[Watch] Americans react to Turkish TV series Diriliş Ertuğrul
Turkey currently stands second to the U.S. in TV series exports, with an audience from 146 countries worldwide with more than 150 TV series.
Every nation has several stories ; alluring, captivating narratives that are retold time and again. Over the past decade or so, in Turkey, Ottoman history – the opulence, conquests, and power – has been one of the most popular storylines across the media, especially on TV.
The Turkish drama series Dirilis: Ertugrul has not only been loved by Muslims but it has taken the entire world by storm. Originally released on Turkey’s state channel TRT World (Turkish Radio and Television Corporation) in 2014, the epic saga weaving through 5 seasons and almost 200 episodes were then released with English subtitles on Netflix.
The Pakistani version, dubbed in Urdu and televised in collaboration with PTV as Ertugrul Ghazi, finally made it to Pakistan this year and has possessed the psyche of the entire nation.
Turkish soap operas have been appealing to global audiences for some time, but seldom have any generated the levels of fandom that Diriliş Ertuğrul has. Even more significantly, it is the first to have seriously penetrated the United States of America.
Ever since the show has been available on Netflix, it has gone beyond its original purpose and won a worldwide fan base, including in America, particularly among American Muslims.
“The series has become our family time,” says Duaa Alaraui – an Iraqi American.
Turkey currently stands second to the U.S. in TV series exports, with an audience from 146 countries worldwide with more than 150 TV series. With such growing numbers, Turkey is expected to earn nearly $1 billion in TV series exports by 2023.
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