How to watch The Buccaneers online with all episodes available now

Christina Henricks in The Buccaneers
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A moneyed American sorority with thoroughly modern sensibilities unleashes itself upon Victorian-era London in The Buccaneers, a stylish eight-part period drama based on the trailblazing Edith Wharton novel of the same name. Set in the 1870s and soundtracked by Taylor Swift and Olivia Rodrigo, the Apple TV Plus show has all the ingredients to be a sensation, and all episodes are available right now. 

The Buccaneers: essential info

Release date: All episodes available now
Global stream: Apple TV Plus
Episodes: 8

The source material was unfinished when Wharton passed away in 1937, but The Buccaneers was posthumously published a year later, before being controversially completed in 1993, a revision that went down as badly as the subsequent BBC and PBS TV adaptation.

Fertile ground for culture clashes across multiple fronts, it explores New York socialite Nan St. George's initiation into London society, amidst the season in which England's upper crust shops for young flesh. However, unbent by the traditions and trappings of old-world conservatism and more minted than the lords who pursue them, Nan and her companions Mabel, Lizzy and Jinny will have the run of the debutante ball. It's little wonder The Buccaneers is already being dubbed Apple TV Plus' answer to Bridgerton. 

If you prefer to read books — even unfinished ones — before you watch adaptations, we've also included links on how to buy the novel below. But first, here's how to watch The Buccaneers on Apple TV Plus anywhere, including free trials.

The Buccaneers release dates

The first three episodes of The Buccaneers were released on Apple TV Plus on Wednesday, November 8, and subsequent installments came out one-by-one each Wednesday. Here's the schedule in full:

  • Episode 1 — Wednesday, November 8
  • Episode 2 — Wednesday, November 8
  • Episode 3 — Wednesday, November 8
  • Episode 4 — Wednesday, November 15
  • Episode 5 — Wednesday, November 22
  • Episode 6 — Wednesday, November 29
  • Episode 7 — Wednesday, December 6
  • Episode 8 — Wednesday, December 13

Watch The Buccaneers

How to watch The Buccaneers in the U.S., U.K. and Australia

Apple TV Plus

The Buccaneers aired exclusively on Apple TV Plus. There's a Apple TV Plus 7-day free trial for new customers. After that, the service costs $9.99 / £8.99 / AU$12.99 per month.

Apple TV Plus features fantastic original programming including Black Bird, Shrinking, Ted Lasso, and Severance.

How to watch The Buccaneers from anywhere

If you're stuck abroad — in one of the few countries where Apple TV Plus is not available — you will likely run into geo-fenced restrictions on the platforms and services you can use. But with the help of a virtual private network (VPN), you can watch The Buccaneers and all the other shows you want on the services you already pay for no matter where you are. 

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How to read The Buccaneers

The new TV show The Buccaneers is based on the novel by Edith Wharton, which was close to completion at the time of her death, and published by Penguin Books a short while thereafter.

Despite being unfinished, it's still 448 pages long, which gives you plenty to get invested in, only to end on a cliffhanger.

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Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.