Hakan: Muhafız (The Protector) & Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mom) Reviews

Dear Reader: I’ve ended reviewing the Netflix series Hakan: Muhafız, The Protector.

I am now beginning to review my favorite family show of all time: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother)!!

Since there are not many Hakan episodes, and there will be many Sihirli Annem episodes to review, I’m linking the Sihirli Annem reviews below the Hakan reviews: just click here

(Sihirli Annem, btw, is also not a Fairy Tale, but does feature Fairies! 🙂 …)

Hakan: Muhafız

I mention in each review, or I try to, my own experiences living in the city ‘Stanbul, with 25 million people, half of whom arrived yesterday from the Anadolu with their dreams in a truck, and built a house overnight.*

The word Muhafız literally means Protector, but I wish that Netflix had found another way to keep Hakan in the title of the show. I loved this show the instant I saw it, even though my experiences of this historic city were not good, personally, when I worked there. I learned a lot from living there, and am also learning a lot from this show, some of which helps to put my experiences as an American ex-pat working in Istanbul into a new perspective. I hope that you find meaning, as I have, in these episodes inspired by the novel, Karakalem ve Bir Delikanlinin Tuhaf Hikayesi, by N. İpek Gökdel (everywhere else, her first name, Nilüfer, is spelled out in the show credits, but always abbreviated in book credits, if you search for the books…).

And remember: “Bu bir masal degil.” -“This is not a fairy tale.

*(yes, seriously: look up Gecekondu…)

Posting on Turkish Tuesdays…

Ch. 1: Part 1, ep. 1, Febuary 8th, 12022 HE (Holocene/Human Era),

Ch. 2: Part 1, ep. 2,

Ch. 3: Part 1, ep. 3,

Ch. 4: Turkish Tuesdays, and Three Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e4 Teaches About Learning From the Past ,

Ch. 5:Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e5 Teaches About Being Wrong ,

Ch. 6:Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e6 Teaches About Making Decisions ,

Ch. 7:Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e7 Teaches About ‘What’s Behind That?’,

Ch. 8: Empathy… ,

Ch.9: Turkish Tuesdays, Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e9, and a Lesson in Humility (vs. Empathy…) ,

Ch. 10: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s1e10 Teaches About Those Without Empathy ,

s2e1: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e1 Teaches About Humanity ,

s2e2: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan Teaches About Having a Home ,

s2e3: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector About Experience and Empathy ;

s2e4: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e4 Teaches About Life, and Listening ;

s2e5: Turkish Tuesdays, Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz, s2e5, and Ending this Series ;

s2e6: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e6, on Empathy, and Mistakes ,

s2e7: Turkish Tuesdays, and Two Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e7, on Empathy for Misplaced Love, and Names ,

s2e8: Turkish Tuesdays, and Last Lessons from Hakan:Muhafiz/The Protector, s2e8, on Learning via Empathy, and Empathy as a Sacred Duty ;

Sorry, with no Reader interest in this series, I just couldn’t bear season 3 .

Sihirli Annem reviews (starting with two introductory posts explaining the show): Explaining main chars: New Turkish Tuesdays Show: Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mother) , then explaining more of the supporting chars: ,

Thoughtful Readers:

Action Prompt:

      Share your thoughts on how story, like that of Hakan, a “street kid” to some, inspires problem-solving, and might keep all children safe, please, and  feel free to share your thoughts on how we Human Beings might start to build a more fully inclusive society for all of us.  If you are inspired to write a book, story, post or tweet that uses these thoughts, we would love to hear about it here.


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11 thoughts on “Hakan: Muhafız (The Protector) & Sihirli Annem (My Magical Mom) Reviews

        1. 🙂
          Soru degil! Hepemiz ogreniyoruz!! 🙂

          No worries! My speaking and writing is rubbish! I still keep the Turkish CCs on to watch new shows, but shows like Sihirli Annem I can understand with no problem! 🙂 Sorry, back to writing in Turkish!

          Ben de iyi yazamam, henuz, ama asla vazgecmez: tekrar, tekrar, tekrar, oyle ogreniyoruz, degil mi?

          Hem de On Dakika Otuz Sekiz Saniye’yi okuyorum, simdi, Turkce’de, bunu calismak icin. Elif Safag’in yazilari bir Izmirli arkadas bana dedi.

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            1. No, but I don’t use English subtitles. For me, immersion in the target language works better, as English pulls me out of the show.

              These days, I only need the Turkish CCs when I miss a word, which only happens now a few times per episode on new shows, like Yakamoz-245 (the new submarine show on Netflix).

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        2. Bu hafta ‘Senin Hikayeni Anlat’ haftadir olarak, sizin hikaye’inize nedir, acaba?

          (sorry, what I’m trying to say is: This week being “Tell your story week,” what is your story?)

          Ben, hem Istanbul’da hem Izmir’de calistim, 2004-2005’ta, ve simdi Turkcemi kaybetmemek icin calisiyorum!


          Ya siz? Nereden Turkce ogrendiniz, acaba, Jess Hanim?

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        3. En sevdigim dizidir: Sihirli Annem!
          Ya siz?

          Kitablar icin, Orhan Pamug’in “Kar” basladim ama On Dakika Otuz Sekiz Saniye cok daha kolay, bana gore.

          En sevdiginiz kitabi nedir, Jess Hanim?



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