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Enjoying Turkish TV shows

We have been binge watching Winter Sun on Netflix and I started Wolf as well. I'm guessing a lot of shows are filmed, or supposed to be taking place in the Istanbul region. Personally I like the avoidance of gratuitous sex, though plenty of violence seems to be permissible. Is the limited sexual content due to self or government imposed censorship? Also, can anyone recommend a show that covers a lot of non-Istanbul Turkish geography?

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Dirilis Ertugrul is super popular in Bulgaria right now, described to me as Turkish Game of Thrones.

Muhteşem Yüzyıl is popular in Bulgaria, my in laws are constantly watching that too.

There is another one that they watch too, lots of rich people's mansions on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Googled around but couldn't find it.

Basically Turkey is the Hollywood of the Middle East and Balkans, their shows are very popular.

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While not a tv show, check out "Once Upon a Time in Anatolia". The film definitely covers non-urban, non-Istanbul settings. https://www.npr.org/2012/01/04/144620075/in-anatolia-a-murder-and-a-meditation-or-three

Yes, Turkish tv does seem to impose some rather funny types of censorship such as large "X" marks appearing in certain body areas that would be tame if shown on European tv channels. I think I even saw an "X" drawn over someone smoking, which was really bizarre, since a lot of Turks smoke.

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If anyone wants to watch Turkish tv shows AND practice your Spanish, check out Telemundo, and Univision has even gotten into the game. The Turkish shows fit in well with telenovelas.