The Protector (Turkish TV series)

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The Protector
TurkishHakan: Muhafız
Genre
  • Action
  • fantasy
  • science fiction
Created byBinnur Karaevli
Based onKarakalem ve Bir Delikanlının Tuhaf Hikayesi by Nilüfer İpek Gökdel
Written by
  • Jason George
  • Yasemin Yılmaz
  • Emre Özpirinçci
  • Kerim Ceylan
Directed by
  • Umut Aral
  • Gönenç Uyanık
  • Can Evrenol
  • Burcu Alptekin
  • Gökhan Tiryaki
Starring
Theme music composer
  • Tufan Aydın
  • Tolga Böyük
  • Emin Yasin Vural
  • Ekin Eti
Country of originTurkey
Original language(s)Turkish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Onur Güvenatam
  • Özge Bağdatlıoğlu
  • Jason George
  • Binnur Karaevli
Producer(s)Alex Sutherland
Production location(s)Istanbul
CinematographyGökhan Tiryaki
Running time30-50 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9 HD
Original releaseDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14) –
July 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
External links
Website

The Protector (Turkish: Hakan: Muhafız) is a Turkish drama fantasy series starring Çağatay Ulusoy and Ayça Ayşin Turan.[1][2] It was created by Binnur Karaevli and directed by Umut Aral, Gönenç Uyanık, and Can Evrenol in the first season.[3] The first season consists of 10 episodes and became available for streaming on Netflix on December 14, 2018.[4] The second season consists of 8 episodes and was made available for live streaming on April 26, 2019. On June 10, 2019 the series was renewed for seasons 3 and 4.[5] The fourth and last season was released on July 9, 2020.[6]

Plot[edit]

After his adoptive father Neşet is killed, Hakan Demir, an Istanbul shopkeeper, discovers he's connected to an ancient secret order whose duty is to protect the city. Hakan must embrace his family's legacy as The Protector, a hero with the duty to kill the Immortal and prevent the destruction of the city.[3][1]

He is helped by Kemal and his daughter Zeynep, members of the secret order of the Loyal Ones.[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Çağatay Ulusoy as Last Protector Hakan Demir / 1st Protector Harun Muhafız, a handsome man in his 20s who works for his adoptive father Neşet in their small antique shop but dreams of opening a bigger store downtown. After Neset is killed by people looking for a mysterious Ottoman shirt, Zeynep and Kemal tell him to put the shirt on. As the shirt fuses with his body, he becomes The Protector.
  • Ayça Ayşin Turan as Leyla Sancak, Erdem's assistant [1] and Hakan's love interest.[7]
  • Yurdaer Okur as Kemal Erman, Zeynep's pharmacist father,[1] also a Loyal One.[7]
  • Hazar Ergüçlü as Zeynep Erman, one of the Loyal Ones, who doesn't think so highly of Hakan at first. She trains him in combat[7]. Later becomes Hakan's love interest.
  • Okan Yalabık as Faysal Erdem / Hüsrev Hodja, a successful businessman and the man whose career inspires Hakan[1], the series' protagonist. He is a second immortal.
  • Burçin Terzioğlu as Rüya Erdem / Sultan Cavidan, Faysal's wife.
  • Engin Öztürk as Levent Demir, Hakan's brother.
  • Taner Ölmez as Burak, one of the Loyal Ones
  • Funda Eryiğit as Nisan Türk /Mrs. Valeria, she is a chemist, first immortal and grand vizier.

Others[edit]

  • Mehmet Kurtuluş as Mazhar Dragusha, Erdem's henchman[1]
  • Cankat Aydos as Memo, Hakan's cousin with a gambling problem.[1] (episodes 1-2)
  • Defne Kayalar as Suzan Bayraktar
  • Cihat Süvarioğlu as Yasin Karakaya
  • Helin Kandemir as Ceylan, one of the Loyal Ones
  • Erol Gedik as Murat
  • Selçuk Zurnazanlı as Selim, Hakan's step-dad.
  • Şenay Aydın as Derya
  • Fatih Dönmez as Orkun
  • Saygin Soysal as Mergen, Immortal
  • Çiğdem Selışık Onat as Azra
  • Ayse Melike Çerçi as Piraye
  • Kubilay Karslıoğlu as Serdar
  • Hakan Ummak as Can
  • Boran Kuzum as Okhan, Immortal
  • Miray Daner as Oracle, one of the Loyal Ones
  • Cem Yiğit Üzümoğlu as Emir, one of the Loyal Ones
  • İlayda Alişan as Aylin, one of the Loyal Ones.
  • Bige Önal as Berrin, one of the Loyal Ones

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110December 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
28April 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
37March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
47July 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)

Season 1 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Episode 1"Can EvrenolJason GeorgeDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
22"Episode 2"Can EvrenolYasemin YılmazDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
33"Episode 3"Can EvrenolEmre ÖzpirinççiDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
44"Episode 4"Umut AralKerim CeylanDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
55"Episode 5"Umut AralYasemin YılmazDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
66"Episode 6"Umut AralEmre ÖzpirinççiDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
77"Episode 7"Gönenç UyanıkKerim Ceylan, Binnur KaraevliDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
88"Episode 8"Gönenç UyanıkEmre ÖzpirinççiDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
99"Episode 9"Can EvrenolVolkan SümbülDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)
1010"Episode 10"Can EvrenolYasemin YılmazDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14)

Season 2 (2019)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
111"Episode 1"Umut AralCansu ÇobanApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
122"Episode 2"Umut AralAtasay KoçApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
133"Episode 3"Umut AralUğraş GüneşApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
144"Episode 4"Gonenc UyanikCansu ÇobanApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
155"Episode 5"Gonenc UyanikJason GeorgeApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
166"Episode 6"Gonenc UyanikAtasay KoçApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
177"Episode 7"Gökhan TiryakiAyşin AkbulutApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)
188"Episode 8"Gökhan TiryakiYasemin YilmazApril 26, 2019 (2019-04-26)

Season 3 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
191"Episode 1"Umut AralAtasay KoçMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
202"Episode 2"Umut AralCansu ÇobanMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
213"Episode 3"Umut AralAksel BonfilMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
224"Episode 4"Umut AralDeniz GürlekMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
235"Episode 5"Burcu AlptekinMelek SevenMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
246"Episode 6"Burcu AlptekinMerih Aslan, Cansu ÇobanMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)
257"Episode 7"Burcu AlptekinAksel Bonfil, Atasay KoçMarch 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)

Season 4 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [8]
261"Episode 1"Umut AralAtasay KoçJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
272"Episode 2"Umut AralCansu Çoban, Aksel BonfilJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
283"Episode 3"Umut AralDeniz GürlekJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
294"Episode 4"Burcu AlptekinMelek SevenJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
305"Episode 5"Burcu AlptekinCansu ÇobanJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
316"Episode 6"Gökhan TiryakiDeniz Gürlek, Melek SevenJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)
327"Episode 7"Gökhan TiryakiAtasay KoçJuly 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)

Production[edit]

The principal photography began on March 7, 2018 in Istanbul.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Keller, Joel (December 14, 2018). "Stream It Or Skip It: 'The Protector' On Netflix, A Turkish Drama Where A Guy With Dreams Becomes An Indestructible Hero". Decider. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Bhaskaran, Gautaman (December 22, 2018). "Review: Turkish Netflix drama 'The Protector' a let-down". Arab News. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Netflix renews contract for Turkish series 'Protector'". Hürriyet Daily News. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  4. ^ The Protector on Netflix release date, cast, trailer, plot: When is The Protector out?, express.co.uk
  5. ^ Beyazperde. "'Hakan: Muhafız'a 3. ve 4. Sezon Onayı!". Beyazperde. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  6. ^ "Final Season of 'The Protector' Coming to Netflix in July 2020". What's on Netflix. June 17, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d Patton, Rebecca (14 December 2018). "Will 'The Protector' Return for Season 2? The Fantasy Series Is A First For Netflix". Bustle. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "The Protector – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
  9. ^ Netflix Announces Cast and Start of Production For Its First Turkish Original Series, netflix.com

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