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?
WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer
There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer!
Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?
It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does.
Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)
As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.
With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?
Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine.
Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids!
Check Out the ‘Christmas in July’ Lineup on Hallmark
No one does Christmas better than Hallmark… even in July.
The network is here to give you a little dose of holiday cheer during the summer months with its annual Christmas in July lineup.
The jolly fun kicks off on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries from June 25 all the way through July 8.
If that’s not enough, you can indulge in more of your holiday favorites on the Hallmark Channel from July 8 to July 31.
There’s even a brand-new Christmas movie premiering on July 9 titled Crashing Through the Snow starring Amy Acker and Kristian Bruun star as Maggie and Jeff, who are ex-spouses but friends first.
So, decorate those palm trees, grab a nice cold drink, and check out the Christmas in July lineup below:
2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11)
Hallmark will air popular Christmas movies from last year, including the premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow” on July 10 at 9 p.m.
Soap Sunday (July 18)
Hallmark will air holiday films featuring fan-favorite soap stars throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.
Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25)
Hallmark will air some of its greatest Christmas films of the past. “Crown for Christmas,” starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones, will air on July 24 at 7 p.m.; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler and Warren Christie, will air on July 24 at 9 p.m.; “Christmas Under Wraps,” starring Candace Cameron Bure and David O’Donnell, will air on July 25 at 7 p.m.; and “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad will air on July 25 at 10 p.m.
Blake Shelton Night (June 28)
- Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. ET
- Time for You to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET
- Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET
Holiday Jam Session (July 2)
Hallmark will air a series of films that have key musical moments: “Our Christmas Love Song,” starring Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines, will air at 6 p.m.; “The Christmas Bow,” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady, will air at 8 p.m.; and “Christmas at Graceland,” with Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown, will air at 10 p.m.
Salute to Christmas (July 3)
A trio of projects celebrating those who serve the U.S. will air, featuring “The Christmas Doctor” (starring Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes) at 6 p.m.; “USS Christmas” (starring Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan) at 8 p.m.; and “Deliver by Christmas” (starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey) at 10 p.m.
Family on the 4th! (July 4)
To celebrate family, Hallmark will air “A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas,” starring Rachael Lee Cook and Benjamin Ayres, at 6 p.m.; “Holly & Ivy,” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols, at 8 p.m.; and “The Christmas Ring,” starring Nazneen Contractor and David Alpay, at 10 p.m.
WATCH: ‘Gossip Girl’ Reboot Trailer Gives First Look Into the Scandalous Lives of Manhattan’s Elite
Hey Upper East Siders,
The long-awaited Gossip Girl reboot has finally dropped its first trailer.
Nine years after its original run in 2007-2012, Gossip Girl is back and ready to ruin the lives of the next generation of New York’s elite.
This time, she’s upgraded technology and can wreak havoc beyond her blog and outdated flip phone’s contact list.
Through the use of an anonymous Instagram account, she threatens to unveil a huge secret among the ruling rich kids at the private school Constance Billard.
With a cast full of up-and-comers including Jordan Alexander’s portrayal of the queen bee, Julian Calloway, and Whitney Peak as the new girl, Zoya Lott, the show seems to do a great job of diversifying its characters.
There are a few familiar faces including Elizabeth Lail (You) and Laura Benanti (Younger), and the recognizable voice-over of Kristen Bell as the ominous Gossip Girl.
In this short two-minute trailer, it’s clear that the show will be full of drama, and according to the official logline, “The prestige series will address just how much social media–and the landscape of New York City itself– has changed in the intervening years.”
Don’t forget to tune in, as the series will officially stream episodes on HBO Max weekly starting July 8.
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