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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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Freeform’s ’25 Days of Christmas’ Lineup Officially Kicks Off With Beloved Classics

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Freeform 25 days of Christmas 2020 lineup

Freeform’s “25 Days of Christmas” lineup has officially kicked off.

The schedule runs through midnight on December 26, which means you have plenty of time to squeeze in your holiday fix of movies. 

And there’s plenty of beloved classics to choose from including Home Alone, Love Actually, The Santa Clause and more. 

Check out the festive schedule below:

Tuesday, Dec. 1

8:20 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

12 a.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

Hugh Grant and Martine McCutcheon in “Love Actually” (2003).Universal Pictures

Wednesday, Dec. 2

7 a.m. – “It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas”

11 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

1:40 p.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

3:45 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

6:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

8:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

12 a.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Thursday, Dec. 3

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic 2”

11:30 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

1:35 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

3:40 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

5:50 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:20 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

Friday, Dec. 4

7 a.m. – “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic”

8:05 a.m. – “The Preacher’s Wife”

10:45 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

12:50 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

2:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

4:40 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

7:10 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

9:15 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

11:55 p.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

Saturday, Dec. 5

7 a.m. – “The Preacher’s Wife”

9:40 a.m. – “Deck the Halls” (2006)

11:45 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

1:50 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

3:55 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

6:35 p.m. – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

7:40 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

8:45 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

9:20 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

11:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

Sunday, Dec. 6

7 a.m. – “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”

8 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

10:10 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

12:15 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

2:20 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

4 p.m. – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

5:05 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

5:40 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6:45 p.m. – “Home Alone”

9:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

11:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Monday, Dec. 7

12 p.m. – “The Holiday”

3:10 p.m. – “Love Actually”

6:20 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

8:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

12 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

Tuesday, Dec. 8

7 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

10:30 a.m. – “Love Actually”

1:35 p.m. – “The Preacher’s Wife”

4:10 p.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

6:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

8:20 p.m. – “Almost Christmas” – Freeform premiere

12 a.m. – “Black Nativity”

Wednesday, Dec. 9

10:30 a.m. – “Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic”

11:30 p.m. – “Prancer Returns”

1:40 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

3:50 p.m. – “The Star” (2017) – Freeform premiere

5:50 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:20 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

Thursday, Dec. 10

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “The Star” (2017)

12:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

2:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

4:35 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

6:40 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

8:20 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

12 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

Friday, Dec. 11

7 a.m. – “Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic”

8 a.m. – “Snow”

10 a.m. – “Snow 2: Brain Freeze”

12 p.m. – “Snowglobe”

2 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

4:05 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

6:45 p.m. – “Home Alone”

9:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

11:55 p.m. – “Daddy’s Home 2” – Freeform premiere

Saturday, Dec. 12

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

8 a.m. – “Daddy’s Home 2”

10:05 a.m. – “The Santa Clause”

12:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

2:45 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

4:50 p.m. – “Toy Story” (Disney-Pixar)

6:50 p.m. – “Toy Story 2” (Disney-Pixar)

8:55 p.m. – “Toy Story 3” (Disney-Pixar)

11:25 p.m. – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (Disney-Pixar)

11:55 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

Sunday, Dec. 13

7 a.m. – “Love the Coopers”

9:30 a.m. – “Toy Story That Time Forgot” (Disney-Pixar)

10 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

12 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

2:05 p.m. – “Home Alone”

4:35 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

7:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

9:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

11:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

Monday, Dec. 14

7 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

10:30 a.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

12:35 p.m. – “Almost Christmas”

3:10 p.m. – “Home Alone”

5:40 p.m. – “Home Alone: 2 Lost in New York”

8:20 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

12 a.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

Tuesday, Dec. 15

10:30 a.m. – “The Magic Snowflake”

12 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

2 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

4:05 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

5:45 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

8:25 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

10:30 p.m. – “Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice”

12 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

Wednesday, Dec. 16

11:30 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

1:35 p.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

4:15 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

6:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

8:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

12 a.m. – “Black Nativity”

Thursday, Dec. 17

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968)

11 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

1:40 p.m. – “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms”

3:45 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

5:50 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:20 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “Life Size 2: A Christmas Eve”

Friday, Dec. 18

7 a.m. – “Holiday in Handcuffs”

9:05 a.m. – “The Holiday”

12:15 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

2:20 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

4:25 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

6:55 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

9 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (2018) – Freeform premiere

11 p.m. – “The Star” (2017)

1 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

Saturday, Dec. 19

7 a.m. – “Kung Fu Panda Holiday”

7:30 a.m. – “The Little Drummer Boy” (1968)

8 a.m. – “The Star” (2017)

10:05 a.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

11:45 a.m. – “Home Alone”

2:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

4:55 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

5:30 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6:35 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch” (2018)

8:40 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

11:20 p.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

Sunday, Dec. 20

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

9:30 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

12:10 p.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

2:20 p.m. – “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

3:25 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

4 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

5:05 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

7:45 p.m. – “Home Alone”

10:15 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12:55 a.m. – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

Monday, Dec. 21

10:30 a.m. – “Jingle All the Way 2”

12:30 p.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

3 p.m. – “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas”

4:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

6:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

9 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

12 a.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

Tuesday, Dec. 22

7 a.m. – “Santa’s Apprentice”

8:30 a.m. – “Miracle on 34th Street” (1994)

11 a.m. – “The Perfect Holiday”

1 p.m. – “Christmas with the Kranks”

3:05 p.m. – “Disney’s A Christmas Carol”

5:10 p.m. – “Home Alone”

7:40 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

10:20 p.m. – “The Night Before” – Freeform premiere

12:30 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

Wednesday, Dec. 23

7:30 a.m. – “Life-Size 2: A Christmas Eve”

9:30 a.m. – “The Mistle-tones”

11:30 a.m. – “Holiday in Handcuffs”

1:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause”

3:35 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

6:05 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

8:10 p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

10:50 p.m. – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

11:55 p.m. – “Prancer Returns”

Thursday, Dec. 24

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “Prancer Returns”

12:30 p.m. – “Home Alone”

3 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

5:35p.m. – “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (2000)

8:15 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

8:50 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

9:55 p.m. – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town”

12 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

Friday, Dec. 25

7 a.m. – “The Simpsons” – Christmas episodes

10:30 a.m. – “The Santa Clause”

12:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 2”

2:30 p.m. – “The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause”

4:30 p.m. – “Frosty the Snowman”

5 p.m. – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

6 p.m. – “Home Alone”

8:30 p.m. – “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York”

12 a.m. – “The Simpsons”


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Watch the ‘Doctor Who’ 2020 Holiday Special Trailer Now

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Doctor Who Holiday Special 2020 Trailer

It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays. 

And that can only mean one thing — a special holiday episode of Doctor Who

BBC America announced the episode “Revolution of the Daleks” will air at 8 p.m. ET on New Year’s Day.

The announcement was accompanied by a trailer that includes Chris Noth, John Barrowman, and Jodie Whittaker’s Time Lord coming to you from behind a high-security alien prison.

Oh, there’s also flying Daleks. 

 

“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent,” said showrunner Chris Chibnall in a statement. “Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors — just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) — and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.”

So, mark your calendar’s and check out the trailer below:


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‘Nancy Drew’ Season 2 Trailer Teases New Mystery, Same Thrills

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Nancy Drew Season 2: A New Mystery

In case it wasn’t made clear on Nancy Drew Season 1, Maine has a bit of a ghost problem. 

That ghost problem continues into season 2 on as Nancy and her Scooby Gang (Drew Crew) embark on a brand new mystery. 

The series returns Wednesday, January 20 — finally! — following a COVID-19 production hiatus. 

Best ‘Nancy Drew’ Season 1 Twists

In the first trailer promoting the return,  Nancy finds herself smack-dab in the middle of the mystery because as the saying goes, “where there’s smoke…”

The Drew Crew’s latest case involves a woman who uttered Nancy Drew’s name before she was attacked and lost consciousness. 

“How do you have the bandwidth for another mystery?” George (Leah Lewis) asks Nancy, but that’s clearly rhetorical… has she even met Nancy?!

But they obviously haven’t forgotten all about the Aglaeca curse (which claimed the life of Nancy’s bae, Owen) as Bess (Maddison Jaizani) exclaims: “Death can come to us at any moment.”

QUIZ: Which ‘Nancy Drew’ Character Are You?

Their adventures bring the Drew Crew to a deserted school bus where Nancy warns them to “stay calm,” adding, “It cannot find us if we’re not afraid.” But surely, that’s easier said than done as “it” is right on their trail. 

And don’t worry — the season continues to amp up the scares with terrifying ghosts and monsters appearances that’ll scare the bejeezus out of you. 

Watch the trailer below:

Catch the return of Nancy and crew on  Wednesday, Jan. 20 at 9/8c.

 


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