10 TV Shows That Have Gained a Global Audience



On April 1, 2011, just three weeks after a tsunami devastated Japan and set off a nuclear nightmare at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, Tokyo TV pulled the final season of "24." Officials for Tokyo TV pulled the show because its storyline features nuclear radiation. TV executives said the subject was inappropriate considering the current situation. Instead, the TV station will re-run seasons one through seven [source: Blair].

The news was upsetting for many Japanese who are fans of the show and its hero Jack Bauer. Played by Keifer Sutherland, Bauer has fought nuclear threats, suicide bombers and kidnappers. Sutherland is so admired in Japan, and so identifiable with his character, that when he visits, the Japanese media address him as "Jack" [source: Betros].

"24" is so accepted in Japan that on Jan. 1, 2011, Japanese TV aired the first seven seasons consecutively for a week, placing it in the Guinness World Records for the longest running on-air time for a television program. In addition, Fox ran a campaign in which viewers could win 100,000 yen, or nearly $1,200, every hour [source: Betros].