If you need something new and fun to focus on amidst all the horrible craziness lately, check out the Turkish show Erkenci Kus. I don’t speak Turkish, although it fascinates me and I wish I did, so I watch the show on Facebook by following EK Candem, a site that has all the episodes of the show with English subtitles. There are many versions on YouTube but they can be blocked depending on where you live. I do like to keep the sound up to hear the emotion in the voices and I think I’m picking up a few Turkish words!
It’s a wonderfully nutty story about life in and around an advertising agency in Istanbul and surrounding neighborhoods. The main character is Sanem Aydin, an inexperienced, naive girl from a very traditional Turkish family who takes a job at the ad agency as a “bring-take” person — I think in America we would call that position a go-fer. The oldest son of the agency founder, super sexy world famous photographer Can (Pronounced Dzhan) Divit, returns to Turkey to head the agency in his father’s absence.
The chemistry between Can and Sanem is off the charts, the acting is fabulous, the clothing and jewelry are incredible. There’s drama, comedy, romance, corporate intrigue, adventure, silliness and gorgeous scenery!
The show aired in Turkey in 2018 and 2019 and starred Can Yaman and Demet Ozdemir, both internationally known Turkish stars, although apparently he is Albanian and she is Bulgarian. I don’t know if those things matter, but people write about it, so maybe so. Either way, they are both gorgeous and fun to watch, especially together.
Before you get hooked on this series like I am, I must warn you that each episode is a little over two hours long — no commercials — and there are 51 — yes, I said 51 — episodes! I am currently on Episode 16.
Sometimes — well, maybe every night — I stay up too late watching because I literally HAVE to know what happens next! It’s pure escapism and perfect for what’s happening right now…