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The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows  

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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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Carnation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Carnation Chiaki Kuriyama, Mari Natsuki, Akira Takarada
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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Good Luck!! is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Kou Shibasaki, Naoto Takenaka, Takuya Kimura
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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Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Junko Takeuchi, Hiroki Takahashi, Hozumi Gōda
Hunter × Hunter is a 1999 television series and is part of the Hunter × Hunter media franchise. The story focuses on a young boy named Gon Freecss, who one day discovers that the ...more
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Ikebukuro West Gate Park Ken Watanabe, Koyuki, Ai Kato
Ikebukuro West Gate Park was a popular Japanese television drama by screenwriter Kankuro Kudo. It was based on a novel by Ira Ishida, that initially aired on the Tokyo Broadcasting System during ...more
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Kekkon Dekinai Otoko is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Kekkon Dekinai Otoko Hiroshi Abe, Ryoko Kuninaka, Reiko Takashima
Kekkon Dekinai Otoko, known in English as The Man Who Can't Get Married, is a 2006 Japanese drama broadcast by Fuji TV. The theme song is "Swimmy" by Every Little Thing. The drama was ...more
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Majo no Jōken is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Majo no Jōken Hideaki Takizawa, Nanako Matsushima, Hitomi Kuroki
Majo no Jōken is a drama series that aired in Japan on TBS in 1999. This drama features Nanako Matsushima of Great Teacher Onizuka fame and Hideaki Takizawa of Johnny's group Tackey &
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Asunaro Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Asunaro Hakusho Takuya Kimura, Hikari Ishida
Asunaro Hakusho is a manga series by Fumi Saimon that was serialized in Shogakukan's Big Comic Spirits. It won the Shogakukan Manga Award for general manga in 1992.
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Nemureru Mori is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nemureru Mori Takuya Kimura, Takanori Jinnai, Mieko Harada
Nemureru Mori is a drama that aired on Fuji TV. It first aired in Japan from 8 October 1998 to 24 December 1998. It is written by Nozawa Hisashi, starring Miho Nakayama and Takuya Kimura, and ...more
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Unfair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Unfair Ryoko Shinohara, Susumu Terajima, Teruyuki Kagawa
Unfair is an action Japanese television drama with 11 episodes and one TV special, aired in Japan in 2006 on Fuji-TV, and followed by a movie Unfair: The Movie in 2007 with the same cast.
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Scrap Teacher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Scrap Teacher Ryosuke Yamada, Daiki Arioka, Mariya Nishiuchi
Scrap Teacher: Kyōshi Saisei is a Japanese school comedy/drama series aired on NTV at 21:00-21:54 every Saturday from October 11 to December 6, 2008. It consisted of nine episodes. Scrap Teacher ...more
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xxxHOLiC is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Kazuya Nakai, Jun Fukuyama, Mika Kikuchi
×××Holic is a manga written and illustrated by the group of manga artists known as Clamp. Kimihiro Watanuki is a high school student plagued by ayakashi spirits, both of which ...more
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Tsuki no Koibito is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Tsuki no Koibito Keiko Kitagawa, Chi-ling Lin, Takuya Kimura
Tsuki no Koibito ~Moon Lovers~ is a Japanese television drama starting on Fuji TV on 10 May 2010. The drama is known also under the Japanese short name Getsukoi.
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Gō is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Juri Ueno, Takumi Saito, Manabu Hamada
Gō: Hime-tachi no Sengoku is the Taiga drama for 2011 and the fiftieth Taiga drama. NHK announced that it will be written by Kumiko Tabuchi, who wrote the 2007 Taiga drama Atsuhime. Ueno Juri ...more
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Mother is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Mother Yasuko Matsuyuki, Mana Ashida
Mother is a Japanese television drama that aired on Nippon TV between 14 April and 23 June 2010, starring Matsuyuki Yasuko.
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URAKARA is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
URAKARA
Urakara, often stylized as URAKARA is a Japanese television drama series from TV Tokyo, first shown in Japan from 14 January 2011.
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Koukousei Restaurant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Koukousei Restaurant Ryunosuke Kamiki
Kokosei Restaurant is a 2011 Japanese television series that is based on actual events. This television series stars Masahiro Matsuoka, a member of the J-pop band Tokio, as the lead character. ...more
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Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari Aya Ueto
Sugako Hashida Drama Wataru Seken wa Oni Bakari is a Japanese television drama series which first aired on TBS in 1990.
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Aoi Zesshō is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Aoi Zesshō
Aoi Zesshō is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1980.
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Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Anyamaru Tantei Kiruminzuu
Animal Detective Kiruminzoo is a Japanese magical comedy anime series created by Shōji Kawamori in collaboration with Hal Film Maker and JM Animation; it is Kawamori's first shōjo title. ...more
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Gift is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Gift Ryoko Shinohara, Anne Suzuki, Ai Kato
Gift is a drama that aired on Fuji TV. It first aired in Japan from April 16, 1997 to June 25, 1997 every Wednesday. It features music by Bryan Ferry and Howard Jones. It raised several issues ...more
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Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hosh... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Kou Shibasaki, Takuya Kimura, Eri Fukatsu
Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hoshi is a drama that aired on Fuji TV. It first aired in Japan from April 15, 2002 to June 24, 2002 every Wednesday. It features music by Elvis Costello.
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Tsūkai! OL Dōri is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Tsūkai! OL Dōri Satomi Kobayashi, Yasuko Sawaguchi, Masumi Miyazaki
Tsūkai! OL Dōri is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TBS in 1986.
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Ore wa Abare Hatchaku is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Ore wa Abare Hatchaku
Ore wa Abare Hatchaku is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TV Asahi in 1979.
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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Don Quixote Yuki Uchida, Shota Matsuda, Satomi Kobayashi
Don Quixote is a Japanese television drama series that aired on NTV from July 9 to September 24, 2011.