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The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows 

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Updated July 21, 2020 683 votes 135 voters 19.5k views 126 items

List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best TV series.

The very best japanese television drama shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest japanese television drama shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular japanese television drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining japanese television drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite japanese television drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of japanese television drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List shows range from Scrap Teacher to Engine.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best japanese television drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest japanese television drama shows?"
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Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda

Premiered: 1999

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Carnation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Carnation Chiaki Kuriyama, Mari Natsuki, Akira Takarada

Premiered: 2011

Carnation is a Japanese television drama that aired in the Asadora slot on NHK from 3 October 2011 to 31 March 2012. It is the 85th Asadora. It is based on the life of the fashion designer Ayako ...more
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Pride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Pride Takuya Kimura, Kōichi Satō, Yūko Takeuchi

Premiered: 2004

Pride is a Japanese drama.
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Hero is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Takako Matsu, Hiroshi Abe, Takuya Kimura

Premiered: 2001

Hero is a Japanese drama series that aired in Japan on Fuji TV in 2001. Hero achieved the highest Japanese TV drama ratings record in 25 years. It was so successful that it spawned a 2006 ...more
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Innocent Love is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Innocent Love Maki Horikita, Yuki Uchida, Hiroki Narimiya

Premiered: 2008

Innocent Love is a Japanese television drama series that aired on Fuji TV from 20 October to 22 December 2008.
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Nobuta wo Produce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nobuta wo Produce Maki Horikita, Erika Toda, Kazuya Kamenashi

Premiered: 2005

Nobuta wo Produce is a Japanese television drama produced and aired in 2005 by NTV. The television show is based on the book of the same name by Gen Shiraiwa. The story follows the high school ...more
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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Don Quixote Yuki Uchida, Shota Matsuda, Satomi Kobayashi

Premiered: 2011

Don Quixote is a Japanese television drama series that aired on NTV from July 9 to September 24, 2011.
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Good Luck!! is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Kou Shibasaki, Naoto Takenaka, Takuya Kimura

Premiered: 2003

Good Luck!! is a 2003 Japanese television drama starring Takuya Kimura and Kou Shibasaki. The story revolves around an up-and-coming pilot, Hajime Shinkai, and portrays his interactions with ...more
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Meitantei no Okite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Meitantei no Okite Shota Matsuda, Yuu Kashii

Premiered: 2009

Meitantei no Okite is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TV Asahi from 17 April 2009 to 19 June 2009.
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Tokyo Control is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Tokyo Control Misa Shimizu, Zen Kajiwara

Premiered: 2011

Tokyo Control is a 2011 Japanese television drama series that is produced by Sony and Fuji Television. It is the first television series in 3D made in Japan.This television series revolves ...more
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Love Shuffle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Love Shuffle Karina Nose, Karina

Premiered: 2009

Love Shuffle is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TBS from 16 January to 20 March 2009. The theme song of the series is Fantasy by Earth, Wind & Fire. Usami Kei is a salaryman ...more
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The Reason I Can't Find ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
The Reason I Can't Find My Love Yuko Oshima, Karina Nose, Izumi Inamori

Premiered: 2011

The Reason I Can't Find My Love is a Japanese romantic comedy television drama series that aired from 17 October to 19 December 2011. It was broadcast at 21:00 every Monday on Fuji TV. It will ...more
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Nazotoki wa Dinner no At... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Keiko Kitagawa, Sho Sakurai, Kippei Shiina

Premiered: 2011

Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de is a Japanese television drama series based on the mystery novel of the same name by Japanese author Tokuya Higashigawa. It premiered on Fuji TV on October 18, 2011. ...more
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Oka no Ue no Himawari is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Oka no Ue no Himawari Yoko Shimada, Riona Hazuki

Premiered: 1993

Oka no Ue no Himawari is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1993.
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Honjitsu wa Taian Nari ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Honjitsu wa Taian Nari Yuka, Miho Shiraishi, Mari Hoshino

Premiered: 2012

Honjitsu wa Taian Nari is a Japanese television drama series. It premiered on NHK on January 10, 2012.
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Boku to Star no 99 Nichi... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Kim Tae-hee, Hidetoshi Nishijima

Premiered: 2011

Boku to Star no 99 Nichi is a Japanese television series which premiered on Fuji TV in October 2011. It starred Japanese actor Hidetoshi Nishijima and Korean actress Kim Tae-hee.
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Omoide Zukuri is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Omoide Zukuri Yūko Tanaka

Premiered: 1981

Omoide Zukuri is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1981.
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Love Generation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Love Generation Norika Fujiwara, Takako Matsu, Takuya Kimura

Premiered: 1997

Love Generation is a drama that aired on Fuji TV. It first aired in Japan from October 13, 1997 to December 22, 1997 every Monday. It enjoyed a very high rating of 30.8% and features music by
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Nankyoku Tairiku is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nankyoku Tairiku Haruka Ayase, Takuya Kimura, Mana Ashida

Premiered: 2011

Nankyoku Tairiku is a Japanese television drama series that premiered on TBS on 16 October 2011.
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Ashita Ga Arusa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Ashita Ga Arusa Yukie Nakama, Yuka Itaya, Izumi Inamori

Premiered: 2001

Ashita Ga Arusa is a Japanese television drama series first aired on NTV in 2001.
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Uchi no Ko ni Kagitte...... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Uchi no Ko ni Kagitte... Nobuko Miyamoto, Masakazu Tamura

Premiered: 1984

Uchi no Ko ni Kagitte... is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1984.
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Allison & Lillia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nana Mizuki, Chiwa Saitō, Hideyuki Tanaka
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Ai Yori Aoshi is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Tony Pope, Karen Strassman, Sôichirô Hoshi
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Watashitachi no Kyōkasho... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Watashitachi no Kyōkasho Mirai Shida, Hiro Mizushima, Yōko Maki

Premiered: 2007

Watashitachi no Kyōkasho is a Japanese television drama that began airing on April 12, 2007 on Fuji TV. The series stars Miho Kanno and Atsushi Itoh. In the United States, it airs on AZN
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Natsu ni Koisuru Onnatac... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Natsu ni Koisuru Onnatachi Yoshio Harada, Masakazu Tamura

Premiered: 1983

Natsu ni Koisuru Onnatachi is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TBS in 1983.