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When and Where to Stream the 'Shōgun' Series Finale

The captivating series will end this month.

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FX's recent version of James Clavell's 1975 bestselling samurai epic, Shōgun, burst onto the scene with 9 million views for its first episode, according to Disney. But there are only two episodes left in the saga, and the series will be over -- unless you want to binge all 10 episodes. 

Set in 1600 feudal Japan, the action-drama centers around marooned sailor John Blackthorne (played by Peaky Blinders star Cosmo Jarvis) and his rise from English outsider to samurai while being used as a pawn in Lord Yoshii Toranaga's struggle to reach the top of the country's ruling order.

Helmed by Justin Marks, whose credits include Top Gun: Maverick, alongside his wife Rachel Kondo, the 10-episode series also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, who served as the series' producer, as Toranaga. Monarch: Legacy of Monsters actress Anna Sawai plays mysterious Christian noblewoman Lady Mariko.

The new series marks the second time the novel has inspired a limited TV series, with a 1980 adaptation starring Richard Chamberlain, Toshiro Mifune and Yoko Shimada proving a huge worldwide hit. 

To get your samurai fill, keep reading to see where to stream this much-anticipated new series and why a VPN could be a useful tool.

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When and where to watch Shōgun

Shōgun debuted in the US on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and has two more episodes remaining that will air on April 16, with the finale dropping on April 23. You can stream it on Hulu in the US at 12 a.m. ET, and at 10 p.m. ET on FX's linear cable network on those dates. International viewers can watch on Disney Plus via the Star hub.

Because Shōgun is a limited series, a second season is not planned. All 10 episodes will be available to binge on April 23. 

Last year, Disney implemented price increases on its ad-free plans for Hulu, but you can save if you stream with ads or choose a Disney Bundle, including a $20 ad-free package. Read more on how we tested Disney Plus' ad-supported tier and what to expect with the price hike.

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Hulu is available in the US as a standalone subscription or as part of the Disney bundle. Prices start at $8 per month to stream with ads and there's a free trial available. Students may qualify for a discount that grants access for $2 a month. Read our Hulu review.

Watch Shōgun on a live TV streaming service 

FX is also available in the US via streaming service Sling TV on its Blue tier subscription.

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Live TV streaming service Sling is designed to be a direct replacement for cable TV, with a wide range of linear channels on offer. 

It offers two main different plans for the same $40 entry price: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. They share many of the same channels (like CNN, History and TNT) but others are exclusive to one or the other. In the case of FX, it's only available with the Sling Blue option. 

For more info on what both options offer, check out the CNET Sling TV review.

How to watch Shōgun in the UK, Australia, Canada, Latin America

In the UK, Australia and Canada, the new Shōgun miniseries is available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus via the Star section of the streaming app. Viewers in Latin America can watch via Disney Plus or Star Plus.


The service is the exclusive home of Disney's massive back catalog while also giving you on demand access to the entire Marvel canon, every Pixar movie, plus National Geographic content.

In Canada, a Disney Plus subscription currently costs CA$8 a month for Standard with ads; or CA$15 a month or CA$150 a year for Premium.

In the UK, Disney Plus Standard is priced at £8 per month or £80 per year, and includes download functionality and no adverts. Disney Plus Premium costs £11 per month or £110 per year and allows you to stream on four devices at once, as well as in 4K and HDR, plus enhanced Dolby Atmos audio.

In Australia, the service essentially mirrors the two UK offerings, with the Standard tier priced at $14 a month or AU$140 for a year, while the Premium tier will set you back AU$18 a month or AU$180 for a year-long subscription. 

How to watch Shōgun from anywhere with a VPN

Perhaps you're traveling abroad and want to stream Shōgun while away from home. With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to episodes from anywhere in the world. There are other good reasons to use a VPN for streaming too.

A VPN is the best way to encrypt your traffic and stop your ISP from throttling your speeds. Using a VPN is also a great idea if you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins. Streaming TV can be a bit smoother with a reliable, quality VPN that's passed our tests and security standards.

You can use a VPN to stream content legally, as long as VPNs are allowed in your country and you have a valid subscription to the streaming service you're using. The US, UK, Australia and Canada are among the countries where VPNs are legal, but we advise against streaming or downloading content on illegal torrent sites. We recommend ExpressVPN, but you may opt for another provider from our best list, such as Surfshark or NordVPN. 

At this point we'll add the proviso that for US residents, Hulu notoriously doesn't play well with VPNs, which may impact watching Shōgun on the service from abroad. 

ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 a month, and you can sign up for ExpressVPN and save 35% -- the equivalent of $8.32 a month -- if you get an annual subscription. 

ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Follow the VPN provider's instructions for installation and choose a country where Shōgun will be streaming on Disney Plus. Before you open the streaming app, make sure you're connected to your VPN using your selected region. If you want to stream the TV show on more than one device, it's possible you'll need to configure each one to ensure you're signed in. Go to settings and check your network connections to verify you're logged in and connected to your VPN account. Now you're ready to open Disney Plus to stream. 

If you run into issues with streaming, first make sure your VPN is up and running on its encrypted IP address. Double-check that you've followed installation instructions correctly and you've picked the right geographical area for viewing. If you still encounter connection problems, you may need to reboot your device. Close all apps and windows, restart your device and connect to your VPN first. Note that some streaming services have restrictions on VPN access.