Turkish Historical drama series are a passion for many people. Turkey is one of the best places to find such dramas, and here we will discuss 10 must-watch historical dramas from that country. There are plenty of Turkish TV channels to choose from when it comes to watching these dramas, but if you want something more specific, you can use certain websites to watch your favorite series. Here we will tell you about Top 10 Must-watch Turkish Historical Series in 2021.
The top Turkish historical series that have been on the rise in popularity and offer an interesting perspective for history enthusiasts all over the world include: “Magnificent Century,” “Diriliş Ertuğrul/Resurrection Ertugrul,” and “Hürrem Sultan.”
Let’s go and review some of the best Turkish Historical Drama Series.
Diriliş Ertuğrul/Resurrection Ertugrul
The first one in the list of top 10 Must-watch Turkish Historical Drama Series is obviously Diriliş Ertuğrul. It is not a new name for any of us as this series has gained popularity in recent years. In fact, it is the most-watched Drama in Pakistan right now. The series revolves around Ertugrul, son of Suleyman Shah, who leads his small tribe to lay a foundation of a great empire. The series portrays the struggles and hardships Ertugrul faced in his attempt to gain success. The story also teaches us about the customs and traditions of Turkey and many things about Islam.
If you are interested in the history of the Ottoman Empire, this series is a must to watch. However, it is still debatable that whether the story is authentic or not. The characters and some of the events in the series still show real history. It has 5 seasons and about 150 episodes. Though, the number of episodes varies on different media platforms.
Kurulus Osman/Founder Osman
Have you completed Dirilis Ertugrul? and want to know what happened next? Fortunately, there is a new series named Kurulus Osman, which is the continuation of Ertugrul. Osman was the third son of Ertugrul, who laid the foundation of the Ottoman Empire. He is the founding father of the Ottoman Empire.
Kurulus Osman is a series that tells the story of Osman and his struggle towards the making of the Ottoman Empire. The story is very engaging, and it also includes many characters from the Dirilis Ertugrul, like Bamsi and Turgut. It is a relatively new series that is recently aired. It is an ongoing series, and the story is still in progress. There are 3 seasons of the series with a total of 66 episodes.
Muhteşem Yüzyıl/ The Magnificent Century
In the list of Top 10 Turkish Historical Drama Series, this series comes next. This series is widely known as Mera Sultan in Pakistan. The story revolves around Sultan Suleyman and his wife, Hurrem Sultan. Sultan Suleman was the longest-reigning emperor of the Ottoman Empire. After him, the downfall of the Ottoman Empire started. The series shows the life and court of Sultan Suleyman as well as the relationship among the members of the imperial household. It focuses on the romantic relationships of princes and princesses and rivalries among the wives of Sultan Suleyman.
The series consists of 4 seasons and about 139 episodes. If you are into soap operas, this series is one of the best choices you have.
Muhteşem Yüzyil: Kösem — Magnificent Century: Kösem
There are many reasons to watch Muhteşem Yüzyil: Kösem — Magnificent Century: Kösem, but the biggest one is perhaps because it tells a great story that will leave you hooked from episode to episode.
Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem (aka The Magnificent Century: Kösem) is the sequel of Muhteşem Yüzyil/ The Magnificent Century. It was first released on 12 November 2015, and its first season has 30 episodes. Because of the huge demand of audiences all over the world, It has been extended for a second season that also contains 30 episodes.
The historical drama follows the life of Hatice Sultan, who was known as Hurrem Sultan or Roxelana at her time in history. She became famously known as being Suleiman I’s beloved wife. Coming from an important lineage herself, she takes part in court intrigues with skilful diplomacy while always trying to maintain peace between nations and within the walls of the Suleman’s Harem.
As mentioned above, the Turkish series has 60 episodes in total that is separated into 2 seasons. So if you are a fan of Muhteşem Yüzyil/ The Magnificent Century, this series is a must-watch for you as the story goes in-depth about the history of Hurrem Sultan and unravel conspiracies in the court of the biggest Turkish Sultan: Sultan Suleman.
Payitaht: Abdülhamid/The Last Emperor
This series is about Sultan Abdulhamid, who was also the last emperor of the Ottoman Empire. The story revolves around the life of Sultan Abdulhamid and his attempts to industrialize Turkey prior to World War 1 (WW1). This series is a bit controversial, and according to some, it is also biased. Still, the storyline and the acting is marvellous and very engaging. It also covers some events about WW1.
The series is still ongoing and has 5 seasons and about 154 episodes. If you are interested in the last Sultan of the great Ottoman Empire, this series is for you.
Rise of Empires: Ottoman
Turkish drama series is about the Ottoman Empire, which was established in 1299 by Osman I. It began to expand into Europe, and they continued their conquests for many years until they were stopped by the Habsburg Monarchy (Austria-Hungary) at Vienna in 1529. Rise of Empires: Ottoman takes place during this period.
It depicts the struggles of Mehmet the 2nd in conquering the jewel of Europe: Constantinople. Despite a few setbacks, Mehmet is a brilliant strategist and will stop at nothing to achieve his goal. The series shows the continuing fight between Mehmet II and the armies of Constantinople.
The main character Mehmed Bey is played by Turkish actor Burak Özçivit. He has been praised greatly for his performance as he expresses both loyalty and courage while trying to keep justice alive despite all odds against him.
The series is finished with the 6 episodes. Whether there be a second season is still unannounced.
Barbaroslar Akdeniz’in Kılıcı — Barbaros: Sword of the Mediterranean
The series is a historical drama that has been produced by the well-known Turkish TV channel Show TV. It tells the story of Barbaros Hayrettin Pașa, an Ottoman naval officer who became one of the most successful commanders in history.
The show starts with young Balaban — the hero of this epic saga, who lives on a small island where he lost his parents at a very early age due to an accident during their journey from Istanbul back home. He gets adopted by the Kayra tribe living there and grows up as part of them because they find him abandoned on their shores after saving him from drowning while fishing near Bafras beach when he was just born.
The story revolves around the adventures of Barbaros and his brother and the wonderful adventures they experience during their journey. The series follows his journey from childhood till becoming one of the most respected admirals in history known for his military genius tactics on land, sea and air warfare along with unparalleled courage.
The Historic Turkish series is still ongoing. It currently has one season, which contains 8 episodes. Although each episode is a bit lengthy, it is worth the time as it let you experience the dreamy adventures of a young lad who eventually became the admiral of the biggest and mightiest crew.
Uyanış Büyük Selçuklu — Awakening: Great Seljuk
The series depicts the Seljuk Sultan Alparslan and his men. In this historical drama, one can see the events that took place in Anatolia between 111/110-273 AH / 701-780 AC during a very important period of Turkish history. The story tells about how they found an empire after being so far away from home.
The time frame in which this drama was set goes back to years before Turkey’s invasion by Turkic people who lived in different parts of Central Asia and Eastern Europe during the 11th century AD. This Turkish show tells how these nomads were able to find an empire after being so far away from home for a long period of time. You can watch full episodes with English subtitles online.
This show was broadcast on MBC Drama Channel, which you can watch online for free with English subtitles. You will find it interesting to learn more about these historical characters as well as their lives and struggles throughout history. The story is strikingly unique and different from all the other historical series.
The show was first aired in 2020 and had a total of 34 episodes. The fans are anticipating season 2, but there have not been any official announcements, so fingers crossed on this.
Kalbimin Sultani — Sultan of my Heart
When it comes to Turkish Historical dramas, one of the most popular is Kalbimin Sultani. Everyone who watched, loved it, and it found a spot in their hearts. The show has everything from romance to comedy with some action here and there and drama that will make you cry your eyes out (and laugh).
If you like historical pieces that are not so serious and filled with blood and gore, then this is perfect for you. And if you want a good laugh while watching a historic series riddled with facts and boring landmark events, then look no further. Worry not; the series is not boring at all. The whole story will keep you entertained throughout, and you will crave more after watching each episode.
The series goes back into Ottoman history when Sultan Murat falls in love with Hatice, a commoner girl, while his marriage preparations were underway — something that would never be accepted at such an elite level. But he manages to get away with her after she saves him from death on several occasions. However, they continue facing many problems until the end.
The show was first aired on 13 June 2018 and is composed of 8 long episodes. This series is warm, heartfelt, funny and informative. As it has only 8 episodes, so you can binge-watch it on your weekends with lots of popcorns and cans and cans of unhealthy soda.
Yunus Emre: Aşkin Yolculuğu — Юнус Эмре
In the piles of Turkish Historical Drama Series, Yunus Emre Stands prominent as one of the most heartfelt stories of Turkish history. The story is based on the life of Yunus Emre, a Turkish Mystic Poet and Philosopher.
The series tells about how strong love can be in any condition, no matter what happens around you. In this epic drama, viewers will witness an eternal fight for power between Sultanate and Caliphate. The war was led by Alaaddin Keykubat Ile Hünkarı İsa Bey. It is one of the best historical dramas ever made, both from a production point-of-view and acting skills are shown.
Yunus Emre has 2 seasons 45 episodes. If you seek a poetic journey filled with hurdles and lifelong struggle, this series is for you.
We hope you enjoyed our top 10 must-watch historical dramas from Turkey. There are many more to see, so be sure to keep an eye out! What other Turkish TV shows would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll update this list with your suggestions. Thanks for reading!