Top Rated Japanese Live Action TV Shows

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1. Shiroi kyotô (2003– )

Drama

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: 196

2. 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: 419

3. The Queen's Classroom (2005– )

45 min | Drama

Maya Akutsu, a new teacher who strives for perfection and punishes students in unorthodox manners. A 12-year-old Kazumi has been able to withstand her strange punishments so far but the other 23 students begin to fold under the pressure.

Stars: Yûki Amami, Mayuko Fukuda, Michiko Hada, Kazuaki Hankai

Votes: 224

4. 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: 3,361

5. Monkey (1978–1980)

Action, Family, Adventure

An adaptation of a Chinese folktale about a pilgrimage to the West undertaken by a monk and his divine guardians.

Stars: Masaaki Sakai, Masako Natsume, Shunji Fujimura, Gareth Armstrong

Votes: 1,339

6. 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: 1,028

7. Choujin Sentai Jetman (1991–1992)

25 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In the late 90's, a orbiting Earth space center run by the Earth Defense Force Sky Force has commissioned a ceremony on the "J-Project". Lead by Commander Aya Odagiri who has selected five ... See full summary »

Stars: Mikiko Miki, Kôtarô Tanaka, Rika Kishida, Sayuri Uchida

Votes: 174

8. Ultraman Orb (2016– )

TV-14 | Action, Sci-Fi

Ultraman Orb, a warrior of light, battles monsters and aliens threatening Earth.

Stars: Hideo Ishiguro, Miyabi Matsuura, Naoto Takahashi, Hiroaki Nerio

Votes: 74

9. Gift (1997– )

550 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Naomi, a middle-aged woman, goes to a house to meet her boyfriend with whom she had planned to skip the country, along with 50 billion yen in cash. When she gets to the house, there is no ... See full summary »

Stars: Mitsuko Baishô, Masayuki Imai, Kiyoshirô Imawano, Zen Kajihara

Votes: 21

10. 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: 1,608

11. 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: 1,070

12. 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: 603

13. Gaki no tsukai ya arahende!! (1989– )

24 min | Comedy

A mix of game show, talk show and reality show. Downtown sees five comedians humiliate and torture themselves and each other for our amusement.

Stars: Hitoshi Matsumoto, Masatoshi Hamada, Hôsei Tsukitei, Dauntaun

Votes: 428

14. Ultraman Nexus (2004–2005)

TV-14 | 24 min | Action, Sci-Fi

The 18th show in Tsuburaya Productions' ULTRA series. Komon Kazuki is the latest member of TLT, a secret organization that destroy the invading "space beasts".

Stars: Takuji Kawakubo, Yasue Satô, Tamotsu Ishibashi, Kosei Kato

Votes: 119

15. Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger (2002–2003)

24 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In one of the top ninja schools, three students aren't exactly fitting in. When they skip out a class meeting, space alien ninjas known as the Jakanja infiltrate the school and capture the ... See full summary »

Stars: Shun Shioya, Nao Nagasawa, Kôhei Yamamoto, Mio Fukuzumi

Votes: 90

16. 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: 76

17. 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: 1,396

18. My Boss, My Hero (2006– )

Comedy

The series is mainly about a 27 year old man named Makio Sakaki. His purpose is to become a successor after his father. However, he must pass high school first in order to prove himself ... See full summary »

Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Yui Aragaki, Yûya Tegoshi, Yû Kashii

Votes: 1,051

19. 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: 691

20. 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: 413

21. The Man Who Can't Get Married (2006– )

Comedy

40 year old gifted architect enjoys living by himself and does not communicate well with people. He has 3 women friends. Will he ever marry?

Stars: Hiroshi Abe, Yui Natsukawa, Ryôko Kuninaka, Takashi Tsukamoto

Votes: 423

22. Nankyoku tairiku: Kami no ryouiki ni idonda otoko to inu no monogatari (2011– )

Drama

A drama commemorating TBS's 60th anniversary, the story is about 11 members who were sent to the South Pole for the first time in February 1957 in a national project to explore Antartica. ... See full summary »

Stars: Takuya Kimura, Haruka Ayase, Masato Sakai, Takeshi Ishimoto

Votes: 87

23. Wakamono no subete (1994– )

Drama

This series depicts a group of young people searching for their own directions in life. 22 year-old Tetsuo repairs cars and looks after his little sister after the death of their parents. ... See full summary »

Stars: Masato Hagiwara, Takuya Kimura, Shinji Takeda, Anju Suzuki

Votes: 20

24. Boys Over Flowers (2005– )

45 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Makino Tsukushi, coming from a humble family of reduced income, feels out place at Eitoku Gakuen, a school largely attended by the progeny of the most rich and powerful people of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mao Inoue, Jun Matsumoto, Shun Oguri, Shôta Matsuda

Votes: 2,603

25. Densha otoko (2005–2006)

Comedy, Drama

With the help of an online community, a nerdy and socially awkward man gathers the courage to start dating an attractive lady he met on a train.

Stars: Misaki Itô, Atsushi Itô, Miho Shiraishi, Risa Sudou

Votes: 894

26. 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: 751

27. 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: 692

28. Jin (2009– )

54 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

A brain surgeon named Minakata Jin faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period.

Stars: Miki Nakatani, Takao Osawa, Haruka Ayase, Keisuke Koide

Votes: 370

29. 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: 131

30. 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: 51



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