Magnificent Century

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  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.9  (19,059)

Magnificent Century, also known as Muhteşem Yüzyıl, is a historical Turkish drama series that first aired on Star TV in 2011. The show is set in the 16th century during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and follows the life and politics of the Ottoman dynasty.

The storyline is focused on the events surrounding the life of Sultan Suleiman and his relationships both with his wives and with the powerful statesmen and advisors of the time. The show highlights the struggles and battles during the Ottoman Empire's heyday and explores the social customs, traditions, and political intrigue of the era.

The show quickly became a massive hit and captivated audiences all across Turkey and beyond. The popularity of the series led to its export to many countries including Greece, Spain, and India, where it was dubbed in various languages.

Throughout the show’s five seasons, viewers were transported back in time to the golden age of the Ottoman Empire, where they were able to witness the grandeur and majesty of the royal court. The show also explored the personal relationships of the characters, including Suleiman's close relationships with Ibrahim Pasha, Hürrem Sultan, and Mihrimah Sultan.

Suleiman’s reign was marked by the preservation and expansion of the Ottoman Empire, and viewers were able to see this in action as the show depicted the struggles for authority and influence among the various factions in the empire.

Magnificent Century was noted for its detailed production values, with ornate costumes, elaborate sets, and intricate details that accurately portrayed the period's culture and architecture. The lead actors, Halit Ergenç and Meryem Uzerli, were praised for their performances and the chemistry between them.

The show also created a fascination with the harem life and Suleiman’s famous lover, Hürrem, who was portrayed as an intelligent and powerful woman who played a significant role in the politics of the empire.

While the show was not without controversy, particularly in regards to its depiction of the Ottoman Empire, it was able to captivate audiences with its vivid storytelling and period detail.

The show's impact was far-reaching and helped Turkish television gain a more significant presence in the international market. It also sparked a renewed interest in the rich culture and history of the Ottoman Empire among Turkish audiences and inspired a renewed sense of national pride.

In conclusion, Magnificent Century was a historical drama that captivated audiences with its vivid portrayal of the Ottoman Empire during the reign of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. With a focus on politics, personal relationships, and cultural traditions, the show was able to transport viewers back in time and create a renewed interest in Ottoman history and culture. Its impact was far-reaching, both nationally and globally, and will continue to be a significant part of Turkish television history.

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Episode 24
24. Episode 24
June 23, 2011
Çelebi Mehmet's secret gets out, thanks to Ibrahim. Hurrem's nerves are on edge as Suleyman attends to Mustafa. Sadika inches closer to Suleyman.
Episode 23
23. Episode 23
June 15, 2011
Suleyman extends Ibrahim an offer he can't refuse. Hatice reveals a different side of herself. Çelebi Mehmet has a secret, but Ibrahim is on to him.
Episode 22
22. Episode 22
June 8, 2011
Çelebi Mehmet Hodja is bedridden. Nigar Kalfa and Sümbül Ağa keep their eyes on Sadika. Suleyman finds a letter in Ibrahim's room.
Episode 21
21. Episode 21
June 1, 2011
Murat Sultan's son and wife manage to escape from Rhodes. Hurrem keeps her newborn at arm's length. AyÅŸe grows increasingly suspicious of Sadika.
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
May 25, 2011
Devastating news arrives from Rhodes. Nigar Kalfa is caught between Mahidevran and Hurrem. Conspiracy awaits Suleyman at Rhodes.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
May 18, 2011
Victoria finds her way into the valide sultan's inner circle. Hurrem begins to fall out of favor with Suleyman, who sets out for Rhodes.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
May 11, 2011
Aye Hatun is suspicious of Victoria, the new member of the harem. Hatice's condition deteriorates, while Hurrem has another surprise.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
May 4, 2011
King Louis schemes to bring down Suleyman from within. Matrakçı Nasuh occupies himself with a mysterious guest.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
April 27, 2011
Hurrem sends Gülnihal a package. The valide sultan is determined to put a stop to Hurrem, but something more urgent demands her attention.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
April 20, 2011
The viziers speculate about Lala Pasha's departure. Hurrem gives Gülnihal an ultimatum, and Ibrahim's scheme against Hurrem appears to be panning out.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
April 13, 2011
Hurrem is consumed by paranoia over her newborn son. Her temperament worsens when she hears details about the night she was in labor.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
April 6, 2011
Suleyman prepares for Rhodes. Lala Pasha approaches Suleyman about the valide sultan's promise. Ibrahim uses Gülnihal to get back at Hurrem.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
March 30, 2011
Those in the palace are shaken by the poisoning incident. Suleyman has a clue as to who the culprit is, but Hurrem plants new ideas in his head.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
March 23, 2011
As everyone celebrates the sultan's homecoming, Mahidevran, devastated by Suleyman's aloofness, decides to put an end to Hurrem once and for all.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
March 16, 2011
Hurrem's revelation puts her in dangerous straits, but luck is on her side. After attacking King Louis II's castle, Suleyman sets out for Belgrade.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 2, 2011
While Suleyman is away on his campaign, the valide sultan draws up a scheme to send Hurrem away, but Hurrem has another trick up her sleeve.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
February 23, 2011
Mahidevran faces dire consequences. The valide sultan's disaffection grows toward Hurrem, who continues to lock horns with Ibrahim.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 16, 2011
While Suleyman prepares for the big campaign, a showdown puts Hurrem in critical condition, and the harem scrambles to sweep things under the rug.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 9, 2011
Hurrem loses something important, and Mahidevran is exposed. Suleyman's campaign plans change course when an unsavory package arrives from Hungary.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 2, 2011
Hurrem confronts Ibrahim, who shares a secret with Hatice. Mahidevran and Gulsah cook up a dangerous scheme.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
January 26, 2011
Alexandra is emboldened by Suleyman's growing affections for her, but the valide sultan teaches her a lesson. Suleyman changes strategy on Rhodes.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 19, 2011
Troubling news for the Ottomans arrives from Syria, and the Vatican decides to interfere. Suleyman scolds the valide sultan about the previous night.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 12, 2011
Suleyman has a new vision for his empire and orders his first major execution. Alexandra appears in Mahidevran's cross hairs.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 5, 2011
Suleyman inherits the throne from his father. The fiery Alexandra, brought on a slave ship from the Black Sea, stirs up a storm in the harem.
  • Premiere Date
    January 5, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (19,059)