Updated: Mar 28
In these strange and unsettling times when most of the world is in self-quarantine, distract yourself with a Turkish dizi. There are several excellent series currently airing on Turkish television and even some on Netflix. So wrap up your work, take an exercise break and then curl up with one of these dizis.
The series explores the life of Irfan, an idealistic professor who is upset by his unfair dismissal amidst caring for his sick son. As the doors close one by one, Irfan finds himself in the middle of a dark adventure that he can't escape. Helmed by a star-studded and talented cast that includes the veritable Halit Ergenc as Irfan, Nur Fettahoglu as his wife, Ozan Guven, Birce Akalay, Asli Enver and more, Babil has maintained strong ratings through its exploration of economic and social injustices prevalent in our systems.
Babil airs on Star TV, on Fridays at 8 pm
Drama, Action, Crime
Adana… A warm city in the South of Turkey Poor and troubled, yet such a fun neighborhood The fuel theft gang… A gang with its own laws And their courageous leader, Ramo… The series tells the extraordinary story of Ramo, inspired by a real person, a man who goes against his superiors… It’s a story that encompasses the deep conflicts of family, justice, revenge, friendship and love.
You can check a review of Ramo here.
Action, Crime, Thriller
A dangerous neighborhood, "The Pit", run by a noble mafia family called Koçovalı. When the family is in the danger of losing the control of The Pit, their youngest son now must come back to his home, where he could never escape from.
You can can read a review of this series here.
A love story along the Aegean Sea, Sefirin Kızı is about Nare, an ambassador’s daughter, and Sancar, a poor boy, and their love story that begins in childhood. After meeting in Bodrum one summer, for the next twelve years, the two only see each other for two weeks during summer holidays but write to each other every single day. Years pass by and they find themselves separated because of family pressures and other tumultuous events. Despite all of these impossibilities, will our heroes succeed in rekindling their epic love once more? Or will their destiny change forever?
You can check reviews of Sefirin Kizi here.
Romance, Drama, Suspense
Romantic drama series that tells an impossible love story born after a revenge. Miran seeking revenge for his parents plans to marry the daughter (Reyyan) of the family who were responsible for the death of his parents. Unexpectedly he falls in love with Reyyan, will this change his plans?
You can also follow our running review of Season 2 of Hercai here.
Action, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Given mystical powers by a talismanic keepsake, a young man embarks on a quest to fight shadowy forces and solve a mystery from his past.
The series follows the epic adventure of Hakan, a young shopkeeper whose modern world gets turned upside down when he learns he’s connected to a secret, ancient order, tasked with protecting Istanbul.
You can watch three seasons of The Protector on Netflix.
The series, which is based on real events, unfolds the secret of fate with the phrase “The person you'll love and marry is decided by the house you born in. First, mothers hold the pen and start to write down." It travels through the invisible rooms of love, life and family living.
You can read reviews of DEK here.
The gripping story of a true loves that rises from the ashes. Filmed in the mystical city of Cappadocia.
Read more about the series here.
History, Romance, War
The series will focus on the life of Osman Bey, the son of Ertugrul Gazi and best known as "the father of the Ottoman Empire." The drama will shed light on Turkish history and how the Ottoman Empire was built.
Ali was born in a provincial town and was rejected by his father for adoption. Ali with savant syndrome, who grew up in orphanages, graduated from the faculty of medicine with first degree. Then he starts to work in a private hospital as an assistant surgeon.