When I turn on the TV in America I see car chases, kidnapping or shootings. When I turn on the TV in Japan, I see “variety” shows asking people “what shape is your poo.” As you can see, poo in Japan has faces.
How do you rate TV in your neck of the woods? Great? Terrible?
TV in Japan is mostly designed to keep folks entertained rather than educated which is why there is a lack of documentaries. The last thing a tired salary person wants to see when they get home is something educational which is why variety shows are all you see - packed with ads of course.
However Japanese TV is great for folks learning Japanese due to the amount of text that is displayed on the screen - this is done to emphasize what is being said or portrayed.