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What are the best Japanese TV shows?

Japan was the birthplace of anime, and we all know that. But it's not only in animated series where the Land of the Rising Sun excels at. We've picked the best Japanese dramas to binge, along with other Japanese TV shows. From here, you can start exploring other drama series and shows from Japan!

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  1. 1Gokusen

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    Gokusen is a Japanese shonen and action drama series directed by Toya Sato and Taro Otani. It was released April 2, 2002 by NTV. It starred Yukie Nakama, Misaki Ito, Yuma Ishigaki and Jun Matsumoto.

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  1. 2Hana Yori Dango: Boys Over Flowers

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    Hana Yori Dango: Boys Over Flowers is a Japanese drama TV Series directed by Yamashita Kosuke and produced by Katsuaki Setoguchi. It was released October 21, 2005 by Tokyo Broadcasting System. It starred Mao Inoue and Jun Matsumoto.

  2. 3Great Teacher Onizuka

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    Great Teacher Onizuka is a Japanese comedy-drama anime series that aired in 1999 based on the manga series of the same name by Tooru Fujisawa. It centers on former biker Eikichi Onizuka who teaches at the Holy Forest Academy. 

  1. 4Takeshi Castle

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    Takeshi Castle is a Japanese game show presented by Takeshi Kitano and Hayato Tani. It was released April 14, 1989 and ended November 9, 2002. It was an original work of Tokyo Broadcasting System.

  2. 5Tokyo Girl

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    Tokyo Girl is a Japanese drama television series that aired on BS-TBS from 2008 to 2009 with eleven episodes starring Asami Mizukawa. It follows the story of Aya as she adjusts her life in Tokyo. 

  3. 6I Survived A Japanese Game Show

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    I Survived A Japanese Game Show is a Japanese game show for American participants created by David Sidebotham and Karsten Bartholin. It was released June 24, 2008 and ended August 5, 2009. 

  4. 7Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020

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    Terrace House: Tokyo is a reality TV show that follows a group of six unrelated individuals (three boys and three girls) as they share an exquisite house. It was debuted on Netflix Japan as one of the streaming giant's original programs on May 14, 2019. 

  5. 8Samurai Gourmet

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    Samurai Gourmet is a slice of life comedy series based on Masayuki Kusumi's manga of the same name. It follows a retired man who indulges in the joys of drinking and eating, which leads to the awakening of the inner samurai in him.

  6. 9Midnight Diner

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    Midnight Diner, also known as Shinya shokudō, is a Japanese anthology television series based on the manga written by Yarō Abe. Set on a midnight diner, it follows a chef (The Master) and his interactions with his customers.

  7. 10Million Yen Women

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    Million Yen Women (100 Manen no Onnatachi) is a Japanese romantic comedy series based on the manga of the same name by Shunju Aono. It aired on TV Tokyo from April to June 2017 and became available on Netflix U.S. on August 15, 2017.

  8. 11Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman

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    Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman is a live-action Japanese drama and comedy series which follows the life of Ametani Kantarou, a salaryman working for a publishing house. It was released on Netflix on July 7, 2017.

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    Anonymous
    February 24, 2019
    "I love Japanese TV shows, and surprisingly, I recently found a DVD of GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka in my local library. Naturally, I checked it out and watched it. I liked this animated series a lot. It isn't my favorite Japanese TV show of all time, but it is really good."
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    Anonymous
    May 15, 2018
    "I love weird and crazy Japanese TV shows. I think the best one that I ever watched was "I Survived A Japanese Game Show." It features lots of drama and excitement. It keeps you guessing on what will happen right through the end!"
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    I Survived A Japanese Game Show
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "I remember reading this manga series before and I can't believe that I am watching it on Netflix Japan now! I hope more manga would have an adaptation and be available to watch online like this one. 🤞"
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    Midnight Diner
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    Anonymous
    May 24, 2018
    "A friend of mine recommended I watch Takeshi Castle since I'm into Japanese TV shows. Maybe because it's very old, or because I just didn't like the characters, but I didn't like it at all."
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    Takeshi Castle
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "This Japanese drama series was one of my favorite manga series before. I am so glad that it received an adaptation and that it was released on Netflix Japan! 🎌"
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    Kantaro: The Sweet Tooth Salaryman
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "Million Yen Women is definitely one of the best Japanese TV shows to star if you want to start indulging yourself in more Japanese dramas."
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    Million Yen Women
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    Anonymous
    May 28, 2018
    "Tokyo Girl is a Japanese drama television series that follows the story of Aya as she adjusts her life in Tokyo"
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    Tokyo Girl
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "This is one funny take on being a samurai. I hope that this drama series would have more seasons produced. 🙏"
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    Samurai Gourmet
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    Anonymous
    May 21, 2018
    "This Tv show is a bit silly and the video is a little off, but again who dose not love Japanese TV!"
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    Gokusen
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    Anonymous
    October 29, 2019
    "I am really hoping that I would be picked up on this show to finally find my significant other. :)"
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    Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020
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    Anonymous
    May 11, 2018
    "It fits the topic, But I have never been able to get into foreign films"
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    Hana Yori Dango: Boys Over Flowers
This list is about What are the best Japanese TV shows
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1GokusenTV Shows 8 Paid
2Hana Yori Dango: Boys Over FlowersTV Shows 6 Paid
3Great Teacher OnizukaTV Shows 4 Paid
4Takeshi CastleTV Shows 3 Paid
5Tokyo GirlTV Shows 1 Paid
6I Survived A Japanese Game ShowTV Shows 1 Paid
7Terrace House: Tokyo 2019-2020TV Shows 0 Paid
8Samurai GourmetTV Shows 0 Paid
9Midnight DinerTV Shows 0 Paid
10Million Yen WomenTV Shows 0 Paid
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