Pistol: Miniseries

Pistol: Miniseries

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Danny Boyle directs this limited series on the chaotic rise of culture-shifting punk band Sex Pistols, based on Steve Jones’ memoir Lonely Boy: Tales from a Sex Pistol.

2022Rating: R18+USAwiip, FX Productions
DramaMusicTrue Story & Biography

Episodes

EPISODE 1.1

Track 1: The Cloak of Invisibility

Desperate to escape the bleak future that society has decreed... More for him, charismatic Steve Jones convinces Malcolm McLaren to manage his band, The Swankers. But Steve discovers that his “Cloak of Invisibility” cannot shield him from the audience’s gaze.

EPISODE 1.2

Track 2: Rotten

As Steve grasps his final chance and attempts to learn... More guitar in five days, a fury named Johnny Rotten arrives on the scene and the Sex Pistols are born.

EPISODE 1.3

Track 3: Bodies

As Steve and Chrissie Hynde begin to make more than... More just music, the Pistols begin to wreak anarchy in the U.K. and Johnny Rotten takes deeper inspiration from a grieving young woman.

EPISODE 1.4

Track 4: Pretty Vaaayc**t

The idyllic moment where success is not yet fame is... More obliterated when the band shock the nation out of its torpor. The media frenzy causes egos to explode. Steve is emotionally blackmailed by Malcom into replacing bassist Glen Matlock with Sid Vicious.

EPISODE 1.5

Track 5: Nancy and Sid

As Nancy and Sid's love ignites, Sid becomes increasingly lost... More to heroin and violence. A plan is hatched to get rid of Nancy, but on a riverboat stunt during the Queen's Jubilee to promote "God Save the Queen," chaos takes hold.

EPISODE 1.6

Track 6: Who Killed Bambi?

Malcolm decides that the Sex Pistols have become too much... More like a rock band, so he must blow them up. Johnny leaves the band, and a Sid becomes lead singer. Nancy is found murdered in New York City, and Sid is the main suspect.

Pistol: Miniseries | Reviews

57%51 reviews

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The New York Times

The New York Times

At heart it’s a standard behind-the-music tragedy.

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The Times

The Times

Sneer (all) you like at this oddly cosy vision of the punk scene as a surrogate family for malcontents, but don’t say it’s not fun.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

(Boyle's) latest sentimental music tribute Pistol remains a big misfire that might even make you like the Sex Pistols less.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

There’s a lot of ambition in Pistol, a lot of provocateuring, but it doesn’t spark.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

For all its faults, Pistol has a wonderful soundtrack to fall back on.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

Far closer to Bohemian Rhapsody than 24 Hour Party People...

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Wallace is a compelling leading man, but Jones feels like too traditional an entry point for this saga.

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Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

It’s a credit to the largely unknown ensemble that they’re not outshined by Boyle’s colourful and chaotic directorial style.

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Variety

Variety

As the series wears on... Pistol begins to flag, losing both energy and an eye on what it’s trying to say.

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San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

Pistol conjures an aesthetic — chaotic, jittery, improvised — that nicely matches its subject.

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Pistol: Miniseries | Release Details

Pistol: Miniseries is available to stream in the United Kingdom now on Disney+.