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9 Best Turkish Dramas and TV Shows to Watch on Netflix in 2020

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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.”

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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)

Winter Sun, also known as Kis Günesi, follows two twin brothers as they try to reunite after being split up following the death of their father, killed by a ruthless businessman. One of the twins, a modest fisherman, attempts to get his revenge. Stream it now!

 

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.

3. Black Money Love (2014 – 2015)
Black Money Love, original title Kara Para Ask, Omar deals with the sudden loss of his soulmate and learns of her cheating, which leads him to believe her murder is suspicious. Stream it now!

4. Gonul (2015 – 2016)
Gonul, also known as Hatırla Gönül,  lays heavy on the dramatics as a nurse escapes from her surgeon fiance after learning some dark secrets about him from his ex. A car accident changes everything. Check it out now.

5. The Protector (2018)
The Protector became Netflix’s first Turkish drama and a massive international hit. The series focuses on Hakan, a young shopkeeper and ordinary guy whose life is turned upside down when he learns of a secret, ancient order that tasks him with protecting Istanbul, which is under threat from mysterious and mystical immortals in this Turkish fantasy drama. You can stream it here.

6. The Gift (2019) 

From the same people that brought you The Protector comes The Gift, and it once again brings together a mortal with the spiritual world. In the series, an Istanbul painter unearths universal secrets about an Anatolian site with links to her past. Watch it now.

7. The Yard (2019)
The Yard, a Turkish Netflix original draws inspiration from Orange is the New Black. A woman ends up in prison after a domestic clash and finds herself in prison hoping to survive and reunite with her daughter. See it here!

8. Wolf (2018)
Wolf, a six-part 2018 Turkish-language miniseries starring Ahu Türkpenç, focuses on the lives of the country’s special forces protecting them from constant threats from neighboring countries. Stream now.

9. Black Heart (2014)
Black Heart, also known as Oyunbozan, starts with a talented journalist being killed for discovering something she shouldn’t have, which prompts her brother,  s  surgeon and his ally, a psychologist, to exact revenge. Watch it now on Netflix. 

 

What are your favorite Turkish dramas?


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Watching a show without your dog can be “ruff.”

A new report by Rover.com found that as Americans increased their TV and streaming habits amid the pandemic, they have done so with a furry friend by their side. 

Per the report, 57% of dog parents admitted to waiting for their dog to get into the room before watching a show. 

Now, that isn’t entirely surprising because if you are a dog owner, you know dogs are great watching buddies… unless you have a dog like mine who barks at any animal on the screen. That makes things a bit more difficult, but still proves that he’s attentive! 

The report found that 78% of Americans said they watch TV with their dogs very often or always. 

Surprisingly, dogs were ranked #1 when asked who people prefer to chill out and watch TV with, with 40% of parents saying they’d choose their dog over a partner, friends, or even kids. And that’s because a majority of pet parents believe their pups are actively watching or reacting to what’s happening on the screen. (See my point above about my dog barking at animals on the screen!) 

To make the binge-watching experience that much better for their pets, 70% have admitted to accommodating their pup by allowing them on the couch, giving them blankets, and even moving over so the dog is comfortable. 

60% of pet parents even believe their dog has a favorite TV show, which would explain why 80% of dog parents admit to leaving their TV on for dogs when they’re not home. 

The most popular genres? Comedy and action, which makes sense – after a long day of lounging and taking walks, Fido needs a good laugh or to get invested in a dramatic car chase! 

During such uncertain times, there’s definitely comfort in knowing that you always have a TV buddy by your side! 

And let’s be honest… is there anything your dog isn’t doing with you these days?


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Netflix Renews Spanish Drama ‘Elite’ for Fifth Season Ahead of Season 4 Premiere, Adds News Cast Members

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We’ve got some elite news!

Spanish drama Elite has been renewed for a fifth season at Netflix!

The news isn’t all that shocking considering the drama, set in the ritzy private school of Las Encinas in Spain, is one of the streamer’s best performing Spanish originals. 

Not only is the cast incredible, the first few seasons were hinged around an intoxicating murder mystery and plenty of steamy love scenes. 

The renewal comes ahead of the fourth season, which currently doesn’t have a premiere date. In 2020, filming was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and an outbreak on set.

It’s possible the series will return in the spring/summer of 2021. 

The upcoming season will see a handful of familiar faces including Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Omar (Omar Ayuso), Rebeca (Claudia Salas), and Ander (Aron Piper) as they were held back due to their shenanigans. The drama will also welcome new students Manu Ríos , Carla Díaz , Martina Cariddi and Pol Granch to shake things up. 

Deadline also reports that the fifth season has added Argentinan actress Valentina Zenere (Soy Luna) and Brazilan actor André Lamoglia (Juacas) to its cast.

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“We don’t hide. We fight,” Elizabeth Moss’ June states in the new teaser trailer for the upcoming fourth season of The Handmaids Tale.

Her statement sets the tone for the new season of the dystopian series.

In the first scene, we see June walking an empty street in normal clothing, a fear departure from the handmaid’s red dress and white bonnet uniform. 

Flashbacks reveal she escaped Gilead with members of the resistance as a war is brewing. 

Hulu’s recently-released trailer also reveals a premiere date, so mark April 28 in your calendars.

Much like previous seasons, the season will return will drop three peisodes at once followed by a weekly rollout. 

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