Fi is a Turkish psychological drama based on Akilah Azra Kohen's Fi Çi Pi trilogy, starring Ozan Güven, Serenay Sarıkaya, Mehmet Günsür, Berrak Tüzünataç, and Büşra Develi.
Can Manay is an accomplished psychologist, professor, and host of the hottest talk show on television. Admired by many, he appears to have everything a man could ever want — until he lays eyes on Duru, his new neighbor. An ambitious premier dancer at a local arts academy, Duru longs for greater fame and recognition, and undeterred by her boyfriend Deniz, Can is all too eager to fulfill her desires. As his fixation turns to full-scale obsession, manipulation and mind games, a determined journalist is determined to uncover the mystery of his dark past, threatening to expose his secrets and destroy the image he built his life upon.
The show was the first original series released on the streaming service Puhu, premiering in March 2017. It was followed by a ten-episode second season that concluded the story the following year.
Not to be confused with the character from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword.
Fi contains examples of:
- Age-Gap Romance: Duru's relationships with Deniz and Can both count, though it's much more evident in the latter case.
- Alliterative Name / Unfortunate Names: Duru Durulay. It's no wonder she introduces herself as "just Duru" when she can get away with it.
- Broken Aesop: After spending two seasons establishing Can as an obsessive, manipulative abuser (and more significantly, holding him culpable for his wrongdoings regardless of any Freudian Excuse), the finale essentially destroys the thematic core of the series by exonerating Can of responsibility, placing the blame on his mental illness, childhood trauma, and the influence of his guardian/mother figure, Eti. Naturally, this left many wondering how a show that did so much right in the beginning went so wrong in the end.
- Cardboard Box of Unemployment: Özge is handed one at the start of the second episode after losing her job. It falls apart in the lobby, adding to her humiliation.
- Dancing Is Serious Business: Both seasons feature major dramatic subplots related to Duru's dancing career and Deniz's work as a composer, director, and teacher.
- Destructive Romance: All of Can's romantic relationships eventually fall into patterns of abuse and manipulation. Some women, like Sıla, escape relatively unscathed. Others aren't so lucky...
- Fire-Forged Friends: Özge and Furkan. She initially views him as a nuisance and treats him poorly, but over the course of the season he grows into her most trustworthy ally. His death and the circumstances surrounding it lead to her Heroic BSoD at the start of season two.
- Heroes Love Dogs: Deniz and Göksel both count. After Deniz takes a Göksel from a drug house into his home, he unquestioningly goes back to rescue his dog Çomar, too.
- Özge's love for animals is shown through her social media profile.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Already the lead dancer in her program, Duru truly wants to stand out among her peers — a desire Can is more than happy to fulfill.
- Intrepid Reporter: Özge. Even after she is fired from her job at the magazine, she never lets up her pursuit of Can Manay's darkest secrets.
- Product Placement: The first season was sponsored by Vodafone Red. It's painfully obvious at times.
- Adidas has a similar in-your-face moment in one of the early episodes of season two, in which the audience is treated to a minute-long sequence of Can wearing the company's gear.
- Psycho Psychologist: Can Manay. Eti probably qualifies to a lesser extent.
- Safety in Indifference: After hitting rock bottom, Özge resolves to carry this attitude despite herself at the beginning of season two. Fortunately, it doesn't stick.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Ada dies of a drug overdose in the novels but is alive and well at the end of the show.
- While she doesn't die in the original, Duru is grievously wounded and unable to dance again after her confrontation with Can. This fate is avoided in the television show, where she recovers after bedrest and is able to resume her career.
- Staircase Tumble: Özge's colleague Aylın takes one in the series premiere, no thanks to her high heels. Because of the injury, Özge fatefully replaces her as Can's interviewer.
- This is how Can frames Billur's death as an accident in the second season.
- Taking You with Me: Duru attempts this with Can at the end of 2.08: first when she sets their bedroom alight, and later when they tumble from an indoor balcony. Unfortunately, she ends up in worse shape than he does.