With FX's magnificent new adaptation, "Shōgun" could once again be the best TV show of the year.

In 1980, “Shōgun” was the top miniseries, and it may be again 44 years later. 

FX's updated, lavish adaptation of James Clavell's epic novel blends action, romance, and political intrigue over 10 episodes that, unlike most limited series, carry their weight and more.

In feudal Japan at the start of the 17th century, English pilot John Blackthorne (Cosmo Jarvis) guides a European ship to a fishing town.

With Portuguese merchants and Jesuit missionaries already in Japan, making it Portugal's “secret empire in the East” – the locals are wary and brutal toward the “barbarian” invader....

 ...in scenes that pushed network standards back in 1980 and are even more visceral here.

Blackthorne declares, “I won’t die in this wretched land,” but given the chances, it seems like a false promise.

Soon, word of the English pilot, or “Anjin,” reaches Lord Toranaga (Hiroyuki Sanada, lately seen in “John Wick: Chapter 4,” and fantastic), who is in a dangerous political war with other Council of Regents members. 

 Tensions increased after Japan's monarch died, leaving a power vacuum until his young son can take over.

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