

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, Ashraf Khan,Majid Jahangir, and Khalid Abbas Dar. Some golden-era songs by 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 and written by Anwar Maqsood.[2]

Fifty Fifty and Alif Noon were the two prominent comedy series on Pakistani 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][1]



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 c Nadeem F. Paracha (5 July 2015). "Smokerrs' Corner: Satire in the time of cholera (Fifty Fifty TV show)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Fifty-Fifty: The best PTV show ever?". All Things Pakistan website. 15 July 2006. Archived from the original on 19 February 2007. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  3. ^ Anwar Maqsood and Qazi Wajid remember Moin Akhtar (Fifty Fifty (comedy show) writer and actors) Dawn (newspaper), Published 22 Oct 2013, Retrieved 9 February 2019