FX’s Historical Epic Shōgun Hits Record-Breaking Streaming Numbers
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FX’s Historical Epic Shōgun Hits Record-Breaking Streaming Numbers


  • Shōgun
    earned a record-breaking 9 million views in its debut week, earning praise for historical accuracy and epic storytelling.
  • The epic show now holds the title for the best streaming debut of any FX show on Hulu, breaking the previous record set by
    The Bear
    season 2.
  • Critics and audiences alike praise
    for its detailed setting, cast performances, and authentic representation of Japanese culture.



FX’s new historical epic Shōgun breaks impressive streaming records after earning 9 million views across its streaming platforms during its debut week. Taking place in 1600s feudal Japan, the show tells the story of Lord Yoshii Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada), who comes across an English pirate, John Blackthorne, while facing a political struggle against his opponents. The series is largely a fictional retelling of the rise of the Tokugawa Shogunate, with Toranaga based on Tokugawa Ieyasu. The historical show has earned Games of Thrones comparisons with its epic scope and positive reception and recently garnered impressive viewership numbers.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Shōgun‘s premiere episodes broke several streaming records for Disney and FX. According to the report, the show’s premiere episode earned 9 million views worldwide across Hulu, Disney+, and Star+ during the first six days after its release, making it the best worldwide debut of any Disney General Entertainment scripted series, which excludes Stars Wars, Marvel, and Pixar banners. On top of that, the series beat The Bear season 2 for the best streaming debut of any FX show on Hulu.

Every Shōgun Adaptation

Rotten Tomatoes Critical Score

Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score

Shōgun (1980)



Shōgun (2024-)



Shōgun Streaming Success Explained

The FX/Hulu show received critical acclaim ahead of its premiere.

The latest
adaptation would only improve from the 1980s version by displaying a more authentic look and showing the historical accuracy of feudal Japan.

Reviews for Shōgun have been generally positive, with praise for its detailed historical Japanese setting, cast performances, and epic storytelling. Furthermore, the show has been well-received in Japan and the United States for its cinematic quality and authentic representation of Japanese culture. On Rotten Tomatoes, the FX/Hulu series is sitting at an almost perfect 99% critical score based on 79 reviews and an audience score of 94% with 250 reviews.


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FX’s Shōgun takes place at the end of the 16th century in the aftermath of the Warring States period with a fictional story based on real events.

As word of mouth likely contributed to its streaming victory, this is not the first time the show’s story has been adapted to the screen since it is based on James Clavell’s 1975 novel of the same name. The four-part miniseries Shōgun was released in 1980 and marked the first attempt to bring Clavell’s work to life. Similar to the new adaptation, it was a critical success. The original adaptation gained attention for pushing the boundaries of network TV with its often graphic depictions. Additionally, the miniseries nabbed several prestigious accolades and made the paperback edition of Clavell’s work a bestseller.

Reception for the 1980s version was not as welcoming in Japan, as the viewers were critical of the historical inaccuracies.

The latest Shōgun adaptation would only improve from the 1980s version by displaying a more authentic look and showing the historical accuracy of feudal Japan. Many reviewers also note it’s quite unlike anything on TV today due to its scope and ambition. The attention to detail, artistic cinematography, complex Shōgun characters, and tackling of broad political ideas give it a depth and level of sophistication not typically seen on contemporary television. Clavell’s work is quite expansive, and the Hulu/FX show gives all 1,200 pages the grandeur it deserves with a remarkable and authentic adaptation.

Source: THR

Watch Shōgun On Hulu

Shogun 2024 Poster


Shogun is an FX original mini-series set in 17th Century Japan. Shogun follows John Blackthorne, who becomes a samurai warrior but is unknowingly a pawn in Yoshii Toranaga’s plan to become Shogun. The series stars Cosmo Jarvis as John Blackthorne and Hiroyuki Sanada as Yoshii Toranaga, along with Anna Sawai, Tadanobu Asano, and Yûki Kedôin.

Cosmo Jarvis , Hiroyuki Sanada , Anna Sawai , Tadanobu Asano , Yûki Kedôin


Streaming Service(s)

Maegan Houang , Rachel Kondo , Justin Marks , Emily Yoshida

Frederick E.O. Toye , Jonathan van Tulleken

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