The BEST Episodes of James Clavell's Shogun

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Network: NBC

Based on the epic novel by James Clavell, Shogun originated as an epic five-part television miniseries, filmed on location in Japan. Richard Chamberlain stars as John Blackthorne, a 17th century British sea pilot in charge of a Dutch vessel. Shipwrecked off the coast of Japan, Blackthorne is in danger of being executed by the suspicious, reclusive Japanese hierarchy, but before long he has been accepted into the local culture. Accordingly, he begins to think of himself as Japanese, adopting the nation's customs and, while wearing the robes of a Samurai warrior, helping to defend the land against its enemies. The arrival of Blackthorne unfortunately arouses the interest of European empire-builders, who hope to add Japan to their holdings. Toshiro Mifune costars as Toranaga, a warlord who befriends Blackthorne, and Yoko Shimada appears as Mariko, the interpreter who eventually falls in love with the Englishman.

Part 4

#1 - Part 4

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 16, 1980

star 8.65
246 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 1

#2 - Part 1

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 15, 1980

Debut: This miniseries, set in early 17th-century Japan, chronicles the adventures of shipwrecked English navigator John Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain) who, in Part 1, finds intrigue and culture shock in a feudal society that puts a premium on honor.

star 8.62
239 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 2

#3 - Part 2

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 15, 1980

Political ploys lead to violence between the forces of Ishido and Toranaga, who discovers a clever ally in Blackthorne (Richard Chamberlain).

star 8.53
205 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 8

#4 - Part 8

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 18, 1980

Treachery, tragedy and surprising turns of events mark the conclusion of the miniseries, capped by a nocturnal battle in the Osaka Castle

star 8.32
102 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 3

#5 - Part 3

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 16, 1980

Anjin-san (Richard Chamberlain) aids in Toranaga's escape from the Osaka Castle; Mariko tutors Anjin-san in the language and customs of Japan.

star 8.26
208 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 9

#6 - Part 9

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Sep 19, 1980

star 8.09
69 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 5

#7 - Part 5

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 17, 1980

Anjin-san (Richard Chamberlain) proves his mettle during an earthquake and is honored by Toranaga for his bravery; Mariko's husband Buntaro (Hideo Takamatsu) arrives in Anjiro.

star 8.05
147 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 10

#8 - Part 10

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Sep 19, 1980

star 8.04
69 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 7

#9 - Part 7

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 18, 1980

Anjin-san's assimilation of Japanese ways is evident in his relationship with Mariko (Yoko Shimada), his conduct as a samurai and his reunion with his crew.

star 7.85
134 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici
Part 6

#10 - Part 6

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 17, 1980

star 7.74
109 votes
Directors: Jerry London
Writers: James Clavell, Eric Bercovici