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FX's Shōgun Season 1: Release Date, Latest News, Cast, Trailer, and Everything Else to Know

The historical drama set in feudal Japan is coming soon

Rebecca Rovenstine
Hiroyuki Sanada, Shogun

Hiroyuki Sanada, Shogun

Kurt Iswarienko/FX

FX's new miniseries Shōgun is set to premiere this winter on both FX and Hulu. The show is based on James Clavell's 1975 novel, Shōgun, which was then turned into an Emmy-winning limited series in the 1980s starring Richard Chamberlain, but this new update from Counterpart's Justin Marks and Rachel Kondo will bring the story to a new audience. The series stars Hiroyuki Sanada, who has recently had roles in John Wick 4 and Bullet Train, as Lord Yoshii Toranaga; Monarch: Legacy of Monsters' Anna Sawai as Toda Mariko; and Cosmo Jarvis as John Blackthorne.

The new limited series is coming soon, so we'll try to answer your questions, such as when Shōgun premieres, who is in Shōgun, and where to watch Shōgun on cable and streaming.

Shōgun release date and time

Shōgun, which consists of 10 episodes, premieres Tuesday, Feb. 27 on both FX on Hulu. While most shows that air on both FX and Hulu (FX and Hulu are owned by the same parent company, Disney) appear on Hulu the day after they premiere on FX, Shōgun will appear first on Hulu at 12:01 a.m. ET on Tuesday, and then air later that day at 10 p.m. ET on FX. 

Shōgun trailers

On Feb. 9, FX dropped an extended trailer for Shōgun. The video presents a much closer look at what to expect from the samurai drama and teases themes including treachery, devotion, fear, greed, power, and desire.

In January, the network released a red band trailer, which gives viewers more insight into what they can expect from the show. The trailer is available to watch on YouTube.

FX released its official Shōgun teaser trailer in early November.

What will Shōgun be about?

Shōgun is an adaptation of James Clavell's novel of the same name. The series, like the book, is set in 1600 in feudal Japan as a civil war is breaking out. Lord Yoshii Toranaga (Sanada) must keep himself safe from the enemies who unite against his leadership. 

When a mysterious ship makes its way to a fishing village, an English sailor named John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) may be the unexpected person to help Toranaga regain his power. The pair become linked to Toda Mariko (Anna Sawai), their translator from a disgraced family.  

Who will be in Shōgun?

The cast of Shōgun was announced in September 2021. While not all of the cast is well known, we expect they will be once the series begins airing.

Shōgun main cast:

Where can I watch Shōgun?

Shōgun will air on FX and stream the same day on Hulu. The first two episodes premiere Tuesday, Feb. 27 on Hulu and air the same day at 10/9c on FX, followed by a new episode each Tuesday. 

For those who can't wait and need their Shōgun fix now, Amazon offers a DVD version of the 1980 miniseries, which does not appear to be available on streaming at this time. Amazon also offers the James Clavell novel Shōgun.