‘Love 101’: Netflix’s Latest Turkish Teen Drama

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‘Love 101’, also known as ‘Aşk 101’ is Netflix’s third Turkish original series after ‘The Protector’ and ‘The Gift’. Both of them were instant hits with audiences worldwide and now, it looks like ‘Love 101’, a teen drama is also raking up positive reviews. (click here to see our previous articles on Netflix’s Turkish originals.)

The beauty and the idealist teacher of Love 101 Pınar Deniz, acted as Miss Burcu.
The beauty and the idealist teacher of Love 101 Pınar Deniz, acted as Miss Burcu.

What is the Story of Love 101?

Set primarily in 1998, ‘Love 101’ tells the story of five teenagers — four misfits and one model student. The four misfits are Kerem (played by Kubilay Aka), Eda (played by Alina Boz), Osman (played by Selahattin Paşalı), and Sinan (played by Mert Yazıcıoğlu). All come from different circles and none of them are friends, but they all get into trouble repeatedly.

The five misfits of Love 101 (Image Credit-Netflix Junkie).
The five misfits of Love 101 (Image Credit-Netflix Junkie).

All four have gone to the school board multiple times and face the threat of expulsion. In the first episode of ‘Love 101’, the board asked these students to behave themselves. However, in one way or another, they do things separately that end up nearly burning down the school. The head of the school and most teachers have had enough and they are ready to expel them. The only person who saves them is Miss Burcu (played by Pınar Deniz). She is, by the way, the Vice-Principal. Miss Burcu is the only one who stands between them and expulsion yet again.

Struggle to Keep Burcu at School Brings Solidarity Among Misfits

And so, when they get the news that Burcu is set to be transferred at the end of the school year, the four misfits decide to work together to make her stay in school. Hence, they begin to plan to do so by getting her to fall in love. The address is the handsome and idealist teacher of the school: Kemal (played by Kaan Urgancıoğlu). Those names, in the meantime, make up the main cast of ‘Love 101’ — Aşk 101. However, they realize neither of them knows anything about love. Therefore, they rope in Işık (played by İpek Filiz Yazıcı) who loves romantic movies and love in a broad sense.

5 fishes of Love 101, who are out of the water. (Image Credit-Ready Steady Cut)
5 fishes of Love 101, who are out of the water. (Image Credit-Ready Steady Cut)

Controversies on Netflix’s New Turkish “Dramedy”

After a fan account of the show tweeted “We are dark people under the colorful rainbow! Osman?”, the dispute began. People thought the account was an official account and that the character Osman was homosexual. This caused an uproar among the conservative users of Netflix. So, they claimed that releasing Netflix tried to assault Islam and the Ottoman Empire by naming the homosexual character Osman. The name of Osman is, by the way, the third caliph of Islam and also the founder of the Ottoman Empire’s name.

There is still an ongoing debate over Love 101 — Ask 101. (Image Credit-Netflix)
There is still an ongoing debate over Love 101 — Ask 101. (Image Credit-Netflix)

Further, releasing the show on the first of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan was another reason for the controversy. Many have claimed that they canceled their subscription to Netflix on the idea that they insulted Islam culture. After Netflix Turkey released the show, there were no signs of Osman being homosexual. On the other hand, the length of the episodes varies in the show between 35 and 45 minutes. Most people also considered this as a piece of evidence that Netflix has deleted some scenes where Osman was homosexual. There are currently no explanations from Netflix on this subject.

When did Love 101 Begin?

Netflix‘s new Turkish original series Love 101 became available for streaming on 24 April 2020. The first season of the series consists of 8 episodes and the length of each episode varies between 35-45 minutes. Meanwhile, Ahmet Katıksız sits on the director’s seat, Meriç Acemi and Destan Sedolli take on the screenwriting. And it seems that the start of the 2nd season won’t take so long thanks to the great interest in the series. Though the producers haven’t made an official statement, yet.

Kaan Urgancıoğlu, acted as teacher Kemal and Pınar Deniz acted as Miss Burcu.
Kaan Urgancıoğlu, acted as teacher Kemal and Pınar Deniz acted as Miss Burcu.

Love 101 on Social Media

In order to follow the popular Netflix series on social media, you can benefit from the links below which we share. By doing so, you can pursue the latest comments and arguments on the series. Moreover, you can be the first who catches the ultimate updates and comments on the previous episodes. Indeed, you can learn more about the ones you liked more among talented actors and actresses of the series.

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