10 best The Family Man-like Hindi web series on OTT: Farzi, Special Ops, and more

If espionage and spy thrillers are your things, here are some of the best The Family Man-like shows to watch online

The Family Man is one of the finest Hindi web series to come out of India. It has been running successfully for the past two seasons on Amazon Prime Video, with The Family Man season 3 release expected this year. The third season will revolve around the threat India faces from the COVID-19 pandemic. While you wait for the new season, check out our list of the best The Family Man-like Hindi web series to watch online on OTT platforms, including Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney Plus Hotstar. We hope the list will quench your thirst for the spy, espionage, and crime thrillers.

List of The Family Man-like web series to watch on OTT: streaming platform, IMDb rating

FarziAmazon Prime Video9.3
Mumbai Diaries 26/11Amazon Prime Video7.3
Special OpsDisney Plus Hotstar7.9
Paatal LokAmazon Prime Video7.9
Bard of BloodNetflix8.3
Code MZee54.6
TandavAmazon Prime Video8.0

Best Hindi web series like The Family Man


Continuing the supposed Raj & DK universe that is being created by the famed director duo, Farzi is a multi-starrer with actors like Shahid Kapoor and Vijay Sethupathi in the lead roles, alongside Kay Kay Menon in the supporting cast. Farzi is the story of two loafers who resort to using their art for printing counterfeit notes in an attempt to save their godfather’s printing press. Will they succeed or will greed get the better of them? This Indian thriller web series is a must-watch. We are sure you will binge-watch the entirety of the first season over the weekend, it’s so good!

  • Farzi IMDb rating – 8.6
  • Farzi cast – Shahid Kapoor, Vijay Sethupathi, Kay Kay Menon
  • Farzi release date – January 17th, 2023
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video

Mumbai Diaries 26/11

While umpteen movies and series have been made to recreate the horrors of the 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai city, this one on Prime Video is slightly unique. It focuses on the lives of doctors, nurses, and hospital staff working at a fictional government hospital called Bombay General Hospital during the attack. With nine episodes, the series is more concerned with the aftermath of the attacks, as medical staff struggle to care for hundreds of injured patients coming into the hospital. Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shreya Dhanwanthary, and Natasha Bharadwaj are among the star cast of this series.

  • Mumbai Diaries 26/11 IMDb rating – 8.7
  • Mumbai Diaries 26/11 cast – Mohit Raina, Konkona Sen Sharma, Mrunmayee Deshpande
  • Mumbai Diaries 26/11 release date – September 9th, 2021
  • Where to watch –Amazon Prime Video


One of the few top-notch original series to come out on Voot Select, Crackdown is the story of a RAW agent named Riyaaz Pathan, played by the superb Saqib Saleem, tasked with investigating a terrorist organisation called The Righteous Army. Quite opposite to its name, the organisation indulges in anti-India activities. This is why Riyaaz, with his team of agents, tries to uncover the group’s plan and stop their nefarious activities before destruction happens. If you are into fast-paced thrillers that have suspense and twists at the end of every episode, you will love binge-watching Crackdown! Apart from Saqib, you see names like Iqbal Khan, Shriya Pilgaonkar, and Waluscha De Sousa in the cast.

  • Crackdown IMDb rating – 7.3
  • Crackdown cast – Saqib Saleem, Shriya Pilgaonkar, Iqbal Khan
  • Crackdown release date – September 23rd, 2020
  • Where to watch – Voot

Special Ops

If espionage is your thing, which is quite evident if you loved The Family Man, Special Ops is a similar, thrilling Web series with Kay Kay Menon in the lead. With a solid personality onscreen, much like Manoj Vajpayee, Menon lights up the show in this story that revolves around Himmat Singh (Menon) and his team of RAW agents tasked with capturing a wanted terrorist named Ikhlaq Khan. The web series spans multiple countries and follows the team as they try to unravel a larger conspiracy involving the terrorist organisation. This series keeps you on the edge of your seat, literally. It delves deep into the inner workings of Indian spy agencies and shows the lengths to which agents go to make sure these miscreants are stopped.

  • Special Ops IMDb rating – 8.6
  • Special Ops cast – Kay Kay Menon, Karan Tacker, Gautami Kapoor
  • Special Ops release date – March 16th, 2020
  • Where to watch – Disney Plus Hotstar

Paatal Lok

Jaideep Ahlawat stars as the lead in this dark crime thriller that explores the underbelly of Indian caste, class, and politics. While it revolves around disillusioned police officer Hathiram Chaudhary (played by Ahlawat) as he investigates a high-profile case involving a group of suspects from the fictional area of Paatal Lok, it really allows the viewer to uncover a web of conspiracies and dark secrets that challenge the officer’s literal perception of justice and morality. While dark and thought-provoking, this series also involves a great amount of crime and suspense, which is enough to have you hooked by the end of the last episode.

  • Paatal Lok IMDb rating – 8.0
  • Paatal Lok cast – Jaideep Ahlawat, Neeraj Kabi, Ishwak Singh
  • Paatal Lok release date – May 15th, 2020
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video


One of the finest crime thriller series to premiere in India last year, Mukhbir is now streaming on Zee5. Rajeev Khandelwal makes a comeback to the small screen as a RAW agent tasked with gathering information and intelligence about a terrorist group that is planning an attack in India. This quintessential spy thriller explores the terrorist group’s plans, while Pratap becomes embroiled in a web of conspiracies and political struggles within the intelligence agency. This series is nuanced and attempts to portray a real-life image of RAW agents instead of showing over-the-top action and thrill. It perfectly shows the inner struggles of working in a top national crime agency like RAW, as it shows the parallels between doing your field job of fighting terrorists while managing colleagues at work who are trying to get ahead at any opportunity they can bag.

  • Mukhbir IMDb rating – 7.7
  • Mukhbir cast – Rajeev Khandelwal, Prakash Raj, Zain Khan Durrani, Dilip Shankar
  • Mukhbir release date – November 11th, 2022
  • Where to watch – Zee5

Bard of Blood

Another one of the superhit espionage thrillers, this time from Netflix India, brings Emraan Hashmi in the offbeat role of a former RAW agent forced out of retirement to lead a dangerous mission in Balochistan, Pakistan. His mission? Rescue four Indian agents captured by terrorists across the border. Playing the role of Kabir, Hashmi, must assemble his team and navigate through dangerous terrain and high-stakes situations to make it a success. Personally, they must also confront their own personal demons and the challenges of working in the tough world of espionage. There are suspense and plot twists at every corner of this Red Chillies production.

  • Bard of Blood IMDb rating – 6.8
  • Bard of Blood cast – Emraan Hashmi, Reapstar, Gurii, Abhi Brar
  • Bard of Blood release date – September 27th, 2019
  • Where to watch – Netflix

Code M

Another one from an Indian streaming platform, Code M is now streaming on ALTBalaji and Zee5. With Jennifer Winget, Tanuj Virwani, and Rajat Kapoor in lead roles, the series follows the journey of an Indian Army lawyer named Monica Mehra (Winget), tasked with investigating an encounter that took place in Jammu and Kashmir. But, the conspiracy turns out to be even worse as she discovers some elements that might shake the foundations of the Indian Army as it is. While we will not reveal more about the plot, be sure that all episodes of Code M offer suspense, drama, and action. They are a treat for viewers who love spy thrillers and legal dramas. This is a perfect amalgamation of the two, really.

  • Code M IMDb rating – 7.5
  • Code M cast – Jennifer Winget, Tanuj Virwani, Rajat Kapoor
  • Code M release date – January 15th, 2020
  • Where to watch – Zee5


This thriller web series is one of the finest to come out of Indian production houses. Released during the lockdown in 2020, Asur takes us on a journey with former forensic expert-turned-teacher, Dhananjay Rajpoot (Arshad Warsi), who is pulled into a murder investigation against his will. He soon discovers that the murders are in fact connected to an ancient, mythological story that he must uncover to find out the hard truth. He teams up with colleague Nikhil Nair as they set out to explore religion and mythology in this psychological thriller, like never before in India. The series has been appreciated across the board, with rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. One of the best on Voot Select, watch it for the superb acting and solid plot.

  • Asur IMDb rating – 8.4
  • Asur cast – Arshad Warsi, Barun Sobti, Anupriya Goenka
  • Asur release date – March 2nd, 2020
  • Where to watch – Voot


Bringing director Ali Abbas Zafar to the streaming screen is Tandav, a political thriller on Prime Video. With names like Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Tigmanshu Dhulia, and Sunil Grover in lead roles, you really can’t go wrong with this series. It revolves around power struggles and political games played by political leaders in India, including a university student leader, a Prime Minister, and a senior party member, struggling to first gain and then maintain control. The series touches upon dynastic politics, crime drama, and corruption in politics in India.

  • Tandav IMDb rating – 4.6
  • Tandav cast – Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub
  • Tandav release date – January 14th, 2021
  • Where to watch – Amazon Prime Video