We have already brought on tons of Turkish series and dramas at the very this website. (Click here to see them with your own eyes if you wish!) Some of them were artful, striking, and quality works, some of them were the opposite. But, frankly speaking, most of them were cliche and consisting of love affairs with high-drama. And of course, with handsome actors and beautiful actresses in leading roles to assure them to be watched. The new Turkish original series “Ethos” on Netflix, on the other hand, is completely something else. Something different. Something more quality, excellent, and truthful by far.
Is it the best Turkish series on Netflix so far? It probably is! It may be a quite assertive comment, but believe it or not, it deserves all the credits all the way through. Ethos on Netflix has already drawn great attention. But what’s more, it seems this is just the beginning of the coming storm. Everyone is raving about the series everywhere and it is a radically different work from all the others we have so far seen.
Ethos on Netflix: Both National and International Popularity
Ethos (Bir Başkadır) has already become one of the most popular Turkish dramas on Netflix. Furthermore, the series has reached 9 points on the prestigious movie database IMDb. In the meantime, it just takes a few hours to watch complete 8 episodes. Ethos consists of 8 episodes, each of which is 45 minutes. This is way much shorter than a typical Turkish drama episode (a typical Turkish drama episode is about 150 minutes!).
The Story of Ethos (Bir Başkadır)
The story of the series revolves around Meryem (Öykü Karayel). Meryem is experiencing fainting spells, that is the reason why she is seeing a therapist. She is a daily cleaner who sees Peri (Defne Kayalar), a therapist who comes from a different socio-economic background. Peri comes from a modernist, secular, republicans (different from its meaning in the US, in Turkey the notion republican refers to a democratic view of politics) class. Due to her socioeconomic background, she has trouble with her patient Meryem as she is a head-scarfed conservative woman. No matter how nice, warm, and clever Meryem is, her headscarf sets a burden between Peri and Meryem.
The film starts with this encounter and casts a wide net into a multitude of characters tied to one another in unexpected ways in the mosaic of Istanbul. Each character is unhappy in their own way. They are deeply buried in anxieties, contradictions, biases, dilemmas, and shortsightedness. The characters are also trapped in the ugly concrete jungle of the metropolis.
Deeply-Built Characters of Ethos on Netflix
Gülbin (Tülin Özen) is another therapist and a friend of Peri (You will remember the Turkish actress Tülin Özen from Kırmızı Oda – Red Room Turkish TV series). With the difference of Peri, Gülbin is more understanding and has the ability of empathy. Peri regularly sees Gülbin and tells about her therapies with Meryem. Thus, Gülbin makes Peri face her real character and deep-inside thoughts.
Yasin (Fatih Artman), a proclaimed, yet not a big-name Turkish actor, is acting as the older brother of Meryem. He is a former commando in the Turkish army, but now is working as a bodyguard in one of the night clubs in Istanbul. While he lives in a conservative neighborhood in Istanbul, he witnesses totally different lifestyles because of his job.
Other Crucial Characters
Ali Sadi Hoca (Settar Tanrıöğen) is another crucial character of the series. He is a hodja in the mosque of the neighborhood. The hodja is a middle-class religious man as well as the spiritual guide of the local people. Namely, he serves the local people as their “therapist”, because they mostly hesitate to take professional advice because of fear of sin. Meryem, nevertheless, breaks the chain, which is the main idea of the series that is built on.
Another important character that we can’t pass is Ruhiye (Funda Eryiğit). She is Yasin’s troubled wife and mother to two. Ruhiye is hardly speaking and spends most of her life at home smoking. She has unforgettable past memories that prevent her to move forward and get along with the present. However, we will witness her character shift in the following episodes.
What Makes Ethos Different Than Other Turkish Series?
Ethos, with its original plot, is wholly different work from any other Turkish series and dramas, both on national TV channels and digital platforms. The first thing I can count is that there is no true or false, right or wrong, ethical, or the opposite. You can not judge any character or fully support them. You can just try to understand them, their behavior, attitude, their contradiction. They are, that is to say, no different than us. So, when watching the series, you believe in characters and stuck in every act of moving. By the way, it is vital to state that actings are so impeccable that you don’t want to miss any scene, move, or dialogue. So, let’s take it further and say that you are going to watch a 8-episode-long “art cinema”.
Ethos on Netflix: Other Details
- The series consists of 8 episodes and each one is about 40-58 minutes.
- The genre of the series is drama and thriller.
- Ethos (Bir Başkadır) is written and directed by Berkun Oya.
- The original release date of the series is November 12, 2020.
- The production company is Krek Film and the network is Netflix.
- Ethos on Netflix (Bir Başkadır) has entered the most-watched series list in Germany with the name of Acht Menschen in Istanbul.
Enough is enough! Now all you have to do is to sit on your couch and enjoy the best Turkish original series on Netflix. Then, you are all free to share your comments with us related to the series.
Here is the official trailer: