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 languageTurkish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes32 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Onur Güvenatam
  • Özge Bağdatlıoğlu
  • Jason George
  • Binnur Karaevli
ProducerAlex Sutherland
Production locationIstanbul
CinematographyGökhan Tiryaki
Running time30-50 minutes
Production companies
DistributorNetflix
Release
Original networkNetflix
Picture format16:9 HD
Original releaseDecember 14, 2018 (2018-12-14) –
July 9, 2020 (2020-07-09)

The Protector (Turkish: Hakan: Muhafız) is a Turkish drama fantasy series starring Çağatay Ulusoy.[1][2] It was created by Binnur Karaevli and directed by Umut Aral, Gönenç Uyanık, and Can Evrenol in the first season.[3] The story is inspired from Turkish novelist Nilüfer İpek Gökdel's mystery novel, 'Karakalem ve Bir Delikanlının Tuhaf Hikayesi' (A Strange Story of Charcoal and a Young Man), which was published in 2016.[4] The first season consists of 10 episodes and became available for streaming on Netflix on December 14, 2018.[5] 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.[6] The fourth and last season was released on July 9, 2020.[7]

Plot

After his adoptive father Neşet is killed, Hakan Demir, an Istanbul shopkeeper, discovers that he is 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, who are dedicated to assisting the Protector.[8]

Cast

Main

Others

Episodes

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)

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)

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)

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)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [9]
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

The principal photography began on March 7, 2018 in Istanbul.[10]

References

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