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Background

I like Turkish Serials. It's a beautiful country and the people are also very good looking. To understand them better, we must have an idea of their culture. Turks are pretty emotional. They love their kids a lot. Their thinking is quite complex and the plots they have in their serials are at times a bit childish, but the way the story moves is intellectually absorbing with unexpected turns! At times they are quite violent. Depending on the story and the Director, some serials are a bit boring. I'll be listing good ones, Ok ones and bad ones below with reviews, if done.
Turks are mostly Muslims, and they are quite broad minded. They seem to drink a lot of alcohol in these serials.

Currently Watching

Rewatching Payithat Abdulhamid

Started watching Season 5 again, the one that was dropped because of being slow. 

Shows a remarkable strength of character. Will continue to see this and write a review.

Good Serials

Ertugrul
The Magnificient Century
Kara Para Ask
20 minutes
Love is in the Air
Fatmagul
Babil
Intersection
Son (Engin Duzyatan)

Anotherself (Netflix)

OK

Behzat C
The Gift
Filinta
Menajerimi Ara
Istanbullu Gelin (U-Tube)
Paper House (U-Tube).

As the Crow Flies (Netflix)

Wolf (Netflix)

Not that Good

Kurulus Osman
Seferin Kizi (Ambassador's Daughter)
Either Independence or Death (Ata Turk)
Sevda Kusun 
Sahsiyet
Until Death
Siyah Bayaz Ask (White and Black Love)
50 m2
Vatanim Sensin
Masumiyet

Waiting for You (Sen Cok Bekledim - (U-Tube)

Iffet (U-Tube)

Reviews

 

Iffet -  The first 8-9 episodes of the 40 episode set were interesting. After that it descended into garbage.

 

Anotherself -  Very absorbing stories of three women in Istanbul. A bit racy, but modern and shows unexpected turns at critical junctures. I didn't fully understand the way in which 'past' is re-created, but enjoyed the series a lot!

 

As the Crow Flies -  Started out a bit slow but soon picked up. It's a modern, fast-paced TV show. Good acting, especially by Birche. The new young girl is ok, but not that good (Miray Danar from Vatanim Sensin)

Paper House -  A short 8-episode drama on U-tube with Erdal Besikcioglu (Bezhat) and Nur Fettahoglu (The Magnificient Century). It's a modern interpretation of how kids behave these days. A bit disturbing, but ok to watch.

Waiting for You (U-Tube) -  With Ozcan Deniz, we thought this would be good. It was boring with the same stale scenarios. Irem Helvacioglu, the heroine is sort of ok.

Istanbullu Gelin (Bride of Istanbul) -  Based on a true story, there are 180 45-min episodes on U-Tube.

The hero (Ozcan Deniz) is a bit old and the heroine (Asli Enver) is now a bit fat. Though both are good actors. The hero's mom (Ipek Bilgin) is not good at start, but gets better. To make things worse, Ozge Borak is also a character! Yet, being a true story seems to make it a bit interesting. A bit boring at times with a lot of make-up and dresses. It becomes interesting now and then, but the heroine sucks.

 

Babil - Led by no other than the wonderful Halit Ergenc (The Magnificent Century). There are 20 episodes of over 2 hours each on TurkFans. Except for a few, they are very interesting to watch and follow. Nice to see middle-aged people swindling others.

Vatanim Sensin (Wounded Love). Season 1 is fairly ok. Again the reason is Halit. Season-2 is boring. Overall, a bit childish. The hero, Halit Ergenc is fabulous throughout. The women are a bit irritating. Heavy on culture without much meaning.

Menajerimi Ara (U-Tube): Based on an adaptation of the French series, "Call My Agent". Started out nicely and had some good episodes. Later it turned boring. The main lead actress also became a bit stale. Ozge Borak was pathetic and so was the comedian Turul. Lots of new dresses.