Turkish dramas much similar to Korean dramas seem to be in trend recently. So, here is a list of the 13 most romantic Turkish dramas according to IMDb that you would love to watch.
1. Sen Cal Kapimi
“Sen Cal Kapimi” or the series better known as “Love Is In The Air” or “You Knock On My Door” outside of Turkey is a television series that was released on the 8th of July 2020. The story of the series is similar to those well-known Wattpad series where the male and female lead are in a contractual relationship for whatever reason.
The series begins with giving us an overview of the main characters Eda Yildiz and Serkan Bolat, a young girl with a long-distance boyfriend and tough life, and of course a shortage of money and a successful guy who owns a firm.
The story is set when they both come across each other during a graduation event, and Serkan proposes a contract that states that she will act as his girlfriend for about two months and then, he will pay for all her travels, food, and education while she fulfills her dream of studying in Italy.
There are 2 seasons of the said series with a total of 52 episodes, that is, 39 and 13 episodes in the first and second seasons respectively. The series is well-liked with a 7.1/10 rating on IMDb, a 4.7/5 on Facebook, and an audience rating of 4.8/5 via an audience rating survey. IMDb termed it as an extremely boring show with quite a cringe, but the audience seemed to have liked it either way.
2. Yali Capkini
“Yali Capkini” or the series called “Golden Boy” outside of Turkey is a series that revolves around a character named Ferit the grandson of the Korhanli family whose current head is Halis Agha.
Ferit is a reckless kid who just wants to live a carefree life and chill while spending the money somebody else earns. His behavior was not appreciated by the family or the head so he was made to graduate from a university in the USA. After graduating he returned to Istanbul and to everybody’s disappointment he went back to his former way of life.
Halis gets tired of Ferit and comes up with a conclusion that maybe he would turn out more responsible and mature if he were to get married. So, he asks his eldest daughter-in-law to look for a bride suitable for the Korhanli family from their hometown Gaziantep.
Irrespective of what his grandfather was doing, Ferit was the same immodest, carefree flirt who thought that even if he were to marry someone, it would just be on paper and he would continue to do what he always did.
The series was given a rating of 6.4/10 and has a classic family drama that almost every joint family with money and inheritance has.
3. Leyla Ile Mecnum
“Leyla Ile Mecnum” or “Leyla and Mecnum” is another television series with its main genre being a comedy with the plotline being set on the infamous romance story of Layla and Majnun that has been a folk tale in Persian, Arabic, and Indian languages.
The story begins with Leyla and Mecnum who were born on the same day in the same hospital. Surprisingly, they even shared the same crib as there was a shortage of cribs. They were named after the infamous lovers. Mecnum is a 25-year-old in the series coming from a middle-class family who lives in a historic Istanbul neighborhood.
And as a romantic story is supposed to go by, Mecnum ends up falling in love with Leyla at first sight. But Leyla belongs to a proper upper-class family who lives a completely different life when compared to Mecnum. But the fact is that irrespective of the differences Leyla does enjoy spending time with Mecnum. The story goes by the catchphrase, “They found each other from the beginning”.
The series is given a rating of 4.5/5 on Amazon and has an audience rating of 4.6/5 via an audience rating survey. The audience further commented that the show has top-notch comedy and is a worth-watching romantic drama.
4. Hakan: Muhafiz
Hakan: Muhafiz or The Protector is a fantasy drama inspired by a novel named “Karakalem ve Bir Delikanlinin Tuhaf Hikayesi” written by Nilufer Lpek Gokdel. The said series was released on the 14th of December 2018.
The Protector is the story of Hakan Demir a shopkeeper, who after his father’s death, come across the fact that he is sort of has a connection to an ancient secret order who are destined with the duty to protect the city.
Hakan was in a relationship with someone named Leyla Sancak before he realized he was a protector, after knowing he ends up getting romantic feelings for Zeynep. Zeynep is the daughter of Kemal who along with his daughter helps Hakan cope with the sudden changes in life that came with the realization of him being the protector.
The series currently has 4 released seasons with a total of 32 episodes, that is, it has 10, 8, 7, and 7 episodes in the first, second, third, and the fourth seasons respectively. The series was given a rating of 6.5/10 on IMDb, 3.5/5 on Ready Steady Cut, and the audience rated the series as a 3.9/5 via an audience rating survey. A critique on IMDb commented that they absolutely loved the show even though they had to watch it with English subtitles.
5. Yasak Elma
“Yasak Elma” or “Forbidden Apple” is a television series that was released on the 19th of March 2018. The said story revolves around a woman named Ender who belongs to the high society and is the wife of a successful businessman named Halit Argun.
The story of the first season of the series begins when Ender hires a personal waitress named Yildiz Yilmaz for her husband and asks her to seduce Halit so that she can file a divorce against him in the case of betrayal and get herself a huge lump of finance.
Rather than going along with Ender’s tactful plans, Yildiz chooses to expose her to Halit which Ender terms as a betrayal. Halit ends up filing a divorce with Ender and she is left with pretty much no money and begins to struggle to gain back the position she held in the high society before her divorce.
We also get to see the story of Zeynep, Yildiz’s sister who ends up falling in love with her boss Alihan Tasdemir. The story of the series gets wilder and weirder with every new season with multiple heartbreaks, plans to obtain wealth, marriages, divorces, and whatnot.
The series was given a rating of 5.7/10 on IMDb and a 4.6/5 by the audience via an audience rating survey.
6. Kara Para Ask
Kara Para Ask or the series referred to as “Black Money Love” is a Turkish television series that was released on the 12th of March 2014. The series follows multiple genres like action, mystery, romance, and drama that revolve around a couple of detectives.
The main characters of the series are Omer Demir the male protagonist, Elif Denizer is the female lead and Omer’s lover and to-be wife, Tayyar Dundar the villain and the father of Mert and Faith, and also Ahmed’s best friend.
The series revolves around Omer who is a really successful detective with a fiancé and pretty much-settled life. The story escalates when his fiancé and some jewelry designer’s father are found dead in a weird format.
His life takes a completely odd turn due to all the aftermath of this incident and he comes across the fact that the above-mentioned murders were actually the result of a failed theft attempt.
The series was given a rating of 7.5/10 on IMDb and the audience rated the show as a 4.7/5 via an audience rating survey. Viewers commented that Kara Para Ask is one of the best Turkish drama series they have watched with an excellent plot revolving around crime and romance.
7. Duy Beni
Duy Beni or the series generally referred to as “Hear to Me’’ outside of turkey is a drama that was released recently on the 7th of July 2022. The series has a fantastic script and awesome actors who have stretched out their acting potential for the series.
The story revolves around a group of students who get scholarships to study in a privileged high school. The actual reason they were in this school was to investigate an accident that left their best friend paralyzed and the reason they got the scholarship was to kind off safeguard the culprit.
They try everything there is to get justice and come across the reason something like this happened, they were troubled, unsure about who was their friend, a foe, or a culprit. It’s a young adult drama that was appreciated by the viewers so much that the audience rated the series a 5/5 via an audience rating survey.
The series was commented on as a bomb series on IMDb and also stated that it is not a copy of the series Elite and even if it were it absolutely does not change the fact that it is a great show which is worth the watch.
8. Muhtesem Yuzyil
Muhtesem Yuzyil or the series referred to as “Magnificient Century” outside of Turkey is a historical fiction television series that was released on the 5th of January 2011. It is an awesome series with multiple genres namely, Romance, War, Adventure, Soap opera, Historical drama, Drama, Historical Fiction, Costume drama, Action fiction, and Biographical.
The story is set in the Suleiman the Magnificent’s era, where a 26-year-old Suleiman whose father just died and has been hit with a realization that he is about to be on the reign.
The series successfully portrays the life of Suleiman the Magnificient who is the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire and his wife Hurrem Sultan the Sultana during his reign period who was initially a slave girl.
As the name suggests it pretty much goes into the details of how the century that witnessed the reign of Suleiman is a literally magnificent century. The series was rated as a 6.8/10 on IMDb and the audience rated the series a 4.7/5 via an audience rating survey.
The series is said to give you some good entertainment and quite a quality work with sort of an addictive quality to it as it unusually tangles history, war, passion, infidelity, jealousy, and even harem to some extent.
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9. Erkenci Kus
Erkenci Kus or the series is better known as “Daydreamer” outside of Turkey is a television series that was premiered on the 26th of July 2018. It is a story of a young woman named Sanem whose goal is to become a writer and live on the islands of the Galapagos.
Outside of her dream, she actually works at a grocery store her father owns. Adding more to her life she is forced by her family to get herself into an arranged marriage while she wants to go out and find a suitable job for her.
To everybody’s surprise, she gets herself a job in one of the leading advertising agencies Fikri Harika where her sister Leyla works as an executive assistant. Then we have Can who is the son of the company’s owner, and the brother of Emre. Even though Emre wanted to become the new head the current head chose Can for the job as he is more deserving.
And now Can is left with the job to spot the spy in the company. Emre on the other hand is unhappy about Can getting the position he wished for and wants him to fail. The story basically is about Sanem and Can clearing out all the obstacles in front of them and eventually falling in love with one another.
The series was given a rating of 5/5 on Facebook and has a rating of 4.9 by the audience via an audience rating survey.
Atiye or the series referred to as “The Gift” outside of Turkey is a fantasy series on Netflix released on the 27th of December 2019. The story of the said series revolves around a young woman named Atiye who for whatever reason has been drawing a fertility symbol for as long as she can while being unaware of the significance the symbol holds.
Then we have the male lead for the story Erhan an archaeologist who finds something strange in a place called Gobekli Tepe and it becomes a piece of great news. Atiye who comes across the news almost randomly recognizes the artifact as something she has been drawing for ages.
Upon realizing these facts takes off to go see the artifact and get details about it. There she meets Erhan who does not allow her to see the artifact, as she came out as somebody who was faking her connection with the symbol and was here just to get herself some fame. It is later confirmed that both of them have some sort of connection with the said symbol and some kinda duty toward the world. And of course, we will also have a romance between them eventually.
The series was given a rating of 3/5 on Ready Steady Cut and has an audience rating of 4.5/5 via an audience rating summary.
11. Ask 101
Ask 101 or Love 101 is a teen rom-com television series that was released on the 24th of April 2020. The series has 2 seasons and is concluded. The first season has 8 episodes while the second has 8 too.
The story of the said series begins with a flashback sort of idea where a woman named Isik recalls her past and the friends she made back then. The flashback takes us to the year 1998 when she and her friends Eda, Osman, Kerem, and Sinan were in a dire situation as they were on the verge of getting expelled from school because of their behavior.
These mentioned students are kind of disliked by other fellow students and faculties alike. The only one who hears them out and kind of helps them is a female teacher named Burcu. These students find out that she was to be relocated and they conclude that they were about to be expelled when they are hit with an idea that if the teacher gets married, she can choose if she wants to relocate or not.
So, they try their level best to make Burcu fall in love with the school’s sports faculty Kemal. Soon they realize that Burcu is already in a loving relationship with somebody else and making her stay won’t be as easy as they think. That is when these mischievous students reach out to Isik a brilliant student. This friendship later becomes the base holding them up and making them better humans. Of course, it has romance. Almost all of these students end up finding love.
The series was given a rating of 7.5/10 on IMDb, 4/5 on Leisurebyte, and an audience rating of 4.9/5 via an audience rating survey.
12. Kara Sevda
Kara Sevda or the series usually referred to as “Endless Love” or “Bittersoet” outside of Turkey is a drama series that was released on the 14th of October 2015. The series has engraved itself in the history of Turkish drama series as it was awarded by the International Emmy Awards for best telenovela in the year 2017.
The story revolves around two characters namely, Kemal Soydere the son of a middle-class family, and Nihan the daughter of wealthy socialites. Nihan’s father Onder’s business seems to have been reaching its end and her mother Vildan does not want to lose the jolly luxurious life she has been living.
Therefore, her mother wants Nihan to marry a guy called Emir who loves her dearly. On the other hand, Nihan disliked Emir for how arrogant and ruthless he was and was completely against this marriage.
One day Nihan meets Kemal who helps her with a bus ticket and they end up falling in love with each other right away. Irrespective of the differences they both were clinging on to each other until Emir plans something evil which somehow results in Ozan, Nihan’s twin brother going to jail. So as to avoid this Nihan agrees to her marriage with Emir.
When Nihan decides to face Kemal and inform him this is also the day when Kemal was going to propose to Nihan, which he does but gets turned down. He leaves Istanbul heartbroken. About 5 years later after he has succeeded in life he decides to come back to Istanbul and face his past.
The series was given a rating of 6.9/10 on IMDb and has an audience rating of 4.8/5 via an audience rating survey.
13. Ask-I Memnu
Ask-I Memnu or the series generally referred to as “The Forbidden Love” outside of Turkey is a drama series that was released on the 4th of September 2008. The story revolves around a rich businessman named Adnan Ziyagi who is a widower. He has two kids whose responsibility was handed over to their tutor Deniz de Courton by their deceased mother.
Later in the series, Adnan ends up meeting a girl named Bihter Yoreoglu whom he falls in love with and also the one he eventually asks to marry. She agrees to marry him irrespective of their age difference. There was a chance of her mother denying the marriage which did not happen because Bihter held her other responsible for her father’s death.
Adnan and Bihter fall in love and Bihter is trying her level best to adjust to the new life and Adnan’s kids too. Adnan does love Bihter but passing of time the difference of opinion because of their age difference turns out more and more evident.
Somehow in the later events, Bihter ends up falling with Adnan’s orphaned young relative Behlul whom she initially despised for he broke her sister’s heart. They end up being in an illicit affair “a forbidden love” which brought damage to them and the once connected to them.
The series was given an IMDb rating of 4.7/5 via an audience rating summary.
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