1001 Nights

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  • TV-PG
  • 2006
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.3  (3,425)

1001 Nights, known as "Binbir Gece" in Turkish, was a popular Turkish drama series that aired on Kanal D from 2006 to 2009. With a variety of themes, including love, family, power, and betrayal, 1001 Nights captured the hearts of millions, not just in Turkey, but worldwide. The show introduced viewers to the rich tapestry of Turkish culture, combining modern aspects with traditional values.

The story centers around the life of Sehrazat, a talented young architect who works in a prominent construction company, Binyapi, headed by Onur Aksal. The opening plotline revolves around Sehrazat's struggle to raise money for her son's expensive medical treatment. As a widowed single mother, Sehrazat is seen juggling her role as a mother who would do anything for her child, and a professional architect who is trying to make her mark in a fiercely competitive corporate atmosphere.

Onur Aksal, the ambitious and charming CEO of the company, is smitten by Sehrazat's beauty and passion for her work. He is characterized as a business-focused man who is used to getting what he wants. However, his admiration for Sehrazat brings forward a more compassionate and tender side to him. He offers her the money she desperately needs for her son's treatment, initiating a complex, passionate love story that forms the backbone of this series.

One of the major attractions of 1001 Nights is its unique take on love. Unlike many other romantic dramas, this show builds its love story with a raw and realistic approach. It does not shy away from showing the dilemmas and decisions each character is faced with. It expertly portrays the love between Sehrazat and Onur, filled with ups and downs, passion, and misunderstandings, mirroring real-life relationship dynamics.

The title '1001 Nights,' inspired by the famous Arabic folk tale compilation of the same name, alludes to the storytelling motif of the series. Throughout the show, the viewers are gradually drawn into the intricate tales of the characters' lives. Each episode seems like a vivid narrative, told in a captivating and engaging manner, similar to the enchanting tales in the original '1001 Nights.'

The supporting cast of the series further enriches the plot. Characters like Kerem, Sehrazat’s workmate who loves her silently, Burcu, Onur’s intrusive sister, and more, play significant parts in shaping the narrative. Each one is part of a sub-plot that enhances the complexity of the main story, leading the series into diverse directions and consistently keeping the audience hooked.

Complementing the compelling plot of the show is a mesmerizing backdrop of Istanbul’s scenic beauty. The portrayal of modern Istanbul along with its historic charms adds texture to the storyline. The viewers travel through the city’s picturesque streets, bazaars, and coastlines, providing a brief glimpse into the Turkish urban lifestyle.

The glamour and grandeur of the series are skillfully balanced with traditional Turkish values that play a significant part in the storyline. The series successfully bridges the gap between modernism and traditionality in the Turkish society, providing a nuanced overview of Turkish culture that is rarely seen in similar television series.

Moreover, the inclusion of the world of construction and architecture as the professional backdrop for the series, allows viewers insights into a profession that is not typically explored by popular television dramas. This gives the series a unique angle and maintains the viewer's curiosity about both the personal and professional lives of characters.

'1001 Nights' is an amalgamation of powerful storytelling, rich culture, and intricate character arcs, wrapped in a visually appealing package. Its captivating storyline paired with a strong cast and crew resulted in a show that was not only celebrated in its home country of Turkey but also received appreciation from audiences globally, thanks to its subtitled versions available in many languages. Its popularity led it to be telecast in more than 50 countries, restating the universal appeal of the series.

In conclusion, 1001 Nights presents its spectators with a vibrant combination of love, emotion, powerplay, and culture. Well-crafted in its narrative and filmed with artistic finesse, it serves as a remarkable example of Turkish drama television.

1001 Nights is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (62 episodes). The series first aired on November 7, 2006.

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Sinbad Forever / One Thousand and One Nights
13. Sinbad Forever / One Thousand and One Nights
April 16, 2013
When Sinbad destroys the Queen's fleet, he gets stripped of his rank and becomes homeless. Then, the story of how the book of 1001 Nights came to be.
Three Tales of a Daydreaming Girl / Abu Mohammad Lazybones
12. Three Tales of a Daydreaming Girl / Abu Mohammad Lazybones
June 27, 2012
A second set of shorts about a cat who befriends a bird, a genie-in-training, and a little pickpocket who finds kindness in others. In another tale, a simpleton rises to become the leader of a town without trying to.
The Tale of the Haunted Palace / Habib and the Baby Genie
11. The Tale of the Haunted Palace / Habib and the Baby Genie
April 2, 2013
When their wagon breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Shahryar, Shahrzad, Shahzaman, and Donyazad are forced to spend the night in a haunted palace. Later, a baby genie and a human genie are switched at birth.
The Man Who Went Back in Time / The Schoolmaster
10. The Man Who Went Back in Time / The Schoolmaster
March 26, 2013
A man complains his life would have been better if he'd been given his neighbor's's lucky breaks. When he gets the chance to go back in time and change things, however, he realizes it's not as easy as he imagined. Later, a con man lies his way into a job as a Schoolmaster and learns an unexpected lesson about the value of integrity.
The King Who Outlawed Laughter / Sinbad and the Black Diamond
9. The King Who Outlawed Laughter / Sinbad and the Black Diamond
March 17, 2013
A king tries to execute his prisoners but no matter what he does, he is unable to kill them. In another tale, Sinbad is off once more on a hilarious adventure. This time he battles the dread pirate Santiago for a mysterious black diamond that possesses strange powers.
The King Who Became a Slave / The Spoon That Ruined Everything
8. The King Who Became a Slave / The Spoon That Ruined Everything
May 16, 2012
A king learns what happens when he's out of touch with his people. In another tale, people in a small community see a spoon for the first time and begin to fight over it.
Arman the Cheat / Abu Hassan's Legendary Wedding
7. Arman the Cheat / Abu Hassan's Legendary Wedding
March 5, 2013
When a young boy gets away with cheating, he decides that crime really does pay. Later, a wedding goes horribly wrong when the groom appears to have uncontrollable flatulence.
The Riddle of the Ruined Tomb / The Merchant and the Pickpocket
6. The Riddle of the Ruined Tomb / The Merchant and the Pickpocket
May 10, 2012
Three witnesses to a crime each give different accounts about what really happened. Then, a young pickpocket learns that there is no honor among thieves.
The Tale of the Mountain and the Valley / Three Tales of a Daydreaming Boy
5. The Tale of the Mountain and the Valley / Three Tales of a Daydreaming Boy
May 10, 2012
A silly rumor spreads like wildfire through two communities, causing them to go to war with each other. Later, Shahrzad tells a set of three shorts about two artists who compete for the same customers, a thirsty bird who struggles to drink the water at the bottom of a bottle, and two kids who accidentally release a mischievous genie.
The Broken Jewel / The Boy Who Became a Genie
4. The Broken Jewel / The Boy Who Became a Genie
February 5, 2013
Two servants accidentally break a jewel from the king's crown. In order to avoid getting caught, they must find another one at the top of Asir Mountain. In another tale, dissatisfied with his life, Harif trades places with a genie, only to discover that his boring life wasn't so bad after all.
The Genie, the Fish, the Wolf and the Witch / The Forbidden City of Shenzhen
3. The Genie, the Fish, the Wolf and the Witch / The Forbidden City of Shenzhen
May 16, 2012
When Shahryar can't sleep, Shahrzad tells a series of stories within stories that become fascinatingly intertwined. In another episode, Ahn-Ming climbs to the other side of the forbidden wall to learn that everything he's been taught about his evil neighbors is wrong.
Abu Kassim's Smelly Shoes / The Bandits of Basra
2. Abu Kassim's Smelly Shoes / The Bandits of Basra
January 22, 2013
A grouchy old man inherits a pair of smelly shoes. No matter how hard he tries, he is unable to get rid of them. Then, Mujab and Sameer pretend to be lawmen in order to land jobs as sheriffs in a small town. What they don't realize is that they have to arrest the most vicious bandit in the territory.
The Tale of Taymour and Tiny / The Boy and the Panther
1. The Tale of Taymour and Tiny / The Boy and the Panther
January 15, 2013
Taymour accidentally knocks an egg out of a bird's nest and decides to care for it. When he does, he gets a big surprise. Later, Nadeem witnesses a crime at the fair and sees that the wrong person gets blamed. Since he wasn't supposed to be there, he can't tell anyone or he'll get in trouble.
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Where to Watch 1001 Nights
1001 Nights is available for streaming on the Kanal D website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch 1001 Nights on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    November 7, 2006
  • IMDB Rating
    5.3  (3,425)