Pam & Tommy (TV Miniseries)

Pam & Tommy is biographical drama miniseries chronicling the marriage between actress Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, played by Lily James and Sebastian Stan, respectively, during the period their unauthorised sex tape was made public.

‘Pam & Tommy’ Cast and Characters

Based on the 2014 Rolling Stone article “Pam and Tommy: The Untold Story of the World’s Most Infamous Sex Tape” by Amanda Chicago Lewis, the series was created for Hulu by Robert Siegel, and is produced by Point Grey Pictures, Annapurna Television and Lionsgate Television.

  • Lily James as Pamela Anderson
  • Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee
  • Nick Offerman as Uncle Miltie
  • Seth Rogen as Rand Gauthier
  • Taylor Schilling as Erica Gauthier


Series info

  • Genre: Drama
  • Network: Hulu
  • Premiere Date: Feb 2, 2022
  • Executive producers: Robert D. Siegel, D.V. DeVincentis, Craig Gillespie, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Alex McAtee, Dave Franco, Vince Jolivette, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Dylan Sellers, Sarah Gubbins, Ali Krug, Chip Vucelich

Critic reviews for Pam & Tommy (TV Miniseries)

Pam & Tommy received positive reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 78% approval rating based on 102 reviews, with an average rating of 7.3/10. On Metacritic, the series has a score of 70 out of 100, based on 42 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews.”

The twist is that this is a true-crime story where the crime is barely recognized as a crime, because it takes place during an era which didnt understand it. Full Review

Liz Shannon Miller – Consequence

Given how frequently the show remarks on consent and the lack thereof in its discussions about the commoditisation of Pam and Tommys bodies, it demonstrates a remarkable level of hypocrisy. Full Review

Rebecca Harrison – Sight & Sound

Pam & Tommy worsens the problem by constantly spelling out its intended takeaways long after they’ve become obvious. Full Review

Alison Herman – The Ringer

The new Hulu miniseries about Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson is a fun, sometimes zany romp. But it lacks imagination in its portrayal of Anderson. Full Review

Alessa Dominguez – BuzzFeed News

Pam & Tommy also wobbles from tonal inconsistency. Some episodes play like a B-movie take on Boogie Nights, while others seem to be aiming for the docudrama feel…Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Richard Roeper – Chicago Sun-Times

The leak of their honeymoon sex tape is the focus, but as drama it is all delivered with such a juvenile, frantic sense of buffoonery, it gets wearyingly childish. Full Review

John Doyle – Globe and Mail

Pam & Tommy is a funny piece of work in every sense of that description. It commits to its comedic peaks with the same gritty energy it devotes to emotional lows. Full Review

Melanie McFarland –

It’s all about Ms. James, though, who disappears inside the role of Pamela Anderson and makes her something epic. Full Review

John Anderson – Wall Street Journal

The series, which so often feels like it’s trying to atone for our old mistakes, seems intent on pointing out ethical transgressions while looking right past the notable void at its own core. Full Review

Sophie Gilbert – The Atlantic

Unbalanced in its attempt to walk the line between trashy fun and thoughtful cultural reevaluation … the reason to watch is James tremendous performance, which is not only uncanny in its physical mimicry but also moving in its lived-in humanity. Full Review

Caroline Siede – Fox 10 Phoenix

The onslaught approach works well in some places, but overall renders their eight-episode series less than enlightening. The lessons are clear, but we’ve probably learned them before. Full Review

Richard Lawson – Vanity Fair

Pam and Tommy — you know, the two victims of the crime — are sometimes disconcertingly sidelined in this retelling. Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Nina Metz – Chicago Tribune

Pam & Tommy is certainly entertaining, but it might still leave you feeling a bit grimy afterwards. Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Katie Rosseinsky – London Evening Standard

I anticipated that Siegel might attempt to turn Anderson, however preposterously, into a proto-#MeToo activist — and perhaps he does later on. But so far, she and Lee are just a pair of cartoons — stupid, shallow and vulgar. Full Review

Rachel Cooke – New Statesman

Pam & Tommy knows what it’s doing. Full Review

Emily Zemler – Observer

CHAOTIC. Also, thoroughly entertaining. Full Review

Aisha Harris – NPR

A warm, funny, intelligent and rather moving drama, with astonishing performances from Lily James as Anderson and Sebastian Stan as Lee. Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Lucy Mangan – Guardian

Essentially a cartoon. A polished, well-made and moreish one, granted, but a tacky one all the same. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Carol Midgley – Times (UK)

It’s nostalgic fun to watch this collection of outlandish, warped and helium-headed L.A. characters stumble into the future. Full Review

Lorraine Ali – Los Angeles Times

It’s enough to satisfy that cultural-revisitation urge: the desire to be surprised by a story you thought you already knew. Full Review

Kathryn VanArendonk – New York Magazine/Vulture

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