25 Turkish Dramas To Watch and Get An Insight Into A Different Culture Altogether

Be sure to watch them all!

Sanjana Iyengar

Jan 3, 2021|5 min read


Cinema of Turkey, which is also known as Yeşilçam is the designation that refers to the Turkish film art and business. it's a vital a part of Turkish culture and has flourished over the years, delivering recreation to audiences in Turkey, expatriates across Europe, and has gradually started spreading across the globe.

The drastic transformation of Turkey since the 1990s, film-makers – both commercial and art-house – has persistently returned to the themes of belonging, identity and memory. This new mode of inward-looking national cinema has won back old audiences and drawn in international viewers. This drastic change has led to the production of a few of the best Turkish dramas.

Turkish dramas have such a great content and storyline that anyone would love it. Here are some of the best Turkish dramas and series for all you. Be sure to watch them all!

1) Cukur (The Pit)

A dangerous neighbourhood, "The Pit", is a dangerous neighbourhood run by a noble mafia family called Koçovars. When the family is stuck in a deadlock situation wherein they are about to lose control of the neighbourhood, their youngest son now must come back to his home, where he could never escape from. This action-packed Turkish drama can be streamed on youtube.

2) İstanbullu Gelin (Bride From Istanbul)

This Turkish drama centres Süreyya, a young and beautiful singer, who grew up without parents, falls in love with Faruk, a wealthy businessman. This terrific Turkish drama series is available for free on youtube.

3) Dirilis Ertugrul

This Turkish historical fiction and adventure television series that’s set in the 13th-century centres around the life of Ertuğrul, the father of Osman I. You can binge-watch this Turkish drama series on Netflix!

4) Eskiya Dunyaya Hukumdar Olmaz (Bandits)

The series revolves around the life of Hizir Cakirbeyli. In his quest for money and strength, Hizir e gets involved in the dirty work of the underworld. Its edgy plot that revolves around crime and drama makes this one of the best Turkish drama that can be streamed on youtube or ATV.

5) Elif

This show follows the plot of a kind 6-year-old girl is placed under the protection of her mother's best friend who leads a very mysterious life. It will leave you in tears with its emotionally binding storyline and hence, is one of the best Turkish dramas to watch.

6) Kadin (Woman)

This Turkish drama is about a loving mother who has a lot on her plate- her two children, life's challenges and the task to uncover the hidden truths of the past.

7) Payitaht Abdülhamid (The Last Emperor)

The series follows vital events that marked the last thirteen years of the reign of grand Turk Abdülhamid. This Turkish drama’s main theme  is to struggle and having the courage to fight till the end 

8) Vatanim Sensin (Wounded Love)

This Turkish television period drama once again throws light on the last years of the Ottoman Empire and Turkish War of Independence.

9) Asi

"Asi," is one of the most famous Turkish drama series that  tells the love story of Asiye 'Asi' who  surprises everyone by returning  to his hometown Antakya  after years of  absence

10) Bizim Hikaye (Our Story

The screen adaptation of the UK original series, Shameless, Bizim Hikaye is a Turkish drama series. It features Burak Deniz and Hazal Kaya in he lead roles. The Turkish drama series is loved by the audiences in Pakistan and India as well. In case you wish to watch it, it is available on MX player (an OTT Platform) with the title Our Story.

11) Savasçi (Warrior)

This Turkish drama series tells  the story of dedicated heroes who serve in the toughest conditions in the world and endure every difficulty you can imagine

12) Arka Sokaklar (Backstreets)

This show talks about the brave policemen who battle all danger to make the magical, giant city of Istanbul safer and better.

13) Fazilet Hanim ve Kizlari (Mrs Fazilet and her daughter),

This Turkish drama series revolves around Mrs Fazilet and the complicated lives of her family members.

14) Ufak Tefek Cinayetler (Stiletto Vendetta)

Ufak Tefek Cinayetler tells the story of the reunion of four beautiful, successful women who are childhood friends.

15) Cennetin Gözyaslari (Tears of Heaven) 

This heartbreaking yet beautiful show talks about Cennet ‘s traumatic life and the challenges she faces along the way.

16) Yeni Gelin (New Bride)

Yeni Gelin is a heartwarming Turkish drama that shows a couple, from different backgrounds and culture fighting against all odds to achieve their dream of getting married.

17) Siyah Beyaz Ask (Black and White Love)

Siyah Beyaz Ask is a Turkish drama series whose story revolves around a dedicated doctor, who passionately world towards the treatment and healing of others. She encounters a cold-blooded killer with a wounded past and that’s when her life changes. This romantic-action Turkish drama series will surely leave you in awe on account of its intriguing storyline.

18) Kanatsiz Kuslar (Birds without wings)

This show talks about four sisters who endure many sacrifices to keep their ailing mother alive.

19) Beni Affet (Forgive Me)

The storyline of this show follows the life and events occurring 3 different families.

20) Sen Anlat Karadeniz (Tell It All, Black Sea)

This is a story of a brave young woman, Nefes, who is subjected to domestic violence and highlights her battle wherein she makes it out of the “living hell.”

21) Kalbimdeki Deniz (The Sea Inside My Heart)

This Turkish Drama series is nothing short of a fairytale. Deniz, the female lead, has everything a woman can ask for. She has a lavish, lucrative and wealthy life, which she enjoys happily with her two lovely children and a handsome husband. She continues to live her best life until her world turns upside down and her husband disappears. This Turkish drama series will surely keep you on the edge of your seat.

22) Cocuklar Duymasin (Don't Let The Kids Know)

This Turkish show narrates the comical tragedy of a couple who are on the verge of getting divorced and their relationship between their friends and families.

23) Sevkat Yerimdar (It Is In My Heart)

Sevkat Yerimdar is an egg shop owner in a marketplace in Balat. His anomalous personality provides comic relief to the audience.

24) Ishq e Mamnoon

Aşk-ı Memnu is a Turkish drama television series is an adaptation of Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil's 1899 novel Aşk-ı Memnu. The only difference in the screen adaptation is that the story is set in contemporary Istanbul, instead of the novel's late 19th-century setting. This is one of the best in the Turkish drama series on our list.

25) Fatima Gul

This show portrays a tragic and horrifying life of the lead character and protagonist, Fatma Gul. She is a small-town girl, raped one night by 3 guys under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Her life takes strange turns after that. This Turkish drama brings out the true image of society and hence is a must-watch. 

The film industry in Turkey has seen incredible changes over the last 100 years and this list of best Turkish dramas hints that their content is excellent. Watching these Turkish dramas and series, you can enjoy a good time.

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