Japanese TV Drama Top 50

by Dynocho | created - 15 Dec 2016 | updated - 27 Jul 2017 | Public

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1. Hibana (2016– )

60 min | Drama

A young comedian in Tokyo tries to make it big with his partner in their duo bit of Manzai (a type of Japanese Abbot and Costello comedy) along the way he meets an older comedian who drives... See full summary »

Stars: Kento Hayashi, Kazuki Namioka, Masao Yoshii, Nahana

Votes: 453

2. Amachan (2013– )

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A young girl from Tokyo moves to the Tohoku region to become a female diver. A so-called 'Ama' diver.

Stars: Non, Sôta Fukushi, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Kasumi Yamaya

Votes: 259

3. Long Vacation (1996– )

45 min | Drama, Music

A group of friends do their best to handle life's daily struggles. Two of them, an ambitious musician and a struggling model, are drawn to each other.

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Yutaka Takenouchi, Izumi Inamori

Votes: 560

4. Shiroi kyotô (2003– )


An striking drama of the amazingly gifted surgeon Goro Zaizen, caught up by his desire for power and fame, and his contemporary surgeon Shuji Satomi, who selflessly continues a quest to ... See full summary »

Stars: Toshiaki Karasawa, Yôsuke Eguchi, Hitomi Kuroki, Sei Hiraizumi

Votes: 169

7. Nodame kantâbire (2006– )

47 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Two musicians united in talent, divided by nature - the upper-class perfectionist Chiaki and the sloppy middle-classer Nodame - fall in love.

Stars: Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa

Votes: 1,538

8. Going My Home (2012– )

54 min | Drama

Ryota Tsuboi is a producer for a CM production company. His wife Sae is a food stylist. She is also enthusiastic about her daughter Moe's education and her work. Ryota goes to Nagano to see his father. There he has a strange meeting.

Stars: Aoi Tatsumi, Hiroshi Abe, Tomoko Yamaguchi, Aoi Miyazaki

Votes: 107

9. Quartet (2017)

54 min | Drama

Maki, Suzume, Iemori, and Beppu accidentally met in a karaoke one day while bringing instruments. They then decided to form a musical quartet and live together. At this point no one knows ... See full summary »

Stars: Takako Matsu, Hikari Mitsushima, Issey Takahashi, Ryûhei Matsuda

Votes: 354

10. Sanadamaru (2016– )

Drama, History

Sanadamaru is the 2016 taiga drama from NHK. Spanning over 50 episodes, we follow the historical fiction of the Sanada clansmen as they plotted and fought their ways to survive the changing... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Sakai, Masao Kusakari, Masami Nagasawa, Yô Ôizumi

Votes: 102

11. Hitotsu yane no shita (1993– )

54 min | Drama

A car accident killed a couple, orphaning their six children. At that time, the eldest child, Tatsuya, was only 18 and had to attend marathon training. Lacking the confidence to take good ... See full summary »

Stars: Yôsuke Eguchi, Masaharu Fukuyama, Noriko Sakai, Issei Ishida

Votes: 70

12. Rigaru Hai (2012– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama

Never-Loose Lawyer Komikado use his way and understanding of the spirit of law win every case on the court of law.

Stars: Masato Sakai, Yui Aragaki, Kôtarô Satomi, Junnosuke Taguchi

Votes: 977

13. Orenji deizu (2004– )

45 min | Drama, Romance

Yuuki Kai is a senior at a university studying social welfare psychology and trying to find a job. One day, he encounters a girl, Hagio Sae, playing the violin, and becomes intrigued.

Stars: Satoshi Tsumabuki, Ko Shibasaki, Hiroki Narimiya, Miho Shiraishi

Votes: 404

14. Hanzawa Naoki (2013– )

54 min | Drama

An idealistic banker takes on corruption and wrongdoing at his large corporate bank. While forging ties with some unlikely allies, he must use his financial expertise, his instincts about ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Sakai, Aya Ueto, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 929

15. Pride (2004– )

50 min | Drama, Sport

Halu (Kimura Takuya) is the captain and star player of an ice hockey team, who is greatly respected by his teammates. For him, hockey is serious business that fully occupies his mind, while... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Kôichi Satô, Yûko Takeuchi, Kenji Sakaguchi

Votes: 320

16. Atsuhime (2008– )


Atsuhime (Princess Atsu) is the story of the real life Princess Atsu of the Satsuma Domain of Japan during the final years of the Tokugawa Shogunate. In a move to influence the Shogunate ... See full summary »

Stars: Takehiro Hira, Marina Kozawa, Hiroki Miyake, Aoi Miyazaki

Votes: 129

17. Oshin (1983– )

Biography, Drama, Family

Tells the story of Oshin, a poor little girl who would someday become the owner of a big supermarket chain in Japan.

Stars: Toshi Shioya, Nobuko Otowa, Yûko Tanaka, Ayako Kobayashi

Votes: 661

18. Tokyo Love Story (1991– )

45 min | Romance

'NAGAO KANJI', comes from Ehime-ken, joins Heartsports company located in Tokyo, where he met lovely and sunny 'Akana Rika'. Love story begins...

Stars: Yûji Oda, Honami Suzuki, Narimi Arimori, Yôsuke Eguchi

Votes: 400

19. Furuhata Ninzaburô (1994– )

Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A Japanese television drama inspired by Peter Falk's detective series Columbo with Tamura Masakazu as the leading character, Furuhata Ninzaburô.

Stars: Masahiko Nishimura, Masakazu Tamura, Yasosuke Bando, Ken Ishiguro

Votes: 90

20. Totto TV (2016– )

28 min | Comedy

Kuroyanagi Tetsuko became NHK's first television actress in 1953 (Showa 28), which was the start of television broadcasting. She has brought laughter and tears to TV viewers and many people... See full summary »

Stars: Hikari Mitsushima, Mimura, Gaku Hamada, Kôtarô Yoshida

Votes: 47

21. Mahoro ekimae bangaichi (2013– )


Tada Keisuke and Gyoten Haruhiko are two friends who work as "Benri-ya" (Handymen, Jack of all trades) in a fictional city called Mahoro in Japan. The story is different between each ... See full summary »

Stars: Eita, Ryûhei Matsuda, Fusako Urabe, Makiko Watanabe

Votes: 86

22. Okitegami Kyôko no Bibôroku (2015– )

54 min | Mystery

Kyoko Okitegami is a private detective. She is known as the Forgetful Private Detective. When she wakes up in the morning, her memory is reset. Due to this, she rigidly adheres to a ... See full summary »

Stars: Yui Aragaki, Masaki Okada, Mitsuhiro Oikawa, Daiki Arioka

Votes: 266

23. Hotaru no hikari (2007–2011)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hotaru and her manager Seiichi work together, by coincidence live together and soon fall for each other. In the way though is two seasons of drama, romance, propriety, overseas assignments and friends and colleagues.

Stars: Haruka Ayase, Naohito Fujiki, Yuka Itaya, Ken Yasuda

Votes: 471

24. The Best Divorce (2013– )

54 min | Drama

A romantic home comedy about 30-year-olds with an immature view on marriage that focuses on themes related to married couples and families in general.

Stars: Eita, Machiko Ono, Yôko Maki, Gô Ayano

Votes: 154

25. Code Blue (2008– )


If it can be treated one second earlier, the heart might start beating again. If there is one extra helicopter, another life in danger may be saved. If one more life can be saved, the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Yui Aragaki, Erika Toda, Manami Higa

Votes: 345

26. The State of Union (2016– )

54 min | Drama

Nagasato Daisuke is a 39-year old bachelor with an extremely negative attitude towards marriage. However, he truly believes that he'd "rather be alone." Averse to taking the risk of ... See full summary »

Stars: Shingo Katori, Juri Ueno, Kiko Mizuhara, Yoshiyoshi Arakawa

Votes: 87

27. 1 Litre of Tears (2005– )

48 min | Drama, Romance

This TV drama version of "Ichi rittoru no namida" tells the story of 15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya, an ordinary girl and a new highschool student. But soon she discovers she has spinocerebellar ... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Sawajiri, Ryô Nishikido, Hiroko Yakushimaru, Takanori Jinnai

Votes: 1,745

28. The Restaurant with Problems (2015– )

54 min | Comedy

Tanaka Tamako had been working for a male-dominated restaurant business but was betrayed by her boyfriend who was hired as the chef. In addition, she is taken to the police as a result of ... See full summary »

Stars: Yôko Maki, Masahiro Higashide, Fumi Nikaidô, Mayu Matsuoka

Votes: 97

29. Love Generation (1997– )


Katagiri Teppei (Kimura Takuya) is a promising creative agent, but whose attitude gets him transferred to the sales department. He has to learn to adapt to the new working environment, ... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Takako Matsu, Ryuta Kawabata, Yôko Moriguchi

Votes: 281

30. Operation Proposal (2007– )

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Ken and Rei have been friends since childhood. Though he has been in love with her for years he was never able to tell her. On the day of her wedding to another man Ken sees a picture of ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomohisa Yamashita, Masami Nagasawa, Nana Eikura, Yûta Hiraoka

Votes: 625

31. Wagaya no rekishi (2010– )


Set after WW II, "Wagaya no Rekishi" ( The history of our family) follows the Yame family and its 7 members over the next two decades. The drama will provided a mixture of laughter, romance, drama and suspense.

Stars: Ian Moore, Makoto Sakamoto, Yô Ôizumi, Taro Fujioka

Votes: 65

32. Late Blooming Sunflower ~My Life, Renewal~ (2012– )

54 min | Drama

The drama is set at the beautiful Shimanto River in the Kochi prefecture and revolves around a group of seven men and women and the unfolding of their lives.

Stars: Tôma Ikuta, Yôko Maki, Kenta Kiritani, Yû Kashii

Votes: 57

33. Onna joushu Naotora (2017– )

45 min | Drama, History

During the Sengoku period, the Ii family governs the Totomi region. Due to many past wars, there are no more male successors left to become a lord. Naotora Ii ((Kou Shibasaki), the only ... See full summary »

Stars: Miu Arai, Aki Asakura, Kanata Fujimoto, Mari Hanafusa

Votes: 26

34. Nigeru wa haji daga, yaku ni tatsu (2016– )

54 min | Comedy

25 year old Moriyama Mikuri graduated but had no job offers. She became a temporary employee but was even laid off. So while she is taking a break right now, Mikuri feels unwanted and ... See full summary »

Stars: Yui Aragaki, Gen Hoshino, Ryôhei Ohtani, Takashi Fujii

Votes: 677

35. The Solitary Gourmet (2012– )

30 min | Drama

A solitary businessman travels across Japan, eating at its various establishments and experiencing the various delicacies of Japanese cuisine.

Stars: Yutaka Matsushige, Tomoki Uekusa, Atsushi Kashiwagi, Masayuki Kusumi

Votes: 248

36. Tamiô (2015– )

54 min | Comedy

One day, the current prime minister of Japan, Muto Taizan, and his useless son, Sho, suddenly discover that they have switched bodies. With no known cause or solution at hand, Sho ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Masaki Suda, Yuika Motokariya, Ji-young Kang

Votes: 72

37. The Queen of Lunch (2002– )

54 min | Comedy, Romance

Natsumi loves lunch. By chance she starts working for "Kitchen Macaroni", posing as the fiance of the owner's eldest son, Kenichiro. Kenichiro's father Kenzo and his three younger brothers ... See full summary »

Stars: Yûko Takeuchi, Satoshi Tsumabuki, Misaki Itô, Tomohisa Yamashita

Votes: 128

39. Hirugao: Love Affairs in the Afternoon (2014– )

54 min | Drama, Romance

The story is about two women who each have a affair.

Stars: Aya Ueto, Michiko Kichise, Takumi Saitoh, Ayumi Itô

Votes: 186

40. 5 ji Kara 9 ji Made ~ Watashi ni Koi Shita Ikemen Sugiru Obôsan (2015– )

54 min | Comedy, Romance

"From Five to Nine" is a romantic comedy drama. It is a story of girl who works as an English teacher and dreams of moving to New York, but unexpectedly, she encounters a handsome monk, and the story begins.

Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Tomohisa Yamashita, Kei Tanaka, Yûki Furukawa

Votes: 511

41. Midnight Diner (2009– )


Shinya Shokudo is a tv series from Japan since 2009. It tells many stories about ordinary people eat in shinya shokudo, which means a restaurant at midnight. This small restaurant opens from 12 in the evening to 7 in the morning.

Stars: Kaoru Kobayashi, Mansaku Fuwa, Toshiki Ayata, Shôhei Uno

Votes: 534

42. Ryûsei no kizuna (2008– )


"When we grow up - We'll kill him together". Koichi, Taisuke, and Shizuna are three siblings whose parents had been brutally murdered when they were just in elementary school, and they ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Ryô Nishikido, Erika Toda, Jun Kaname

Votes: 245

44. Last Friends (2008– )

56 min | Drama

Last Friends tackles issues that afflict the current generation. Michiru's mother has brought a man back to their home and she is bullied at her workplace where she works as a beauty ... See full summary »

Stars: Shigenori Yamazaki, Eita, Asami Mizukawa, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 448

45. Kaseifu no mita (2011– )

54 min | Drama

Can a family hope to recover after losing their mother to suicide? Keiichi Asuda serves his wife, Nagiko divorce papers after he tells her that he intends to marry his mistress. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Hiroki Hasegawa, Saki Aibu, Shuto Ayabe

Votes: 164

46. Dragon Zakura (2005– )


Kenji Sakuragi is a lawyer and former member of a motorcycle gang. He takes on the challenge of preparing a special class for a famous stupid school, Ryuuzan to enter the prestigious Toudai University.

Stars: Kôjun Itô, Hiroshi Abe, Kyoko Hasegawa, Tomohisa Yamashita

Votes: 537

47. Ultraman Taro (1973)

30 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

After being killed in a monster attack, adolescent young man Kotarô Higashi is transformed by the entire Ultra Family into a powerful new Ultra-being, Ultraman Tarou.

Stars: Saburô Shinoda, Kôji Moritsugu, Keiko Ono, Mayumi Asaka

Votes: 69

48. Ultraman: Tiga (1996–1997)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A high-tech squadron protects Earth from evil monsters and aliens with the help of a giant super-being named Ultraman Tiga.

Stars: Christopher Collet, Hiroshi Nagano, Takami Yoshimoto, Akitoshi Ohtaki

Votes: 203

49. Tonbi (2013– )

54 min | Drama

Ichikawa Yasuo, who goes by the nickname Yasu, is a 'dumb' man unequal anywhere in the world. He has not had schooling, is boorish and would immediately let his fists fly if he loses his ... See full summary »

Stars: Seiyô Uchino, Takeru Satoh, Takako Tokiwa, Hironobu Nomura

Votes: 64