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Pam & Tommy, a biographical drama miniseries about the relationship between Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee in the late 1990s, starring Lily James and Sebastian Stan respectively alongside supporting cast members including Nick Offerman and Seth Rogan, was released on Hulu in the United States starting on Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
In Canada and most other parts of the world outside the U.S., where Hulu is not available, Pam and Tommy is available to stream on Disney+ as part of the Star content hub, which presents programming targeting mature audiences. Episodes are made available at the same time as Hulu – the first three episodes premiered immediately, and the remaining five episodes will be weekly released on Wednesdays through March 8.
Disney+ is available in Canada for $11.99 per month, or $119.99 per year when billed annually (prices are in Canadian dollars and are before applicable sales taxes, which vary by province). Access to Star programming is included in the Canadian version of Disney+ at no extra charge.
Wait... it's on Disney+?
Yep. In most of the world (with the notable exceptions of the U.S. and Latin America), Disney+ now includes a range of programming for both family and mature audiences, and Pam & Tommy certainly fits into the latter.
You may recall that The Walt Disney Company launched its flagship streaming service in late 2019, initially focusing on its core family-friendly and franchise properties like Pixar and Marvel.
After some relative early success with that initial version of Disney+, the company decided to lean further into streaming – but not by expanding Hulu, a separate U.S.-only general entertainment streaming service that Disney had also taken control of in 2019. Instead, in most parts of the world, Disney opted to add more content from its subsidiaries directly to Disney+, housed under the Star hub, repurposing the brand name of a broadcaster serving Asia also owned by Disney.
That said, the overall service is still called "Disney+", since that name has already become very well known in the short time since it launched. This has inevitably led to some interesting juxtapositions in promotions for programs like Pam & Tommy.
Since launching Star, Disney+ has regularly reinforced the availability of parental controls to help ensure that content like Pam & Tommy would not be visible to young children, or indeed anyone else with a restricted profile.
For the record, Hulu and Disney+ have given Pam & Tommy a content rating of TV-MA, the U.S. equivalent to the 18+ content rating used by Canadian broadcasters, both indicating the series should only be viewed by mature audiences.
One other point, in case you (like us) have been paying attention to such production details: while initially ordered by Hulu, Pam & Tommy is produced by a group of third-party companies led by Annapurna Television, as opposed to a Disney subsidiary like ABC Signature or 20th Television. In the past, that usually would have meant that international rights to a series like this would have been sold to other services. However, it seems that for most new Hulu series going forward, Disney will try to hold onto global streaming rights, at least in regions where Disney+ is (or will soon be) operating.
Can't I get Star programming on another streaming service like Crave?
No. You may be thinking of Starz (with a Z), a different streaming service not associated with Disney. Starz, which is operated in Canada by Bell Media under licence from brand owner Lionsgate (and is available as an add-on to multiple platforms including Crave and Prime Video), has its own slate of original programming, but will not carry Pam & Tommy.