What do young Turks watch on TV?
in: magazine Disbook #2 for TV content fair Discop West Asia, 5-7 March in Istanbul
New frontiers of television pop culture
Interviews with Turks on their favorite TV channels and shows, Turkish and international
Istanbul is buzzing and has elbowed its way into the global economy. What was once an outpost on the edge of Europe is rebranding itself as a regional magnet. “Istanbul is a country, not a city”, says its mayor Kadir Topbas. A city of 12.8 million residents (the actual number is believed to be as high as 16 million) whose average age is younger than all of Turkey’s is at 29 years old. Discover the faces of these young adults from Istanbul and learn what they watch on TV and ‘how’ they watch it in our ‘Street Talks’ report.
Occupation: IT engineer
Do you watch a lot of tv? Yes. In the morning music channels. In the evening movies and shows.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? Some Turkish. More often international programs. Most Turkish tv is too chaotic for me; that’s annoying.
What are you favorite tv shows? Foreign movies and documentaries on Moviemax, E-2, CNBC-e and National Geographic. I like the Turkish comedy series ‘Yalan Dünya’, because it makes intelligent jokes about Turks. ‘Behzat Ç’, a good police series about a lovable anti-hero in Ankara with lots of slang, is also one of my favorites.
Favorite tv personality? Charlie Sheen. He has a bad boy’s image, but he doesn’t care and lives his life the way he wants.
Do you watch a lot of tv? On average two hours a day.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? Both Turkish and foreign shows.
What are you favorite tv shows? Turkish political talk show ‘Siyaset Meydani’, the soap series ‘Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki’, that has a great screenplay and good acting and makes my wife and me cry nearly every week. The Turkish comedy series ‘Leyla ile Mecnun’. And I watch with great pleasure ‘Dexter’ and ‘Lost’.
Favorite tv personality? Character Benjamin Linus portrayed by Michael Emerson on the ABC television series ‘Lost’.
Do you watch a lot of tv? About 3 hours a day.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? Most of the time I watch international TV. Only a quarter of my time in front of the television I watch Turkish programs, because I don’t want to cry and be upset. I want to watch TV for entertainment and to learn something.
What are you favorite TV shows? I love all CSI series. Also Dexter, ice skating, American fantasy television series ‘Game of Thrones’ and everything on Animal Planet.
Favorite TV personality? Jack Nicholson. I love the way he is acting with his eyes.
Occupation: Bar manager and actor
Do you watch a lot of TV? Yes, when I have time at least two hours a day.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? International shows most, because my wife is a foreigner, so we can watch together, and international shows make more quality in general than Turkish channels.
What are you favorite TV shows? Dexter, The Big Bang Theory, Breaking Bad, Spartacus and CSI, because of the good scenarios and the quality of the acting.
Favorite TV personality? Jim Parsons, who plays Sheldon Cooper on the television series The Big Bang Theory. He is so clever. For me he is the crazy face of normal human beings.
Occupation: Writer and journalist
Do you watch a lot of TV? Close to three hours a day.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? I watch most Turkish news, political current affairs programs, and football.
What are you favorite TV shows? All news channels. The best are CNN Türk and Habertürk. I love Discovery Channel and documentaries about wild life. I watch those together with my two daughters. Sometimes a Turkish drama series like Hanımın Çiftliği. It has been adapted from Orhan Kemal’s novel with the same title.
Favorite tv personality? Turkish comedic actor Şafak Sezer. I laugh a lot when I see him playing. And I adore Robert de Niro. He is fabulous in all genres he acts.
Occupation: Actress, TV producer, model, Master of Laws (LLM).
Do you watch a lot of TV? Four hours daily.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? Most of the time American TV and movies. Some Turkish TV dramas.
What are you favorite tv shows? Talk show Dr. Phil, because I love psychology and real life stories. The Ellen DeGeneres show, and the sitcoms Everybody Loves Raymond and Two and a Half Men. On Discovery Channel: The FBI Files. On Turkish tv the funny game show ‘Ben Bilmem Eşim Bilir’, the historical soap opera series ‘Muhteşem Yüzyıl’ (Magnificent Century), and the drama series ‘Kuzey Güney’.
Favorite tv personality? Oprah Winfrey. I watched her talk shows for many years, since I was a young girl. I love her because she often discussed taboo subjects and had very interesting guests. She always wanted to teach the public something.
Occupation: Tour guide and business advisor
Do you watch a lot of TV? Yes. Close to five hours a day.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? Only Turkish TV. I don’t like foreign shows.
What are you favorite TV shows? Turkish drama series like ‘Muhteşem Yüzyıl’ (Magnificent Century), ‘Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki’ and ‘Karadayı’ are my favorite shows. I love Hürrem Sultan who started as a concubine and became the wife of Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. Her acting and the slightly different way she speaks Turkish is so great!
Favorite TV personality? Tour guide and award winning travel writer Saffet Emre Tonguç is definitely my favorite. He showed several famous foreign guests around in Istanbul, like Robert Redford.
Occupation: Business and management consultant. Owner of Solutions For You.
Do you watch a lot of TV? For entertainment in the evening I watch on average one to two hours.
When you watch, you watch Turkish shows or international shows? Turkish channels only. In the office the TV is on CNBC-e or Bloomberg the whole day for news on business and economy, because I want to be up to date on all developments.
What are you favorite TV shows? I love drama series like ‘Kayıp Şehir’ (Lost City), because it is about a family from the countryside trying to adapt to the big city life. A very interesting theme. I like the Magnificent Century, ‘Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki’ as well, because of the acting and to see how things were in the past.
Favorite TV personality? Actor Burak Özçivit, who plays a small role in The Magnificent Century, and because he is my neighbor!
Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec