Are you a Turkish drama lover? Do you obsessed with Turkish series? Through the past few years, Turkish TV drama series have seeped out of the boundaries of the nation and earned a worldwide fanbase. And this happened mostly because of the high creation values apart from that they feature universal themes in the shows. From Leyla and Mecnun comedy series to Ask Laftan Anlamaz romantic series it has all genre to amuse you. Today Turkish movies and series are receiving a big response from buffs all over the world.
Stop whatever you are doing and get ready! We are going to make you happy and excited with the list of the best 21 best Turkish series ever. Our list contains the vastly famous, most watched and highly rated Turkish series in the world ever. Here are 21 of the best ones that you must add to your watchlist, whether you’re a fan already or are newly dipping your toes in the water.
List Of Top 21 Best Turkish Series Ever
1. Leyla and Mecnun
IMDb Rating 9.1
Leyla and Mecnun consider as one of the most-watched and highly rated Turkish series ever. Directed by Onur Unlu alongside Murat Onbul. The series is famous worldwide for its comedy revolving around the poetic love tale of Layla and Majnun. The show has an overall 3 instalment.
Leyla and Mecnun Plot
The story of the series starts in Istanbul where Leyla and Mecnun were born in a similar hospital and have to share the same crib because of a shortage. “They know each other from the beginning”. They were named Leyla and Mecnun the legendary lovers. Mecnun featured as a 25-year-old confused boy from a middle-class family, resides in a historic Istanbul community. Mecnun falls in love with Leyla at first sight and comes to be obsessed with her. Leyla belongs to an upper-class family, leads a unique life than others in the neighbourhood. She admires the time she spends with Mecnun since her life is more interesting with him.
2. Behzat C Bir Ankara Policies
IMDb Rating 8.8
Behzat C Bir Ankara Policies released in 2010 is a Turkish crime-and-detective television series. The show recognised worldwide for its nail-biter story. The show created on the novels named Her Every Contact Leaves a Trace along with Last Excavation by Emrah Serbes. The show all over has 4 instalments.
Behzat C Bir Ankara Policies Plot
The story of the show starts with Behzat C who is a violent and morally ambiguous police officer. He is head of the homicide department in Ankara. His team completes with six people Harun, Hayalet, Akbaba and Cevdet, Selim and Eda as well. They chase criminals and solve murders while sometimes getting involved in different cases. Behzat C and his team consist of six people who work together along with public prosecutors called Ersa. After some time Behzat C falls in love with Ersa. Their team chase culprits with perseverance and always attempts to unravel murders mystery while sometimes getting entangled in different cases as well.
IMDb Rating 8.7
Halka (The Circle) is considered the masterpiece of the Turkish drama industry. Halka released in 2019 directed by Volkan Kocaturk and penned by Aziz Tuna C, Selim Bener and Ali Demirel. This series will offer you action, drama and suspense at the same time.
Plot of Halka
Halka is an illegal association that organises the dark world in Turkey. It has ruled that Whenever one member becomes too strong and dominant, the rulers of halja decide to murder him. The story of the show starts 25 years ago, a mafia ruler named Eren Karabulut comes to be a danger for talks organisation and he is pulled over a tangle. His newborn baby is taken by the fellows of that illegal organisation. To protect his baby, Eren Karabulut reaches the meeting location but he was murdered there.
Eren Karabulut’s partner Humeyra cannot discover her baby there. Her baby Cihangir is carried by a strong mafia member called Ilhan and a newborn baby Kaan is transferred to Humeyra in return. Humeyra believes that she would not be worthy to get her baby, thus she accepts her faith and agrees to raise Kaan as if her son.
After 25 years, the destiny of these two babies intersects similarly. Two different young men moving together from different places stand side by side and fight against collusion. They go after a history that doesn’t leave backwards. They face against the illegal organisation Halka, the scary face of which they have yet to know.
IMDb Rating 8.6
Ethos is a thriller based television series. Premiered on Netflix in 2020 and directed by
Berkun Oya, produced by Ali Farkhonde, Nisan Ceren Goten. Series Starringstarring OykU Karayel, Fatih Artman and Funda Eryigit, Defne Kayalar in lead roles alongside Tulin Ozen.
Plot of Ethos
The story of the show revolves around a group of unique character belongs to different socio-cultural background meeting each other with a different perspective towards life. The story follows a girl named Meryem who belong to a very conservative family resides in the outskirts of Istanbul. She works as a part-time cleaner.
She experiences losing consciousness and consults Peri who is a psychiatrist. Peri is far different from Meryem she is educated, secular as well as wealthy and keeps prejudicial beliefs of openly religious society. Peri believes in herself and sees herself as a therapist to whom she always complains about constantly growing conservativism in Turkish society. This show features numerous characters with their unique essences of life including a middle-class Kurdish household, wealthy and depressed playboy alongside a rape survivor, a soap opera actress, an ex-soldier, as well as a hodja and his closeted gay daughter as well. They all are connected through one chain and that is Meryem. By showing people of all the different socio-cultural background makers wants to represent the diversity of Turkish society.
IMDb Rating 8.6
Now moving towards the next series with the new genre. Ezel is a crime drama produced under the guidance of Kerem Catay and directed under the guidance of Uluc Bayraktar. The series was first aired in 2009 and gained a favourable response and gained a huge fan base from all over the world.
Plot of Ezel
The whole story of the show revolves around Omer. Omer is a young man who has everything wealth, good spirit and beauty. He is a military man and has just returned to get married to the love of his life Eysan. Omer has two best friends Ali and Cengiz who means him more than a brother. According to him, his life was perfect but the truth is that everything was fake his whole life was a lie. Omen went to jail the day after he proposed to Eysan for a murder and robbery at the casino night before.
Omen gets imprisoned for a crime he didn’t even know. After that his life was completely changed his best friend, his fiance disappear like a pen that works. For ten years of imprisonment, only one question stuck in his mind that why? It’s know to him that he was set up but the thing is that this crime has been planned by his friends and his fiance. After few years Omen declared dead in the prison but the death was a cover-up for revenge. Omen had plastic surgery and return as Ezel with only one mission in life and that is revenge.
He decided to take revenge.
A story behind the robbery started revealing he comes to know that mastermind behind this robbery was his fiance father Serdar. He convinced his friends. For a successful robbery, he needed four people first was Cengiz would be the mole who was working in a casino. The second was Ali would be the murderer who has no issue while killing others. The third was his daughter skilled con-women and will manipulate the characters. And the last one was Omen who would get the punishment for this crime. Everything happened according to plan they all got away with millions of dollars.
6. Bizi Ayiran Cizgi
IMDb Rating 8.5
Bizi Ayiran Cizgi released in 2021. This drama is directed by Soner Caner. Written by Tolga Afsin Kaya along with Murat Onur. And produced by Tolga Afsin Kaya. Starring Hazal subasi along with Ozan. It is receiving a favourable response from all over the world.
Bizi Ayiran Cizgi Plot
The story follows Sinem who was killed by a terrorist in the terrorist attack in Istanbul.
Sinem’s girlfriend Sinan when heard the news of started to break her whole life and reality day by day, must return to the line that separates him from Sinem and save Sinem. This serial contain various emotional including love, romance, separation and trauma as well. The story revolves around the love relation of the leading character and their struggle.
7. Siyah Beyaz Ask
IMDb Rating 8.1
Siyah Beyaz Ask also known as black and white love is one of the best romantic Turkish drama series ever. The show streamed on Kanal D in 2017 and concluded in 2018. Directed by Yasin Uslu and produced by Lale Eren, Ayse Elif Durmaz. Starring İbrahim Celikkol,
Muhammet Uzuner in lead roles.
Siyah Beyaz Ask Plot
As mentioned before that black and white love is one of the best Turkish drama series ever the story of the show follows Asli she is a young, beautiful doctor who is dedicated to her work and save the life of patients at any cost. After the death of her parents Asli’s brother Cem become head of the family. Cem works as an honest and dedicated Police officer and this was the white side of the store now let’s move towards the black side of the story young man named Ferhat after the death of his father he shifted to Istanbul along with his mother, sister and brother. He started working with his uncle Namik his biological father without knowing this past Ferhat comes to be the most trustworthy man of
Namik and perform illegal activities for him.
Ferhat was attempting to catch a man who
betrays their business. To catch him he soots him, but he wanted to make that man speak he supposed to keep him alive. Then Farhat brings Asli to treat wounded man’s so that they can recover. When Asli came to know that Namik is a murderer, Namik orders Farhat to soother but he wants to give her last chance to save her life and he offered her to get married to him. If Asli accepts it then only she can live.
IMDb Rating 8.0
Icerde is also known as the inside is action drama television series. Aired on 2019 on show tv. Produced by Kerem Catay and directed by Uluc Bayraktar. It only has one instalment. Inside received positive response from all over the world.
Plot of Icerde
Icerde is a story of two brothers who were separated from childhood and comes to be on the opposite side of the law. The name of the brothers was Sarp and Umut Yılmaz. Their father works as the most powerful mafia leader in Istanbul. Their father caught by police and imprisoned. After so many years Umut Yılmaz and Sarp come to know that they both are siblings they reunited but the twist is that not as brother they reunited as opponents what will happen next?
9. Masumlar Apartmani
IMDb Rating 8.0
Masumlar Apartmani is also known as the innocents. Directed by Cagri Vila Lostuvali, Cigdem Bozali along Ender Mihlar. Produced by Pelin Ekinci Kaya and Onur Guvenatam. Starring Farah Zeynep Abdullah and Birkan Sokullu in lead roles.
Masumlar Apartmani Plot
The story of the show is based on a novel named
Madalyonun Ici. The story follows Han who is a handsome and successful businessman. He lives with his grandfather and three sisters. His mother left them years ago. The past of his family was full of struggle. Because of past traumas, his sister was suffering from psychological disease. Han and Inci’s life intersect. They both fall for each other but Han didn’t make any move towards Inci because he can’t bring a bridge for a madhouse. Will Inci continue to love Han after knowing his sister’s condition?
10. Uyanis: Buyuk Selcuklu
IMDb Rating 8.0
Uyanis: Buyuk Selcuklu also known as the Great Seljuks: Guardians of Justice is a history, adventure-based television series. Produced under the guidance of Emre Konuk and directed by Sedat İnci. Show Revealed favourable response from all over the world.
Uyanis Buyuk Selcuklu Plot
The show tells the story of rising of Seljuks under Sultan Malik-Shah I. Later his son becomes the Sultan of the whole empire. Moreover, the story follows many battels of
Seljuks against Hassan-i Sabbah leader of
Order of Assassins and many others. The series received popularity because the show featured famous actors.
11. Dirilis: Ertugrul
IMDb Rating 7.9
Dirilis: Ertugrul also known as Ertugrul Ghazi is again a history, adventure drama television series. The show aired on TRT 1 in 2014. The story of the show based on the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Directed by Metin Gunay. Produced by Mehmet Bozdag.
Dirilis Ertugrul Plot
The show has a total of 5 instalments. The story of the show set in the 13th century and mainly focus on the whole life of Ertugrul as mentioned before he is the father of Osman | and the founder of the Ottoman Empire. The show received a favourable response from Turkey and Pakistan but in several Arab countries, it has been banned.
12. Yesilcam: Bir Sinema Hayvani
IMDb Rating 7.9
Directed by Cagan Irmak and produced by
Sibel Tuna. Written by Levent Cantek and Volkan Sumbul. Featuring Afra Saracoglu and Cagatay Ulusoy in the lead role.
Yesilcam Bir Sinema Hayvani Plpt
This considers as one of the best romantic drama series ever. The story of the show follows a film producer who will share the story of survival in Yesilcam. He will tell his personal experience of the golden age of Turkish cinema.
13. Son Yaz
IMDb Rating 7.7
Son yaz is directed by Burak Arliel, Semih Bagci and produced by Saner Ayar and Berrin Dagcinar. Starring Funda Eryigit, Alperen Duymaz and Ali Atay in leading roles. Son Yaz released on January 2021 received a positive response from all over the world.
Son Yaz Plot
The story of the show follows a famous Public Prosecutor named Selim. He is fearless, brave and dedicated to his work. He sends Selcuk Taskin leader of the mafia to prison. Later he couldn’t refuse an offer proposed by the mafia leader. Will Selim accept the offer, What will happen next?
IMDb Rating 7.6
Fatma is crime drama television series recently Released on 27 April 2021 and streaming on Netflix. The show directed by Ozer Feyzioglu and produced by Barıs Abacıgil. Featuring Burcu Biricik, Ugur Yucel, Hazal Turesan in leading roles.
Plot of Fatma
The story of Fatma is a nail-biter and exiting at the same time. Fatma was living a normal life but her life turns difficult when her husband disappears. Her husband released from prison a couple of days ago. She was attempting to discover her husband and unexpectedly she committed a murder. Her husbands were having a connection with the criminal because of that Fatma’s life in danger.
IMDb Rating 7.5
Carpisma is also known as Crash is an action drama television series directed by Uluc Bayraktar and produced by Kerem Catay and
Pelin Distas. Starring Kıvanc Tatlıtug, Elcin Sangu and Onur Saylak, Melisa Aslı Pamuk in leading roles.
Plot of Carpisma
Carpisma is the story of four different people. The life of these four people intersects with the car accident. Kadir, Zeynep, Cemre and Kerem’s life changed completely after that accident. The show received a favourable response from all over the world.
16. Ask Laftan Anlamaz
IMDb Rating 7.5
Ask Laftan Anlamaz also known as Love Doesn’t understand words is a romantic and comedy based television series. The show released in 2016. It highlights Burak Deniz as Murat Sarsılmaz and Hande Erçel as Hayat Uzun.
Ask Laftan Anlamaz Plot
Hayat is a village girl and living in Istanbul with her friends. Hayat’s father wanted her to do a job and earn or return to her hometown. In search of a job, she ended up finding a job at state but in case of mistaken identity she receives her job at Sarte. Hayat is in a love connection with her boss Murat. Hayat is full of puzzles that can damage her job and relationship.
17. Kurulus: Osman
IMDb Rating 7.5
Kurulus: Osman also known as The Ottoman. Produced under the guidance of Mehmet Bozdag and directed by Metin Gunay. It is a historical adventure drama series. Featuring Burak Ozcivit, zozge Torer, Yıldız Cagrı Atiksoy in lead roles.
Kurulus Osman Plot
The story of the series shows the struggle of Osman Gazi and how he established his empire and control the Ottoman Empire. Osman faces many enemies and hurdles in his way but he moved continuously towards his dreams.
18. Love 101
IMDb Rating 7.5
Love 101 is Turkish teen comedy-drama series. Produced by Kerem Çatay and directed by Ahmet Katıksız. Starring Mert Yazıcıoglu, Kubilay Aka, İpek Filiz Yazıcı in leading roles. The first installment of the show released and the second is yet to come.
Love 101 Plot
Story of Love 101 revolves around four teenagers named Eda, Osman, Sinan along Kerem. The story of the show sets In 1990s Turkey, a group of teenagers together to make their favourite educator fall in love so she’ll have a justification to stay in town with them.
19. You Knock on My Door
IMDb Rating 7.4
You knock on my door is a Romance, Comedy-drama series. Produced under the banner of MF Yapim and directed by Altan Donmez. Story of the show written by Ayse Uner Kutlu.
You Knock on My Door Plot
Eda a beautiful girl lost her parents in childhood and living with her aunt. She was pursuing bachelors of landscape architecture in private universities with a scholarship. But when Eda was in last year her scholarship was cut without any notification. Serkan Bolat was a rich and famous businessman who was responsible for cutting her scholarship to meet his business needs. Eda cannot forget and forgive the person who is accountable for cutting her scholarship.
IMDb Rating 7.3
Cukur is an action drama television series released in 2017 featuring Aras Bulut İynemli, Damla Sonmez, Rıza Kocaoglu in leading roles. Directed by Sinan and written by Gokhan Horzum, Damla Serim.
Plot of Cukur
Cukur considers as one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods of Istanbul. And the kingdom of cukur lead by the kocova family.
Kocova family was very conservative and have their own rules and regulations. The ruler of the cukur banned the production of drugs but one person determines to break the rule.
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21. Black Money Love
IMDb Rating 7.3
Black Money Love also known as Kara Para Aşk is one of the most popular series ever. Produced under the banner of Ay Yapım and directed by Ahmet Katıksız. Story of the show written by Eylem Canbolat. The show features Engin Akyurek, Tuba Buyukustun in lead roles.
Plot-Black Money Love
The story of the show revolves around Omar who is a police officer. He lost his fiance in an accident and after that suffering from pain and loneliness. Omar’s fiance Sibel’s dead body found on the top of a cliff, inside the car next to a rich businessman. After some time Omar realised that it can be suspicious murder.