Osaka is the setting for the bittersweet two-hour drama “Saiko no Oyako” (“The Best Mother and Child”; TBS, Sun., 9 p.m.), which stars Naomi Fujiyama as a single mother raising a daughter, played by Riisa Naka, who has just graduated from university with a degree in architecture but is having trouble finding work.

Midori (Fujiyama) is proud of Sayumi (Naka), but Sayumi’s frustrations cause conflicts that always lead to fights. Then one day, Midori’s izakaya (drinking establishment) is covered by a local TV station, and the program is seen by Shuichi (Takaaki Enoki), Sayumi’s biological father, who hasn’t seen Midori since she disappeared from his life right after she learned she was pregnant. He goes to her restaurant to reconcile, but Midori wants nothing to do with him and tries to keep Sayumi from finding out about him.

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