American drama series to watch over the Christmas holidays


With Japan too about to enter the holiday season, what better than to curl up in front of the telly and watch an American drama series from start to finish? This was the premise of a recent goo Ranking survey.


Between the 19th and 22nd of November 2010 1,171 members of the goo Research online monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. 50.2% of the sample were female, 11.3% in their teens, 19.1% in their twenties, 29.0% in their thirties, 23.4% in their forties, 9.6% in their fifties, and 7.6% aged sixty or older. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of the total sample.

There’s six in the list I’ve never heard of, and another eight I’ve never even seen a episode of, although I came to Japan before most of these 14 started. All I’ve seen of 24 is this:

Oh, and Merry Christmas to all my readers!

Ranking result

Q: Which US drama series do you want to watch from start to finish over the winter holidays? (Sample size=1,171)

Rank   Score
1 24 100
2 Sex and the City 82.6
3 Lost 58.4
4= ER 46.1
4= Heroes 46.1
6 CSI 43.3
7 The A-Team 42.1
8 X Files 39.9
9 Full House 39.3
10 Desperate Housewives 33.7
11 Charlie’s Angels 32.6
12 Little House on the Prarie 30.3
13 Bones 29.8
14= Bewitched 28.7
14= Knight Rider 28.7
16 Beverley Hills 80210 28.1
17 Columbo 25.8
18 Ghost Whisperer 25.3
19 Ally McBeal 20.8
20 Supernatural 18.5
21 Friends 17.4
22 Miami Vice 15.7
23 The O.C. 14.0
24= West Wing 12.9
24= Mission: Impossible 12.9
26= The L Word 11.8
26= Star Trek 11.8
28 MacGyver 10.7
29 Dark Angel 10.1
30 4400 8.4
Read more on: ,,

Custom Search


  1. feitclub said,
    December 25, 2010 @ 08:48

    FYI, FOX Japan is actually running a 24 marathon this year. Starting at midnight January 1st, all seven seasons will be shown over the following week (Season 8 has not yet aired in Japan, though I assume it’s coming soon). Maybe that’s why it was so high?

    Also, LOL at half-hour comedies like Full House being a “drama.” Oh, and PS: that’s Beverly Hills 90210, not 8.

    • Steven said,
      December 27, 2010 @ 09:40

      Any TV show that runs in a series (like full house, seinfeld, sopranos, sex & the city, etc) is called a “drama” in Japan. This is regardless of whether or not the show is “dramatic” in the English sense of the word “drama”.

      The Beverly Hills 80210 also had me laughing though ;). I did a google map search of the zip code and it ended up being in Denver Colorado.

      I always find it funny wheneer I see a shelf full of shows I’ve never even heard of at a rental shop… judging by the displays you’d think they were huge successes. Of course when my bro came to Japan and saw them he said he’d never really heard of those shows or knew they were popular!

  2. Nick said,
    December 25, 2010 @ 11:47

    Totally disappointing lack of The Wire or The Sopranos on the list – surely the two US dramas most worth watching!

Leave a Comment