Stop whatever you are doing and gather around! Today, we are going to make you happy with the list of top 15 world-famous Turkish series. Our list consists of the most popular and watched Turkish series & dramas in the world. As the Turkish series sector is among one the most popular in the world market, we needed to limit the series to take place on our list. So, please tell us which one is your favorite and you like most. Or whether your favorite one takes place on the list.
So, let’s see our Top 15 World-Famous Turkish Series…
15- Masum (Innocent)
Cevdet (Haluk Bilginer) is a retired commissioner. And his wife spends their pensions in peace on a farm away from the city. Suddenly, the sudden arrival of the terrible news from the little son destroys the order of the family. Apart from being a world-famous Turkish series, Masum (Innocent) is also one of the best Turkish crime series ever. And its story is incredibly fastmoving and fascinating.
14- İçeride (Insider)
When Sarp’s brother Umut disappears and he presumes that he is dead, his mother hangs herself onto his memory for dear life. Sarp blames himself for having lost him and he suffers from the loss. Just as Sarp is to graduate from the police academy he is assigned to infiltrate the mafia syndicate run by the mob boss, Celal. He believes by succeeding with his mission he will finally find peace in his mind and soul.
13- Ezel (Ezel)
The series is a 2009 made phenomenon Turkish series. Best friends of Ömer and the woman he loved betrayed to Ömer Uçar (Kenan İmirzalıoğlu). And so, Ömer Uçar returns as Ezel to exact his vengeance. With its wonderful cast and extraordinary story, Ezel is one of the best TV series of all Turkish television history.
12- Kuzey Güney (North-South)
The duo is brothers, but they couldn’t be more different, both in character and also in their perception. Much like their names, they are north and south. The older brother Güney (Buğra Gülsoy) strives in school and is the general good boy. On the other hand, his younger brother Kuzey (Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ) is nothing like him. He is wild and unpredictable. Click here to read more about the series.
11- Şahsiyet (Persona)
The series is a 12 episode-long Turkish internet series. According to some of the world’s most prestigious authorities, Şahsiyet — Persona is on the many world’s best TV shows. The story of the series revolves around an old man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. And when he learns this, he decides to punish criminals in his own way.
Besides, Haluk Bilginer, the main character of the series, won the Best Performance by an Actor award on Monday at the 47th International Emmy Awards in New York for his performance in the TV series Sahsiyet (Persona).
10- Hakan: Muhafız (The Protector)
The series is the first Turkish Netflix original. The release date of the series is 14 December 20018. A young (Çağatay Ulusoy as Hakan) man discovers that he has special powers. Now it is necessary to learn to use these forces in order to protect the city and all humanity against the dark forces that want to destroy Istanbul. In this journey, there is no other choice but to act with his friends who will help him.
9- Atiye (The Gift)
Atiye – The Gift is the second Turkish original production of Netflix. So, the series began on 27 December 2019, just right before the beginning of the new year.
The main character, Beren Saat acted as Atiye, is a painter, and she is free and quite commanding. She has always been drawing the same symbol since she was a child. Although she’s curious, she didn’t poke the situation. She lives the kind of life many people can’t even dream of. For instance, she has a rich and handsome lover, an insect but a fun sister, and a father who is fond of his daughter. The only pointed corner of this family is Atiye’s mother, but Atiye somehow learned to deal with it.
8- Fi (Phi)
The series is about a man who loves a woman, and the world changes. But what changes life radically is not the love but what they dare to reach their love. In the brutality of his love for that person, he starts such great storms that he finally destroys everything he touches. And sometime, everything must be destroyed before life can renew itself.
7- Diriliş: Ertuğrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul)
The series Resurrection: Ertugrul is among the best and most popular Turkish series in the world. As for the main story of the series, keep reading. Kayı Tribe is one of the Turkic tribes who fleed from central Asia after the Mongol Hordes began its dreadful march. Kayı Tribe’s journey through Anatolia was really hard, all the troubles of the migration plus famines and conflicts. Süleyman Şah the aged leader of the tribe has two sons as heir, Gündoğdu and Ertuğrul. But it won’t be easy for Ertuğrul to be the heir, he should earn it and must be accepted by the lords of the clan.
6- Gümüş (Silver)
Gümüş (English: “Silver”) is a Turkish melodrama originally broadcast in Turkey by Kanal D from 2005 to 2007. The series follows the travails of a simple and beautiful young woman “Gümüş.” Songül Öden played the role who marries into a wealthy family.
After the death of his girlfriend in a car accident, Mehmet (Kıvanç Tatlıtuğ)’s grandfather suggests that he marry Gümüş, who has loved Mehmet since childhood. Initially happy about the marriage, Gümüş despairs when she realizes that his heart is not in it. Eventually, Mehmet falls in love with her, and her dream comes true. The series, by the way, is one of the first Turkish series that become very popular in the Middle East and Balkans. Thus, it has deserved to be included in the list of the most world-famous Turkish series.
5- Aşk-ı Memnu (The Forbidden Love)
Having lost his wife eleven years ago, Adnan devoted all his attention to his daughter Nihal and his son Bülent. Adnan, who lives in one of the most prominent mansions along the Bosporus in Istanbul with a relative’s son Behlül, and his children’s nanny, meets Bihter who is also a socialite couple’s daughter. She is very elegant and beautiful. Everyone who meets her gets stunned and jealous of her, and he falls in love with her. While searching for peace, safety, and happiness in Adnan’s mansion, Bihter meets passion. Behlül and Bihter fall completely into each other and become drowned by their infatuation with each other. Their secret love affair will soon affect every member of the family.
4- Kurtlar Vadisi (Valley of the Wolves)
Kurtlar Vadisi – Valley of the Wolves is a Turkish television drama that originally aired on Show TV. The show was subsequently acquired by Kanal D for its final season.
The series focuses on protagonist Agent Polat Alemdar, an undercover operative who joins the mafia and becomes the partner of a known mafia gunman, Süleyman Çakır. The show makes direct and indirect references to Turkish politics.
Kurtlar Vadisi became the most successful TV show in Turkey. So the series became so successful that multiple successful feature films were made based on the show. Films are including Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, Valley of the Wolves: Gladio and Valley of the Wolves: Palestine.
3- Çukur (The Pit)
Çukur – “The Pit” is the most dangerous neighborhood in Istanbul. But it’s not just a neighborhood, but a pit, and the pit that İstanbul falls into! A strong family rules the ghetto, which is the Koçova family. İdris Koçova is the Godfather of the hood and he has certain rules that no one can pass even in their business which is related to crime. The most important rule, in the meantime, is the prohibition of drugs.
Drugs cannot be produced, used, or sold in Çukur. But one day a man named “Vartolu” has returned to Çukur and he is determined to break the “Drug ban” of Koçova Family. At first, Vartolu tries to negotiate with the Koçova’s but when his request is rejected he attacks the neighborhood and the family with his power. Just as he thinks that he has put the family on their knees something unpredicted comes up. Yamaç, the little member of the Koçova family is now in the hood!
2- Erkenci Kuş (Early Bird)
The story of Early Bird (Erkenci Kuş) is about a girl Sanem Aydın (played by Demet Özdemir) working in her father’s small store. She opens the store in the early morning due to her father’s illness. Every morning she opens the store and works until her father’s arrival then she starts dreaming about her life. Furthermore, she works on the book she’s trying to write. The ordinary life of Sanem has changed when she met with Can Divit (played by Can Yaman). He is a handsome businessman who runs an advertisement agency. The series also takes its place among the most world-famous Turkish series.
1- Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century)
Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Magnificent Century) is undoubtedly the most world-famous Turkish series. It totally deserves to be at the top of our list. At the age of 26, when his reign began, Sultan Süleyman sought to build an empire more powerful than Alexander the Great and to render the Ottomans invincible. Throughout his 46-year reign, his fame as the greatest warrior and ruler of his age spreads both to the East and West. With his companion Pargalı İbrahim, Süleyman achieves great victories and makes his name known in the Muslim World. Süleyman called İbrahim his brother, friend, and advisor. The television series shows Süleyman’s consolidation of his power: Pargalı İbrahim being a grand minister of state, reinforcing the rule of law throughout the empire, meeting foreign diplomats, and preparing for military campaigns, all set against the backdrop of the tension between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
The series also focuses on the relationships among the members of the imperial household, especially romantic entanglements and rivalries. The animosity between Hürrem Sultan and Mahidevran Sultan, mother of the Sultan’s eldest son, and the role of Hafsa Sultan, the valide sultan; Hürrem’s rise as Süleyman’s favorite while pregnant with his son, her falling from favor several times and her eventual return to grace; Pargalı İbrahim’s entanglement with Hatice Sultan, the Sultan’s sister, and many others.