Shahmaran 2023 / An intriguing Turkish folklore-based romance that takes too long to get there


As a fantasy romance series, Shahmaran feels like it could be something more. Blending in Turkish folklore and a steamy romance, the show is based on the legend of the titular feminine mythic creature and a prophecy promising Shahmaran’s return, if only they’re willing to make the same sacrifice she did long ago. There’s something here about coming to terms with your past, whether that be your heritage or your family’s history of mental illness and trauma. However, the show’s slow pace can dissuade viewers, and the series can’t help itself from leaning too far into the drama of it all.

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