|Written by||Sulhi Dolek
|Directed by||Durul Taylan
|Theme music composer||Gökhan Kırdar|
|Country of origin||Turkey|
|Original language(s)||Turkish / Greek / English|
|No. of episodes||106|
|Running time||60 min each episode|
|Original channel||Kanal D|
November 12, 2004 - June 15, 2007
July 4, 2005 - 2008
August 29, 2009 - January 14, 2010
United Arab Emirates
June, 2012 - November 6, 2012
June 24, 2013 - November 18, 2013
Yabancı Damat (literally: The Foreign Groom, Bulgarian: "Брак с чужденец" Brak s chujdenets, English translation of the Bulgarian title: Marriage with a Foreigner, Greek: "Τα σύνορα της αγάπης" Ta synora tis agapis, English translation of the Greek title: The Borders of Love, Groom - Home Groom), is a popular Turkish TV series distributed by Erler Film with 106 episodes in total. It deals with the relationship between a young Greek man Niko and a Turkish girl Nazlı, and the problems (and especially the prejudices) encountered in an intercultural marriage. Its comedic tone and play on historic Greco-Turkish antagonism made it a huge hit in both Turkey and Greece, as well as making stars out of the leading actors. The episodes are shot in Turkey and Greece. The music is Turkish and Greek.
The series ran from November 12, 2004 through June 15, 2007 on the Turkish channel Kanal D Friday evenings at 20:00 hrs. The Greek channel Mega TV broadcast it from July 4, 2005. The first season was shown on a daily basis at 23:00 hrs, the second season was shown every Monday at 21:00. The third season was split, half of the episodes where shown Saturdays of 2007 at 21:00 and the other half episodes are shown in 2008, every Saturday at 17:00. The series used to have great success, especially when the first season was shown. The ratings of the third season are very low, so the channel decided to move the series in the evening schedule. The Bulgarian channel bTV broadcasts it since August 29, 2009 daily at 17:00 hrs. with the title Brak s chujdenets (Marriage with a Foreigner). The series was also dubbed into Arabic with the title Al-Gharib ("الغريب", The Stranger) and aired in March 2009 on MBC+ Drama.
Nazlı is the daughter of a conservative Turkish father Kahraman, who is a famous baklava maker in Gaziantep. Her grandfather Memik Dede is a Greco-Turkish War veteran. Niko, whose parents are immigrants from Istanbul, is the son of a wealthy Greek ship owner Stavro. Nazlı and Niko meet in Bodrum, fall in love at first sight and decide to marry. The comedy starts when Niko goes to Gaziantep to ask for her father’s agreement to the marriage. Historical enmity between the two nations makes it very hard, and both families oppose the marriage in the beginning. Finally, Nazlı and Niko found a family and settle in Istanbul. They meaningfully name their son Ege ("Aegean"), the sea between Turkey and Greece.
The families visit each other several times for various reasons and get so closer. Niko's spinster aunt Katina gets married with a Turkish man, much exasperating her mother Efthalia. Even the initial hatred between the older members of the families, Memik Dede and Efthalia, turns to a romantic affair.
On the other hand, Kadir, the son of Ökkeş, who is the business partner of Kahraman, marries Stella, the Greek secretary of Niko.
The cast of the series is mostly made of experienced Turkish actors and actresses.