Muhteşem Yüzyıl

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Muhteşem Yüzyıl
Also known asThe Magnificent Century
Written by
Directed by
Country of originTurkey
Original language(s)Turkish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes139 (list of episodes)
Producer(s)Timur Savci
Running time90-150 min.
Production company(s)Tims Productions
Original network
Picture format
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJanuary 5, 2011 (2011-01-05) –
June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11)
Followed byMuhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem
External links

Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Turkish pronunciation: [muhteˈʃem ˈjyzjɯl], English: The Magnificent Century) is a Turkish historical fiction television series. Written by Meral Okay and Yılmaz Şahin, 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 a Sultana.[2] It also shines the light on the era known as the sultanate of women. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then was transferred to Star TV.


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 the greatest warrior and ruler of his age spreads both to the East and West. With his companion Pargalı İbrahim, Süleyman achieves great victories, and makes his name known in the Muslim World. Süleyman called İbrahim his brother, friend and advisor. The television series shows Süleyman's consolidation of his power: Pargalı İbrahim being grand minister 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 Hafsa Sultan, the valide sultan; Hürrem's rise as Süleyman's favorite while pregnant with his son, her falling from favor several times and her eventual return to grace; Pargalı İbrahim's entanglement with Hatice Sultan, the Sultan's sister, and many others.


The story begins 37 years after the death of Suleiman the Magnificent. It recounts the life of Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan, a female ruler of the Ottoman Empire through her sons and grandson.

Series overview[edit]

Season Timeslot Season premiere Season finale No. of episodes Section range Season's years TV Channel
1 Wednesday 20:00 January 5, 2011 (2011-01-05) June 22, 2011 (2011-06-22) 24 1–24 2011 Show TV
2 Wednesday 20:00 September 14, 2011 (2011-09-14) June 6, 2012 (2012-06-06) 39 25–63 2011–2012 Show TV, Star TV
3 Wednesday 20:00 September 12, 2012 (2012-09-12) June 19, 2013 (2013-06-19) 40 64–103 2012–2013 Star TV
4 Wednesday 20:00 September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18) June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11) 36 104–139 2013–2014 Star TV


The Imperial Family[edit]

Actor name Role name Explanation Seasons Character status
Halit Ergenç Sultan Süleyman I The 10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire 1–4 Major
Meryem Uzerli Hürrem Sultan (Aleksandra) Haseki Sultan and legal wife of Sultan Süleyman, mother of the Sultan's five younger children 1–3 Major
Vahide Perçin 4
Nebahat Çehre Hafsa Sultan Valide Sultan and mother of Sultan Süleyman, Sultan Selim I's widow 1–2 Major
Okan Yalabık Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Süleyman's best friend, Hatice Sultan's husband 1–3 Major
4 Voice only
Nur Fettahoğlu Mahidevran Sultan Sultan Süleyman's consort and the mother of Şehzade Mustafa 1–4 Major
Selma Ergeç Hatice Sultan Sultan Süleyman's sister, İbrahim Pasha's wife, mother of Osman and Huricihan 1–3 Major
Yusuf Berkan Demirbağ Şehzade Mustafa Sultan Süleyman's eldest and Mahidevran Sultan's only child, first heir to the throne 1 Supporting
Tunç Oral 1-2
Mehmet Günsür 2–4 Major
Berrak Tüzünataç Mihrünnisa Sultan Şehzade Mustafa's wife and mother of his son, Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha's daughter 4 Major
Arda Aranat Şehzade Mehmed Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's first child 2–3 Supporting
Gürbey İleri 3 Major
Ayda Acar Mihrimah Sultan Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's only daughter, Rüstem Pasha's wife 1–2 Supporting
Melis Mutluç 2–3
Pelin Karahan 3–4 Major
Ozan Güven Rüstem Pasha Mihrimah Sultan's husband and Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire 3–4 Major
Yiğit Üst Şehzade Selim Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's third child and later the 11th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, father of Murad III 3 Supporting
Engin Öztürk 4 Major
Merve Boluğur Nurbanu Sultan Legal wife of Şehzade Selim, later Valide Sultan of Sultan Murad III 4 Major
Erhan Can Kartal Şehzade Bayezid Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's fourth child 3 Supporting
Aras Bulut İynemli 4 Major
Mina Tuana Güneş Huricihan Sultan Hatice Sultan and Ibrahim Pasha's daughter, Bayezid's cousin and legal wife 3 Supporting
Burcu Özberk 4 Major
Aybars Kartal Özson Şehzade Cihangir Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's fifth and last child 3 Supporting
Tolga Sarıtaş 4 Major
Deniz Çakır Şah Sultan Sultan Süleyman's sister, Lütfi Pasha's wife, Esmehan Sultan's mother 3 Major
Meltem Cumbul Fatma Sultan Sultan Süleyman's sister, Kara Ahmed Pasha's wife 4 Major
Selen Öztürk Gülfem Hatun Sultan Süleyman's first consort and mother of his first child, Hatice Sultan's confidant 1–4 Supporting
Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk Beyhan Sultan Sultan Süleyman's sister, Ferhad Pasha's wife 1–3 Supporting
Yasemin Allen Defne Sultan Şehzade Bayezid's consort and mother of his youngest son 4 Supporting
Ecem Çalık Esmehan Sultan Şah Sultan and Lütfi Pasha's daughter 3 Supporting
Alize Gördüm Nergisşah Sultan Şehzade Mustafa's daughter 4 Supporting
Serhan Onat Şehzade Murad Şehzade Selim and Nurbanu Sultan's son 4 Supporting
Koray Efe Yazgan Şehzade Orhan Şehzade Bayezid's eldest son 4 Supporting
Efe Mehmet Güneş Sultanzade Osman Hatice Sultan and İbrahim Pasha's son 3 Supporting

Statesmen and palace officials[edit]

Actor name Role name Explanation Seasons Character status
Burak Özçivit Malkoçoğlu Balı Bey An Ottoman military commander, in love with Aybige Hatun, Mihrimah's love interest 2–3 Major
Tuncel Kurtiz Ebussuud Efendi Kadı (judge) of Istanbul, later Şeyhülislam efendi (supreme religious leader) 3–4 Major
Tolga Tekin Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha An admiral of the Ottoman Empire and the commander-in-chief of the Navy and the first captain pasha, Mustafa's supporter, Mihrünnisa's father 3–4 Major
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 Major
Yetkin Dikinciler Kara Ahmed Pasha Fatma Sultan's husband and later Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire 4 Supporting
Yıldırım Fikret Urağ Sokollu Mehmed Pasha Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after Semiz Ali Pasha 4 Supporting
Hasan Küçükçetin İskender Çelebi Ottoman finance minister renowned for his wealth, an enemy of İbrahim Pasha 2–3 Supporting
Fehmi Karaarslan Ayas Pasha The vizier for the council, later the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the execution of Ibrahim Pasha 1–3 Supporting
Luran Ahmeti Divane Hüsrev Pasha Second-in-command Vizier, Hatice Sultan's second husband 3 Supporting
İbrahim Raci Öksüz Hadım Suleiman Pasha Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the banishment of Lütfi Pasha 3 Supporting
Fatih Dokgöz Semiz Ali Pasha Şehzade Bayezid's supporter, commander of the Janissary Corps, later a third-in-command vizier and finally the Grand Vizier following Rüstem Pasha's death 4 Supporting
Arif Erkin Güzelbeyoğlu Piri Mehmed Pasha Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire before Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha 1–2 Supporting
Murat Şahan Mustafa Pasha Chief Commander of the Navy before Barbaros, later the vizier of the council 1–3 Supporting
Serdar Orçin Sinan Pasha An admiral of the Ottoman Empire as a Commander in Chief of the Navy, Rüstem Pasha's brother 4 Supporting
Murat Tüzün Hain Ahmed Pasha An Ottoman governor and statesman, rival to Ibrahim Pasha, executed due to treason 1 Supporting
Gürkan Uygun Mimar Sinan Chief architect of Sultan Süleyman 3–4 Supporting
Gökhan Çelebi Ferhad Pasha Beyhan Sultan's husband, executed due to treason 1 Supporting
Kıvanç Kılınç
Adnan Koç Behram Pasha A vizier at the court, Ibrahim's enemy 2 Supporting
Dolunay Soysert Gracia Mendes Nasi A wealthy Jewish woman who became a prominent figure in the politics of the Ottoman Empire 4 Supporting
Tansel Öngel Alvise Gritti A Venetian politician influential in the Hungarian Kingdom and regent of Hungary from 1530 to 1534 1–2 Supporting
Erman Saban 2–3
Ozan Dağgez Mehmet Çelebi Şehzade Mustafa's tutor, Piri Mehmed Pasha's son, Hatice Sultan's fiancé 1 Supporting
Altan Gördüm Bekir Ağa An Ottoman official who was executed under Mustafa's order in Manisa on charges of bribery and incitement 3 Guest appearance

Palace servants and concubines[edit]

Actor name Role name Explanation Seasons Character status
Selim Bayraktar Sümbül Ağa Chief eunuch of the harem and Hürrem Sultan's closest confidant 1–4 Major
Filiz Ahmet Nigar Kalfa Servant and apprentice in the harem, İbrahim's lover and confidant and mother of his daughter Esmanur 1–3 Major
Sabina Toziya Afife Hatun Chief treasurer and leading servant of the harem, Yahya Efendi's mother 3–4 Supporting
Sema Keçik Daye Hatun Valide Sultan's maid 1–2 Supporting
Engin Günaydın Gül Ağa Eunuch that clarifies the harem prohibitions in the first episode, later Hürrem Sultan's confidant 1-2 Supporting
Nihan Büyükağaç Gülşah Hatun Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Hürrem Sultan's maid 1–3 Supporting
Burcü Güner Fahriye Kalfa (Diana) Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Hürrem Sultan's maid 3–4 Supporting
Gamze Dar Fidan Hatun Hürrem Sultan's servant, later Mahidevran Sultan's maid 2–4 Supporting
Gonca Sarıyildiz Fatma Hatun Valide Sultan's and then Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Şehzade Mustafa's concubine, mother of his son Şehzade Süleyman 2–3 Supporting
Saygın Soysal Mercan Ağa Şah Sultan's confidant 3 Supporting
Kübra Kip Canfeda Hatun Nurbanu Sultan's servant and confidant 4 Supporting
Cavit Çetin Güner Gazanfer Ağa Chief eunuch of the Manisa harem, in service of Nurbanu Sultan 4 Supporting
Yüksel Ünal Şeker Ağa Main chef of the palace kitchen 1–3 Supporting
Hayal Köseoğlu Nilüfer Hatun Hürrem Sultan's servant 2 Supporting
Burcu Tuna Gülnihal Hatun (Maria) Hürrem Sultan's childhood friend and servant 1 Supporting
Gökhan Tercanlı Perçem Ağa A guardian of the palace in service of Hürrem Sultan 2–3 Supporting
Melisa Sözen Efsun Hatun (Nora) Hürrem Sultan's servant, in love with Şehzade Mustafa 2 Supporting
Sebahat Kumaş Esma Hatun Hürrem Sultan's servant 1–3 Supporting
Kaya Akkaya Lokman Ağa A servant in Constantinople and later Kütahya harem, in service of Hürrem Sultan 4 Supporting
Ünal Yeter Kiraz Ağa Afife Hatun's servant 3 Supporting
Almeda Abazi Nazenin Hatun (Valeria) Sultan Süleyman's concubine, Raziye Sultan's mother, Nurbanu Sultan's former servant 4 Supporting
Merve Oflaz Ayşe Hatun Sultan Süleyman's concubine, rival to Hürrem Sultan 1 Supporting
Elif Atakan Rümeysa Hatun Şehzade Mustafa's concubine 3 Supporting
Büşra Ayaydın 4
Cemre Ebuzziya Helena Hatun Şehzade Mustafa's concubine 3 Supporting
Serenay Aktaş Ayşe Hatun Şehzade Mustafa's concubine and mother of his daughter Nergisşah Sultan 3 Supporting
Reyhan Taşören Dilşah Hatun Şehzade Selim's concubine, rival to Nurbanu Sultan 4 Supporting
Özge Gürel Rana Sultan Şehzade Bayezid's concubine and mother of the majority of his children 4 Supporting
İrem Helvacıoğlu Nurbahar Hatun (Clara) Şehzade Mehmed's concubine 3 Supporting
Patricya Widlak Cihan Hatun Şehzade Mehmed's concubine 3 Guest appearance
Gözde Türker Safiye Hatun Şehzade Murad's concubine 4 Guest appearance

Otherwise associated to the palace[edit]

Actor name Role name Explanation Seasons Character status
Serkan Altunorak Taşlıcalı Yahya Bey One of the famous poets of the era, Friend and supporter of Şehzade Mustafa 3–4 Major
Sarp Akkaya Atmaca Friend and supporter of Şehzade Mustafa and then Şehzade Bayezid 4 Major
Ezgi Eyüboğlu Aybige Hatun Valide Sultan's niece, Crimean Princess, Balı Bey's love interest 2 Supporting
Fatih Al Matrakçı Nasuh Mathematician, historian, geographer, miniaturist, and inventor, Ibrahim's confidant 1–4 Supporting
Cansu Dere Firuze Hatun (Hümeyra) agent/ her identities: Syriac slave and Safavid princess , in love with Süleyman 3 Supporting
Sermet Yeşil Tahmasp I The 2nd Shah of the Safavid dynasty 4 Supporting
Melike İpek Yalova Isabella Fortuna Princess of Castille, in love with Süleyman 2 Supporting
Yahya Efendi An Ottoman Islamic scholar, Sufi and poet, Afife Hatun's son, Sultan Süleyman's foster-brother 3–4 Supporting
Suat Karausta Zal Mahmut Loyal servant of Rüstem Pasha 4 Supporting
Hilmi Cem İntepe Yavuz A supporter of Şehzade Mustafa, serves Piri Reis together with Atmaca 4 Supporting
Alp Öyken Pope Clement VII Pope of the Roman Catholic Church during that time 1–2 Supporting
Saadet Aksoy Victoria (Sadıka Hatun) A Hungarian countess. An enemy of Sultan Süleyman 1–2 Supporting
Seçkin Özdemir Leo Aleksandra's former fiancé 1 Supporting
Burak Sağyaşar Hekim Pedro A physician who cures Mihrimah's illness and later falls in love with her 4 Supporting
Müjde Uzman Armin Hatun Joşua Effendi's daughter, in love with Bali Bey 2 Supporting
Güner Özkul Rakel Hatun A wealthy Jewish woman who lends the palace money in time of need 2–3 Supporting
Çağkan Çulha İlyas A soldier in service of Şehzade Mehmed who poisons him and causes his death 3 Supporting
Bergüzar Korel Monica Gritti Alvise Gritti's sister 1 Guest appearance
Binnur Kaya Muskacı Hatun A woman who writes amulets and witches 1 Guest appearance
Hümeyra Remmal Elmas A famous astrologer who can tell the future by looking into the sands 2 Guest appearance
Demir Demirkan Deli Sabit Head of the military unit called Deliler in the Mohac battle 2 Guest appearance
Büşra Pekin Şirin Hatun A woman who brings fabrics to the harem 2 Guest appearance

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Local title Network Premiere date Timeslot
 Turkey Mühteşem Yüz Yıl Show TV (Season 1–2)
Star TV (Season 2–4)
January 1, 2011 20:00
 Northern Cyprus Mühteşem Yüz Yıl Show TV (Season 1–2)
Star TV (Season 2–4)
January 1, 2011 20:00
 Arab League حريم السلطان
Hareem Elsultan
OSN Ya Hala (Pay-per-view) December 13, 2011
Dubai TV
 Afghanistan حرم سلطان
Hurrem Sultan
1TV August, 2012
 Albania Sulejmani i Madhërishëm TV Klan 22 January 2020 18:20
 Algeria حريم السلطان (Ḥarīm as-Sulṭān) Echourouk TV
Muhteşem Yüzyıl DTV 2015
 Argentina El sultán Telefe April 24, 2017
 Azerbaijan Möhtəşəm Yüz İl Lider TV December 2011 20:10
 Bangladesh সুলতান সুলেমান
Sultan Suleiman
Deepto TV December 16, 2015 19:30
 Bolivia Suleimán El Sultán Bolivisión March 13, 2017 22:00
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sulejman Veličanstveni Televizija OBN August 22, 2012 20:00
 Bulgaria Великолепният век
Velikolepniyat vek
Diema Family
September 7, 2012
August 29, 2015
 Chile El Sultán Canal 13 December 14, 2014 23:00
 Colombia El Sultán Canal 1 September 10, 2018 22:00
 Croatia Sulejman veličanstveni RTL Televizija August 22, 2012 19:00
 Cyprus ANT1 September, 2012 21:30
 Czech Republic Velkolepé století TV Barrandov December 17, 2011 20:00
 Egypt Al Hayat TV November, 2011
MBC Masr 2014
 Estonia Sajandi armastus Kanal 2 September 1, 2013 20:35
 Greece Σουλεϊμάν ο Μεγαλοπρεπής
Souleiman o Megaloprepis
ANT1 August 28, 2012 (Season 1, 2 3a)
October 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[3] December 22, 2014 22:00
 Iran حريم سلطان
Hareem-e soltan
GEM TV September, 2012 22:00
 Israel הסולטאן
Israel Plus December 2013 19:00
 Italy Il secolo Magnifico Babel TV June, 2013
 Japan オスマン帝国外伝~愛と欲望のハレム〜 Channel Ginga August 7, 2017 0:00, 16:30
 Kazakhstan Сүлеймен сұлтан Хабар March 15, 2012
 Kosovo Sulltani: Shekulli Madhështor RTV21 January, 2012 20:00
 Kyrgyzstan Даңазалуу доор KTRK March 15, 2012
 Lithuania Didingasis amžius LNK September 7, 2013 15:00
 Latvia Lieliskais gadsimts LNT September 17, 2016 21:05
 Macedonia Величествениот султан Kanal 5 December 12, 2011 21:00
 Malaysia Magnificent Century Astro Bella HD Astro Mustika HD (Season 1-2)

Astro Ria (Season 3)

December 4, 2017 23:00 (Season 1-2)

19:00 (Season 3)

 Mexico El Sultán Imagen Television April 3, 2017 21:00
 Morocco Medi 1 TV December 2011
 Mongolia Аугаа зуун Edutainment TV April 2019 22:00
 Montenegro Sulejman Veličanstveni Prva TV
March, 2012
October 11, 2013
 Nicaragua El Sultán Canal 10 May 1, 2017 20:00
 Pakistan میرا سُلطان
Mera Sultan
Geo Kahani May 10, 2013 21:00
حورم اور سُلطان
Hürrem Aur Sultan
ATV 2017[4] 20:00
 Panama El Sultán TVN November 9, 2015 20:00
 Perú El Sultán ATV February 15, 2016 21:00
 Poland Wspaniałe stulecie TVP1 October 6, 2014 15:45
 Romania Suleyman Magnificul: Sub domnia iubirii Kanal D Romania September 12, 2012 20:00
 Russia Великолепный век Domashny January 9, 2012 21:00
 Serbia Сулејман Величанствени
Sulejman Veličanstveni
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
 South Korea 위대한 세기 Welike July 8, 2019 23:20
 Spain El siglo magnífico 1+1 July 7, 2014 21:30
 Tanzania Sultan azam two April 16, 2018 22:00
 Tunisia حريم السلطان
Hareem Elsultan
Nessma TV April, 2013 20:45
 Uzbekistan Muhtasham yuz yil Milliy TV December 10, 2018 21:00
 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



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.[2][5] 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".[2] The Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the show as "an effort to show our history in a negative light to the younger generations."[2] 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.[6] Small groups of Islamists and Nationalists protested the studio but the show remains successful with consistently high ratings.[2]

Elif Batuman wrote in The New Yorker:

"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."[7]

International popularity[edit]

Muhteşem Yüzyıl is reported to have an international audience of 200 million viewers [8] in over 50 countries.

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 Bozovic, 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.[9]

In Greece, the series has become quite popular. It has become so popular that[10][11] 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."[10][12]

In the Republic of North 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.[11][13]

In Chile where the series is called El Sultán (The Sultan) it is aired since December 14 in Canal 13 on prime time with great success. 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.[14] The series debuted right after the penultimate chapter of Los 80, a popular historical family drama produced by Canal 13.

In Pakistan, the show was named میرا سلطان: داستان جلال و جمال (Mera Sultan: Dastan-e-Jalal-o-Jamal; lit. My Emperor: Story of Bravery and Love) and it aired on channel Geo Kahani. Geo Kahani claims that it was the channel's most popular show[15] and received the highest TRPs.[16][17][18][19] However, the channel faced several controversies[20] and serial got banned few times, but still completed the broadcast due to public pressure.[21] The Pakistani drama industry was adversely affected by the popularity of Turkish dramas,[22] and lead actor Halit Ergenç to win first ever International Icon Award in Pakistan's biggest awards show Lux Style Awards in 2017.[23][24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Turkish scriptwriter, actress Meral Okay passes away". Zaman. 2012-04-09. Archived from the original on 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  2. ^ a b c d e Fowler, Suzanne (2011-03-20). "Magnificent Century divides Turkish TV viewers over the life of Süleyman". The Observer. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  3. ^ Media, Septina Arifiani-Solopos Digital. "KING SULEIMAN ANTV : Sukses Hadirkan Bollywood, ANTV Jajal King Suleiman dari Turki". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  4. ^ Hürrem Aur Sultan on ATV. December 22, 2016. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
  5. ^ "Muhtesem Yuzyil "Magnificent Century" takes Turkey by storm". Istanbul View. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  6. ^ Moore, Robbie. "Soap Opera Diplomacy: Turkish TV in Greece". The International. Archived from the original on 15 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  7. ^ Batuman, Elif (9 February 2014). "Ottomania: A Hit TV Show Reimagines Turkey's Imperial Past". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  8. ^ Rohde, David. "In Turkey, Erdogan disrespects dissent". Reuters. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  9. ^ "Turks bewitch the Balkans with their addictive soaps". Balkan Insights. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
  10. ^ a b Greeks tune in to Turkish soap opera, despite critics views, Southeast European Times (, Andy Dabilis and Erisa Dautaj, 10/10/2012
  11. ^ a b Soap Opera Diplomacy: Turkish TV in Greece Archived 2013-02-15 at the Wayback Machine, The International, 12.02.2013
  12. ^ Greek metropolitan bishop warns against Turkish series, Hürriyet Daily News, 18.09.2012
  13. ^ Macedonia bans Turkish soap operas, Hürriyet Daily News, 14.11.2012
  14. ^ La nueva oleada turca: Cinco teleseries se sumarán a la pantalla local, La Tercera.
  15. ^ "New Drama Mera Sultan Getting More Popularity In Pakistan". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
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  17. ^ Hafsa_Khawaja (16 March 2013). "Pakistan Hit by Fever of Turkey's Popular Cultural Export". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  18. ^ Khan, Sadia (10 January 2014). "It's fun to be young: Top Six Turkish Dramas (dubbed in Urdu)". Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Leap in history: There is more to Ottomans than 'Mera Sultan' - The Express Tribune". 11 November 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  20. ^ "Khara Sach 19 May 2014 Blasphemy By Misinterpreting The Holy Quran in Mera Sultan title". 19 May 2014.
  21. ^, Youlin Magazine. "From Mera Sultan to Nisa Sultan". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  22. ^ AP (26 November 2013). "Some in Pakistan threatened by Turkish TV invasion". Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  23. ^ "Here's what's going down at the Lux Style Awards 2017 right now [LIVE]". DAWN Images. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  24. ^ "Halit Ergenç Pakistan'ı fethetti". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017.

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