Starring: Cosmo Jarvis, Hiroyuki Sanada, Anna Sawai, Tadanobu Asano, Fumi Nikaidô, Tokuma Nishioka, Takehiro Hira, Ako, Shinnosuke Abe, Yasunari Takeshima, Hiroto Kanai, Toshi Toda, Tommy Bastow, Hiromoto Ida, Takeshi Kurokawa, and Nestor Carbonell
Creators: Rachel Kondo and Justin Marks
While there are a few things I could nitpick about Shōgun, including an ending that left me wanting at least one more episode and the sometimes-distracting line delivery from Cosmo Jarvis, the fact is this miniseries is exceptional. The lavishly cinematic costume, production, and set design pave the way for a layered story of political intrigue, fate, faith, duty, and Japanese culture; a story driven by tremendous performances from the entire ensemble (but none more so than Hiroyuki Sanada, Anna Sawai, and Tadanobu Asano). They resonate even through all the subtitles. Flat out, Shōgun is among the best historical epics to ever grace the small screen.