The popularity of Turkish TV shows is on the rise in the US mostly because of streaming services and international sales.
Turkish dramas have subverted themselves into the culture in the same way telenovelas have.
However, they are not soap operas or telenovelas, they are known as dizi, which refers to a “genre in progress”, according to Dr Arzu Ozturkmen, who teaches oral history at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul. He told The Guardian that the name encompasses the format that has ‘unique narratives, use of space and musical scores.”
While the US is slowly catching up, Turkish dramas have been a staple in many parts of Europe, Latin America, and China and Korea.
So, what makes them so addictive? Many Turkish dramas and melodramas reflect universal themes and dilemmas that are easily understood and accepted by people all over the world with just a hint of Turkish flair.
Here are some of the best Turkish dramas to stream on Netflix.
1. Winter Sun (2016)
2. Intersection (2016)
Intersection, also known as Kördüğüm, was believed to be a show that would put Turkish dramas on the map. The series follows Naz and Umut Umut Özer, whose marriage is struggling, but that changes when they meet wealthy businessman Ali Nejat Karasu. The official synopsis read: “two wealthy businessmen with car obsessions who cross paths with an idealist pediatrician. Love enters the equation, and their lives change for good.” It is available to stream now on Netflix.
6. The Gift (2019)
What are your favorite Turkish dramas?
KJ Apa Is a Dad! ‘Riverdale’ Actor Welcomes First Child with Clara Berry
KJ Apa has welcomed his first child with Clara Berry.
The model announced the birth of her son with the Riverdale star in an Instagram post on Sunday.
“Sasha Vai Keneti Apa, born on the 23rd of September,” she wrote, adding, “He is a perfect perfection. I am the luckiest to have now two men of my life, filling my heart with this cosmic gigantic vast love.”
In the birth announcement, Berry can be seen holding the baby’s tiny little fingers.
Apa has no yet made a statement, however, his CW co-stars quickly weighed in with congratulations.
“River’s new bestie!! #boymom,” Vanessa Morgan wrote, who welcomed son River in early 2021.
“such a beautiful name. congrats clara!!” actress Camila Mendes, who plays Apa’s on-screen love interest, commented.
“Congrats mama!!!!” Madeline Petsch wrote.
Meanwhile, Lili Reinhart noted: “Can’t wait to meet him 😍❤️ congratulations ❤️❤️❤️”
The 24-year-old actor announced Berry was expecting in May.
WATCH: Netflix Gives Fans Sneak Peek at ‘Stranger Things’ Season 4
What goes bump in the night?
The stranger kids make it a mission to find out in the most recent sneak peek for Stranger Things.
The trailer, which premiered as part of Netflix’s “Tudum,” opens up with a family of four moving into a spacious, luxurious house.
The kids begin to notice strange occurrences before they wind up lying lifeless on the floor.
Flash-forward to the 1980s when the kids (now teens), along with Steve, arrive at the abandoned clues to find answers.
The clip also includes a grandfather clock in the attic exploding as it strikes midnight. Based on the debris floating around it, it might just be the portal to the Upside Down.
Season 4 is set to premiere in 2022 due to COVID-19 delays.
‘Controlling Britney Spears’ Documentary Premieres on FX and Hulu Tonight
“Controlling Britney Spears,” a surprise sequel to the Emmy-nominated documentary Framing Britney Spears, premieres tonight on Hulu and FX at 10/9c.
The sequel will feature the accounts as told by insiders with intimate knowledge of Spears’ daily life under the conservatorship. Additionally, it will include a detailed confidential report previously published by The New York Times, that disclosed Spears talking to a court investigator in which she described the conservatorship as “an oppressive and controlling tool against her.”
According to TVLine, in the exclusive New York Times investigation, “a portrait emerges of an intense surveillance apparatus that monitored every move she made.”
Producer Liz Day said, “Britney’s situation raises a lot of important questions about the conservatorship system at large and whether it is working properly. We felt that it was in the public interest to examine that.”
Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, became the solitary conservator over her estate in 2008. Through this, he gained control over the most important aspects of her life including financial and medical decisions.
13 years later, now 39 years old, Spears is in a legal battle trying to end the conservatorship altogether to regain control over her life. The next court hearing is set for Wednesday, September 29.
Fans can watch the documentary on FX or Hulu starting at 10 p.m.
The sequel comes just days before Netflix’s documentary titled Britney vs. Spears premieres on September 28.
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