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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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Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Mother is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 4 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.
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Pride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Pride Takuya Kimura, Kōichi Satō, Yūko Takeuchi
Pride is a Japanese drama.
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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
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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Innocent Love is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Innocent Love Maki Horikita, Yuki Uchida, Hiroki Narimiya
Innocent Love is a Japanese television drama series that aired on Fuji TV from 20 October to 22 December 2008.
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Fighting Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Fighting Girl Kyoko Fukada, Yoon Son-ha, Yuka Itaya
Fighting Girl is a Japanese television drama starring Kyoko Fukada.
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Ikebukuro West Gate Park is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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) 11 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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Saiyūki is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Asami Mizukawa, Eri Fukatsu, Atsushi Itō
Saiyūki is a 2006 Japanese historical TV drama based on the Chinese novel Journey to the West. It is a successor to the popular 1970s TV show Saiyūki, known outside Japan as Monkey. There have ...more
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Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya Shōzō Iizuka
Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya is a Japanese television series that aired on TV Asahi and its affiliates from January 24, 1988 to January 22, 1989, lasting 50 episodes. It was the seventh installment ...more
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Vampire Host is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Vampire Host
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Water Boys 2005 Natsu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Manami Konishi, Eita, Yūta Hiraoka
Water Boys 2005 Natsu is a two-part Japanese drama series that aired in Japan on Fuji Television on August 19 and 20 2005. This is the third and final season of the series Water Boys, as its ...more
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Food Fight is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Food Fight Kyoko Fukada, Tsuyoshi Kusanagi
Food Fight s a Japanese television drama starring Kyoko Fukada and Kusanagi Tsuyoshi. It first aired in Japan from 1 July 2000 to 30 September 2000. Moderately successful, its average rating was ...more
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Engine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Engine Erika Toda, Koyuki, Kaho
Engine is a Japanese television drama series from Fuji Television, first shown in Japan from 18 April to 27 June 2005.
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Gift is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Asunaro Hakusho is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Izu no odoriko is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Izu no odoriko is a drama that first aired on TV Tokyo in two parts on June 14, 1993 and June 21, 1993.
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Sono toki Heartwa Nusumareta is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Sono toki Heartwa Nusumareta Yuki Uchida
Sono toki Heartwa Nusumareta is a 5 part drama that aired on Fuji TV. It first aired in Japan from November 19, 1992 to December 17, 1992. It features a theme song by Yumi Matsutoya.
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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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Nemureru Mori is listed (or ranked) 23 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) 24 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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Last Friends is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Last Friends Masami Nagasawa, Juri Ueno, Asami Mizukawa
Last Friends is a Japanese television drama which aired on Fuji TV at 10:00 pm every Thursday from April 10, 2008 until June 17, 2008. The special, consisting of a recap and some new additional ...more