Kuruluş: Osman

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Kuruluş: Osman
A black colour logo having transparent background.
Also known as
  • The Ottoman
  • Foundation : Osman
  • Establishment: Osman
  • Resurrection : Osman (formerly)
  • Diriliş: Osman (formerly)[1]
Based onOsman I
Written by
Directed byAhmet Yilmaz
  • Alpay Göltekin (Season 1)
  • Zeynep Alasya (Season 2 and 3)
Country of originTurkey
Original languageTurkish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes98 (list of episodes)
ProducerMehmet Bozdağ
Production locationsRiva, Istanbul, Turkey
CinematographyÖmer Faruk Karacan
Running time
  • 120–150 minutes
Production companyBozdağ Film
Original networkATV
Picture format576i
HDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release20 November 2019 (2019-11-20) –
Preceded byDiriliş: Ertuğrul

Kuruluş: Osman, translated as Establishment: Osman, is a Turkish historical drama television series created by Mehmet Bozdağ and starring Burak Özçivit as the main protagonist.[1][2][3] It focuses on the life of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire.


The TV show includes Osman Ghazi's internal and external struggles and how he establishes[2] and controls the Ottoman Empire. It portrays his struggles against Byzantium and the Mongol Ilkhanate and how he was able to secure independence from the Sultanate of Rum to establish a sovereign state that would stand up to the Byzantine and Mongol Empires and would honour the Turks.

The character of Osman faces many enemies and traitors in his quest and the show illustrates how he was able to overcome these obstacles and fulfil his mission with the help of his loyal companions, family, and friends.


The series follows Diriliş: Ertuğrul which was situated around Osman's father, Ertuğrul, and how he faced enemies and traitors. It began in December 2014 and season 5 of the show concluded with Ertuğrul convincing Berke to start a war with Hulagu Khan. This war was known as the Berke-Hulagu war and resulted in the division of the Mongol Empire into four khanates. In Kuruluş: Osman, Osman faces one of the khanates called the Ilkhanate.

Season 1[edit]

10 or 15 years[b] after the Berke-Hulagu war, Ertuğrul Ghazi goes to Konya and he leaves his brother, Dündar Bey, in charge of his tribe. Dündar Bey is easily swayed by others into doing their misdeeds, he falls into the trap of the devious Selçuk Sançak Bey, Alişar, and the merciless princess of Kulucahisar, Sofia, who seeks to kill all the Turks. Osman, Dündar's nephew, can see through Alişar and Sofia's plans and warns him about them, despite his refusal to listen. As they continue to build more tension against the Kayı, Geyhatu sends Komutan Balgay to cause more trouble and stop the Kayı, especially Osman, from rebelling against the Mongols. Dündar, who bows down to the Mongols becoming the Sançak Bey, can't see Alişar's anger over his position being given over to him and he believes him when Alişar blames Osman for his son's killing. Soon after, along with the threat from Kulucahisar, Dündar is shown the truth, Alişar is beheaded by Osman, and Osman has married his love at first sight, Bala. Following this, after many difficulties, Balgay is presumably killed by Osman while Kulucahisar is conquered by the Kayı with Sofia's death happening in the process.

Season 2[edit]

Aya Nikola is sent by the Byzantine Emperor, Andronikos II to become the new Tekfur of İnegöl followed by Ertuğrul's return in the tribe. Meanwhile, Yavlak Arslan, the new Uç Bey, seeks to create his state and sees Osman as an obstacle, later on, they unite against the new threat created by the new Ilkhan of the Ilkhanate, Gaykhatu who allies with Nikola against the Turks of Anatolia. Nikola recaptures Kulaca Hisar by poisoning the alps. Bala also faces the arrival of Targun, Nikola's spy who allies with Osman to save her father, İnal Bey. Along with these problems, Osman is elected as the new Bey after his father's death, whilst he decides to marry a second wife according to his father's will. After Targun's death, Osman meets Malhun Hatun and initiates a major battle with the Byzantines, historically known as the Battle of Mount Armenia, as well as trying to find the traitor in the Kayı, as his jealous uncle Dündar helps the Byzantines stir traps for him. Dündar is eventually executed by Osman for his betrayal. Following the arrival of Ömer Bey, father of Malhun Hatun, Geyhatu sends Kara Şaman Togay, son of Baycu Noyan, to eliminate both Osman's Kayı and Ömer's Bayındır, but after a series of conflicts between the two tribes, Togay fails and is killed by Osman. Nikola is later defeated by Osman, with the support of Seljuk Sultan Mesud II, though he survives. Osman also marries Malhun Hatun, who gives birth to Osman's son Orhan whilst his first wife Bala Hatun becomes pregnant.

Season 3[edit]

Malhun Hatun learns of Bala Hatun's pregnancy and is thus jealous of her. Osman Bey faces Harmankaya Tekfur Mikhael Kosses (Köse Mihal) and Bilecik Tekfur Rogatus Laskaris for Papaz Gregor, a priest who was imprisoned by Byzantine Emperor and he later escaped with help of Tekfur Rogatus. Turgut Bey is a brave alp and Turk Bey who opposes the Byzantines and later forms strong alliances with Osman Bey.

Osman Bey has conflicts again with his old enemy Tekfur Aya Nikola who is helped by the Catalan Company which includes Diego and the leader Anselmo. Osman Bey eventually manages to defeat the Catalans. Tekfur Aya Nikola wants to marry Mari [Sister of Mikhail Kosses] who in turn has fallen in love with Turgut Bey. She escapes the forced alliance and soon with her brother's blessings marries Turgut Bey. Later Osman Bey and Bala Hatun are blessed with a baby boy who is named Alaeddin Ali. A huge feast is held to celebrate this joyous occasion. Meanwhile Osman and his alps capture and bring both Alemshah and Geyhatu to the tribe to hold them accountable for their actions and Alemshah is executed by Osman despite Sultan Mesud's disapproval. Later, Turgut Bey's pregnant wife Mariam Hatun (Mari) dies due to poisoning, and Gunduz Bey comes under suspicion for the same. Osman faces a lot of hurdles in his quest to prove his brother's innocence along with encountering a new enemy determined to cause harm to his people and his plans in building a future state. He successfully conquers Inegöl and Yenisehir but faces tragic losses among his close ones including his elder brother Gunduz, his adoptive mother Selcan and his cousin Aygül, who was married to Cerkutay.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
127November 20, 2019 (2019-11-20)June 24, 2020 (2020-06-24)
237October 7, 2020 (2020-10-07)June 23, 2021 (2021-06-23)
334October 6, 2021 (2021-10-06)June 15, 2022 (2022-06-15)

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Burak Özçivit as Osman Bey; Osman[4] (also referred to as "Kara Osman", transl. "Dark Osman") is the third and youngest son of Ertuğrul Ghazi and Halime Sultan. He is also the younger brother of Gündüz Bey and Savcı Bey, and nephew of Selcan Hatun, whom he treats as his own mother. He is the husband of Bala Hatun and Malhun Hatun and the father of Orhan, Alaeddin Ali and Fatma who aspires to follow in the footsteps of his father Ertuğrul and his grandfather Süleyman Şah. He is extremely attentive to his surroundings and good with a sword, just like his father. He disobeys his beys sometimes, travelling on the path he believes is successful. His weakness is his care for his close ones, making him prone to traps. He humiliates his enemies both on the battlefield and while negotiating, leaving them with a thirst for revenge. He is elected as the Bey of his tribe in season 2. He decides to marry a second wife as per his father's will, as well as changing the Kayi flag. Based on Osman I.
  • Özge Törer as Bala Hatun; Bala[5] is the daughter of Şeyh Edebali and Ulduz Hatun, who died because of a disease. She is Osman Bey's first wife, mother of Alaeddin Ali and a beautiful painter having been best friends with Gonca Hatun. She is the Chief Lady of the Kayi Tribe and the Head of the Bacıyân-ı Rûm. She is loyal to her father, the Ahi brotherhood and Selcan Hatun. She is extremely calm and patient but is prone to heartbreak. A Mongol stabbed her in season 1 and she therefore cannot produce a baby, and is constantly teased due to this fact. In season 2, after her husband is elected Bey, she becomes the Hanım (Head Hatun) of the Kayı tribe, succeeding Selcan Hatun. She is upset when Osman decides to marry a second wife, but accepts her fate. Eventually becomes pregnant. Gives birth to Osman's second son Alaeddin Ali. Two months after the victory of Inegol, Bala is revealed to be pregnant with Osman's fourth child. Based on Rabia Bala Hatun.
  • Yiğit Uçan [es] as Boran Alp; Boran[6] is one of Osman Bey's main alps and his best friend. A close companion of Konur and later Göktuğ, Dumrul, Gence Bey and Cerkutay. He is the widower of Gonca Hatun. He is a talented bard and singer. He uses a sword while being skilled in archery, and often also uses a bow and arrow in close combat.
  • Burak Çelik as Göktug Alp[7] Göktug (formerly Kongar)[8] was one of Osman Bey's main alps. He was formerly Balgay's right-hand man and adoptive son, and Konur Alp's long lost younger brother. He became a "Mankurt" (brainwashed Mongol) after his tribe was raided after which he was given to a slave trader. He reverted to Islam after he saw a letter from the Emperor confirming Balgay had bought him from the slave market. He was recaptured by Balgay who again brainwashed him with the use of his shaman. After killing his brother, the devastated Göktug reverted to Islam once again. He became the Alpbaşı (transl. Chief Alp) of the Kayı tribe after Osman became the Bey. He returned from his fake exile as Osman's spy on Nikola and Targun. He later helped Bala escape and kill Targun and reunited with Osman. After Targun's death, he became the leader of the Cuman Turks. He was killed by Geyhatu for revenge after he is taken by Vezir Alemshah and Nikola. Not to be confused with Diriliş: Ertuğrul's Göktuğ.
  • Yıldız Çağrı Atiksoy as Malhun Hatun;[9][10] Malhun is the daughter of Ömer Bey, the second wife of Osman Bey, the mother of Orhan and Fatma. She belonged to the Bayındır, an Oğuz tribe settled in Ankara suffering persecution from Geyhatu. The tribe consists of 1000 people and seeks to settle in Bithynia on Osman's invitation, which was one of the reasons why Malhun came. Comes from a noble lineage of Beys formerly loyal to the Selçuk State and Sultan Alaeddin Keykubat. She is skilled in archery and combat, but has tense relations with Bala Hatun while being somewhat arrogant due to her father's power. Is sent by her father to examine the western borders of the state. She discovers Dündar's ring in Söğüt, and attempts to find the traitors in the Kayı tribe herself. After marrying Osman in a political marriage, she gives birth to his first son - Orhan. Based on Malhun Hatun.
  • Ragıp Savaş as Dündar Bey; Dündar[11] is the youngest son of Süleyman Şah and Hayme Hatun. The youngest brother of Sungurtekin Bey and Ertuğrul Ghazi, and the youngest adoptive brother of Selcan Hatun. Husband of Hazal Hatun and widower of Zöhre Hatun. Father of Aygül, Batur and Bahadır, adoptive father of Saltuk Alp. Uncle of Gündüz, Savcı and Osman. Is easily swayed by others. He was made substitute Bey while Ertuğrul Ghazi was on a mission in Konya. When the Mongols attacked, he preferred to bow down to them rather than fight, angering those who were close to Osman Bey. Tries to take over Gündüz's Beylik when he became the Bey instead of him and helps the Mongols against Osman Bey. Is manipulated by his wives. He became the Selçuk Sançak Bey, a Selçuk operative figure, for a while after he allied with the Mongols. He later accepts his mistakes and begs for forgiveness but was punished by Ertuğrul and sent out of the tribe for a while into Söğüt. He respects and is loyal to his older brother, Ertuğrul Ghazi. Later in season two, when Ertuğrul is on his death bed, he decides to betray his brother and nephews in order to seize the Kayı Beylik. He is angered when Osman becomes the Bey, collaborating with anyone against Osman. He is eventually executed by Osman for his treachery. Based on Dündar Bey.


The series is written and produced by Mehmet Bozdağ and directed by Metin Günay. The theme music is by Alpay Göktekin (died 5 May 2020)[12] and Zeynep Alasya. It was filmed in Riva, Istanbul and broadcasting of the first season began in November 2019 on ATV.[13] Filming of the third season began in late August 2021 and ended in mid June 2022.[14] The show is renewed for a fourth season, which will arrive on screens on 5 October 2022.


The show has been well received in Turkey. In December 2019, Kuruluş: Osman attracted record viewership on ATV, in its fourth weekend of broadcast, the 4th episode of the series recorded a countrywide rating of 14.46.[15] Mehmet Bozdağ claims that the show has also been a great success in Albania, where it is called Osmani, and said that it is the "most watched TV show" in the country.[16] In January 2021, the show, which was one of the most popular shows in Turkey, began broadcasting in the Middle East on Noor Play.[17]

In December 2019, Kuruluş: Osman attracted record viewership on ATV in its fourth weekend of broadcast, the 4th episode of the series recorded a countrywide rating of 14.46. Mehmet Bozdağ claimed that the show has also been a great success in Albania and that it is the "most watched TV show" in the country.

The show has been very successful in Pakistan.[18] It currently aires on Geo Entertainment in Urdu.[19] It's episode 59 broke record in Pakistan.[20] After the series became a huge hit, Pakistan National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser visited the set for the shooting of the series also met the leading actor, Burak Özçivit.[21][22] After Bamsi died in Kurulus Osman, Pakistani fans were left teary-eyed and paid tribute to the drama.[23][24]

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ozan Bodur is also the writer for season 1 while Rafet Elçi also wrote most of the episodes of the second season.
  2. ^ The time gap between Diriliş: Ertuğrul and the start of Kuruluş: Osman is unclear; at one point early in season 1, it is indicated to be around 25 years since the Kayı tribe moved into Söğüt (and Osman was born), while at another, it is implied that Osman is 20-years-old.


  1. ^ a b "Kuruluş Osman'ın ilk tanıtım fragmanı yayınlandı!". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 9 October 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Kuruluş Osman oyuncuları isimleri: Kuruluş Osman dizisinde kim kimdir?". www.sozcu.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Kuruluş: Osman Turkish Historical Drama Series". v.3isk.watch (in Arabic). Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  4. ^ "Osman – atv". www.atv.com.tr. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Bala Hatun – atv". www.atv.com.tr. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Boran – atv". www.atv.com.tr. Retrieved 28 October 2020.
  7. ^ "Kuruluş: Osman Season 2 Release Date, Cast And Story Line". Urdu News Live. 12 July 2020. Retrieved 23 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Kongar – atv". www.atv.com.tr. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Kuruluş Osman'ın Malhun Hatun'u belli oldu! Yıldız Çağrı Atiksoy kimdir?". hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  10. ^ "Kuruluş Osman kadrosuna bomba transfer (in Turkish)". atv.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  11. ^ "Dündar – atv". www.atv.com.tr. Retrieved 22 October 2020.
  12. ^ BAYRAK, İsmail. "Müzisyen Alpay Göltekin hayatını kaybetti". www.hurriyet.com.tr (in Turkish). Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  13. ^ "Kurulus Osman (The Ottoman) Synopsis And Cast: Turkish Drama". Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  14. ^ Bozdağ, Mehmet [@mmehmetbozdag] (30 August 2021). "Büyük emekler ile yola koyulduğumuz dizimiz Kuruluş Osman'ın yeni sezon çekimlerine başlıyoruz. Rabbim işlerimizi kolaylaştırsın. Sezonu sağlıklı ve sıhhatli geçirmeyi nasip etsin. Oyuncu arkadaşlarımıza ve tüm ekibe kolaylıklar diliyorum" [We are starting shooting for the new season of our TV series Kuruluş Osman with hard work. May Allah make our efforts easy. May we be able to spend the season healthy and healthy. I wish good luck to our actors and the whole team.] (Tweet). Archived from the original on 30 August 2021. Retrieved 30 August 2021 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ "Establishment Osman (Kuruluş Osman) Stays Strong at No. 1!". turkishcelebritynews.com. 15 December 2020. Retrieved 27 August 2020.
  16. ^ "'Kurulus Osman' is the 'most watched' TV show in Albania says producer". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  17. ^ "Kuruluş Osman şimdi de Ortadoğu'da - atv". @atvcomtr (in Turkish). Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  18. ^ "Kurulus: Osman: Mehmet Bozdag shares trailer for upcoming episode". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 6 December 2020.
  19. ^ "'Kurulus: Osman' coming on Geo Entertainment soon; Latest promo leaves fans excited". Geo TV. 6 April 2021.
  20. ^ "'Kurulus: Osman': Episode 59 breaks records". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  21. ^ "'Kurulus: Osman' team issues statement on Pakistani delegation's visit". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Asad Qaiser meets Kurulus Osman actor, makes important announcement". Global Village Space. 29 March 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Bamsi's death leaves 'Kurulus:Osman' fans teary-eyed". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Bamsi Bey trends in Pakistan". The Express Tribune. 27 May 2021. Retrieved 25 June 2021.

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