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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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Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Innocent Love is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Nobuta wo Produce is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Hero is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Takako Matsu, Hiroshi Abe, Takuya Kimura 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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Pride is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Reason I Can't Find My Lov... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
The Reason I Can't Find My Love Yuko Oshima, Karina Nose, Izumi Inamori 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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Hunter × Hunter is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Tokyo Control is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Tokyo Control Misa Shimizu, Zen Kajiwara 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) 10 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Love Shuffle Karina Nose, Karina 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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Meitantei no Okite is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Meitantei no Okite Shota Matsuda, Yuu Kashii 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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Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Keiko Kitagawa, Sho Sakurai, Kippei Shiina 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) 13 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Oka no Ue no Himawari Yoko Shimada, Riona Hazuki Oka no Ue no Himawari is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1993.

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Boku to Star no 99 Nichi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Boku to Star no 99 Nichi Kim Tae-hee, Hidetoshi Nishijima 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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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 Honjitsu wa Taian Nari is a Japanese television drama series. It premiered on NHK on January 10, 2012.

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Omoide Zukuri is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Omoide Zukuri Yūko Tanaka Omoide Zukuri is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1981.

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Nankyoku Tairiku is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nankyoku Tairiku Haruka Ayase, Takuya Kimura, Mana Ashida 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) 18 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Ashita Ga Arusa Yukie Nakama, Yuka Itaya, Izumi Inamori Ashita Ga Arusa is a Japanese television drama series first aired on NTV in 2001.

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Ai Yori Aoshi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Tony Pope, Karen Strassman, Sôichirô Hoshi Ai Yori Aoshi is a Japanese seinen manga written and illustrated by Kou Fumizuki and serialized from 1998 to 2005 in Hakusensha's Young Animal. It is a love story between two characters who have ...more

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Love Generation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Love Generation Norika Fujiwara, Takako Matsu, Takuya Kimura 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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Deka Kurokawa Suzuki is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Deka Kurokawa Suzuki Seiichi Tanabe Deka Kurokawa Suzuki is a Japanese television drama series.

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Freeter, Ie wo Kau is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Freeter, Ie wo Kau Kazunari Ninomiya, Naoto Takenaka, Atsuko Asano Freeter, Ie wo Kau is a Japanese television drama series that aired on Fuji Television and on Kyodo Television in 2010.

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Uchi no Ko ni Kagitte... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Uchi no Ko ni Kagitte... Nobuko Miyamoto, Masakazu Tamura Uchi no Ko ni Kagitte... is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1984.

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Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi Yuki Uchida, Kyôko Koizumi, Kiichi Nakai Saigo Kara Nibanme no Koi is a Japanese television drama series, starring Kyoko Koizumi and Kiichi Nakai. The series aired Thursdays at 22:00 - 22:54, on Fuji Television from January 12, to ...more

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Natsu ni Koisuru Onnatachi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Natsu ni Koisuru Onnatachi Yoshio Harada, Masakazu Tamura Natsu ni Koisuru Onnatachi is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TBS in 1983.

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Watashitachi no Kyōkasho is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Watashitachi no Kyōkasho Mirai Shida, Hiro Mizushima, Yōko Maki 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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Bull Doctor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Bull Doctor Bull Doctor is a Japanese television drama series that aired on NTV from 6 July to 14 September 2011.

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Kaitō Royale is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Kaitō Royale Nozomi Sasaki, Hiroki Aiba Kaitō Royale is a Japanese television drama series based on a video game from DeNA. It premiered on TBS on 28 October 2011. The theme song of the series is Lock On by Yui.

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Nantatte 18 sai! is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nantatte 18 sai! Nantatte 18 sai! is a Japanese television drama series that first aired on TBS in 1971.

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Suzuko no Koi is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Suzuko no Koi Suzuko no Koi is an upcoming Japanese biographical television drama series that will air on Fuji TV.

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Hungry! is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Hungry! Osamu Mukai, Goro Inagaki, Ryoko Kuninaka Hungry! is a 2012 Japanese television drama series.

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Last Money: Ai no Nedan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Last Money: Ai no Nedan Last Money: Ai no Nedan is a Japanese television drama series that started airing on NHK on September 13, 2011.

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Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen Reina Tanaka Sūgaku Joshi Gakuen is a Japanese television drama series. 12 episodes. The title, translated into English, is "Mathematics Girl's High School". Almost of this TV Drama cast are ...more

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Mitsu no Aji: A Taste of Honey is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Mitsu no Aji: A Taste of Honey Nana Eikura, Miho Kanno, Arata Iura Mitsu no Aji: A Taste of Honey is a Japanese television drama series that premiered on Fuji TV on October 13, 2011. The theme song of the series is "Zutto", by Aiko.

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Aikurushii is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Aikurushii Haruka Ayase, Erika Sawajiri, Shun Oguri Aikurushii is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TBS from 10 April 2005 to 26 June 2005.

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Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Asu no Hikari wo Tsukame Asu no Hikari o Tsukame is a Japanese television drama series which first aired on Tokai TV in 2010.

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Ohisama is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Ohisama Mao Inoue, Ayumi Ito, Hikari Mitsushima Ohisama is a Japanese television drama that aired on NHK in 2011 in the Asadora time slot.

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Stand Up!! is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Yumiko Shaku, Kazunari Ninomiya, Anne Suzuki Stand Up!! is a Japanese television drama which ran weekly for three months in 2003. The drama, which stars Kazunari Ninomiya of Arashi and Tomohisa Yamashita of NEWS, centers around the lives ...more

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Strawberry on the Shortcake is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Strawberry on the Shortcake Kyoko Fukada, Hideaki Takizawa, Yōsuke Kubozuka Strawberry on the Shortcake is a Japanese romance television drama series which stars Hideaki Takizawa and Kyoko Fukada and aired on TBS in 2001. It was written by Shinji Nojima, and directed by ...more

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Renai Neet: Wasureta Koi no Ha... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Renai Neet: Wasureta Koi no Hajimekata Yukie Nakama, Tsubasa Honda, Kuranosuke Sasaki Ren'ai nîto: Wasureta koi no hajimekata is TV series.

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Tsūkai! OL Dōri is listed (or ranked) 41 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) 42 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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Sora Kara Furu Ichioku no Hosh... is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Gift is listed (or ranked) 44 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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Good Luck!! is listed (or ranked) 45 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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Penance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Penance Eiko Koike, Yū Aoi, Ryo Kase Penance, known in Japanese as Shokuzai, is a Japanese television drama miniseries that started airing on WOWOW on January 2012. It is based on a novel of the same name by Kanae Minato and ...more

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Allison & Lillia is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Nana Mizuki, Chiwa Saitō, Hideyuki Tanaka Allison & Lillia is a Japanese anime television series adapted from the light novel series Allison and Lillia and Treize by Keiichi Sigsawa. The anime, produced and animated by Madhouse, and ...more

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Ponytail wa Furimukanai is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Ponytail wa Furimukanai Kazue Itoh Ponytail wa Furimukanai is a Japanese television drama series that aired on TBS in 1985. It is based on a novel by Takashi Kitajima.

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Gaiji Keisatsu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Gaiji Keisatsu Yuriko Ishida Gaiji Keisatsu is a Japanese television drama mini-series that aired on NHK from 14 November 2009 to 19 December 2009. It is based on the novel of the same name written and released in Japan by ...more

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Saiko no Jinsei is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Japanese Television Drama TV Shows
Saiko no Jinsei Atsuko Maeda, Tomohisa Yamashita, Tsutomu Yamazaki Saikō no Jinsei no Owarikata: Ending Planner is a Japanese television drama series. It premiered on TBS on January 12, 2012. The drama revolves around the members of the Ihara family who operate ...more