Below are 15 most popular Turkish TV series both in Turkey and abroad.
Aşk-ı Memnu (Forbidden Love) was broadcast on Kanal D between the years 2008 and 2010. Being one of the most successful TV series in Turkish television history, it stars Beren Saat as Bihter Ziyagil. After its final episode, Aşk-ı Memnu was sold to foreign TV channels and was broadcast in many countries including Iran, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Israel and Ukraine.
Also known as The Magnificent Century, Muhteşem Yüzyıl is a historical fiction Turkish TV series based on the life and reign of Suleiman the Magnificent, and especially on his relationship with Hürrem Sultan. Having been watched by approximately 200 million viewers all around the world, Muhteşem Yüzyıl has been an international success, especially in countries such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Greece and Macedonia.
Binbir Gece (One Thousand and One Nights or Arabian Nights) is about the interesting story of Onur (Halit Ergenç) and Şehrazat (Bergüzar Korel). Halit Ergenç, one of Turkey’s most famous actors, actually married Bergüzar Korel after the finale of Binbir Gece. So far, the TV series has been broadcast in more than 55 countries including Chile, the United States and Argentina.
Sıla turned out to be a huge success after it was aired in Saudi Arabia, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro and so on. It revolves around the eastern part of Turkey and the traditions there.
Also known as Lady Dila, Dila Hanım is an adaptation of a very famous Turkish movie. Starring Hatice Şendil and Erkan Petekkaya, this TV series focuses on a revenge story between two feuding families, namely Barazoğlu and Karadağlı families. Will love find its way? Only time will tell.
Asi ran for two seasons, between the years 2007 and 2009. Following its huge success in Turkey, it has gained worldwide popularity after being aired in 67 countries. This huge success brought about the nomination of Asi in the Best Soap Opera category in 51. Monte Carlo Television Festival. Thanks to Asi, Tuba Büyüküstün (Asi) and Murat Yıldırım (Demir) became well-known, especially in Arab countries.
Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne?
Fatmagül’ün Suçu Ne, also known as What is Fatmagül’s Fault?, is the second most widely watched Turkish TV series, right after Muhteşem Yüzyıl. It has been aired in many countries including France, Indonesia, Morocco, Iran, Greece and Georgia.
Aşk ve Ceza
Aşk ve Ceza (Love and Punishment) is among the top 5 best-selling Turkish TV series. It has been sold to 60 countries and has achieved huge success, especially in European countries.
Adını Feriha Koydum
Adını Feriha Koydum focuses on the life of a poor and pretty girl named Feriha, who is the daugther of a doorkeeper in Istanbul. One day, she meets Emir, a rich and famous boy studying at the same university. Things get more and more complicated as they fall impossibly in love with each other. Having been aired in Turkey for two seasons, Adını Feriha Koydum has been a TV phenomenon in Arab countries and the Balkans. It is also the first Turkish TV series to be broadcast in India.
Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki
Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki (Time Goes By) is about the tragic events surrounding Akarsu family in the 1960s. Based on a true story, this TV show has been so successful, especially in the Balkans, that Macedonian government had to restrict its broadcasts in an attempt to reduce its effects on people.
Starring Songül Öden (Gümüş) and Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ (Mehmet), Gümüş captured the hearts of millions of viewers all over the world. It was broadcast in Turkey between 2005 and 2007. Following its final episode, it was aired in Saudi Arabia as well as Bulgaria, Albenia and Pakistan.
İffet was first broadcast in 2011. It ran for two seasons before it was aired in Macedonia, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and many other countries. İffet stars Deniz Çakır (İffet) and İbrahim Çelikkol (Cemil).
An interpretation of the classic novel Little Women, Küçük Kadınlar revolves around the lives of five girls whose parents tragically die in a car accident. The final episode of the TV series is especially touching. It has been quite popular in Bulgaria and Kazakhistan.
Starring Kenan İmirzalıoğlu (Ezel) and Cansu Dere (Eyşan), Ezel was one of the most popular TV series in Turkey between the years 2009 and 2011. Ezel’s popularity has far reach, which was proven after the TV show became popular in South America, immediately after the Balkans.
Kurtlar Vadisi, also known as The Valley of the Wolves, is mainly about politics, mafia and the terrorist attacks in Turkey. It would not be wrong to say that it is one of the most successful TV series in the history of Turkish television since the Valley of the Wolves has been going on since 2003. Having reached such devoted fans, Kurtlar Vadisi led to three movies, namely Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, Valley of the Wolves: Gladio and Valley of the Wolves: Palestine. The movie Valley of the Wolves: Palestine has been the most expensive production in Turkey so far. It was released in 100 countries all at once.