Yali Çapkini, or Golden Boy, as you might know it, is a romance drama that was released last year. The show stars Afra Saraçoglu as Seyran Korhan and Mert Ramazan Demir as Ferit Korhan in the main lead roles. Afra Saraçoglu, a phenomenal actress, even won the Best TV Actress Award in 2023 for her acting in the show.
The show follows Ferit and his life that is upturned due to his grandfather’s intervention. As a grandson from a well-established family, Ferit has had everything in his life. He got everything without asking for it, which turned him into a grown man living a life by his own rules.
He lives a carefree life without any strict rules and doesn’t have to worry about anything. But his attitude doesn’t go unnoticed by Halis Aga, his grandfather.
Tired of his grandson’s childish attitude, when Ferit angers his whole family, Halis decides to marry him off. He believes marriage will bring him into line and make him a responsible adult. Seyran is chosen to be his bride, but can marriage really fix a man like Ferit? Or will it only worsen Seyran’s life, a girl who had to leave her whole life behind to adjust to him in his house?
You might have guessed what we are talking about today, so without wasting any more time, let’s get into it straight away. These are our recommendations for those who want more of that Turkish romance, drama, and spicy-ness in their lives: 12 dramas that you can watch now if you enjoy Yali Çapkini and can’t get enough of it.
Cranberry Sorbet [Kizilcik Serbeti]
The 2022 TV Series Cranberry Sorbet was originally titled Kizilcik Serbeti. This Turkish drama first aired on 28 October 2022, Friday. In the show, the lives of two families with the same beliefs and opposite approaches are captured for the viewers. The show begins with Kivilcim, a middle-aged woman who lives with two daughters and is also a high school principal.
As a person who has strong opinions about women’s independence and such, Kivilcim is highly disappointed when her daughter gets pregnant. Later, the same daughter runs away to get married. By portraying a love story between two people from two different, extreme families, the show tries to expose the hypocrisy of people who hide themselves behind different faces we see on a daily basis.
Daydreamer [Erkenci Kus]
This 2018 comedy romance drama is a light-hearted show. Following the messed up life of Sanem, the show talks about several topics such as marriage, jobs, romance, and, of course, love. Sanem is at a crossroads, but not willingly.
She is a bright young girl who dreams of becoming a famous writer one day. As an aspiring writer, she works at her father’s grocery store, which isn’t fun or even her choice. But she must make do with the options she has.
When her parents put an ultimatum before her: get a permanent job or get married, she chooses the first vacant position she can find to work. She joins an advertising agency, where she meets a young man who steals her heart. Soon, love begins to bloom, but how far will she run away just to escape marriage?
Family Secrets [Yargi]
The 2021 crime drama Yargi is a Turkish show, which is also known as The Judgement or Family Secrets. The show follows the lives of Lawyer Ceylin and Prosecutor Ilgaz.
These two breathe to ensure justice is served to those who have been wronged. However, they have quite contradicting ways to achieve it. While Ilgaz is a strict and honest person who follows every rule, Ceylin chooses to be rebellious and unregulated in her ways.
They constantly clash and challenge each other when they are together, but one day, they are forced to fight together. When a murder case comes forward, and every clue points to Ilgaz’s younger brother, the lawyer has no choice but to ask for Ceylin’s help. These two, who have never seen eye to eye, will they succeed at serving justice while ensuring Ilgaz’s brother is safe?
Full Moon [Dolunay]
Full Moon follows Ferit and Nazli, who are the definition of “opposites.” These two paths should have never collided, but one day, when it does, their lives are changed. Ferit is a rich and powerful man who likes to keep his professional life and private life separate.
Nazli is a girl who dreams of becoming a chef. She studies and works hard in order to achieve that dream. The day they first meet, they both are cold and bickering with each other. But when she is hired as a domestic help by Ferit, their lives get complicated. Ferit is fighting to win the custody of his orphaned nephew while she has her own problems to worry about. Will these two find the strength to fight for their love?
Her Yerde Sen
A chaotic romance of mix-ups and misunderstandings, Her Yerde Sen was first aired on Friday, 14 June 2019. The show begins with Demir and Selin, two extremely stubborn people who happen to cross paths one fine day. They are forced to stay together when they both claim to have the right to a house.
But, with these two stubborn people, living is as difficult as it gets. As they try to find a solution to decide on the owner of the house, drama ensues, bringing them closer. Will Demir and Selin ever find a way to find the owner of the house as well as their hearts? It’s a hilarious show about love and ownership. Watch this if you love “love”!
Hear Me [Duy Beni]
Hear Me, also known as Duy Beni, is a romance drama that was released on 7th July 2022. The show follows Ekim and her friends, who receive a scholarship to an exclusive private school. When Ekim’s friend is hit by a car that leads her to a life bound to a wheelchair, news spreads like wildfire.
The culprit makes his way to the private school, which ultimately leads the principal to take quick action that will bury the news. On the first day at the new school, Ekim witnesses a large group of students being violent.
But, shockingly, what affects her most is the bully boy whom she witnesses punching another student. Will Ekim and her friends survive at this prestigious school they once admired from a distance? Or will they learn the dark truths that rot this shiny place?
Love For Rent [Kiralik Ask]
Starring Elçin Sangu as Defne and Baris Arduç as Ӧmer, the main characters in this rom-com, the show follows a weird deal and exchange.
Defne is destitute, living with her small family, and already has a hard time living her life. When her brother gets into debt and ends up as a captive, she has no choice but to make a deal. Desperate to help her brother, she accepts an offer in exchange for the money she needs.
All she needs to do is make Omer, a wealthy shoe designer, fall in love with her and marry her. But the famous businessman might not be an easy person to deal with. Will Defne manage to lure him into a trap before her time runs out?
Love Is In The Air
Another great rom-com, Love Is In The Air or Sen Çal Kapimi, is a 2020 drama starring Hande Erçel as Eda Yildiz. The show follows Eda Yildiz, who won a scholarship to study abroad after securing the first position in her department at the university. She was supposed to move abroad for her last year, but unfortunately, that never happened.
Her scholarship is nullified, and she gets expelled from the university, ending up as a mere high school graduate. When she finds out information about the man who cut her scholarship, she confronts him, but it only begins another round of confusion and deals. She agrees to fake date the man in exchange for the canceled scholarship, but what if it’s not the end for these two?
Mrs. Fazilet And Her Daughters
Mrs. Fazilet And Her Daughters or Fazilet Hanim Ve Kizlari, as originally titled, is a 2017 drama with fifty episodes in total. The show and its cast have won several awards in different categories, too. The drama revolves around Fazilet’s lust for money and her kids, Ece and Hazan.
Hazan, a fitness trainer, has a crush on Sinan, a spoiled guy who doesn’t care about anything—even dreams about becoming a model someday with her mother’s help. Sinan, on the other hand, is already engaged to Nil. Will these kids achieve their dreams, or are they only setting themselves up for heartbreak?
My Name Is Farah [Adim Farah]
My Name Is Farah is an ongoing TV show that follows Farah’s life. The first episode of this show aired on 1st March 2023, Wednesday. The show begins with Farah, a surgeon who had to flee Iran.
She comes to Istanbul, where she begins working as a cleaning worker. She is also pregnant with her son and manages to give birth to him. Even though the kid has a congenital balloon disease, Farah will do anything for her son and his health.
One day, she encounters Tahir Lekesiz and witnesses a tragic event that puts her in a tough spot. While she must decide whether to keep quiet or speak up, Tahir will be forced to decide the fate of her and her son’s lives.
Price Of Passion [Siyah Beyaz Ask]
Price of Passion is an action romance drama that first aired in the year 2017. The show revolves around Ferhat and Asli, two people from two different sides of the world. When Ferhat tries to capture a robber, and the robber ends up getting shot, a doctor is called up to keep the man alive. Asli is a general surgeon who attends to the patient on her friend’s behalf.
When she ends up at Ferhat’s farm, she is reluctant to give into illegal activities but has no choice. She does the surgery and later tries to escape the farm; however, it doesn’t go as planned. As Ferhat and Asli’s lives get intertwined, love might find a way in.
The Family [Aile]
This ongoing action crime drama is a must-watch for fans of Turkish as well as action dramas. The show follows two different people from different sides of the world. One day, when Aslan is on his way to deal with one of his “dark” affairs, he meets Devin, a psychologist. While they learn that they are opposite from each other, they also don’t shy away from the fact that they both share a common problem: their families.
Aslan breaks every rule for Devin from the very first night they meet, which doesn’t go unnoticed by people. His mother is worried that Devin is an approaching danger, a threat to her family. But with surprises lining up Aslan and Devin’s way, will they manage to find their Happily Ever After?
Twist Of Fate [Baht Oyunu]
Twist Of Fate is a 2021 comedy-drama originally titled Baht Oyunu. This drama follows Ada and her love life, which hasn’t lived up to her expectations. As a girl who has grown up with women who believe that they will be happy by marrying their first love, Ada is disappointed to find that she hasn’t experienced that yet. After having not succeeded at doing so, she is determined to change her fate.
When she is abandoned by her first love, instead of letting him go, she decides to win him back. However, the path of fate is filled with twists and turns that even she can’t see coming. When she meets Bora, she is confused between love and fate. In the end, who will win this race: her heart that wants love or her mind that believes differently?
If you enjoyed watching Golden Boy, also known as Yali Çapkini, then we are certain you will enjoy these shows. Whether you’re starting to get into Turkish dramas or are an old fan, we recommend you give these 12 dramas a try!
They are romantic, filled with suspense, and mixed with just enough drama to keep you coming back. From ongoing shows to old shows, you can choose your pick and grab a popcorn tub because it’s going to be a long journey!