Favourite Japanese TV Shows

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1. Beach Boys (1997– )

46 min | Comedy, Drama

Happy go lucky Hiromi gets kicked out by his girlfriend, and heads for the sea. He meets Kaito, an elite young businessman. The two start work at a B&B run by aging surfer Masaru and his granddaughter Makoto.

Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Yutaka Takenouchi, Ryôko Hirosue, Izumi Inamori

Votes: 124

2. Gilgamesh Night (1991– )


A popular late-night variety show in Japan. The format was similar to most talk/variety shows: interviews, comedy skits, movie reviews, cooking segments and human interest news. The major ... See full summary »

Stars: Ijirî Okada, Asami Jô, Ai Iijima, Anna Kazuki

Votes: 8

3. Hen (1994–1996)


Yoshida Chizuru is the sexiest co-ed in her class. Secretly, she's been appearing in TV commercials - despite the fact that students are forbidden from working.

Stars: Ed Wasser, Wendi Westbrook, Anthony Vatsula, Lesley Woods

4. Hou ka go (1992– )

The story begins with a girl (Azusa played by Mizuki Arisa) talking about old photos she has on her wall ... from there she talks about a moment in her life with a boy (Kouhei played by ... See full summary »

Stars: Arisa Mizuki, Issei Ishida, Kentaro Akutsu, Yoshikazu Ebisu

5. Jaja uma narashi (1993– )

Ryuichiro's bride, company president Mayumi Kitahara dies, leaving him to take care of her daughter Natsumi. Natsumi moves into Ryuichiro's flat, but he sets to work to be the father she never had.

Stars: Kiichi Nakai, Arisa Mizuki, Leo Morimoto, Masao Kusakari

6. Odoru daisosasen (1997– )

54 min

A rookie detective learns that life in law enforcement may not be as glamorous as he thought it would be.

Stars: Tetsuo Yamashita, Takashi Ukaji, Ryûgo Hashi, Akiko Hatakeyama

Votes: 110

7. I''s (2018–2019)

Comedy, Drama, Romance

A schoolboy is caught between four girls, each belonging to a different season of the year. Who will he choose?

Stars: Amane Okayama, Sei Shiraishi, Kyôka Shibata, Minori Hagiwara

Votes: 19

8. Over Time (1999– )

Drama, Romance

Kasahara Natsuki is a thirty year-old hairdresser from Tokyo who comes to Sapporo to relax and enjoy a vacation during the 2000 New Year's Eve festival/party. Unfortunately, she gets locked... See full summary »

Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Makiko Esumi, Yoshino Kimura, Haruhiko Katô

Votes: 49

9. Shitsuren Chocolatier (2014– )

54 min | Romance

Koyurugi Sota looks up to and adores his senior in school, Takahashi Saeko. With his one-sided love for her, he decides to leave for Paris to learn the art of making chocolates, as she ... See full summary »

Stars: Jun Matsumoto, Satomi Ishihara, Asami Mizukawa, Junpei Mizobata

Votes: 144

10. Yûsha Yoshihiko (2011– )

Comedy, Fantasy

The comical adventures of a group of incompetent but enthusiastic heroes.

Stars: Takayuki Yamada, Haruka Kinami, Tsuyoshi Muro, Azusa Okamoto

Votes: 279

11. GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka (1998– )

60 min | Drama, Comedy, Action

Also known as "Great Teacher Onizuka." Former juvenile delinquent Onizuka finds himself thrust into to role of high school teacher, facing students who behave just as he used to and an ... See full summary »

Stars: Takashi Sorimachi, Nanako Matsushima, Aya Enjôji, Naohito Fujiki

Votes: 3,330

12. Liar Game (2007– )

36 min | Drama

Trusting, gullible Nao suddenly finds herself participating in the mysterious Liar Game, a game where the players are issued large sums of money which they then have to cheat each other out... See full summary »

Stars: Erika Toda, Shôta Matsuda, Michiko Kichise, Kazuma Suzuki

Votes: 1,325

14. Nobuta wo produce (2005– )

Comedy, Drama

Shuji (Kamenashi Kazuya) is one of the most popular guys in school. He tries to avoid Akira (Tomohisa Yamashita), because of his constant annoyance. But Kame isn't just like that. At home, ... See full summary »

Stars: Kazuya Kamenashi, Tomohisa Yamashita, Maki Horikita, Eric Matahira

Votes: 1,177

15. 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

16. Stand Up!! (2003– )

As the summer holidays begin, four boys find themselves the last virgins at their school, so they'll face parents, teachers, childhood friends, crushes and their own awkwardness in their subsequent attempts to lose their virginity.

Stars: Kazunari Ninomiya, Tomohisa Yamashita, Anne Suzuki, Hiroki Narimiya

Votes: 222

17. Subararashiki kana jinsei (1993– )

Yume lives with her daughter Haruka. Haruka's real father Kunio left Yume before they get married. Yume married Shinpei but he made a girlfriend and they divorced. Kunio's brother Mitsugu ... See full summary »

Stars: Atsuko Asano, Yûji Oda, Kôichi Satô, Yasuko Tomita

Votes: 7

19. Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2013– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Urara Shiraishi is a model student with excellent grades. Ryu Yamada is a trouble student. One day, Urara tumbles down the stairs with Ryu. After the accident, their bodies become switched.... See full summary »

Stars: Mariya Nishiuchi, Yûsuke Yamamoto, Reina Triendl, Takuya Ide

Votes: 95

20. Dekichatta kekkon (2001– )

54 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Hirosue Ryoko stars as Chiyo, 20, a department store clerk, whose first encounter with Ryunosuke, 30, a carefree bachelor friend of her sister's, leads to a pregnancy. Although of different... See full summary »

Stars: Yutaka Takenouchi, Ryôko Hirosue, Yuriko Ishida, Hiroshi Abe

Votes: 46

21. Boku to Kanojo no XXX (2005– )

17 min | Comedy

When her mad scientist grandfather accidentally switches their bodies--it's freaky Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and every day. Akira Uehara is mortified when his best buddy starts hitting on "... See full summary »

Stars: Osamu Adachi, Seiko Iwaidô, Chise Nakamura

Votes: 5

22. Omiai Kekkon (2000)

Comedy, Romance

Straight-laced trading exec Koutaro is asked by his boss to marry as a precondition for his transfer abroad. He is introduced to the hard-drinking flight attendant Setsuko, and the two must decide if they want to marry.

Stars: Takako Matsu, Yûsuke Santamaria, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Masayuki Imai

Votes: 6

24. Suteki na Kataomoi (1990)

Comedy, Romance

Junpei sometimes sees his neighbor Keiko, but doesn't think much of her. One of Keiko's friends gives her the phone number of a single guy, but when she calls she recognizes him as Junpei, ... See full summary »

Stars: Ken Ishiguro, Miho Nakayama, Emi Wakui, Toshirô Yanagiba

27. 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

29. Flower Shop Without Rose (2008– )


Shiomi Eiji is a florist. He is a single man with a young daughter named Shizuku. One day, he invites a blind woman seeking shelter under his shop awning to come in out of the rain. A ... See full summary »

Stars: Isao Bitô, Junko Ikeuchi, Yûki Imai, Maki Kubota

Votes: 110

30. Love Revolution (2001– )

Drama, Romance

A doctor at a prestigious Tokyo hospital is feeling dissatisfied with her life. Though she has a successful career, she sees her friends with boyfriends or husbands and feels like she has ... See full summary »

Stars: Makiko Esumi, Naohito Fujiki, Manabu Oshio, Miki Sakai

Votes: 43

31. Good person (1997– )

60 min | Comedy, Drama

After graduating from college, Yuuji lands the job of his dreams at the company that manufactures his favorite running shoes. The complete sincerity and selflessness that Yuuji shows ... See full summary »

Stars: Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Yuka Hôshaku, Shingo Katori, Takuya Kimura

Votes: 9

32. 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

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