​​The “twisted” drama taking over Netflix
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​​The "twisted" drama taking over Netflix

The Netflix library is full of English-language content, from commercial hits to critical duds. But in recent years, the streaming giant has also invested in shows and films from other parts of the world, from the shores of South Africa to the scapes of South Korea. This time, we have a Turkish drama series that has taken Netflix by storm. Viewers have taken to social media to go gaga about the insane “twists and turns” that keep coming on this one.

Directed by Cem Karcı and produced by OGM Pictures, The Tailor (original title Terzi) is inspired by true events. The series, which premiered on Netflix on May 2nd, 2023, almost didn’t make it to the streaming platform. Originally intended for distribution by TV8, The Tailor faced a setback when the channel could no longer afford it. However, Netflix swiftly seized the opportunity, acquiring the series and bringing it to a global audience.

The plot of The Tailor revolves around Peyami Dokumacı (Çağatay Ulusoy), a young and well-known tailor who inherits both skills and a thriving business from his grandfather. But when his grandfather passes away, Peyami’s life takes an unexpected turn as he must now care for his father, Mustafa (Olgun Şimşek), who is mentally disabled. Peyami brings Mustafa to Istanbul to live with him.

However, Mustafa’s presence is a closely guarded secret and a source of shame for Peyami, and he is determined to keep it hidden from the world. However, their lives are further complicated when Esvet (Şifanur Gül) enters the picture, bringing with her a mysterious past and a complicated present.

The series delves into Peyami’s struggle to navigate his challenging circumstances while harbouring feelings for one of his clients, a bride-to-be. As the story unfolds, secrets are revealed, relationships are tested, and the characters are drawn into pure chaos and the twistiest drama.

Despite not having a critics’ score on Rotten Tomatoes, The Tailor has garnered an impressive audience score of 81 per cent based on less than 50 reviews. While some have found this Turkish drama enjoyable for its soap opera setting, others did not appreciate the cheesy premise full of clichés.

One audience member rated The Tailor four out of five stars but had a valid query: “Stylish, good weekend watch. Though I’m a bit confused how the dad fathered a son???!” If you tend not to ask such silly questions or be bothered by such plot anomalies while watching over-the-top telenovelas, then this show might just be for you.

You can watch other non-English language series on Netflix. But if you are a connoisseur of soap operas that are all about family honour, power, money, and really dramatic acting, then tune into The Tailor on Netflix, but first, catch the trailer here: