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  • Title: マチベン
  • Title (romaji): Machiben
  • Also known as: The Street Lawyers
  • Genre: Legal
  • Broadcast network: NHK

Season 1[edit]

Machiben Season 1
  • Episodes: 6
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00-21:58
  • Broadcast period: 2006-Apr-08 to 2006-May-13
  • Theme song: Eien by EXILE


The drama portrays four lawyers at a small law firm struggling with the questions of what justice is and what it means to save people. Ryoko Amachi is an attorney who has once worked as a prosecutor. With the other three lawyers at the same firm, she tackles outdated laws and the public that criticizes the weak, and fights with prosecutors over a truth. Eventually, Ryoko faces up to the case of alleged false accusation in which she was involved as a prosecutor.

User/Viewer Ratings[edit]

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Production Credits[edit]

Episode Ratings[edit]

  • Ep 01: 08.0%
  • Ep 02: 07.3%
  • Ep 03: 06.4%
  • Ep 04: 06.6%


Season 2[edit]

Shin Machiben
  • Title: 新マチベン
  • Title (romaji): Shin Machiben
  • Also known as: New Machiben / Machiben 2
  • Tagline: ~オトナの出番~ / Otona no Deban
  • Episodes: 6
  • Viewership rating: 9.6 (Kanto)
  • Broadcast period: 2007-Jun-30 to 2007-Aug-04
  • Air time: Saturday 21:00 to 21:58
  • Theme song: Somewhere Sometime by Ueda Masaki


This season is about men in their 60s, who strike out on a new career path as attorneys halfway through life. Tokunaga Gentaro, a 60-year-old who has retired a newspaper company, decides to live the rest of his life as an attorney and passes the bar exam. At the legal training center, he meets two men of his age who have the same dream, and opens a law firm with them. The middle-aged novice attorneys with different backgrounds and life experiences encounter various clients and struggle together.



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Episode Titles[edit]

  • Ep. 01: A Beginning Lawyer at 60
  • Ep. 02: A Beauty with a Vendetta
  • Ep. 03: Can You Abandon Your Parents?
  • Ep. 04: The Nameless Client
  • Ep. 05: The Truth about the Bomb Threat Email
  • Ep. 06: A Silent Message

Episode Ratings[edit]

Episode Kanto Kansai Nationwide
01 11.0 ??.? ??.?
02 09.9 ??.? ??.?
03 08.6 ??.? ??.?
04 10.0 ??.? ??.?
05 10.8 ??.? ??.?
06 07.6 ??.? ??.?

Source: Video Research, Ltd.

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