The Club (Turkish TV series)

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The Club
Kulup cover.jpg
GenrePeriod drama
Written byNecati Şahin
Rana Denizer
Directed bySeren Yüce
Zeynep Günay Tan
StarringGökçe Bahadır
Barış Arduç
Salih Bademci
Fırat Tanış
Metin Akdülger
Asude Kalebek
Theme music composerEnder Akay
ComposersEnder Akay
Cem Ergunoğlu
Gökhan Mert Koral
Country of originTurkey
Original languagesTurkish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
ProducerSaner Ayar
Running time50 minutes
Production companyO3 Medya
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)
Original release5 November 2021 (2021-11-05) –

The Club (Turkish: Kulüp) is a 2021 Turkish period drama streaming television series directed by Seren Yüce and Zeynep Günay Tan and starring Gökçe Bahadır, Barış Arduç, Salih Bademci, Fırat Tanış, Metin Akdülger and Asude Kalebek.[1] The show was released on Netflix on 5 November 2021, with season one consisting of 10 episodes, divided into two parts of 6 and 4 episodes respectively.[2] Part 2 premiered on 6 January 2022.[3]


Matilda, an ex-convict, works in one of the most prominent nightclubs of Istanbul in 1955. Trying to establish a good relationship with her daughter, Matilda struggles to keep her daughter Raşel away from Pera's troublemaker, Fıstık İsmet. Matilda also tries to stand against her boss Orhan, nightclub manager Çelebi and artist Selim.[4][5]


In 1950s Istanbul, Matilda is released from prison as part of a general amnesty after serving time for murder. A Sephardic Jew, she applies at the local community center for travel papers for her to make aliyah to Israel when the rabbi informs her about her daughter, Raşel, who was taken away from her as an infant and is now a delinquent jailed for breaking into a nightclub managed by Çelebi. Matilda is initially reluctant to have anything to do with her daughter but changes her mind, but at the prison, she is spotted by Çelebi, who from being willing not to press charges suddenly demands that Matilda work for her in the club, located in the Pera district. Raşel is initially hostile to Matilda, but opens up when her mother explains her past.

During the Second World War, Matilda belonged to a prominent business-minded family that was targeted by a discriminatory tax by ultranationalist Turks. Matilda had fallen in love with a Muslim employee who later betrayed the location of their savings, leading to the arrest of Matilda's brother and father, who later died in a labor camp. In revenge, Matilda shot her boyfriend and was imprisoned, but not before realizing that she was pregnant. Angry at her daughter's father, she chose to give up Raşel to the care of the local Jewish orphanage. Matilda eventually realizes that she had met Çelebi before her imprisonment, and after confronting him, he admits that he was one of the family's servants who tried to warn them about her boyfriend's betrayal, only to be framed for theft and fired. Eventually, tensions between Matilda and Çelebi escalate until the former chooses to stand up on behalf of her colleagues and demand better treatment from the club's owner, Orhan. Orhan agrees to split management of the Club, with Çelebi managing the stage and Matilda taking care of the backstage and the star singer, Selim Songür.

Raşel strikes up a relationship with a Muslim taxi driver named İsmet, the estranged son of local gangster Ali, and is later impregnated by him. Their relationship strains that between Raşel and Matilda, who opposes it, and after an argument Raşel moves out of Matilda's place to get married with İsmet. Meanwhile, Matilda realizes that Kürşat, Orhan's new business associate, was the same ultranationalist who persecuted her family, prompting her to warn Çelebi and Orhan. After another argument with Çelebi over how he has been treating her, he opens up saying that his decision to employ her in the club was a part of his unrequited and unnoticed feelings for her before she was imprisoned, and that he also recognizes Kürşat from before. It is later revealed that Kürşat has been scheming to seize control and Turkify the club after finding out that Orhan is actually an ethnic Greek, just like what he did with Matilda's family business.

Kürşat, with the help of Ali and his thugs instigate the Istanbul pogrom, destroying non-Turkish stores and attacking minorities they can find. During the riots, Kürşat discovers Orhan's mother Mevhibe, who is hidden by Orhan after she experiences flashbacks from the Burning of Smyrna and starts speaking Greek in fits of dementia. After a struggle, Kürşat overpowers Orhan and prepares to kill him after telling him of his plans, but is bludgeoned to death by Mevhibe. As flames from the riots engulf their quarters, Orhan strangles Mevhibe as an act of mercy. Outside, Raşel is caught up in the violence as İsmet, who tries to save her, is mauled by Ali's thugs to the latter's approval. She is rescued by Matilda just as her water breaks but is barred from entering the club, along with other refugees by a fearful doorkeeper. Çelebi, realizing the danger knocks down the gatekeeper and rescues Matilda and her group, helping Raşel give birth and redeeming himself to Matilda.


Series overview
SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
Part 16September 10, 2020 (2020-09-10)
Part 24January 8, 2021 (2021-01-08)
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
Part 1
11"Episode 1"Zeynep Günay TanNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
22"Episode 2"Zeynep Günay TanNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
33"Episode 3"Zeynep Günay TanNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
44"Episode 4"Zeynep Günay TanNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
55"Episode 5"Seren YüceNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
66"Episode 6"Seren YüceNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer5 November 2021 (2021-11-05)
Part 2
71"Episode 7"Seren YüceNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer6 January 2022 (2022-01-06)
82"Episode 8"Seren YüceNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer6 January 2022 (2022-01-06)
93"Episode 9"Zeynep Günay TanNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer6 January 2022 (2022-01-06)
104"Episode 10"Zeynep Günay TanNecati Şahin & Rana Denizer6 January 2022 (2022-01-06)

Cast and characters[edit]


The name of the series was first announced to be Kod Adı: Kulüp by Netflix in October 2020, along with the lead cast Gökçe Bahadır, Barış Arduç, and Salih Bademci.[8] In the same month it was reported that Fırat Tanış will also be cast for the show.[9] In March 2021 journalist Birsen Altuntaş tweeted Ruhi Sarı, Suzan Kardeş and Hazım Körmükçü will be starring as supporting characters in the series.[10] The series was produced by Saner Ayar, Ayşe Durmaz and the Turkish media company O3 Medya for Netflix and directed by Seren Yüce and Zeynep Günay Tan. A team composed of Ayşin Akbulut, Serkan Yörük, Bengü Üçüncü, Rana Denizer and Necati Şahin (lead writer) was the writing team for the series.[9]


The reception of the Turkish Jewish community to the series was generally positive. The depiction of the Jewish rituals, Ladino language and political topics such as Varlık Vergisi was especially praised by the community members.[11][12][13] Also the depiction of taboo topics such as Crypto Greeks, anti-Greek sentiment in Turkey, and Istanbul pogrom in 1955 (in part 2) was praised by the Greek Orthodox community members.[14]


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  2. ^ "Kulüp dizisi konusu nedir? Netflix Kulüp oyuncuları kimler? Kulüp nerede çekildi?". Habertürk. 5 November 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
  3. ^ Kotiya, Shruti. "'The Club' Part 2 review: The Glam and Glitz of the 1950s return with the Istanbul Club in Netflix series".
  4. ^ "Kulüp dizisi konusu ve oyuncu kadrosu! Kulüp dizisi ilk sezon yayımlandı mı?". Milliyet. 5 November 2021. Retrieved 7 November 2021.
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  7. ^ "Kulüp dizisi oyuncuları kimler, konusu ne? Netflix Kulüp dizisi oyuncu kadrosu". CNN Türk (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  8. ^ Beyazperde. "Netflix, Türkiye'deki Yeni Projelerini Tanıttı". Beyazperde (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  9. ^ a b "Netflix'in Türk yapımı 'Kod Adı Kulüp' dizisinin kadrosuna Fırat Tanış dahil oldu". (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  10. ^ Mynet. "Barış Arduç ve Gökçe Bahadır'lı Netflix dizisi Kulüp'ün kadrosuna 3 sürpriz isim". Mynet Magazin (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  11. ^ "Türkiye Yahudileri, Kulüp dizisini nasıl buldu?". BBC News Türkçe (in Turkish). Retrieved 2021-11-12.
  12. ^ "Netflix 'The Club' connects mainstream Turkey to Jewish heritage". Al Jazeera. 19 November 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  13. ^ "Murder, intrigue and showbiz in Istanbul: 'The Club' fascinates viewers". TRT World. Retrieved 2022-01-15.
  14. ^ "Turkish Netflix series turns cameras on pogroms, hidden Greeks". Al-monitor. Retrieved 2022-01-12.

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