On June 17, 2022, Netflix released its new Turkish original series Graveyard (Mezarlık). The series has been on the top of the Top 10 TV Shows in Turkey list since the show has met the audience. What makes the series cornerstone is that the series is the second one in which the Turkish actress Birce Akalay stars in the leading role. The first series was As the Crow Flies (Kuş Uçuşu) and the talented actress has become a giant in both series.
As soon as Graveyard (Mezarlık) was released, the TV show went viral in Turkey. The story of the series revolves around a group of a special unit that is investigating the murder of women in Turkey. While Birce Akalay is starring as the Chief Commissioner Önem Özülkü, Olgun Toker, Berna Öztürk, and Hakan Meriçlier are accompanying the actress.
So, what is the story of Netflix’s brand-new Turkish original Graveyard (Mezarlık)? Who are the leading roles in the Turkish crime, drama, mystery, and thriller series? How many episodes does Graveyard (Mezarlık) have? What’s more, will there be a second season? Well, you will find every piece of answer you are looking for.
Take a cup of coffee and relax! And then, enjoy the article! You are going to love it and the series, too!
What is the Story of Graveyard (Mezarlık)?
Since Netflix released the TV show, the audience both in Turkey and abroad loved it. We can safely say that Graveyard is nothing but a masterpiece. With the story, acting, messages behind the series, and Birce Akalay herself, of course, combining all, it is already one of the best Turkish TV shows ever!
Let’s elaborate on some more details…
The Uniqueness of “Mezarlık”
First of all, what Graveyard talks about in the series is very valuable and bold. Every kind of violence against women in Turkey has been a very serious and vital problem. So, “Graveyard” is a dark basement, where a special unit works to solve unsolved murders of women. By doing so, the Chief Commissioner Önem Özülkü needs and must struggle with masculine biases that support male violence.
The theme of the Graveyard (Mezarlık) series is crimes against women in Turkey. The series is about a special police unit that focuses on the murders of women, which are committed in a row. Mezarlık, whose first season consists of 4 episodes, will deal with the inequality between men and women. Furthermore, the series also processes the marginalized position of women in society in the genre of detective.
Graveyard Says Its Words Plainly
The titles of the four episodes are “Hotter Than the Sun”, “As Breath Away”, “The Woman in the Lake” and “The Bound”. In every episode, the series says its words and critics the system very plainly. The chief commissioner Özülkü and her team fiercely criticize the state, police organization, and male-dominated mentality. So, the question is this: What makes Graveyard (Mezarlık) so precious? So, the thing that makes the show so precious is that the series is a powerful critique and objection that comes from the very heart of the system itself.
When did Netflix Release the Graveyard (Mezarlık)?
The world-famous digital entertainment platform Netflix released the Turkish original Mezarlık on June 17, 2022.
How Many Episodes Does “Mezarlık” Have?
Well, the first season of Graveyard (Mezarlık) consists of 4 episodes. Each episode runs between 100-110 minutes. On the other hand, the names of each episode are as follows: “Hotter Than the Sun” (Güneşten Daha Sıcak), “As Breath Away” (Bir Nefes Kadar Yakın), “The Woman in the Lake” (Göldeki Kadın) and “The Bound” (Düğüm).
In each episode, the unit, which composes of Önem Özülkü (played by Birce Akalay), Serdar (played by Olgun Toker), Hasan (played by Şehsuvar Aktaş), Sophia (played by Berna Öztürk), and Berk (played by Baran Güler), tries to solve a murder of a given woman.
The Cast of Graveyard (Mezarlık)
The special unit team is led by the superintendent Önem (played by Birce Akalay). She is good at her job, and she is determined. Furthermore, she does not hesitate to contradict her superiors while doing what she thinks is right.
Rebel and rowdy Serdar (played by Olgun Toker), Hasan Bey (played by Şehsuvar Aktaş), who seems to have lost his enthusiasm for the profession, Sophia (played by Berna Öztürk), a fearless IT specialist, and the obsessive Berk (played by Baran Güler), who is responsible for crime scene investigation, are the other characters of the series.
We can peacefully state that the lead roles of the series are a great combination that has every talent to carry the message of the series to the audience.
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The Complete List of the Crew
- Birce Akalay – (as Önem Özülkü)
- Olgun Toker – (as Serdar Ata)
- Şehsuvar Aktaş – (as Hasan Duru)
- Hakan Meriçliler – (as Haluk Ata)
- Berna Öztürk – (as Sofia/Nergis Üzmez)
- Sezgin Uzunbekiroğlu – (as Feriha Mahmudzade)
- Cem Sürgit – (as Gökhan Demirdelen)
- Baran Güler – (as Berk Güleryüz)
- Elif Sevinç – (as Sude)
- Oben Onur – (as secretary of Prosecutor Gökhan)
Where and When Can I Watch Graveyard (Mezarlık)?
The successful, striking, impressive, and fascinating Turkish TV series Graveyard (Mezarlık) is available on Netflix as of June 17, 2022. For now, the series has only one season and four episodes but depending on success and ratings, there may be a second season in 2023.
Technical Details of “Mezarlık”
The production companies of the Graveyard (Mezarlık) series are ANS Productions and Universal Film. Evren Oguz was the producer of the series. As for the directing, Abdullah Oguz sits in the director’s chair of the series. On the other hand, Özden Uçar, Onur Böber, and Evren Oğuz wrote the script for the series together. The genre of the Graveyard (Mezarlık) series is detective and thriller and is a Netflix original series.
Where does the Name “Mezarlık” (Graveyard) Come From?
We learn why the name of the series is “Graveyard” from the conversation between the two characters working in the unit. Hasan, who is about to retire, asks the IT genius Sophia at the raki table:
“Do you know why they call our office a graveyard?” He also gives the answer himself: “How many unsolved murder files are in the police station, all of them are in the archive. The graveyard is the last stop of those who seek justice and cannot find it.”
Graveyard (Mezarlık) on Social Media
The Turkish original series Graveyard (Mezarlık) has become a big hit and it still maintained enlarging its popularity. So, for those who wish to monitor the series closer, below, you’ll find the official social media accounts of the series:
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Plus: The Trailer of Graveyard (Mezarlık)
Here is the official trailer of the series: