Turkey’s Most Popular Netflix Picks, and How to See the Best of the US TooLast Updated by Gray Williams on October 17, 2019
Turkey is a cultural crossroads, straddling the connection physically between Europe and Asia and seeing numerous influences populate everything from its cooking to its traditions to its art and media.
This blending of cultures if particularly noticeable in Turkey’s movies and television programs. Many Turkish television series have hit the 100-episode mark and are still going strong. Twenty-seven TV series are currently available on Netflix. Here are some of the best choices currently airing:
Top Turkish TV Series on Netflix
46 Yok Olan: A genetics professor invent new medicine to save his sister from a coma. A psychological thriller with mystery and suspense.
Bezhat C: Based on the novel of Emrah Serbes, this crime-and-detective show is set in Ankara. The titular character is head of police force’s homicide department, but he is prone to violence and morally questionable decisions. The program has 96 episodes available on Netflix and carries a lofty 8.7 rating on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
Ezel: One of the most popular crime dramas of all time in Turkey, both of Ezel’s seasons are available on Netflix. Each episode is about 90 minutes long and both season finales ran 120 minutes. It is a modern twist on Alexandre Dumas’s The Count of Monte Cristo and won Best Series of the Year award from seven different Turkish award presentations.
Gajokggiri Wae Irae (What’s Happens to My Family): An import from South Korea, this program details the life of a powerful executive who is diagnosed with a terminal disease and decides to spend the rest of his life ensuring his children have happiness once he is gone
Calikusu (Love Bird): A romantic drama based on the novel holding the same name.It tells the tale of doctors in the time of the plague and touches on elements of family, blackmail, class wars, and more.
Kis Gunesi (Winter Sun): This thriller tells the tale of a son who saw his father murdered and who himself lost his memory. Years later, he learns the truth from his twin brother, who is shot. The son takes the place of his twin brother to gain revenge for both his father and brother’s murders and reigniting a love affair with his childhood sweetheart.
North American Netflix
American television is the most widely disseminated medium in the world, and the US version of Netflix is the most sought-after. Netflix has hundreds of television programs from the past and present including such popular titles as:
- American Horror Story
- Arrested Development
- Better Call Saul
- Breaking Bad
- Criminal Minds
- Grey’s Anatomy
- Hawaii Five-0
- Mad Men
- Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Once Upon a Time
- Orange is the New Black
- Sons of Anarchy
- The West Wing
As great as the list of American TV series is, it is not viewable unless you live in the US. Netflix has fierce geolocation filters to keep out visitors from other countries.
The Virtual Private Network (VPN) Solution
Fortunately for residents of Turkey interested in watching American programming, or for American expats living or working in Turkey, there is a workaround to Netflix’ geolocation filtering. Many VPNs have been able to take on Netflix and win, making the streaming video company believe you are dialing up their services from the US despite you watching shows from your flat in Istanbul.
How does it work?
A VPN company has remote servers at its disposal outside of Turkey that can be used to form a private network with your computer. This network can be viewed as a private tunnel shielding the information you send and request to the Internet. When the tunnel is established, all information you send through it is encrypted. Third parties, such as your ISP, can tell you are sending information, but cannot tell what information it is.
Once you setup your VPN connection and select a remote server in the US, you can point your browser to Netflix.com and the website’s security will be convinced you are located in the US. The remote server assigns your data a new IP address congruent with the area the server is located in. When you begin streaming a program from Netflix, the information first goes to the remote server, where it is encrypted and carried through the secure tunnel to your location. The VPN decrypts the information there and makes it available for your use.
NordVPN is a great choice for this practice because of its built-in leak protection and automatic kill switch. Another solid workhorse for streaming North American Netflix is ExpressVPN, which routinely ranks No. 1 for best speed among the top VPN performers. IPVanish is another ideal choice for accessing US Netflix, largely because it’s located in the US; Orlando, Florida, to be exact.