Turkish TV shows are export hits, but what is their deeper message?

The recipe for success for many typical Turkish TV series is no secret: Good versus evil, with the good guys winning. And the formula seems to sell: state broadcaster TRT says Turkey is beaten only by the United States when it comes to selling shows abroad. Revenue from Turkish TV exports is expected to reach 1 billion dollars in 2023, according to the state news agency Anadolu. Especially Arabic-speaking audiences adore the dramas that come out of Turkey. One example of smashing success abroad was the historical fiction series “Dirilis: Ertugrul” (“Resurrection: Ertugrul”), according to TRT w…

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