How to watch Pistol online: stream Danny Boyle’s punk rock biopic miniseries wherever you are

Sex Pistols lined-up by the tour bus in Pistol
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It’s the 1970s and the Sex Pistols are tearing Britain a new one in this six-part FX miniseries. Adapted by award-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle from Steve Jones’ fascinating 2016 autobiography, it’s a bracing account of the emergence of punk-rock and its anti-establishment attitude – just in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee! Below we explain how you can watch Pistol online from anywhere.

Watch Pistol online

Release date: Tuesday, May 31

Release time: 3.01am ET / 12.01am PT / 8am BST

Starring: Toby Wallace, Anson Boon, Louis Partridge, Jacob Slater, Christian Lees, Emma Appleton, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Talulah Riley, Maisie Williams

Watch in the US: stream on Hulu with a 30-day FREE trial

International option: Disney Plus

Trainspotting director Boyle promises that film's same crackling energy as he charts the Pistols' rise to notoriety: swearing obscenely on TV, inciting moral panic, and going on the offensive against sterile conformity. And although the band produced just one studio album, the punk provocateurs secured their place in music history with songs like “God Save the Queen” and “Anarchy in the UK”.

Anson Boon (Blackbird) is Johnny Rotten, the band’s sneering frontman determined to “kick this country awake”. Toby Wallace (Babyteeth) stars as founding member Steve Jones, drummer Paul Cook is played by Jacob Slater, and Louis Partridge is Sid, a punk icon and the band’s nihilistic center.

Meanwhile, other ‘70s legends to feature include fashion trailblazer Vivienne Westwood, Siouxsie Sioux, and Emma Appleton (The Witcher) in the role of Sid’s ill-fated girlfriend Nancy.

Ready for some terribly excellent anarchy? Then read our guide below now, which explains how to watch Pistol online and stream all six episodes from anywhere.

Pistol release date and episode times

You can watch Pistol online on Disney Plus and Hulu globally from Tuesday May 31. All six episodes drop at once and at the same time, so you can binge the lot. That's 3.01am ET / 12.01am PT / 8am BST.

Full Pistol release dates and episode guide:

  • Track 1: The Cloak of Invisibility - May 31, 2022
  • Track 2: Rotten - May 31, 2022
  • Track 3: Bodies - May 31, 2022
  • Track 4: Pretty Vaaaycunt - May 31, 2022
  • Track 5: Nancy & Sid - May 31, 2022
  • Track 6: Who Killed Bambi? - May 31, 2022

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How to watch Pistol FREE on Hulu in the US

Tuesday, May 31

All six episodes of Danny Boyle’s drama will land exclusively on Hulu Stateside on Tuesday, May 31, via the FX on Hulu hub. You'll be able to watch at 3.01am ET / 12.01am PT.

Hulu plans are available from just $6.99 a month. Hulu even offers a FREE 1-month trial, which means you could work your way through plenty of great TV shows – like The Kardashians, Under the Banner of Heaven, and Only Murders in the Building – before having to pay a dime.

To get the ultimate value, though, purchase Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ for just $13.99 a month with the Disney Plus bundle, which provides loads of extra film and TV content in addition to live sports.

Of course, you can watch Hulu on nearly anything, with the Hulu app available for: Android and iOS devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Echo Show and Fire TV devices, select smart TVs and Android TVs, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, PC and Roku streamers. So whatever your platform, don't hold back and take advantage of that Hulu free trial today.

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How to watch Pistol online in the UK

Tuesday, May 31

It’ll be Anarchy in the UK on Tuesday, May 31 when every episode of the new Sex Pistols drama lands on Disney Plus through the Star hub. The show lands at 8am BST.

Disney Plus costs £7.99 per month (or £79.90 for an annual subscription) in the UK, and plays host to a massive library of family entertainment, including almost the entire Disney, Star Wars and Marvel cinematic library and spin offs, plus more adult fare with Star (Die Hard, the Alien films) and National Geographic content.

Other great shows on Disney Plus include Pam & Tommy, The Walking Dead and The Dropout. Take a look at all the rest of the best Disney Plus shows that you can stream right now.

How to watch Pistol online in Canada

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Tuesday, May 31 from 3.01am ET / 12.01am PT

Thanks to Star on Disney Plus, all six episodes of Pistol will be ready to stream from Tuesday, May 31 from 3.01am ET / 12.01am PT in Canada.  The Star hub is a Hulu-surrogate for international viewers only, providing more grown-up content like Solar Opposites, Big Sky, Love, Victor and Desperate Housewives for you to enjoy.

Currently, a monthly Disney Plus subscription costs $11.99 CAD. But there's a saving to be had if you sign up for the year, with an annual subscription costing $119.99 CAD.

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How to watch Pistol online in Australia

Tuesday, May 31

Down Under and Tuesday, May 31 is also the release date of Pistol, with Disney Plus debuting all six episodes that day – ready to binge pre-Platinum Jubilee?

Disney Plus currently costs $11.99 AUD a month in Australia. But you’ll save over 15% if you chose an annual subscription and pay the one-off cost of $119.99 AUD.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.