Muhteşem Yüzyıl (Turkish pronunciation: [muhteˈʃem ˈjyzjɯl], English: The Magnificent Century) is a Turkish historical fiction television series. Written by Meral Okay and Yılmaz Şahin, it is based on the life of Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, and his wife Hürrem Sultan, a slave girl who became a Sultana. It also shines the light on the era known as the sultanate of women. It was originally broadcast on Show TV and then transferred to Star TV.
|Also known as||The Magnificent Century|
|Country of origin||Turkey|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||139 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||90-150 min.|
|Production company||Tims Productions|
|Original release||January 5, 2011 –|
June 11, 2014
|Followed by||Muhteşem Yüzyıl: Kösem|
At the age of 26, when his reign began, Sultan Süleyman sought to build an empire more powerful than Alexander the Great and to render the Ottomans invincible. Throughout his 46-year reign, his fame as the greatest warrior and ruler of his age spreads both to the East and West. With his companion Pargalı İbrahim, Süleyman achieves great victories, and makes his name known in the Muslim World. Süleyman called İbrahim his brother, friend and advisor. The television series shows Süleyman's consolidation of his power: Pargalı İbrahim being grand minister of state, reinforcing the rule of law throughout the empire, meeting foreign diplomats, and preparing for military campaigns, all set against the backdrop of the tension between Christian Europe and the Ottoman Empire.
The series also focuses on the relationships among the members of the imperial household. The animosity between Hürrem Sultan and Mahidevran Sultan, mother of the Sultan's eldest son, and the role of Hafsa Sultan, the valide sultan; Hürrem's rise as Süleyman's favorite while pregnant with his son, her falling from favor several times and her eventual return to grace.
The story begins 37 years after the death of Suleiman the Magnificent. It recounts the life of Mahpeyker Kösem Sultan, a female ruler of the Ottoman Empire through her sons and grandson.
|Season||Timeslot||Season premiere||Season finale||No. of episodes||Section range||Season's years||TV Channel|
|1||Wednesday 20:00||January 5, 2011||June 22, 2011||24||1–24||2011||Show TV|
|2||Wednesday 20:00||September 14, 2011||June 6, 2012||39||25–63||2011–2012||Show TV, Star TV|
|3||Wednesday 20:00||September 12, 2012||June 19, 2013||40||64–103||2012–2013||Star TV|
|4||Wednesday 20:00||September 18, 2013||June 11, 2014||36||104–139||2013–2014||Star TV|
The Imperial FamilyEdit
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Seasons||Character status|
|Halit Ergenç||Sultan Süleyman I||The 10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire||1–4||Major|
|Meryem Uzerli||Hürrem Sultan||Haseki Sultan and legal wife of Sultan Süleyman, mother of the Sultan's five younger children||1–3||Major|
|Nebahat Çehre||Hafsa Sultan||Valide Sultan and mother of Sultan Süleyman, Sultan Selim I's widow||1–2||Major|
|Okan Yalabık||Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire, Sultan Süleyman's best friend, Hatice Sultan's husband||1–3||Major|
|Nur Fettahoğlu||Mahidevran Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's consort and the mother of Şehzade Mustafa||1–4||Major|
|Selma Ergeç||Hatice Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, İbrahim Pasha's wife, mother of Osman and Huricihan||1–3||Major|
|Yusuf Berkan Demirbağ||Şehzade Mustafa||Sultan Süleyman's eldest and Mahidevran Sultan's only child, first heir to the throne||1||Supporting|
|Berrak Tüzünataç||Mihrünnisa Sultan||Şehzade Mustafa's wife and mother of his son, Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha's daughter||4||Major|
|Arda Anarat||Şehzade Mehmed||Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's first child||2–3||Supporting|
|Ayda Acar||Mihrimah Sultan||Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's only daughter, Rüstem Pasha's wife||1–2||Supporting|
|Ozan Güven||Rüstem Pasha||Mihrimah Sultan's husband and Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire||3–4||Major|
|Yiğit Üst||Şehzade Selim||Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's third child and later the 11th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire, father of Murad III||3||Supporting|
|Merve Boluğur||Nurbanu Sultan||Legal wife of Şehzade Selim, later Valide Sultan of Sultan Murad III||4||Major|
|Erhan Can Kartal||Şehzade Bayezid||Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's fourth child||3||Supporting|
|Aras Bulut İynemli||4||Major|
|Mina Tuana Güneş||Huricihan Sultan||Hatice Sultan and Ibrahim Pasha's daughter, Bayezid's cousin and legal wife||3||Supporting|
|Aybars Kartal Özson||Şehzade Cihangir||Sultan Süleyman and Hürrem Sultan's fifth and last child||3||Supporting|
|Deniz Çakır||Şah Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, Lütfi Pasha's wife, Esmehan Sultan's mother||3||Major|
|Meltem Cumbul||Fatma Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, Kara Ahmed Pasha's wife||4||Major|
|Selen Öztürk||Gülfem Hatun||Sultan Süleyman's first consort and mother of his first child, Hatice Sultan's confidant, chief treasurer of the harem||1–4||Supporting|
|Pınar Çağlar Gençtürk||Beyhan Sultan||Sultan Süleyman's sister, Ferhad Pasha's wife||1–3||Supporting|
|Yasemin Allen||Defne Sultan||Şehzade Bayezid's consort and mother of his youngest son||4||Supporting|
|Ecem Çalık||Esmehan Sultan||Şah Sultan and Lütfi Pasha's daughter||3||Supporting|
|Alize Gördüm||Nergisşah Sultan||Şehzade Mustafa's daughter||4||Supporting|
|Serhan Onat||Şehzade Murad||Şehzade Selim and Nurbanu Sultan's son||4||Supporting|
|Koray Efe Yazgan||Şehzade Orhan||Şehzade Bayezid's eldest son||4||Supporting|
|Efe Mehmet Güneş||Sultanzade Osman||Hatice Sultan and İbrahim Pasha's son||3||Supporting|
Statesmen and palace officialsEdit
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Seasons||Character status|
|Burak Özçivit||Malkoçoğlu Balı Bey||An Ottoman military commander, in love with Aybige Hatun, Mihrimah's love interest||2–3||Major|
|Tuncel Kurtiz||Ebussuud Efendi||Kadı (judge) of Istanbul, later Şeyhülislam efendi (supreme religious leader)||3–4||Major|
|Tolga Tekin||Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha||An admiral of the Ottoman Empire and the commander-in-chief of the Navy and the first captain pasha, Mustafa's supporter, Mihrünnisa's father||3–4||Major|
|Mehmet Özgür||Lütfi Pasha||Şah Sultan's husband and later Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the death of Ayas Pasha, Esmehan's father||3||Major|
|Yetkin Dikinciler||Kara Ahmed Pasha||Fatma Sultan's husband and later Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire||4||Supporting|
|Yıldırım Fikret Urağ||Sokollu Mehmed Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after Semiz Ali Pasha||4||Supporting|
|Hasan Küçükçetin||İskender Çelebi||Ottoman finance minister renowned for his wealth, an enemy of İbrahim Pasha||2–3||Supporting|
|Fehmi Karaarslan||Ayas Pasha||The vizier for the council, later the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the execution of Ibrahim Pasha||1–3||Supporting|
|Luran Ahmeti||Divane Hüsrev Pasha||Second-in-command Vizier, Hatice Sultan's second husband||3||Supporting|
|İbrahim Raci Öksüz||Hadım Suleiman Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire after the banishment of Lütfi Pasha||3||Supporting|
|Fatih Dokgöz||Semiz Ali Pasha||Şehzade Bayezid's supporter, commander of the Janissary Corps, later a third-in-command vizier and finally the Grand Vizier following Rüstem Pasha's death||4||Supporting|
|Arif Erkin Güzelbeyoğlu||Piri Mehmed Pasha||Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire before Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha||1–2||Supporting|
|Murat Şahan||Mustafa Pasha||Chief Commander of the Navy before Barbaros, later the vizier of the council||1–3||Supporting|
|Serdar Orçin||Sinan Pasha||An admiral of the Ottoman Empire as a Commander in Chief of the Navy, Rüstem Pasha's brother||4||Supporting|
|Murat Tüzün||Hain Ahmed Pasha||An Ottoman governor and statesman, rival to Ibrahim Pasha, executed due to treason||1||Supporting|
|Gürkan Uygun||Mimar Sinan||Chief architect of Sultan Süleyman||3–4||Supporting|
|Gökhan Çelebi||Ferhad Pasha||Beyhan Sultan's husband, executed due to treason||1||Supporting|
|Adnan Koç||Behram Pasha||A vizier at the court, Ibrahim's enemy||2||Supporting|
|Dolunay Soysert||Gracia Mendes Nasi||A wealthy Jewish woman who became a prominent figure in the politics of the Ottoman Empire||4||Supporting|
|Tansel Öngel||Alvise Gritti||A Venetian politician influential in the Hungarian Kingdom and regent of Hungary from 1530 to 1534||1–2||Supporting|
|Ozan Dağgez||Mehmet Çelebi||Şehzade Mustafa's tutor, Piri Mehmed Pasha's son, Hatice Sultan's fiancé||1||Supporting|
|Altan Gördüm||Bekir Ağa||An Ottoman official who was executed under Mustafa's order in Manisa on charges of bribery and incitement||3||Guest appearance|
Palace servants and concubinesEdit
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Seasons||Character status|
|Selim Bayraktar||Sümbül Ağa||Chief eunuch of the harem and Hürrem Sultan's closest confidant||1–4||Major|
|Filiz Ahmet||Nigar Kalfa||Servant and apprentice in the harem, İbrahim's lover and confidant and mother of his daughter Esmanur||1–3||Major|
|Sema Keçik||Daye Hatun||Valide Sultan's maid and chief treasurer of the harem, Sultan Süleyman's nanny||1–2||Supporting|
|Sabina Toziya||Afife Hatun||Chief treasurer and leading servant of the harem, Yahya Efendi's mother and Sultan Süleyman's wet nurse||3–4||Supporting|
|Engin Günaydın||Gül Ağa||Eunuch that clarifies the harem prohibitions in the first episode, later Hürrem Sultan's confidant||1-2||Supporting|
|Nihan Büyükağaç||Gülşah Hatun||Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Hürrem Sultan's maid||1–3||Supporting|
|Burcü Güner||Fahriye Kalfa (Diana)||Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Hürrem Sultan's maid||3–4||Supporting|
|Gamze Dar||Fidan Hatun||Hürrem Sultan's servant, later Mahidevran Sultan's maid||2–4||Supporting|
|Gonca Sarıyildiz||Fatma Hatun||Valide Sultan's and then Mahidevran Sultan's maid, later Şehzade Mustafa's concubine, mother of his son Şehzade Süleyman||2–3||Supporting|
|Saygın Soysal||Mercan Ağa||Şah Sultan's confidant||3||Supporting|
|Kübra Kip||Canfeda Hatun||Nurbanu Sultan's servant and confidant||4||Supporting|
|Cavit Çetin Güner||Gazanfer Ağa||Chief eunuch of the Manisa harem, in service of Nurbanu Sultan||4||Supporting|
|Yüksel Ünal||Şeker Ağa||Main chef of the palace kitchen||1–3||Supporting|
|Hayal Köseoğlu||Nilüfer Hatun||Hürrem Sultan's servant||2||Supporting|
|Burcu Tuna||Gülnihal Hatun (Maria)||Hürrem Sultan's childhood friend and servant||1||Supporting|
|Gökhan Tercanlı||Perçem Ağa||A guardian of the palace in service of Hürrem Sultan||2–3||Supporting|
|Melisa Sözen||Efsun Hatun (Nora)||Hürrem Sultan's servant, in love with Şehzade Mustafa||2||Supporting|
|Sebahat Kumaş||Esma Hatun||Hürrem Sultan's servant||1–3||Supporting|
|Kaya Akkaya||Lokman Ağa||A servant in Constantinople and later Kütahya harem, in service of Hürrem Sultan||4||Supporting|
|Ünal Yeter||Kiraz Ağa||Afife Hatun's servant||3||Supporting|
|Almeda Abazi||Nazenin Hatun (Valeria)||Sultan Süleyman's concubine, Raziye Sultan's mother, Nurbanu Sultan's former servant||4||Supporting|
|Merve Oflaz||Ayşe Hatun||Sultan Süleyman's concubine, rival to Hürrem Sultan||1||Supporting|
|Elif Atakan||Rümeysa Hatun||Şehzade Mustafa's concubine||3||Supporting|
|Cemre Ebuzziya||Helena Hatun||Şehzade Mustafa's concubine||3||Supporting|
|Serenay Aktaş||Ayşe Hatun||Şehzade Mustafa's concubine and mother of his daughter Nergisşah Sultan||3||Supporting|
|Reyhan Taşören||Dilşah Hatun||Şehzade Selim's concubine, rival to Nurbanu Sultan||4||Supporting|
|Özge Gürel||Rana Sultan||Şehzade Bayezid's concubine and mother of the majority of his children||4||Supporting|
|İrem Helvacıoğlu||Nurbahar Hatun (Clara)||Şehzade Mehmed's concubine||3||Supporting|
|Patricya Widlak||Cihan Hatun||Şehzade Mehmed's concubine||3||Guest appearance|
|Gözde Türker||Safiye Hatun||Şehzade Murad's concubine||4||Guest appearance|
Otherwise associated to the palaceEdit
|Actor name||Role name||Explanation||Seasons||Character status|
|Serkan Altunorak||Taşlıcalı Yahya Bey||One of the famous poets of the era, Friend and supporter of Şehzade Mustafa||3–4||Major|
|Sarp Akkaya||Atmaca||Friend and supporter of Şehzade Mustafa and then Şehzade Bayezid||4||Major|
|Ezgi Eyüboğlu||Aybige Hatun||Valide Sultan's niece, Crimean Princess, Balı Bey's love interest||2||Supporting|
|Fatih Al||Matrakçı Nasuh||Mathematician, historian, geographer, miniaturist, and inventor, Ibrahim's confidant||1–4||Supporting|
|Cansu Dere||Firuze Hatun (Hümeyra)||agent/ her identities: Syriac slave and Safavid princess , in love with Süleyman||3||Supporting|
|Sermet Yeşil||Tahmasp I||The 2nd Shah of the Safavid dynasty||4||Supporting|
|Melike İpek Yalova||Isabella Fortuna||Princess of Castille, in love with Süleyman||2||Supporting|
|Hamdi Alkan||Yahya Efendi||An Ottoman Islamic scholar, Sufi and poet, Afife Hatun's son, Sultan Süleyman's foster-brother||3–4||Supporting|
|Suat Karausta||Zal Mahmut||Loyal servant of Rüstem Pasha||4||Supporting|
|Hilmi Cem İntepe||Yavuz||A supporter of Şehzade Mustafa, serves Piri Reis together with Atmaca||4||Supporting|
|Alp Öyken||Pope Clement VII||Pope of the Roman Catholic Church during that time||1–2||Supporting|
|Saadet Aksoy||Victoria (Sadıka Hatun)||A Hungarian countess. An enemy of Sultan Süleyman||1–2||Supporting|
|Seçkin Özdemir||Leo||A Ukraninan painter, Aleksandra's former fiancé||1||Supporting|
|Burak Sağyaşar||Hekim Pedro||A physician who cures Mihrimah's illness and later falls in love with her||4||Supporting|
|Müjde Uzman||Armin Hatun||Joşua Effendi's daughter, a Jewish girl who falls in love with Bali Bey||2||Supporting|
|Güner Özkul||Rakel Hatun||A wealthy Jewish woman who lends the palace money in time of need||2–3||Supporting|
|Çağkan Çulha||İlyas||A soldier in service of Şehzade Mehmed who poisons him and causes his death||3||Supporting|
|Bergüzar Korel||Monica Gritti||Alvise Gritti's sister||1||Guest appearance|
|Binnur Kaya||Muskacı Hatun||A woman who writes amulets and witches||1||Guest appearance|
|Hümeyra||Remmal Elmas||A famous astrologer who can tell the future by looking into the sands||2||Guest appearance|
|Demir Demirkan||Deli Sabit||Head of the military unit called Deliler in the Mohac battle||2||Guest appearance|
|Büşra Pekin||Şirin Hatun||A woman who brings fabrics to the harem||2||Guest appearance|
|Country||Local title||Network||Premiere date||Timeslot|
|Turkey||Muhteşem Yüzyıl||Show TV (Season 1–2)
Star TV (Season 2–4)
|January 1, 2011||20:00|
|Northern Cyprus||Muhteşem Yüzyıl||Show TV (Season 1–2)
Star TV (Season 2–4)
|January 1, 2011||20:00|
|Arab League||حريم السلطان
|OSN Ya Hala (Pay-per-view)||December 13, 2011|
|Albania||Sulejmani i Madhërishëm||TV Klan||22 January 2020||18:20|
|Algeria||حريم السلطان (Ḥarīm as-Sulṭān)||Echourouk TV|
|Argentina||El sultán||Telefe||April 24, 2017|
|Azerbaijan||Möhtəşəm Yüz İl||Lider TV||December 2011||20:10|
|Deepto TV||December 16, 2015||19:30|
|Bolivia||Suleimán El Sultán||Bolivisión||March 13, 2017||22:00|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||Sulejman Veličanstveni||Televizija OBN||August 22, 2012||20:00|
|September 7, 2012
August 29, 2015
|Chile||El Sultán||Canal 13||December 14, 2014||23:00|
|Colombia||El Sultán||Canal 1||September 10, 2018||22:00|
|Croatia||Sulejman veličanstveni||RTL Televizija||August 22, 2012||19:00|
|Czech Republic||Velkolepé století||TV Barrandov||December 17, 2011||20:00|
|Egypt||Al Hayat TV||November, 2011|
|Estonia||Sajandi armastus||Kanal 2||September 1, 2013||20:35|
|Greece||Σουλεϊμάν ο Μεγαλοπρεπής
Souleiman o Megaloprepis
|ANT1||August 28, 2012 (Season 1, 2 3a)
October 21, 2013 (Season 3b)
June 10, 2014 (Season 4)
|21:30 (Season 1,2,3)|
22:15 (Season 4)
|Georgia||დიდებული საუკუნე||Maestro TV||September, 2013||21:45|
|Hungary||Szulejmán||RTL Klub||January 4, 2013||21:30|
|Indonesia||Abad Kejayaan/King Suleiman||antv||December 22, 2014||22:00|
|GEM TV||September, 2012||22:00|
|Israel Plus||December 2013||19:00|
|Italy||Il secolo Magnifico||Babel TV||June, 2013|
|Japan||オスマン帝国外伝～愛と欲望のハレム〜||Channel Ginga||August 7, 2017||0:00, 16:30|
|Kazakhstan||Сүлеймен сұлтан||Хабар Astana TV||March 15, 2012 / May 6, 2020||21:00|
|Kosovo||Sulltani: Shekulli Madhështor||RTV21||January, 2012||20:00|
|Kyrgyzstan||Даңазалуу доор||KTRK||March 15, 2012|
|Lithuania||Didingasis amžius||LNK||September 7, 2013||15:00|
|Latvia||Lieliskais gadsimts||LNT||September 17, 2016||21:05|
|Macedonia||Величествениот султан||Kanal 5||December 12, 2011||21:00|
|Malaysia||Magnificent Century||Astro Bella HD Astro Mustika HD (Season 1-2)
Astro Ria (Season 3)
|December 4, 2017||23:00 (Season 1-2)
19:00 (Season 3)
|Mexico||El Sultán||Imagen Television||April 3, 2017||21:00|
|Morocco||Medi 1 TV||December 2011|
|Mongolia||Аугаа зуун||Edutainment TV||April 2019||22:00|
|Montenegro||Sulejman Veličanstveni||Prva TV
October 11, 2013
|Nicaragua||El Sultán||Canal 10||May 1, 2017||20:00 |
|Geo Kahani||May 10, 2013||21:00|
|حورم اور سُلطان
Hürrem Aur Sultan
|Panama||El Sultán||TVN||November 9, 2015||20:00|
|Perú||El Sultán||ATV||February 15, 2016||21:00|
|Poland||Wspaniałe stulecie||TVP1||October 6, 2014||15:45|
|Romania||Suleyman Magnificul: Sub domnia iubirii||Kanal D Romania||September 12, 2012||20:00|
|Russia||Великолепный век||Domashny||January 9, 2012||21:00|
|February 9, 2012
September 1, 2013
December 17, 2013
September 19, 2014
|Slovakia||Sultán||TV Doma||December 15, 2011||20:30|
|Slovenia||Sulejman Veličastni||Planet TV||March 5, 2013||12:50|
|South Korea||위대한 세기||Welike||July 8, 2019||23:20|
|Spain||El siglo magnífico||1+1||July 7, 2014||21:30|
|Tanzania||Sultan||azam two||April 16, 2018||22:00|
|Nessma TV||April, 2013||20:45|
|Uzbekistan||Muhtasham yuz yil||Milliy TV||December 10, 2018||21:00|
|Ukraine||Величне століття. Роксолана||1+1||October 3, 2012||17:15|
|USA||Suleimán - El Gran sultán||MundoFox||July 1, 2014||20:00|
|Vietnam||Thời đại hoàng kim - The Golden Age||HTV7||February 4, 2015||11:00|
The show generated controversy and complaints from some viewers, for what they referred to as a "disrespectful", "indecent" and "hedonistic" portrayal of the historical sultan. Turkey's Radio and Television Supreme Council, known as RTÜK, claimed they had received over 70,000 complaints about the show and warned Show TV to publicly apologise for wrongly exposing "the privacy of a historical person". The Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan condemned the show as "an effort to show our history in a negative light to the younger generations." An MP for the governing Justice and Development Party, Oktay Saral, went further, threatening to outlaw the "misrepresentation of historical figures" in shows such as Muhteşem Yüzyıl. Small groups of Islamists and Nationalists protested the studio but the show remains successful with consistently high ratings.
"On the surface, 'Magnificent Century' looks like a quintessential product of the Erdoğan years. Thanks to Erdoğan's economic policies, Turkey has a thriving television industry, capable of staging elaborate period dramas, and a prosperous family-oriented middle class of observant Muslims eager to watch their own values reflected in a historical imperial setting. And, much as Erdoğan's foreign policy has promoted relations with former Ottoman lands, the show has conquered large audiences in Balkan, Caucasian, and Arab countries not known for their fond memory of Ottoman rule. Broadcast to more than two hundred million viewers in fifty-two countries, "Magnificent Century" has accomplished one of Erdoğan's main goals: Making a powerful, non-secularist, globally involved version of Turkey both plausible and appealing.... And yet Erdoğan is not a fan. In late 2012, at the opening of a provincial airport he took a moment to condemn the show's depiction of Süleyman, as well as its directors and broadcasters, hinting at severe judicial repercussions."
According to the report of Radio Free Asia, some Uyghur people were arrested for watching the series in 2020, as the Chinese government considered that it might encourage the thought of the Xinjiang Independence.
Muhteşem Yüzyıl is reported to have an international audience of 200 million viewers  in over 50 countries.
The show is part of an ongoing revival of Turkish culture in the Balkans through imported TV shows from Turkey, such as Öyle Bir Geçer Zaman Ki ("As time goes by", number one TV show in North Macedonia), or Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne? ("What is Fatmagül's fault"), which was top ranked TV show in Kosovo 2012. Serbian sociologist Ratko Bozovic explains the popularity by pointing at the traditional, patriarchal values of the Turkish shows, and the many cultural and linguistic similarities between Turkey and the Balkan countries: "The mentality depicted in those shows has to do with a traditional understanding of morality that people in Serbia remember at some level." According to Bozovic, all Balkan countries have seen dramatic changes in terms of family life, and the Turkish shows help them recall value systems that now seem lost.
In Greece, the series has become quite popular. It has become so popular that Bishop Anthimos of Thessaloniki and the Golden Dawn party condemned the show and urged Greeks not to watch it. "No one should watch Muhteşem Yüzyıl, The Magnificent Century," Anthimos said. He added, "By watching the Turkish series we are telling them we have surrendered."
In the Republic of North Macedonia, Turkish series have become so popular, that the Macedonian parliament has moved to ban Turkish soaps to reduce the Turkish impact on Macedonian society. Turkish series will gradually be removed and replaced by national programs, according to a 2012 bill.
In Chile where the series is called El Sultán (The Sultan) it is aired since December 14 in Canal 13 on prime time with great success. The Spanish voice of Süleyman is the same as the one of Onur in the Turkish soap opera Las mil y una noches. The series is part of a wave of Turkish soap operas that have become popular in Chilean TV. The series debuted right after the penultimate chapter of Los 80, a popular historical family drama produced by Canal 13.
In Pakistan, the show was named میرا سلطان: داستان جلال و جمال (Mera Sultan: Dastan-e-Jalal-o-Jamal; lit. My Emperor: Story of Bravery and Love) and it aired on channel Geo Kahani. Geo Kahani claims that it was the channel's most popular show and received the highest TRPs. However, the channel faced several controversies and serial got banned few times, but still completed the broadcast due to public pressure. The Pakistani drama industry was adversely affected by the popularity of Turkish dramas, and lead actor Halit Ergenç to win first ever International Icon Award in Pakistan's biggest awards show Lux Style Awards in 2017.
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