Thanks to the extraordinary success of some Turkish TV series, such as “Woman”, which managed to have millions of viewers around the world, the Turkish film industry needed to put all its cards on the table and develop another blockbuster in order to try to repeat the success already achieved.
And it is with that idea in mind that the blockbuster “Bitter Land” (Bir Zamanlar Çukurova) has been created, a soap opera that is having great success in all the countries where it has been released. Here we will tell you everything you need to know about this series.
Plot of the Turkish TV series Bitter lands
The story of the TV series Bitter lands is set in 1970s Turkey and revolves around Zuleyha, who is a pretty girl living in the city of Istanbul with her stepbrother and sister-in-law. Young Zuleyja works as a dressmaker in a neighborhood in the city, and dreams of marrying her boyfriend, Yilmaz.
Yilmaz is a young man who earns his living working as a car mechanic. The boy despite being an orphan, was raised by his teacher.
Zuleyha and Yilmaz, despite not having a great economic stability, want to get married and start their new life together. However, misfortune would knock at the door, as Zuleyha’s stepbrother has a gambling debt. To pay it off, he decides to sell his sister to the local crime boss.
However, Yilmaz would not stand idly by, and in order to save the woman he loves, he kills the crime boss. As a result, he is forced to flee the city to save his life, and, despite wanting to leave Zuleyha in the care of her master, she refuses and they end up making their escape together.
Fate takes the couple to Adana, where they get a job at the Yaman farm, and in order not to be separated, both agree to introduce themselves as if they were siblings. There they meet Demir, the son of the farm owner. He will fall in love with the young Züleyha.
Seasons and episodes of this Turkish drama
Bitter Earth is a drama that has three seasons. Those seasons premiered in 2018, and this 2021 ends the broadcast. In total, this soap opera has 102 episodes, each with an approximate duration of 140 minutes.
The episodes and seasons are made up as follows:
- Season 1: 35 episodes
- Season 2: 28 episodes
- Season 3: 39 episodes
Cast of Bitter Lands
This soap opera was directed by Faruk Teber (Season 1 and 2) and Murat Saraçoglu (Season 3). As for its cast, it is made up as follows:
- Hilal Altınbilek as Züleyha.
- Murat Ünalmış as Demir
- Uğur Güneş as Yilmaz
- Bülent Polat as Gaffur
- selin yeninci as Saniye
- Kerem Alisik as Ali Rahmet
Where to watch in English the Turkish series Bitter Lands
The official broadcasting medium of the series Bitter Lands (Bir Zamanlar Çukurova) is the Turkish channel ATV. Unfortunately, we have no news that this series is being broadcast in English on any television channel.
This series is also available on some online Internet platforms, where you can watch it in the English language. Here is an example: