|Also known as||The Magnificent Century|
|Country of origin||Turkey|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||139 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||90-120-126 min.|
|Production company(s)||Tims Productions|
|Original release||January 5, 2011– June 11, 2014|
|Followed by||Muhtesem Yüzyil – Kösem|
Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Turkish pronunciation: [muhteˈʃɛm ˈjyzjɯl], English: The Magnificent Century) is a Turkish television series. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then transferred to Star TV. It is based on the life of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, the longest reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became Sultana.
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At the age of 26, when his reign began, Sultan Süleyman sought to build an empire more powerful than Alexander the Great and to render the Ottomans invincible. Throughout his 46-year reign, his fame as both the greatest warrior and ruler of his age spread both East and West. With his companion Pargalı İbrahim, Süleyman achieve great victories. Süleyman called İbrahim his brother, friend and advisor. The television series shows Süleyman's consolidation of his power: Pargalı İbrahim being vazir of state, reinforcing the rule of law throughout the empire, meeting foreign diplomats, and preparing for military campaigns, all set against the backdrop of the tension between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
The series also focuses on the relationships among the members of the imperial household, especially romantic entanglements and rivalries. The animosity between Hürrem Sultan and Mahidevran Sultan, mother of the Sultan's eldest son, and the role of Ayşe Hafsa Sultan, the valide sultan; Hürrem's rise as Süleyman's favorite while pregnant with his son, her fall from favor after her son's birth and her eventual return to grace; Pargalı İbrahim's entanglement with Hatice Sultan, the Sultan's sister, and many others.
While hunting through the woods, young 26-year-old Prince Süleyman discovers his father the Sultan Selim has died, and that he must part to Constantinople to take the throne. Meanwhile, a Ukrainian girl named Alexandra gets kidnapped in a Tartar slave raid. Her mother, father, and brothers are killed.
Süleyman arrives at Constantinople with his best friend Pargalı Ibrahim Paşa. Alexandra is taken on a ship through the Black Sea, where she is mistreated and beat badly. The Ottoman pirates sell Alexandra to the Palace at Crimea, and from there she is sold to the Topkapı Palace (the palace where Süleyman is). Once Alexandra arrives at the palace she is inspected and accepted in the Sultan's harem.
Mahidevran Sultan, a senior hatun and mother of the sultan's only son Mustafa, gets worried when she notices Süleyman is not spending time with her. That night, there is a big party to welcome Süleyman, and many slave girls, including Alexandra, are chosen to dance for him. Süleyman watches Alexandra dance, and falls madly in love with her. Alexandra is then invited to spend a night in the sultan's room, but when the sultan is getting ready to receive her, Mahidevran enters his room instead of Alexandra, Süleyman is disappointed and calmly asks Mahidevran to leave his room. A day goes by. As Alexandra gets ready to properly meet the sultan, she talks with the leader of the harem, Nigar Hatun. Nigar tells Alexandra that Thursday is a sacred day to them, and that the sultan only sees his his favorite hatun that day (it is Wednesday). She spends the night with the sultan.
Mahidevran is getting ready to see the sultan since it is Thursday and it is the custom, but then she gets news that Alexandra will spend that night with the sultan as well. This devastates Mahidevran. The sultan changes Alexandra's name to Hürrem, which is what brings joy to ones face. One night, at a party, Mahidevran intimidates Hürrem, making her dance. Mahidevran called Hürrem Alexandra and Hürrem corrected her, which was considered an offense, and the Valide Sultan sent Hürrem to be punished.
Süleyman demands to see Hürrem and removes her from her punishment. When the Valide Sultan finds out about this, Hürrem falls further from the Valide's grace. Süleyman gives a ring to Hürrem as a gift. When Mahidevran sees the ring she tries to pry it from Hürrem's hand, but Hürrem manages to escape with the ring. Mahidevran, screaming and crying, faints. Mahidevran is pregnant. One morning, Mahidevran beats Hürrem severely, blaming Hürrem for her recent miscarriage. When the sultan finds out, he tells Mahidevran he does not love her anymore.
Süleyman parts on his first campaign. In order to get rid of Hürrem in Süleyman's absence, the Valide Sultan plans to marry Hürrem with Casim Paşa, Hürrem refuses to leave and lies to the Valide Sultan, telling her she can't leave because she is pregnant. The Valide Sultan believes the lie and lets Hürrem stay, but she tells Daye Hatun, a close servant, to take Hürrem to the doctor in secret. Hürrem asks one of her closest friends in the harem, Maria, to help her run away. Maria refuses, and when Daye and Nigar come to take Hürrem to the medic, Hürrem breaks a vase and threatens to commit suicide if they come any closer. Nigar convinces Hürrem to put the glass down. They take her to the medic and Hürrem discovers she is actually pregnant.
Süleyman receives news that Hürrem is pregnant and is very happy. Weeks later, Süleyman returns from his campaign.
Mahidevran is very anxious so the medic gives her a medicine that would calm her down. Gülşah, Mahidevran's favorite maid, tells Mahidevran to be careful how much of the medicine she drinks, because to much could suffocate the heart. Hearing the consequences of to much medicine, Mahidevran gets the idea to poison Hürrem with the medicine that same night.
Then, Gülşah tells a slave to pour the poison unto Hürrem's food, she also tells the slave that if she completes this task, she will be greatly rewarded.
Hürrem will be spending the night with the Sultan to make up for the time he's been away at war. One of Süleyman's guardians enters and tells the Sultan that the desert has arrived.Hürrem tells Suleyman that she has a strong craving for something sweet, so Süleyman lets Hürrem eats it all (the desert had been poisoned by Mahidevran). But only after a few bites, Hürrem starts to feel dizzy,she also begins to toss and turn on the cushions. Suleyman tries to ask Hürrem if she is alright, but he is interrupted by her screams of pain. Hürrem then falls unconscious on the cushions and Suleyman panics.
Hatice, Suleyman's sister,falls in love with Pargalı Ibrahim Paşa, and are secretely meeting in the private garden, with Gülfem, Suleyman first wife, on the look out.Their meeting is interrupted by Nigar, the leader of the harem. Nigar tells Ibrahim that the Sultan wants to see him idmediately.
Ibrahim rushes to Suleyman's chambers and finds Hürrem unconscious on the bed, with Suleyman, and the medics beside her. The Sultan tells Ibrahim that Hürrem was poisoned, and also tells Ibrahim to find the culprit, and bring it to him personally.
Mahidevran confesses to Ibrahim that she poisoned Hürrem, but Ibrahim promises to not turn her in, and to protect her. Hürrem recovers and blames Ibrahim and Mahidevran for her illness. Suleyman suspects Ibrahim knows something about the incident and interrogates him personally.
Suleyman then discovers Mahidevran was behind the poison, and tells the Valide Sultan to keep a close eye on her. Hürrem tells Ibrahim that she has had enough, and that he was just going to have to accept that she was staying permanently, and to stop messing with her.
Hatice decides to stay away from Ibrahim to avoid getting caught, but Ibrahim convinces her to be with him, and Hürrem overhears them. Hürrem then calls Ibrahim and threatens that she will tell the sultan whenever she pleases.
Suleyman goes on another military campaign, and Miss Victoria's husband is killed during the war, so she parts to Constantinople to take revenge. She goes under cover as a slave named Victoria, but later she converts to Islam and her new name is Sadıka. Ner goel is to assassinate the sultan.
One night there is a big party in the harem and Hurrem has a fight with another favorite hatun named Ayşe Hatun. Hurrem threatens to kill her.
That same night Sadıka kills Ayşe because Ayşe caught her snooping around. Since all evidence points to Hürrem, Suleyman sends her away in exile to the Edirne Palace. But short after she returns because Ibrahim told her that if she apologized to Mahidevran she could return.
The Valide Sultan plans to marry Hatice with Kosrov Paşa, and Hatice is heart broken because she can't tell the Valide Sultan she is inlove with Ibrahim and wants to marry him. Ibrahim is unaware of the marriage and Hatice faints on her balcony while she is hearing Ibrahim play his music. Ibrahim calls for help. Ibrahim hears the news of the wedding and tells Hatice that it doesn't matter and that they should keep secretly meeting.
Hürrem was walking through the harem when she gives birth to a healthy prince, who Suleyman named Mehmet.
One day, there is a grand fire in the harem and Mustafa and Mehmet are trapped inside. Hürrem and Mahidevran try to save their children but it isn't safe so the guards hold them back. Sadıka emerges from the fire carrying both princes. Suleyman arrives at the scene. Hürrem openly accuses Mahidevran of the fire, but Suleyman gets upset and orders Hürrem to return to her room.
Süleyman falls in love with Sadıka because she saved his kids, but it was Sadıka's plan all along.
One day, Suleyman was spending the day with Sadıka, but Sadıka had a dagger under her dress. She didn't get a chance to kill him because they were interrupted by screams. It turns out Mahidvrean was taking care of baby Memet in the garden but she got distracted and Memet fell in a pond, he was drowning but Mahidevran managed to revive him. Suleyman runs down to the garden, but Mehmet is already safe when he arrives.
Suleyman discovers Hatice and Ibrahim's secret affair, and lets them marry. The wedding is being planned.
Hürrem gives birth to a Sultana this time, but Hürrem says she doesn't want her daughter because she wanted a prince, but when she sees the Valide's joyful reaction to a Sultana, she takes it back, and accepts to keep her daughter, who was named Mihrimah.
Ibrahim hires a new painter to decorate Hatice and Ibrahim's new palace, but the painter is actually Hürrem former fiance in Russia, Leo. Leo idmediately recognizes Hürrem's voice and realizes that she is Alexandra. Hürrem is still not aware of Leo's presence because she hasn't seen his face.
There is a rumor in the harem that Mahidevran is pregnant, and Hürrem is nervous that it's true, but when the medic examines Mahidevran, it is discovered that she isn't pregnant. Hürrem is relieved.
Hürrem's best friend Maria secretly spends the night with the Sultan, by Ibrahim's order, but keeps it a secret from Hürrem. Hürrem suspects that Maria was the one who betrayed her so she attempts to choke her, but she lets her go. Maria then spends another night with Süleyman and Süleyman gives her a coat. Hürrem poisons the coat with a poison that wounds the face until you die. Marie sleeps with the coat on, and dies in the night.
Süleyman discovers that Hürrem did it and exiles her again, but she returns on Süleyman's order afterwards.
Leo is still trying to get close to Hürrem but hasn't been able to talk to her, and Hürrem has no idea he is her former fiance because she believes he died in the Tatar slave raid.
Hürrem is eating heavily, and she discover she is pregnant again. When she goes to tell Süleyman, Leo is there, and gets the chance to witness that his true love, is pregnant. Hürrem gives birth to a prince named Selim.
One day, Süleyman was in the garden enjoying some grapes with Sadıka serving him, Sadıka was holding a tray of almond juice, with a dagger concealed beneath it. The guards were to slow to react and Süleyman is threatened with a dagger at his throat.
Before Sadıka was able to kill Süleyman, he manages to disarm her and she is sentenced to prison. Later she is killed by Matrakçı Nasuh Efendi, who is found guilty for helping her to post messages, and killing Sadıka is his punishment. Hürrem is pregnant again and gives birth to another boy, Bayezid.
Spanish Princess Isabella and her servant are kidnapped by Turkish pirates and sold to Süleyman. They live in isolation in forest in a hunting lodge. Süleyman wants to use them as an advantage when he bargains with European sovereigns. Isabella wants to escape and fails several times. Suleyman falls inlove with Isabella and when she heads out to spend the night in her house, Hurrem follows him and is devastated to find that he is entering her house. Hurrem helps Isabella to escape in an attempt to get rid of her, but the princess is stopped by İbrahim. Isabella lights her own house on fire in an attempt to commit suicide, because she is aware she will never be with Suleyman, but Suleyman saves her. Hürrem with the help of Gül, Nigar and Nilüfer succeed in sending her into Vienna, where she had resorting to the monastery.
Meanwhile, Balı Bey, Suleyman's body guard, falls in love with a Jewish girl named Armin, which he saved from a group of bandits. They are meeting in secret but Armin's father discovers him. Their relationship is against the will of Armin's father and he makes her leave the city. When she returns, she is gravely ill with the Black Epidemy. Balı Bey marries her that night in hope she will survive, with the blessing of her father. But sadly, the next day Balı Bey finds her dead and falls into deep depression.
Hürrem discovers that Leo is her fiance, and has a cough attack during the Imperial Feast, so the Valide Sultan sends her to her room to rest for a moment, but when Hatice goes to check on her Hurrem faints in Hatice's arms, but awakens very quickly.
Hatice gives birth to a boy. In an attempt to escape her palace during a fire, Hatice trips and roles down the stairs and is knocked unconscious. Hatice accidentally kills her child. She leaves her palace and goes to Edirne in order to recover her loss. In Hatice's absence, İbrahim spends a night with Nigar and the next day he sends her back to the Topkapı Palace. After Hatice returns, İbrahim leaves for war and Hatice calls Nigar back to her palace. Nigar is in love with İbrahim. When İbrahim returns from war, Nigar tries to commit suicide by jumping off the balcony, but Ibrahim stops her and tells her to never do that again.
Hatice becomes pregnant again.
Hürrem receives a note with a painting of her on it, with a diary about Leo's old affair with her. Mahidevran discovers Hurrem diary and gives the Valide Sultan Leo's diary about Hürrem, which Gülşah picked up after Hürrem threw it out of window in a desperate attempt to get rid of it. The Valide calls Hürrem to her chambers, but then the Valide faints when Hurrem arrives. Hürrem calls for help, and then she attempts to take the diary. Daye notices it and takes it before Hürrem can. She later gives it to the Valide Sultan after she recovered, and the Valide uses it to make Hürrem Sultan leave. To save herself, Hürrem offers an estate to Daye, which Daye accepts accepts, and in exchange she gives the diary to Hürrem. When the Valide comes rushing to Hurrem's room, Hürrem throws the diary into fire, destroying the only evidence of her and Leo's possible affair.
Hürrem tells Süleyman that she cannot make charity because she is still a slave. Süleyman frees Hürrem and later, when he goes to her room for a night, she tells him that she cannot share a bed with him because she is a free woman, and her religion forbids her from sharing a bed with a man if she is not married.
Süleyman thinks that she did the drama of the charity because she wants to marry him, so she is exiled to another palace under the orders of the Sultan. The Valide Sultan sets a trap for her, she puts some attackers to kill Hürrem but Balı Bey tries to save her. Hurrem runs into the woods in an attempt to escape but one of the attackers follows her while Balı Bey is distracted. While running she roles down a hill and is left unconscious and helpless, so the attacker finds her and carries her to an old barn. She is thrown there and due to her injury while she was running, when she awakens, she falls back unconscious again. Suleyman goes into the woods to find her and carries her back to the Topkapı Palace, where she awakens, but faints again. Once she recovers, the Sultan decides to marry her.
Mahidevran is upset that Hurrem married the sultan so she goes to Hurrem's room to argue with her. When Mahidevran arrives, Hurrem tells her that no one can protect her and that she will kill Mustafa. Mahidevran tells Hurrem that she just went too far, and slaps her several times. Suleyman enters while Mahidevran is slapping Hurrem, so Suleyman orders Mahidevran to apologize to Hurrem. Mahidevran apologizes to Hurrem and returns to her chambers crying.
After secretly marrying Hürrem Sultan, Suleyman comes to give the Valide the good news, but when Hürrem Sultan tries to kiss her hand in respect, the Valide stands up and shows disapproval with his deed which she considered unacceptable. The Valide faints in the Sultan's arms and they take her to her chambers to rest.
İbrahim is shot during the wedding ceremony with an arrow. Hürrem is afraid that they would blame her for this because she did send an archer to kill İbrahim, but she called off the attack at the last minute when she saw Hatice was upset. İbrahim's attacker was another archer sent by one of the viziers to kill him. The arrow is poisoned and İbrahim becomes seriously ill. Nigar, Matrakçı and Sümbül travel to heal İbrahim in one of the hot springs. Nigar desperately dips Ibrahim in the spring and bathes him, he awakens and sees Nigar grinning at him right before drowzily fainting again. Hatice is worried because she thinks that İbrahim will die.
Furious, Mahidevran comes to Süleyman's door and asks his guardian to announce her, but Süleyman refuses to receive her, claiming that he is busy. Eventually Suleyman lets her in because she won't stop screaming. She requests her freedom to spend her life as a free woman, like Hurrem, but Süleyman denies her request. She then asks him to send her to exile with her son Mustafa, as happens when princes come of age, but he tells her that she can be exiled, but his son Mustafa, stays with him. Mahidevran runs off crying to her room, and Mustafa asks her who made her feel so bad, Mahidevran explains that she must leave. Mahidevran then receives news that she doesn't have to leave, but 11 year old Mustafa goes to his father's chambers, and convinces him to send them both to Edirne Palace.
At the Valide Sultan's initiative, her niece Aybige comes to Topkapı palace from Crimea, to be protected from the succession infighting between the Valide's brothers upon the death of their father, the Crimean ruler. The Valide tells Aybige to stay away from Hürrem because she could be a bad influence on her, but Aybige has heard about Hurrem, so she decides to be friends with her. Aybige falls in love with Balı Bey, who has been promoted as the one in charge of the security of the entire royal family.
İbrahim falls madly in love with Nigar because she took care of him during his illness. Nigar Hatun is married to Matrakçı Nasuh Efendi on initiative of Hatice and the Valide Sultan. Nigar is not happy about her wedding because it is against her own will, because she loves Ibrahim. On her first night in her new house, she is surprised to see İbrahim entering. He tells her that he and Matrakçı had a deal, and that Matrakçı had divorced, so he is the one she will be with from now on. Nigar is happy at this turn of events.
While Ibrahim is away, secretly spending the night with Nigar, Hatice gives birth to twins, one boy and one girl who were named Osman and Huricihan. İbrahim is happy to see her holding both babies in her hands and also surprised. Nigar is not pleased by this.
Years passed, and at the age of 17, Mustafa comes back to Topkapı to be with his father until he is sent into exile again.
The Sultan goes away to war, and the Valide Sultan and Mahidevran conspire against Hürrem. The Valide Sultan places a spy in the harem, and pretends to leave Hurrem in charge of the harem. Valide orders the spy to spread rumors about how unffairly Hurrem leads the harem, even though it's not true. During the rebellion sparked by the Valide's spy, one of the slaves named Fatma, is accused of stealing gold and Fatma burns herself in an attempt to commit suicide. The slaves, led by Fatma, who has recovers from the burns, take torches and march towards Hürrem's chambers and try to burn her on the Valide's command. They lock Gül in a supplies closet so he can't save her, and Gülşah locks Nigar as well. They manage to burn Hurrem's face, but Daye saves Hurrem from getting burned completely. The Valide fires Daye for saving Hurrem.
When Sultan comes back and finds out what happened, he gives the Valide Sultan a lecture about how she is not capable of leading the harem. He is also angry with İbrahim because he didn't give him Hürrem's letter about the incident while they were in the war, but İbrahim said that he didn't want to worry him and that he had given orders to Daye and Nigar to protect Hürrem ever since the Sultan made him responsible for Hurrem's life. The Sultan gives Daye back her post.
Hürrem and Mahidevran argue after Gülşah gets Daye's position. Mahidevran tries to slap Hurrem again but Süleyman arrives and makes her apologize again, after which she goes crying to her chambers. Mustafa barges into Hürrem's chambers to talk to his father, and they have a huge discussion about the way Hürrem manipulates him. Then Süleyman tries to invite Mustafa to his chambers, but Mustafa refuses. Then Suleyman gets cross with Mustafa, but he invites Mistafa to Hagia Sofia to bond. Mustafa refuses the invitation and almost loses his father's support, but İbrahim manages to make him see reason.
Hürrem gets into another fight with Mustafa, and Süleyman gives Mustafa the upper hand this time. Hürrem is displeased so she starts to argue with Suleyman.
Mustafa falls in love with a concubine named Nora, but she converts to Islam and her new name is Efsun. Mustafa is not aware that Efsun works for Hürrem Sultan, and has orders to poison him. Efsun then actually falls in love with Mustafa. She puts poison in his food, but at the last moment she regrets it and trips over the food. Mustafa gets ill, and Mahidevran concludes that it was all Hürrem's doing even though Mustafa didn't drink the poison.
Fatma blames Efsun for working for Hürrem, so Mahidevran requests Efsun to tell her a secret about Hurrem, so Efsun tells Mahidevran about Aybige and Balı Bey's secret affair, on Hurrem Sultan's order. Mhaidevran is now aware of their affair, and plans to tell Suleyman. When Aybige leaves to go back to her homeland with Balı Bey, Hurrem sends another message to Mahidevran using Efsun that both of them are running away and they shall never come back. Mahidevran tell Süleyman about them, and Suleyman sends ships after them to bring them back.
Hurrem gets pregnant, and has another prince named Cihangir.
Cihangir, Hürrem's youngest son gets very ill, but she hides it from Süleyman, which infiuriates him. After seeing his son so sick, he and Hürrem unite and together, they call a medic. Cihangir is developing a hump, but they try to fix it by using physiotherapy. During one of Cihangir's physiotherapy appointments, Cigangir cries so much that Süleyman has a heart attack in Mustafa's arms. Mahidevran is conscious that when Süleyman dies, her son would be the Sultan, so she tries to convince Mustafa that he needs to take precautions with his brothers but Mustafa refuses. Mahidevran then plots with İbrahim, the Valide Sultan overhears this, and sends Hürrem and her children to Hatice's palace to protect them. When Süleyman awakens and finds out what Mahidevran was planning to do, she falls further from his grace.
Meanwhile, Balı Bey and Aybige are brought back from the sea and Balı Bey tells Süleyman the truth, in front of Mustafa and İbrahim. Süleyman asks Mustafa to decide Balı Bey's fate. First, Mustafa announces Balı Bey's death, but on the day of the execution, he forgives Balı Bey. Balı Bey resigns and returns to his homeland. Aybige also returns to Crimean Khanate, her homeland.
Mahidevran finds out that Efsun is pregnant and wants to make her abort, but Mustafa stops her and sends Efsun to his room. Hürrem tells the Valide about Efsun's pregnancy and the Valide sends Daye to make Efsun abort. Mustafa doesn't manage to save her this time, and once he arrives Efsun has already aborted, and is internally bleeding. Mustafa carries Efsun to his chambers and lies her on his bed, where she admits that Hurrem wanted to kill him. Efsun then dies in Mustafa's arms. Mahidevran tell Süleyman that Efsun admitted Hurrem tried to poison Mustafa. Suleyman suspects, so he offers Hurrem poison, Hurrem sadly drinks it, and faints in the Sultan's arms. But Hurrem didn't actually drink poison, Suleyman just drugged her with a medicine. Süleyman believes that she is innocent because she didn't admit anything before she drank what she thought was poison. She awakes with Suleyman at her side, he explains he was just testing her and she is realieved he never found out.
Nigar is pregnant. Gülşah intrigued against Daye, which caused Daye to kill a healer by accident, so they fire her and threw her out of harem. Mahidevran is happy because she thinks Gülşah will get the post again, but is surprised to hear the Valide giving the post to Nigar. Adrees Ağa followed İbrahim Pasha and told the Valide the affair between İbrahim and Nigar, so Valide tried to fire Nigar. She comes to Süleyman's chambers to inform him that Ibrahim is cheating against Hatice, but suffers a stroke before saying anything. Hatice is worried that her mother will die, and so is Suleyman. But when the Valide had almost recovered, Hurrem entered her chambers as she was resting, and told the Valide she was going to tell Hatice about Ibrahim and Nigar's secret affair. The Valide gets so shocked, she dies, and Mahidevran is left in charge of the harem. Mahidevran immediately tries to inhabit the Valide's chambers, which Süleyman doesn't allow. Mahidevran exceeds the budget and buys many unnecessary silks and jewels, she has to take a loan from a Jewish loan shark. Gülfem is then given Daye's former post.
Hürrem wants to get rid of Mahidevran and Mustafa once and for all. Mustafa is sent to the province of Manisa, but İbrahim convinces Süleyman to let Mahidevran stay in the harem. Hürrem, with Gül's help, make a plan that would convict Mahidevran of trying to murder the Valide. However Nigar witnesses Gül's actions and tells İbrahim. Gül is fired for this and leaves the palace.
Gülşah tries to get rid of Mahidevran's maid Fatma but it all turns against her. She is fired and Mahidevran wants her to marry. Desperate, Gülşah wants to be Hürrem's servant, but Hürrem sends her away and tells her that she would have no profit from Gülşah being her maid. Gülşah later overhears a conversation between İbrahim and Nigar about Nigar's pregnancy. She accidentally breaks a vase and İbrahim and Nigar realize that someone heard them. Gülşah wants to tell Hürrem what she found out but Hürrem isn't in her chambers and Gülşah is driven out of the Palace before Hürrem's return. Nigar later realizes that it was Gülşah who overheard her and she tells İbrahim. İbrahim orders Gülşah to be killed, and she is stabbed several times, and left in the wilderness to die. However, she survives and tells Hürrem about Nigar's pregnancy becomes Hürrem's maid.
After the Valide's death, Daye leaves the Topkapı Palace. She gives all her property to charity and works as the servant of a wealthy woman. Hürrem wants to help her but Daye refuses to accept any help. Daye believed it was her fault the Valide Sultan died, so she commit suicide and hanged herself.
Nigar was ordered to leave the harem, and go live with Ibrahim's twin brother. Hürrem kidnaps her during the journey and hides her in a house. Gülşah is in charge of keeping Nigar prisoner in the house. Hürrem sends a note to Hatice that İbrahim is unfaithful to her, and reveals the whereabouts of Nigar. Nigar manages to escape the house, but finds Hatice in her way with guards behind her. She arrests Nigar but Nigar claims that the father of her baby is Matrakçı. Matrakçı confirms it, in an attempt to save Ibrahim. Hatice confronts Hürrem, believing that she made it up, but Hurrem sends for Gülsah who witnessed Nigar and İbrahim. Hatice later confronts İbrahim, who admits cheating, and being the father of Nigar's baby.
Hürrem intrigues against Mahidevran, making her look like someone who wanted to strangle Gülfem. Süleyman believes it and Süleyman gives Hürrem the leadership of the harem. Hurrem climbs to the top of the stairs, where she is crowned by Gülfem, everybody bows to her and Mahidevran looks at her angrily, realizing Hurrem has won.
After İbrahim's affair with Nigar becomes known, İbrahim leaves the city on a campaign against Persia. After his return he tries to serenate Hatice again, and manages to rescue his relationship with her. Hatice orders Nigar's beheading but Hürrem manages to save her, using Rüstem Ağa, who was a trusted man of Iskender Chelebi, a traitor who was executed, who now serves Hürrem Sultan. Nigar Kalfa gives birth to a baby girl, but Hatice hides the child from both İbrahim and Nigar, leaving every one thinking that Hatice killed the child when it was born. İbrahim and Hatice decide that Nigar should be married to Rüstem. Against his will, Rüstem marries Nigar on Hürrem's instructions, but does not keep any intimate relationship with her.
A mysterious girl was rescued from a ship wreck and sold to the Topkapı Palace, her name is Firuze. Suleyman was captivated when Firuze danced for him, and she became Suleyman's favorite. Conspired by Hatice, the whole Harem tries to hide her from Hürrem's desperate search for Firuze.
Mihrimah Sultan is in love with Yahya, Mustafa's most trusted guard. Mustafa sets out to Manisa where he serves as a Sancak Beyi.
All of Hurrem's children have grown fond of Firuze. Hurrem is very satisfied with Firuze because she has lessened Cihangirs pain. Firuze admits to Hurrem that she is the Sultan's favorite and Hurrem tries to strangle her, but she is saved by Afife Hatun, Suleyman's cargiver when he was a child, and Daye's replacement.
Süleyman want to go on a hunting trip but Mirhimah doesn't want to come because Firuze is coming, and not her mother, Hürrem. Hürrem threatens to kill Firuze.
Few years later Hürrem discovers Qadar, the secret daughter of Nigar and İbrahim, which Hatice tried to hide all those years ago. Hürrem notifies İbrahim and threatens Ibrahim that she will kill Qadar if he doesn't help her get rid of Firuze. Ibrahim agrees on abducting Firuze and sending her away on a cargo boat, but she is saved, to Hurrem dismay. Hürrem gives Ibrahim his daughter.
Fatma Hatun falls in love with Mustafa and gives birth to a boy. Süleyman goes to Manisa to see Mustafa's son, and names the boy Süleyman. Hürrem, Mehmet and Mihrimah also go with Süleyman. Seeing Süleyman's closeness to Mehmet, Mustafa starts feeling threatened by Mehmet. On a walk through the woods with Mustafa, Mehmet gets shot with an arrow and faints in Mustafa's arms, Mustafa then orders Yahya to follow the archer. Mustafa is worried he might lose his brother Mehmet. Mustafa falls in love with a village girl named Helena. Helena is unaware that Mustafa is a prince, so she doesn't show any respect when she talks to him. Mustafa orders for them to bring Helena to his harem, and she discovers that he is a prince. Since she is a free woman, she cannot be with Mustafa unless she legally marries him, but it is elegal for a prince to marry. On a secret meeting with İbrahim, the Grand Vizier manages to persuade the prince to send Helena away.
Rustem told Firuze Suleyman had gifted her a horse. Firuze rode the horse but disappeared. Rustem found her unconscious, because she had fallen off the horse.While trying to kill Firuze on Hürrem's command by breaking her neck, Rüstem found out that the tattoo on her neck is connected to the Safavid dynasty. He notifies Hürrem, who informs Süleyman and the Sultan decides to send her away. But she was actually a spy, sent to retrieve information from the Sultan.
Hürrem and İbrahim continue struggling against each other. Süleyman is getting suspicious about İbrahim. On a meeting with Ellas Paşa, she uncovers a folder of documents and letters Ibrahim wrote during his campaign against Persia. One of the letters he wrote claimed that he called himself the Sultan, and that he considered himself more powerful.
Süleyman decides to send attackers to strangle İbrahim in his sleep, and then send the corpse to İbrahim's palace. Hatice becomes extremely depressed about the death of her beloved, and disowns her brother Süleyman. Together, Hatice and Mahidevran plan on killing Hürrem by sending Diana, Mahidevran's servant, who was rescued by Mustafa from the judge, to murder Hürrem in the bathing halls as a revenge, since they see Hürrem responsible for the execution of İbrahim. Şhah Sultan, Hatice and Suleyman's sister, decides to stand against Hürrem for her self-interests. Nasuh sends Qadar, İbrahim and Nigar's daughter, to İbrahim's family, as Nigar, her mother, is now married to Rüstem.
Diana didn't succeed in killing Hürrem, and now Diana is forced to serve Hürrem loyally. Şah makes Hürrem think that Mustafa is coming to usurp the throne from his father while Süleyman is on a campaign, and that Süleyman and her sons are wounded and trapped. Hürrem decided to take her sons, Bayezid and Cihangir (whom stay in the Palace) away from Mustafa. But, Şah kidnapped Hürrem's sons to an old farm. Hürrem discovers this and get there personally to save her sons. But Şah was waiting for her there and told Hürrem that all of this was only a game. Hürrem decided to finish with Şah, and told her that she just provoked a war. Mihrimah is warned by her mother not to trust anyone except her.
Hatice wants to make Hürrem suffer because she's seeing Şah doing nothing. Hatice sent a guard to tell Hürrem that her daughter Mihrimah was in the Marble Palace meeting with Balı Bey, but in reality, Mihrimah is still in the Topkapı Palace. When Hürrem gets there, Hatice ordered a woman, who practiced black magic to put a hanker chief with witch craft in Hürrem's mouth. Hürrem is found unconscious by Sümbül, her most loyal servant, and she is taken back to the Palace. When she awakens, she doesn't remember anything. After she was back on her feet, Hürrem discovers that she's being witched and she warned Hatice not to play with her. Şah gets angry at Hatice for doing things behind her back. Şah has another plan to get rid of Hürrem. Hürrem is going mad due to the black magic they used against her. Bayezid and Selim have begun to despise each other. Süleyman goes on another campaign, and takes Mehmet, and Selim with him, but Bayezid stays in the Palace. Angry, Bayezid runs away to the campaign disguised as a janissary. But, Selim saw him and Bayezid returned to the Palace. Şah conspires against Hurrem again, and this time she plans to make Hurrem look bad in front of the whole harem. It is time for the slaves to get their money, but when Hurrem orders the money to be brought, Shah intercepts the money. So, Hürrem was obliged to rent money from somewhere else before the Harem's slaves make problems. Rakilah, the woman who lent her money, took orders from Şah to tell Hürrem that Ms. Portia can perhaps help Hürrem. Portia is a Venetian woman and the Sultan was at war with Venice at that time. Hürrem loaned the money from Portia and then paid back the gold. The Sultan returned from the campaign and sets in Edirne. Şah took the papers of Hürrem and Portia's traid and gets on a carriage to Edirne to explain everything to Süleyman. But, Hürrem sends guards to attack the carriage where both Şah and Gulfem were. Şah gives them the fake papers and gives the real ones to Süleyman. Süleyman decides to exile Hürrem in Edirne and then he returns to Topkapı Palace. Şah orders Rüstem Pasha to kill Hürrem Sultan while she's in Edirne. But, he refused and decided to stay loyal to Hürrem. Rüstem tells Hurrem that the only way to stay safe, and strengthen his relation with Süleyman is to marry her daughter Mihrimah, but it is actually an excuse because he is in love with Mihrimah. Hürrem accepted but Mihrimah refused when she saw her mother in Edirne.
A Black Death epidemy breaks out and Ayas Mehmed Pasha and Mustafa Pasha die from the epidemy. Then, Lütfi Pasha, Şah's husband, becomes Grand Vizier and Şah is now more powerful. A medic tells Suleyman that he should probably forgive Hurrem so she could come back because the Epidemy might spread there. Hürrem returns to the Topkapı. Süleyman decided to marry Hatice to Hüsrev Pasha. She is obliged to accept but she continues living in her old Palace in secret. When Süleyman gets to know this, he sends Hatice to the palace of Hüsrev by force and she has to say goodbye to the palace where she lived.
Mihrimah is inlove with Balı Bey, but Balı Bey does not love her. Mihrimah accepts to marry Rustem after she overhears Balı Bey saying he thinks she is immature. Mustafa falls in disgrace from his father because he's doing things without telling Suleyman.Mihrimah regrets accepting the marriage and begs her mother to cancel the wedding, but Hurrem states that it is too late and that the wedding is already being planned.
Hatice, Lütfi and Şah have a plan to get rid of Rüstem so he can not marry Mihrimah, because they know that if Rustem marries the Sultan's daughter he will be more powerful. Mahidevran suggests not to kill Rüstem, but instead create rumors that Rustem has Leprosy. Süleyman sends his personal doctor to confirm Rüstems sickness. The doctor finds a louse on Rüstem's head and takes it to Istanbul as a sign that Rüstem is healthy. Rüstem is comes back to Istanbul to marry Mihrimah. Mihrimah marries Rustem with tears in her eyes.
A year passes and Mihrimah gives birth to a girl named Ayşe. Şah sends Mihrimah a slave to take good care of Ayşe. Lütfi suggests that Süleyman sends Mehmed, Selim and Beyazid to their provinces according to the traditions.
Nigar returns to Istanbul. She meets with Şah and Hatice to take revenge. Hatice and Şah accept and they order her to murder Rustem. They help Nigar enter the Palace. But, when she sees Mihrimah's daughter, she thinks about her own daughter and she kidnapps Ayşe instead. Mihrimah and Rüstem's guards ransack the city looking for Nigar, because she dropped an earing when she took Ayşe. Nigar passes baby back to Rüstem while a soldier aims to kill her on the order of Şah Sultan, but she commits suicide by jumping off a near ledge, and the soldier was not able to kill her.
Lütfi Pasha orders that all the women in the bars be arrested because it is against their religion. When one of the young women disrespects him, he gets furious and punishes her by making them burn her private organs and nail her to the foor. Şah discovers this and shouts at Lütfi, calling him a cruel and evil man. Lütfi slaps Şah and tries to stranfle her but her loyal guards stop and take him. Suleyman is furious with Lüfti and orders him to be executed but due to Şah and Lüfti's daughter Esmahan's pleading, Lüfti is forgiven and sent far away until he dies.
Mustafa meets the Austrian ambassador. This leads to a conflict between Süleyman and Mustafa. Süleyman punishes Mustafa by not allowing him to participate in the upcoming campaign. And after the campaign, Mustafa will not return to Manisa but to Amasya. This led to discussions between Mehmed and Mustafa because Mehmet became the Sanjak Bey of Manisa.
A fake letter sent by Hatice tells Hürrem that her son Selim is very sick. Hürrem is now going to Konya to see her son. But in reality, he is very well and now Hürrem is captured and kept hostage in a secret location. Mihrimah is accusing Şah, Hatice and Mahidevran for this. Süleyman gets very upset, and he interrogates everyone in the palace but they all claim to be innocent. The guard in charge of Hürrem's safety was found wkunded in the woods and carried back to the Topkapı. He takes Suleyman to the spot where Hürrem was taken, but he states that he ran instead of saving her, which caused Suleyman to beat him. Balı Bey finds a lead on Ali Ağa, who was Hatice's servant and the one who abducted Hürrem. When Süleyman finds out about this he heads to Hatice's Palace. Earlier in the day Hatice had said she forgave Suleyman and said she wanted them to be siblings again. Hatice drinks poison so Suleyman never has the chance to find out where Hürrem is. She dies knowing that she took vengeance on her husband's death.
Süleyman decides to go for war against Charles V, and he achieves a victory. Mihrimah discovers that her aunt Şah is having a spy in the Harem, Ayşe's care taker, and confronts her with the fact that she has the woman's confession on a letter, and threats Şah that she will inform her father Süleyman if she doesn't leave the city and gives all her money to Hürrem's charity institute. Three years go by. Mehmet befriends a janissary named Ilyas who actually works for Mahidevran. Mahidevran orders Ilyas to murder him. Ilyas wounds him while practicing with swords, amd while caring for the wound, he adds mucus from a horrible deadly disease to his cream and Mehmet suffocates in the morning and dies. The news reaches Süleyman who is depressed due to Hurrem's absence. Suleyman falls asleep but he is awoken by Rustem, who tells him a miracle has occurred. A familiar figure steps out of the carriage, and approaches Suleyman, as he realizes Hurrem has returned.
Süleyman tells Hürrem after her returning to the palace that he missed her. Hürrem sees a fortune teller who tells her that one of her sons will take the throne, but that there will be blood shed.
Years go by. The princes are already men and have arrived to the capital to know which prince will go to Manisa. Selim is the first to arrive at the capital. All of the slaves are told to keep their heads bowed when he approaches, but when they announce his name, they all lift their heads to witness him. All of the young women crowd around him, and Afife states that they will not eat dinner for their behavior. Mustafa is worried his father will show disapproval because he was accompanied by janissaries. Mustafa is the second to arrive. Hürrem is worried because Bayezid jas not showed up yet. Nasuh Efendi is in the village when he senses he is being followed. He takes out his dagger and tries to defend himself, but a man in a robe has him cornered, the man takes off his cloak and it was actually Bayezid. Nasuh tells him that he could have wounded him. Bayezid arrives at the Palace but his mother is worried because it is unsafe for a member of the dynasty to be disguised in the city.
Bayezid shows love to his family as giving a horse to Mihrimah and a jewel for Hürrem. Mahidevran comes to the palace and argues with Hürrem while they're watching Cihangir's accolade ceremonial. Cihangir forgets his lines and is very embarrassed. Hürrem and Rüstem are plotting against Mustafa while Mustafa earns the love of public, soldiers, and Pashas because of his bravery and his intelligence.
A slave girl named Cecilia comes to the palace. She is the descendant of a rich Venetian family, the Bafos. Then, while trying to cut her veins with a mirror shard, Selim saves her and she falls in love with him. She wants to become a great Sultana by going with him at his Sanjak. She asks Hürrem but she refuses. Süleyman announces his decision. Selim is chosen for Manisa Sanjak. Everyone is surprised, and Beyazid is furious. Mahidevran and Mustafa are worried.
Everyone thinks throne is the right of Mustafa. Mustafa's concubine is pregnant. Beyazid thinks that his father does not love him.
Hürrem is searching for a good maid for Selim, as Cecilia comes and asks Hürrem again about going with him. She tells her that she saw in the stars her destiny by Hürrem's hand. Hürrem accepts and now Cecilia is Convert to Islam and is renamed Nurbanu. Hayreddin Pasha tells Mustafa that if he is chased from his father's paradise, he shall build his own. Hürrem sends men to kill Mustafa on his way back to Amasya. His concubine dies with her child from the attack but Mustafa survives. He is secretly protected by one of his guards, Atmaca.
Beyazid and Selim went horse back riding in the woods bit Cihangir runs desperatly to hhis father, claiming they has disappeared. Selim is found alone and a group of bandits try to kill him, but Beyazid saves him right before they vot the chance to stab Selim. Hürrem Sultan faints on the balcony. It is shown that she can't have children anymore. She is keeping it secret from Suleyman, because this illness means she has become old. Fatma Sultan, Sultan Süleyman's sister comes to the Palace with a special guest, Hatice Sultan's daughter, Huricihan Sultan, who is already a young woman. Fatma Sultan conspire against Hürrem because Mustafa sent her for this. She sent a new concubine for Süleyman. Süleyman is angry over Rüstem for his in-effective management and public is complaining about his performance. Nurbanu is trying every possible way to become favorite of Selim. Mihrunisa, Hayrredin's daughter gets sent to Amasya for protection but Rüstem kidnaps her and threatens Hayrredin Pasha, and tells him that if he doesn't tell the Sultan that Rüstem was wrongly accused for fighting with Ali Ağa and the Janissaries, he will kill Mihrunisa. Huricihan tells Fatma that she is inlove with Beyazid, her cousin, and Fatma breaks Huricihan's violin, which used to be her father's. Huricihan tells Beyazid this, and they both go to the city to buy her a new one. Huricihan kisses Beyazid while hiding in the city. Beyazid falls inlove with Huricihan, but their relationship is discovered by Süleyman, and Huricihan is sent to live with Beyhan Sultan.
Mustafa secretly marries Hayrredin Pasha's Daughter Mihrünnisa after saving her from Rustem's guards. Nurbanu becomes sultana and gives birth to a prince. Valeria, who was Cecilia's servant, is now named Nazenin and is Süleyman's concubine. She gives birth to a girl named Raziye Sultan. Valeria and Süleyman go to Manisa to visit Selim and name his child. Süleyman saw Selim while Selim is drunk. Süleyman gets very angry and he pushes him away. Nurbanu is given an order by Hürrem to kill Nazenin. Nurbanu Sultan succeeds in her mission and Nazenin is now dead. Bayezid decides to marry Huricihan secretly.
Piri Ries, who is the manager of people who seek to protect Mustafa at all costs, plans to assassinate Hürrem but she survives and Afife Hatun dies. On Afife's death bed, she tells Hürrem that the sultan is extremely ill. The sultan comes back from the raid and he is extremely ill and faints several times. He is so ill and everyone says he is going to die and Mustafa will rise to the throne but, Süleyman is still alive.
Süleyman wanders the name of his oldest son Mustafa. Hürrem tells Rüstem "This may be his last wish.". Hürrem has no choice. She concedes the power of Mustafa and tells Rüstem that Süleyman wants Mustafa to come. Rüstem calls him but also he plans an assassination to kill Mustafa. But Mustafa guessed it and got through it. In the meantime, Rüstem convinces Selim to calm Janisseries in order to make sure Bayezid will be the next Sultan. He knows Selim can't survive through that. Nurbanu learns that and tells it to Hürrem. Then Mustafa arrives to the palace. Hürrem requests Mustafa to save Selim because she knows only Mustafa can stop and command soldiers except for Süleyman. Mustafa saves Selim and returns to the palace with Selim. But Hürrem fears the power and prestige of Mustafa and she wants him to be executed.
Hürrem, with help of Rüstem and Mihirmah, sends a fake letter to the Iranian Shah Tahmasp. In the letter she mentions about ruling the empire and getting on throne while disposing off Süleyman. Süleyman believes that Mustafa has betrayed him when he sees Mustafa's seal on the letter.
In year 1553, In Konya Sultan Süleyman orders Mustafa's execution. As soon as Mustafa enters sultan's tent executioners come and grab him, many people attempts to kill him and Mustafa finally dies. Mustafa's only son Mehmet is also killed on the order of the Sultan. The janissaries mourn over Mustafa's body and vow to avenge his death by taking Rustem's life. The Sultan fires Rüstam of his post because he is suspicious about Rüstam and the janissaries finally are at peace.
Süleyman mourns at the lost of his son Mustafa, and begins to question his decision of killing. Cihangir dies of heartbreak after his brother's death. Mahidevran and Mihrünnisa arrive at Topkapı shortly. Soon after, Mustafa's wife Mihrünnisa tells Hürrem that my winter is over but yours has just started and then commits suicide by sliting her throat in front of everyone in the harem. Mahidevran along with Nergisşah Sultan and Fidan travel to Bursa where Mahidevran spends all her allowance to build Mustafa's tomb.
Fatma Sultan's husband Kara Ahmed Pasha becomes the next grand vizier but soon after he is executed by the Sultan for intriguing against Bayezid by sending money to the group of rebels supporting the fake Mustafa. Fatma plans to kill Hürrem but the Sultan saves her at the right time and Fatma gets kicked out of Topkapı Palace forever.
Huricihan and Nurbanu have a fight and Nurbanu kills Huricihan. Hürrem finds out but Nurbanu black mails her and gets away with it; however Nurbanu declare open war against Hürrem after this. Hürrem tries to kill Nurbanu but did not succeed. Bayezid and Selim return to their sanjaks and a strange girl named Defne enters Bayezid's harem and catches his attention becoming his favorite hatun. Defne, on the order of Nurbanu, tries to poison Bayezid but she is caught by Atmaca and it is revealed that she is pregnant and she did all this on the order of Nurbanu as she has Defne's sister as a captive. Bayezid gets angry and in the rage of anger he writes a letter to the Sultan explaining him Selim's actions and tells him that he is going to attack Selim's palace. But the letter does not reach Süleyman. Meanwhile, Hürrem is travelling to Manisa and on her way she feels sick and it is revealed that she has an illness which has no cure and that her death is near. Beyazid and Selim declare open war against each other. Bayezid with many janissary soldiers sets out for Manisa to take Selim into the account for all what he has done. Beyazid reaches Manisa and they both just start to fight that Hurrem arrives and stops them. Hürrem says that she would prefer Beyazid to be the next sultan, with Mihrimah and Rüstem's support, but later decides she cannot choose between her sons.
Hürrem visited Mahidevran in Bursa. They forgive each other. Then with help of Sümbül, she found grave of İbrahim. She thanked him for everything. Hürrem dies in arms of her beloved husband. After her death Süleyman falls into deep depression. Mihrimah and Rüstem begin to work on Beyazid's succession. Selim blackmails Rüstem because Rüstem had an affair with another woman Gracia Mendez, and Rüstem switches sides. Mihrimah falls in love with a man named Pedro. Beyazid and Selim have a huge war and Süleyman provides Selim with 5000 Janissary soldiers and supports him. Beyazid and his children are killed. Rüstem is killed by Atmaca with the support of Mihrimah Sultan and Bayezid, but the reason of his death was kept secret and Mihrimah claro fíes that Rüstem died in his sleep since he was sick. The next Grand Vizier is Semiz Ali Pasha. Defne commits suicide and kills her son so Nurbanu cannot have the satisfaction of killing her. Süleyman goes to war and wins the battle. Meanwhile, Selim is growing older and more depressed with guilt. Mihrimah hates him and calls him a brother murderer. Mihrimah secretly plots to have Selim's son succeed him, and builds him up. Back at the camp, Süleyman, after winning the war, knows he is going to die. He thinks of Pargalı İbrahim and dies. Selim becomes the next sultan.
|Season||Timeslot||Season premiere||Season finale||No. of episodes||Section range||Season's years||TV Channel|
|1||Wednesday 20:00||January 5, 2011||June 22, 2011||24||1 - 24||2011||Show TV|
|2||Wednesday 20:00||September 14, 2011||June 6, 2012||39||25 - 63||2011 - 2012||Show TV, Star TV|
|3||Wednesday 20:00||September 12, 2012||June 19, 2013||40||64 - 103||2012 - 2013||Star TV|
|4||Wednesday 20:00||September 18, 2013||June 11, 2014||36||104 - 139||2013 - 2014||Star TV|
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Season|
|Halit Ergenç||Sultan Süleyman||The 10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire||1–4|
|Meryem Uzerli||Hürrem Sultan||Haseki Sultan and legal wife of Sultan Süleyman, Mother of the Sultan's five younger children||1–3|
|Nur Fettahoğlu||Mahidevran Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's wife and the mother of Şehzade Mustafa||1–4|
|Okan Yalabık||Pargalı İbrahim Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Süleyman's best friend||1–3
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|Nebahat Çehre||Ayşe Hafsa Sultan||Valide Sultan of Sultan Süleyman, Sultan Selim's widow||1–2|
|Selma Ergeç||Hatice Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, İbrahim Pasha's wife, mother of Osman and Huricihan||1–3|
|Mehmet Günsür||Şehzade Mustafa||Sultan Süleyman's eldest and Mahidevran Sultan's only child, first heir to the throne||2–4|
|Berrak Tüzünataç||Mihrünnisa Sultan||Şehzade Mustafa's wife and mother of his son, Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha's daughter||4|
|Gürbey İleri||Şehzade Mehmed||Sultan Süleyman's and Hürrem Sultan's first child, Esmehan Sultan's husband||3|
|Pelin Karahan||Mihrimah Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's and Hürrem Sultan's only daughter, Rüstem Pasha's wife||3–4|
|Ozan Güven||Rüstem Pasha||Mihrimah Sultan's husband and Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire||3–4|
|Engin Öztürk||Şehzade Selim||Sultan Süleyman's and Hürrem Sultan's third child and later the 11th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, father of Murad III||4|
|Merve Boluğur||Nurbanu Sultan||Legal wife of Şehzade Selim, later Valide Sultan of Sultan Murad III||4|
|Aras Bulut İynemli||Şehzade Bayezid||Sultan Süleyman's and Hürrem Sultan's fourth child||4|
|Tolga Sarıtaş||Şehzade Cihangir||Sultan Süleyman's and Hürrem Sultan's fifth and last child||4|
|Deniz Çakır||Şah Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, Lütfi Pasha's wife, Esmehan Sultan's mother||3|
|Meltem Cumbul||Fatma Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, Kara Ahmed Pasha's wife||4|
|Burak Özçivit||Malkoçoğlu Balı Bey||Majordomo, in love with Aybige Hatun, Mihrimah's love||2–3|
|Tuncel Kurtiz||Ebussuud Efendi||Kadı of Istanbul, later Şeyhülislam efendi||3–4|
|Filiz Ahmet||Nigar Kalfa||Servant and apprentice in the harem, İbrahim′s lover and confidant and mother of his daughter Esmanur||1–3|
|Serkan Altunorak||Taşlıcalı Yahya Bey||One of the famous poets of the era, Friend and supporter of Şehzade Mustafa||3–4|
|Sarp Akkaya||Atmaca||Friend and supporter of Şehzade Mustafa and then Şehzade Bayezid||4|
|Selim Bayraktar||Sümbül Ağa||Chief eunuch of the harem and Hürrem Sultan's closest confidant.||1–4|
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Season|
|Selen Öztürk||Gülfem Hatun||Sultan Süleyman's first wife, Hatice Sultan's confidant||1–4|
|Serdar Orçin||Sinan Pasha||An admiral of the Ottoman Empire as a Commander in Chief of the Navy, Rüstem Pasha's brother||4|
|Tolga Tekin||Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha||An admiral of the Ottoman Empire as a Commander in Chief of the Navy and the first captain pasha, Mustafa's supporter,Mihrünissa′s father||3–4|
|Mehmet Özgür||Lütfi Pasha||Şah Sultan's husband and later Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the death of Ayas Pasha,Esmehan′s father||3|
|Yetkin Dikinciler||Kara Ahmed Pasha||Fatma Sultan's husband and later Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire||4|
|Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk||Beyhan Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, Ferhad Pasha's wife||1–3|
|Sabina Toziya||Afife Hatun||Haznedar, leading servant in the harem||3–4|
|Fehmi Karaarslan||Ayas Pasha||The vizier for the council, later the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the execution of İbrahim Pasha||1–3|
|Arif Erkin Güzelbeyoğlu||Piri Mehmed Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire before Pargalı İbrahim Pasha||1–2|
|Murat Şahan||Mustafa Pasha||Chief Commander of the Navy before Barbaros, later the vizier of the council||1–3|
|Burcu Özberk||Huricihan Sultan||Hatice Sultan's and İbrahim Pasha's daughter and in love with Bayezid||4|
|Yasemin Allen||Defne Sultan||Şehzade Bayezid's wife and mother of his children||4|
|Ecem Çalık||Esmehan Sultan||Şah Sultan's and Lütfi Pasha's daughter, Sehzade Mehmet′s wife||3|
|Fatih Al||Matrakçı Nasuh||Mathematician, historian, geographer, miniaturist, and inventor and İbrahim's confidant||1–4|
|Almeda Abazi||Nazenin Hatun (Valeria)||Sultan Süleyman's concubine, Raziye Sultan's mother, Nurbanu Sultan's former servant||4|
|Elif Atakan||Rümeysa Sultan||Şehzade Mustafa's wife||3–4|
|Serenay Aktaş||Ayşe Sultan||Şehzade Mustafa's concubine and mother of his daughter Nergisşah Sultan||3|
|Cansu Dere||Firuze Hatun (Hümeyra)||Princess in the Harem, in love with Süleyman||3|
|Melike İpek Yalova||Isabella Fortuna||Princess of Castille, in love with Süleyman||2|
|Efe Mehmet Güneş||Sultanzade Osman||Hatice Sultan's and İbrahim Pasha's son||3|
|Hasan Küçükçetin||İskender Çelebi||Ottoman finance minister renowned for his wealth, an enemy of İbrahim Pasha||2–3|
|Gökhan Çelebi||Ferhad Pasha||Beyhan Sultan's husband||1|
|Ezgi Eyüboğlu||Aybige Hatun||Valide Sultan's niece, Crimean Princess, in love with Balı Bey||2
|Alp Öyken||Pope Clement VII||Pope of the Roman Catholic Church during that time||1–2|
|Sema Keçik||Daye Hatun||Valide Sultan's maid||1–2|
|Nihan Büyükağaç||Gülşah Hatun||Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Hürrem Sultan's maid||1–3|
|Burcü Güner||Fahriye Kalfa (Diana)||Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Hürrem Sultan's maid||3–4|
|Saadet Aksoy||Victoria (Sadıka Hatun)||A Hungarian countess. An enemy of Sultan Süleyman||1–2|
|Saygın Soysal||Mercan Ağa||Şah Sultan's confidant||3|
|Engin Günaydın||Gül Ağa||Confidant of Hürrem Sultan||2|
|Yüksel Ünal||Şeker Ağa||Main chef of the palace kitchen||1–4|
|Gürkan Uygun||Mimar Sinan||Chief architect of Sultan Süleyman||3–4|
|Yıldırım Fikret Urağ||Sokollu Mehmed Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after Semiz Ali Pasha||4|
|Dolunay Soysert||Gracia Mendes Nasi||A wealthy Jewish woman who became a prominent figure in the politics of the Ottoman Empire||4|
|Burcu Tuna||Gülnihal Hatun (Maria)||Hürrem Sultan's childhood friend||1|
|Melisa Sozen||Efsun Hatun (Nora)||Hürrem Sultan's servant, in love with Şehzade Mustafa||2|
|Seçkin Özdemir||Leo||Hürrem Sultan's former fiancé||1|
|Gamze Dar||Fidan Hatun||Hürrem Sultan's servant, later Mahidevran Sultan's maid||2-4|
|Müjde Uzman||Armin Hatun||Balı Bey's first love, Joşua Effendi's daughter||2|
Special guest appearance
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Season|
|Bergüzar Korel||Signora Monica Teresa Gritti||Sister of Andrea Gritti||1|
|Country||Local title||Network||Premiere date||Timeslot|
|Turkey||Muhteşem Yüzyıl||Show TV (Season 1–2)
Star TV (Season 2–4)
|January 1, 2011||20:00|
|Arab League||حريم السلطان
|OSN Ya Hala(Pay-per-view)||December 13, 2011|
|Albania||Sulltani - Shekulli Madhështor||Albanian Screen||December 2011||20:00|
|Azerbaijan||Möhtəşəm əsr||Lider TV||December 2011||20:10|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Televizija OBN||August 22, 2012||20:00|
|September 7, 2012
August 29, 2015
|Chile||El Sultán||Canal 13||December 14, 2014||23:00|
|Croatia||Sulejman veličanstveni||RTL Televizija||August 22, 2012||19:00|
|Czech Republic||Velkolepé století||TV Barrandov||December 17, 2011||20:00|
|Egypt||Al Hayat TV||November 2011|
|Estonia||Sajandi armastus||Kanal 2||September 1, 2013||19:35 or 20:35|
|France||France 2||September 2012||20:00|
|Greece||Σουλεϊμάν ο Μεγαλοπρεπής
Souleiman o Megaloprepis
|ANT1||August 28, 2012 (Season 1, 2 3a)
Οctober 21, 2013 (Season 3b)
June 10, 2014 (Season 4)
|21:30 (Season 1,2,3)
22:15 (Season 4)
|Georgia||დიდებული საუკუნე||Maestro TV||September 2013||21:45|
|Hungary||Szulejmán||RTL Klub||January 4, 2013||21:30|
|Indonesia||Abad Kejayaan/King Suleiman||antv||December 22, 2014||22:00|
|GEM TV||September 2012||22:00|
|Israel Plus||December 2013||19:00|
|Italy||Il secolo Magnifico||Babel TV||June 2013|
|Kazakhstan||Сүлеймен сұлтан||Хабар||March 15, 2012|
|Kyrgyzstan||Даңазалуу доор||KTRK||March 15, 2012|
|Lithuania||Didingas amžius||LNK||September 7, 2013||15:00|
|Macedonia||Величествениот султан||Kanal 5||December 12, 2011||21:00|
|Morocco||'||Medi 1 TV||December 2011|
|Montenegro||Sulejman Veličanstveni||Prva TV
October 11, 2013
|Pakistan||میرا سلطان Mera Sultan"||Geo Kahani||May 10, 2013- Jan 27 2015||21:00|
|Poland||Wspaniałe stulecie||TVP1||October 6, 2014||15.45|
|Romania||Süleyman Magnificul||Kanal D Romania||September 5, 2012||20:00|
|Russia||Великолепный век||Domashny||January 9, 2012||21:00|
|February 9, 2012
September 1, 2013
December 17, 2013
September 19, 2014
|Slovakia||Sultán||TV Doma||December 15, 2011||20:30|
|Slovenia||Sulejman Veličastni||Planet TV||March 5, 2013||12:50|
|Spain||1+1||July 7, 2014||21:32|
|Nessma TV||April 2013||20:45|
|Ukraine||Величне століття. Роксолана||1+1||October 3, 2012||17:15|
|USA||Suleimán - El Gran sultán||MundoFox||July 1, 2014||20:00|
|Vietnam||Thời đại hoàng kim - The Golden Age||HTV7||February 4, 2015||11:00 (Monday to Saturday everyweek)|
The show generated controversy and complaints from some viewers, for what they referred to as a "disrespectful", "indecent" and "hedonistic" portrayal of the historical sultan. Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council, known as RTÜK, claimed they had received over 70,000 complaints about the show and warned Show TV to publicly apologise for wrongly exposing "the privacy of a historical person". The Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the show as "an effort to show our history in a negative light to the younger generations." An MP for the governing Justice and Development Party, Oktay Saral, went further, threatening to outlaw the “misrepresentation of historical figures” in shows such as Muhteşem Yüzyıl. Small groups of Islamists and Nationalists protested the studio but the show remains successful with consistently high ratings.
"On the surface, 'Magnificent Century' looks like a quintessential product of the Erdoğan years. Thanks to Erdoğan's economic policies, Turkey has a thriving television industry, capable of staging elaborate period dramas, and a prosperous family-oriented middle class of observant Muslims eager to watch their own values reflected in a historical imperial setting. And, much as Erdoğan's foreign policy has promoted relations with former Ottoman lands, the show has conquered large audiences in Balkan, Caucasian, and Arab countries not known for their fond memory of Ottoman rule. Broadcast to more than two hundred million viewers in fifty-two countries, "Magnificent Century" has accomplished one of Erdoğan's main goals: Making a powerful, non-secularist, globally involved version of Turkey both plausible and appealing.... And yet Erdoğan is not a fan. In late 2012, at the opening of a provincial airport he took a moment to condemn the show's depiction of Süleyman, as well as its directors and broadcasters, hinting at severe judicial repercussions."
Muhteşem Yüzyıl is reported to have an international audience of 200 million viewers.
A Nielsen Media Research market study found out that it is the most watched TV show in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2013 and the fourth most successful show in Serbia. The show is part of an ongoing revival of Turkish culture in the Balkans through imported TV shows from Turkey, such as Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki ("As time goes by", number one TV show in Macedonia), or Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? ("What is Fatmagül's fault"), which was top ranked TV show in Kosovo 2012. Serbian sociologist Ratko Bozovic explains the popularity by pointing at the traditional, patriarchal values of the Turkish shows, and the many cultural and linguistic similarities between Turkey and the Balkan countries: “The mentality depicted in those shows has to do with a traditional understanding of morality that people in Serbia remember at some level" According to him all Balkan countries have seen dramatic changes in terms of family life, and the Turkish shows help them recall value systems that now seem lost.
In Greece, the series has become quite popular. It has become so popular that Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and the Golden Dawn party condemned the show and urged Greeks not to watch it. "No one should watch Muhteşem Yüzyıl, The Magnificent Century," Anthimos said. He added, "By watching the Turkish series we are telling them we have surrendered."
In Republic of Macedonia, Turkish series have become so popular, that the Macedonian parliament has moved to ban Turkish soaps to reduce the Turkish impact on Macedonian society. Turkish series will gradually be removed and replaced by national programs, according to a 2012 bill.
In Chile where the series is called El Sultán (The Sultan) it is aired since December 14 in Canal 13 on prime time. The Spanish voice of Süleyman is the same as the one of Onur in the Turkish soap opera Las mil y una noches. The series is part of a wave of Turkish soap operas that have become popular in Chilean TV. The series debuted right after the penultimate chapter of Los 80, a popular historical family drama produced by Canal 13. Pablo Illanes, former screenwriter of Canal 13, criticized El Sultán as "not even camp". 
In Pakistan, the show is called Mera Sultan (meaning "My Emperor") and it aired on channel Geo Kahani. The series is one of the channel's most popular shows, along with other Turkish series like Aşk-ı Memnu, Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? & Karadayı.
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