Sons of Anarchy
|Sons of Anarchy|
Sons of Anarchy intertitle
|Created by||Kurt Sutter|
Mark Boone Junior
Drea de Matteo
|Opening theme||"This Life" by Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers|
|Composer(s)||Bob Thiele Jr.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||7|
|No. of episodes||92 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kurt Sutter|
Chris Collins (supervising producer)
Grace Whitehouse (associate producer)
|Editor(s)||Etienne des Lauriers, A.C.E.
Marco Ramirez (story editor)
Michael Fornicola IV (assistant editor)
|Location(s)||Occidental Studios, North Hollywood, California|
|Cinematography||Paul Maibaum, A.S.C. (36 episodes)|
38–55 minutes (Seasons 1–5)52-80 minutes (Season 6 & 7)
|Production company(s)||Linson The Company
Fox 21 Television Studios
|Original run||September 3, 2008– December 9, 2014|
Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam), initially the vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself.
Sons of Anarchy premiered on September 3, 2008, on cable network FX. The series' third season attracted an average of 4.9 million viewers per week, making it FX's highest rated series ever, surpassing FX's other hits The Shield, Nip/Tuck, and Rescue Me. The season 4 and 5 premieres were the two highest-rated telecasts in FX's history.
The sixth season aired from September 10 through December 10, 2013. The seventh and final season of the series premiered on September 9, 2014. The series finale premiered on December 9, 2014.
In November 2013, Kurt Sutter indicated that he was in talks with FX to make a Sons of Anarchy prequel set in the 1960s.
- 1 Series overview
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Elements
- 4 Production
- 5 Episodes
- 6 Reception
- 7 Music
- 8 Other Media
- 9 Broadcast
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Each season involves two parallel plotlines that intertwine and overlap: the first centers on the personal life of Jackson "Jax" Teller (Charlie Hunnam) and his immediate family while the second deals with SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original). SAMCRO is involved with gun-running throughout the western United States and deals with many rival gangs and local politicians and authorities. As Vice-President and then President of the motorcycle club, Jax struggles with the dealings of SAMCRO and the legacy of his father, the founder of the club.
Season 1 (2008)
Jax's estranged heroin-addicted ex-wife Wendy (Drea de Matteo), pregnant with his child, collapses. An emergency C-section is performed, and a baby boy is delivered ten weeks prematurely. Wendy names the child Abel. Jax visits a storage unit to collect some old baby clothes. There, he discovers a "manifesto" authored by his father, the deceased founder of SAMCRO, describing his hopes for the club. This document sends Jax into a dilemma, as he struggles with the direction the club is taking. Jax's mother, Gemma Teller Morrow (Katey Sagal), visits Wendy in the hospital and tells her she will kill her if Wendy attempts to gain custody of Abel. Since Wendy took drugs during pregnancy, Gemma would see to it that the baby "will never call you mommy." A broken-hearted Wendy overdoses on methamphetamine supplied by Gemma.
We are also introduced to Jax's former girlfriend, Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff). Tara and Jax were high school sweethearts until she was 19. The breakup occurred because Tara moved away to get out of Charming, and away from the small town and, SAMCRO life. However, Jax and Tara reconnect at St. Thomas Hospital, where Tara works as a neo-natal and prenatal care resident. Here, she tends to Jax's son, Abel. Because of Wendy's drug abuse during pregnancy, Abel was born with a birth defect, and a hereditary hole in his heart, which Tara helps mend. Either of the two issues could result in the baby's death, but the combination of the two leaves bleak hope for Abel's survival. Not only does she help heal Abel's heart, but in doing so, Tara also heals her relationship with Jax.
Shortly after, Tara receives a threatening phone call from a former boyfriend, ATF Agent Josh Kohn (Jay Karnes). Kohn comes to Charming, pretending to investigate the Sons but actually on vacation status. He provides Tara pictures of her boyfriend in compromising situations to try to split the two. Tara reveals to Jax that Kohn has been stalking her since she broke up with him and that she has a restraining order against him. Jax throws Kohn through a window before beating him and telling him to stay away from Tara. Kohn is arrested for breaking his restraining order, apparently ending his career as a federal agent. Kohn returns to Tara's house and attempts to rape her, but Tara is able to grab his gun and shoot him in the stomach. Jax comes to her aid and advises Tara to let the police handle the situation. However, when Kohn calls Tara a "biker whore," Jax reacts angrily by fatally shooting Kohn in the head. He takes Kohn's body to the hills and burns it. He also throws his father's memoir into the fire, but retrieves it before it burns completely.
Meanwhile, SAMCRO's gun-assembly warehouse is torched and their guns are stolen by a rival club, the Mayans. San Joaquin County Sheriff Vic Trammel (on the SAMCRO payroll) finds two dead illegal immigrants at the scene. Charming Deputy Chief Hale (not on the payroll) finds the immigrants' bodies at the burnt-out warehouse, but SAMCRO members Tig Trager and Bobby Munson remove them before the police can examine them. To solve the arms trafficking problem under the ATF's watchful eye, the Sons head out to Indian Hills, Nevada, to patch over the Devil's Tribe Motorcycle Club. While there, Clay sleeps with a girl named Cherry in retaliation for a joke made by prospective club member Half-Sack after he'd taken an interest in her. Agent Kohn follows the Sons and witnesses their shootout with the Mayans. The Sons soon become aware of Kohn's presence in Charming. Clay is arrested on charges of aiding and abetting a triple homicide after guns sold by the Sons were used in a shootout. Cherry arrives in Charming, and Gemma realizes that Clay has slept with her. Shortly afterward, Gemma assaults Cherry with a skateboard and is subsequently arrested. Opie botches a planned assassination that was a favor for the Real IRA and Bobby steps in to complete the task. However, their crime is witnessed by the victim's 17-year-old mistress.
ATF Agent June Stahl tries to crack the club's unity by interrogating the women associated with the club: Tara, Luann Delaney, Donna Winston, and Cherry. Stahl arrests Cherry on outstanding warrants, but Charming Police Chief Wayne Unser aids Cherry in escaping. When Otto Delaney learns that Stahl is trying to use the RICO Act to bring the club down for racketeering, he violently assaults her. The young girl who witnessed Bobby commit murder provides the ATF with sketches of Bobby and Opie, who are subsequently arrested. Stahl sets up Opie to look like an informant, even though she knows it will endanger his life; Tig and Clay fall for the ploy.
Believing Opie has become an informant against SAMCRO, Clay orders Tig to kill Opie without telling anyone else in the club, to make it look like retaliation from a rival gang; however, Tig mistakenly kills Opie's wife Donna. Feeling guilty, Deputy Hale tells Jax that Stahl set up Opie. Jax subsequently realizes that Clay organized the shooting. Tig, Happy, and Chibs Telford find the 17-year-old witness to the earlier assassination; Tig is about to kill her to prevent her from testifying, but Jax stops them. Jax threatens her and gives her enough money to leave California. Jax is clearly unhappy remaining under Clay's rule, as he sees Clay as immoral and taking the club from its roots.
Season 2 (2009)
White separatists called the League Of American Nationalists (LOAN) arrive in Charming. LOAN's leader and backer businessman Ethan Zobelle and Zobelle's enforcer, A.J. Weston, seek to drive the Sons of Anarchy from Charming. To send a message to SAMCRO, Zobelle has his daughter Polly lure Gemma into a trap where she is kidnapped and gang raped by Weston and two others. Fueled by SAMCRO’s role in Donna’s death, the rift between Clay and Jax continues to widen as Jax challenges most of Clay's decisions. When a LOAN car bomb nearly kills Chibs, Clay demands immediate retaliation resulting in Clay, Jax, Bobby, Tig, Juice Ortiz, and Happy being arrested by the San Joaquin sheriffs. While they are in jail, Agent Stahl returns in an attempt to get SAMCRO to rat out their IRA connections. Although they do not give up the IRA, Stahl succeeds in provoking Clay and Jax into a physical confrontation in jail before they are bailed out. The Sons learn that Zobelle's true intentions are not racially motivated; rather, he wants to work the prison heroin trade with the Mayans. The MC is able to cause a split in LOAN by giving this information to Weston, a deeply committed racist who will not tolerate doing business with Hispanics.
From prison, Big Otto reaches out to SAMCRO, asking them to help his wife, Luann, and her pornography studio after a raid from law enforcement and intimidation from a rival pornographer, Georgie Caruso. Jax proposes that SAMCRO become partners in Luann’s porn business and offer protection to her and her performers, hoping the move will raise legitimate money for the club while they rebuild their other revenue streams. The tension between Jax and Clay reaches a breaking point when the porn studio burns down shortly after Clay announces he wanted SAMCRO out of the porn business. Jax initially believes that Clay had the place torched and announces he is going "nomad". To convince Jax to stay, Gemma tells Jax and Clay about Weston's raping her, temporarily reuniting the two.
Weston is soon arrested in connection with the fire at Luann's porn studio. Later, Deputy Chief Hale arrives at Impeccable Smokes as the Sons are confronting Zobelle. In an attempt to save his and his daughter's lives, Zobelle informs the police that he is in possession of narcotics and is arrested. However, both Weston and Zobelle are released from custody after Unser learns that Zobelle is an FBI informant. Jax discovers Weston in a tattoo parlor and kills him. Meanwhile, the rest of the Sons ambush Zobelle and the Mayans, who are protecting him. The Mayans are forced to retreat as Zobelle flees on his own. Zobelle is last seen getting on a chartered plane back to Budapest, alone.
The club nearly falls apart when Tig, overcome with guilt, confesses to Opie that he murdered Donna because Agent Stahl and the ATF had made it look as though Opie had become a rat. At the same time, Chibs agrees to help Stahl take down the IRA and its head, James "Jimmy O" O'Phelan, who is in town to repair the IRA's relationship with SAMCRO. Based on information supplied by Chibs, the ATF is able to apprehend Edmond Hayes, whom they then want to use to apprehend his father, Cameron, and Jimmy O. Opie later witnesses Chibs leaving a meeting with the ATF and informs the club of what he saw, but asks them to confront Chibs before acting. Chibs has doubts about becoming an informant and reveals to the club what he did. Agent Stahl continues to hold Edmond Hayes, in an attempt to lure and arrest his father. Out of loyalty to his father, Edmond attempts to kill Stahl, who shoots him when he tries to escape. Shortly afterward, Polly, who had been having an affair with Edmond, arrives at the safe house. She has been followed there by Gemma, who then confronts and shoots her. Stahl witnesses the shooting and lets Gemma escape but proceeds to frame her for Edmond's shooting. Chief Unser, after receiving a phone call from Gemma, is last seen driving in his police cruiser with her past Charming's city limits, apparently running off with her.
Falling for the frame and becoming emotionally distraught, Cameron breaks into Jax's home and stabs Half-Sack before threatening Tara and kidnapping Abel. Tara was on the phone with Jax when Cameron broke in and cut them off. Jax then returns home to discover Half Sack's body and Tara tied up; she tells Jax that Cameron has taken Abel. Jax calls Clay, who returns to help track down Cameron. The Sons pursue Cameron, who makes his way to the docks, where he takes Abel and boards his boat. The season ends with the Sons' arriving just as Cameron is leaving the docks.
Season 3 (2010)
Gemma has been hiding in Rogue River, Oregon with Tig at the home of Gemma's father, Nate (Hal Holbrook), who suffers from dementia. Gemma struggles when she takes Nate to his new assisted living home. She returns to Charming to reunite with her grandson, unaware he has been kidnapped. Father Kellan Ashby's sister, Maureen, contacts Gemma at Ashby's request and tells her Abel is safe in Belfast. Upon learning of her grandson's abduction, Gemma suffers an arrhythmia and collapses in the Teller-Morrow lot.
The club tries to close in on Cameron's trail, but find that he has liquidated his assets and fled the country. In Belfast, Cameron confesses his sins to his cousin, Father Ashby, an intermediary between Jimmy O and the True IRA Council. Ashby subsequently has Cameron killed and gives Abel up for adoption. With the help of a bounty hunter, the Sons mistakenly track Abel and Cameron to Vancouver. About to jump bail before their weapons charges hearing, SAMCRO receives an email showing Cameron dead in Belfast. After Jax consults Jimmy O, SAMCRO believes Abel remained in Vancouver when Cameron left for Belfast. Jax makes a deal with Stahl: in exchange for his mother's freedom and the downgrade of the pending weapons charges against the club, Jax will deliver Jimmy O and his IRA contacts. Stahl helps Jax uncover information on Ashby and SAMBEL and warns Jax not to kill Jimmy O. Gemma threatens to reveal Stahl's murder of Edmond unless Stahl ends her dealings with Jax. Stahl shoots her partner Agent Amy Tyler and falsely tells Internal Affairs that Agent Tyler shot Edmond and framed Gemma, admitting that Gemma was wrongfully charged.
Local real estate developer Elliott Oswald agrees to smuggle the Sons and Gemma to Belfast. On SAMCRO's arrival in Northern Ireland, Ashby tells Jax that the IRA are tired of Jimmy's profiteering ways, and suggests Jax kill him in exchange for Abel. SAMCRO plans to surprise Jimmy O on a protection run, but he is forewarned and attacks the Sons with a planted bomb that kills several SAMBEL members. SAMCRO tortures Liam until he reveals that he was privy to Jimmy O's plans, as was McGee. Jax kills Liam, and shortly afterward Clay pushes McGee from a rooftop; both are revealed to SAMBEL as traitors. Ashby tells Jax Abel's location, but suggests Jax allow him to be adopted so he will not be forced into the club life. Jax chooses to leave the child with the family, until Jimmy O kills the adoptive parents and abducts Abel, intending to exchange him for safe passage to America. Abel is returned to Jax after Ashby trades himself for the baby. With the hearing for weapons charges looming, SAMCRO returns to Charming, with the task of finding Tara.
The recently ousted and humiliated former president of the Calaveras MC, Hector Salazar, abducts a pregnant Tara on her way to an abortion clinic. He informs Piney Winston that he will return Tara and her boss, Margaret Murphy, in exchange for the murder of Marcus Alvarez (leader of the Mayans) and $250,000. Tara attacks Salazar's girlfriend and negotiates Margaret's freedom. Salazar takes mayoral candidate Jacob Hale, Jr. hostage along with Tara. Hale, angry about his brother's death due to a drive-by at Half Sack's wake, has been using Salazar for intimidation tactics against his opponent, Oswald. He also convinces the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department to soon take control of the Charming Police Department. Unser indicates to Jax the need for Salazar to be captured alive to implicate Hale and save the Charming Police Department, but during a stand-off, Jax kills Salazar.
Now in the USA, Jimmy O seeks the help of the Russian Mafia to aid his escape to South America. Jax and the Sons meet the Russians and pay $2 million for the exchange of Jimmy O. Jax tells Stahl the location of the exchange so she can intervene and arrest Jimmy, but Jimmy is moved to a different location before she can. Jax assures her that he will give her Jimmy if she reduces their prison sentence, to which she agrees. Stahl arrives at the clubhouse to arrest Jimmy and SAMCRO. Unser stops Stahl on the roadside as she transports Jimmy and warns her of an IRA threat further down the road. Her fellow agents leave to investigate, leaving her alone with Unser and Jimmy. Soon afterward, Piney, Chibs, Opie and Kozik arrive. Chibs gives Jimmy a Glasgow smile and kills him. Opie kills Stahl in a similar fashion, after reminding her that she was responsible for Donna's death. Proof of Jax's dealings with Stahl is destroyed, leaving the club with the documents provided by Stahl to reduce their sentence. The scene is set to look like the IRA is responsible. In the ATF van, Jax learns of Stahl and Jimmy's demise as the prospects following the ATF van ride past and beep a Morse code signal "A-F-F-A" ("Angels Forever, Forever Angels", a tribute to Sonny Barger, who plays Lenny the Pimp). He smiles, as do the rest of SAMCRO, revealing the club knew of Jax's plan from the beginning. Tara, meanwhile, finds and reads the letters Maureen had put in Jax's bag. In them, John Teller writes of his awareness of Gemma and Clay's closeness and his fear that they will soon murder him. The season ends with Jax rejecting his father's original vision for SAMCRO and embracing Clay's rule.
Season 4 (2011)
The imprisoned SAMCRO members leave the penitentiary after their 14-month stay and are met by Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt of the San Joaquin Sheriff's Department, the new law enforcement presence in Charming. They also discover Hale has become the mayor. US Attorney Lincoln Potter seeks Lieutenant Roosevelt's help to build a RICO case against SAMCRO.
The Sons prepare to trade guns with the Russians, using the guise of Opie's wedding as a cover to avoid the law. In retaliation for an attack on Jax in prison, SAMCRO betrays the Russians and murders several of the group, including an undercover agent working with Potter. SAMCRO then begins running guns and drugs for the Galindo cartel, in exchange for protection from the Russians.
As a result of getting involved with the Galindo cartel, SAMCRO becomes embroiled in a struggle between the Galindos and their rivals, the Lobos Sonora cartel. Several Sons die as a result, including Kozik.
On the eve of Opie's wedding to Lyla, Jax proposes to Tara, who accepts when Jax explains that he plans to leave the club. Gemma and Clay discover Tara's awareness of Maureen's notes and JT's manifesto. Gemma warns Piney against digging up the past with Tara. Piney confirms that Clay had Jax's father murdered to stop him from ending the gun running arrangement with the IRA.
Unser and Gemma are complicit in that they either knew and/or covered up the "accident." Jax confronts Piney about his relationship with Clay, confirming once more that he will not follow in his father's footsteps. Feeling cornered by Piney's threat to show the letters to the club, Clay kills Piney and implicates the Lobos Sonora for the killing.
Clay also asks Galindo member Romeo for help to kill Tara, resulting in injuries to Tara. Horrified by what Clay has done, Gemma confronts him and threatens to tell the truth, ending in a fight with Clay injured and Gemma beaten. Gemma calls Unser and tells him that Clay is beyond salvation and as such "he will die by the hands of a Son." Seeing Gemma's beaten face, Tig resigns as Sergeant-At-Arms.
Finding his father dead, Opie confronts Unser, who tells Opie the truth about Clay. Gemma tells Tara the truth about Clay and convinces her to give Gemma the letters so she can exchange them for Tara's safety. Removing the letters that implicate her and Unser in the death of John Teller, she gives the remaining letters to Jax and urges him to kill Clay. Tara urges Jax to make it look like an accident and advises him to get out of Charming after killing Clay, to which he agrees.
After cremating Piney, Opie rushes to the clubhouse and shoots Clay, but Jax prevents Opie from killing Clay. Tig hears a cover story that the Niners were behind Clay getting shot and heads out for revenge; in trying to kill Laroy, he runs over Laroy's girlfriend.
Big Otto strikes a deal with Lincoln Potter for information; among the benefits, Original Nine Lenny the Pimp is allowed visitations in exchange for criminal information. The club kills Georgie for being involved in Luann's death, and Bobby heads out to inform Otto that Georgie has been finally killed.
Arriving after Otto's deal, Bobby is escorted to an empty receiving room to wait for Otto. As Lincoln Potter is ready to move on his RICO operation, he is called off by Romero Parada and Luis Torres, who are revealed to be CIA agents, whom the government allows to run the cartel so as long as they bring others down for political reasons. Following the halt on the RICO operation, Lincoln Potter gives Roosevelt a clean record for Juice, seemingly parting ways. Potter bursts into the meeting for Charming Heights, revealing the true colors of Jacob Hale's investors, whom Hale masked as Tokyo Fund but are actually the Natsuki Family, who are heavily involved in sex deals, including pedophilia. This puts a recess on the vote.
Deputy Chief Cane reveals that Laroy's girlfriend, whom Tig killed, is the daughter of Damon Pope, the most powerful gangster in Oakland. Jax meets with Opie and confirms his suspicions, but warns Opie they need Clay alive (not revealing all details of the CIA's threat), and asks him to be his Vice President. Opie, still distrustful, does not give a clear answer.
Jax returns home to Tara and tells her the truth about the CIA-backed cartel dealings and that he must remain as club president while she leaves with the boys. Jax appears at the chapel and announces himself as President, with his first act to name Chibs as his new Sergeant-at-Arms, which Chibs gladly accepts. Happy, Tig and Juice enter the chapel, with Juice finally free of his African-American record. The meeting starts at 8:03 pm with Opie's not showing (it is unknown if he later does). Tara enters the chapel, claiming to Jax that she will also remain in Charming, just as Gemma enters.
Tara stands behind Jax in his President seat, mirroring a photo of Gemma and John Teller in the same positions.
Season 5 (2012)
In retaliation for the death of Veronica Pope (Laroy's girlfriend who was also the daughter of powerful Oakland kingpin Damon Pope), the Niners attack SAMCRO and ambush a cargo shipment. The growing conflict between the Niners and SAMCRO, along with several home invasions targeting people linked to the Club, force Jax to meet with Damon Pope.
Pope orders the Niners to stop any attacks on SAMCRO. Laroy and his immediate successor are both executed. Under direction of Pope, an Oakland detective captures Tig and forces him to watch as Tig's daughter is burned alive in front of him. Tig manages to kill the detective and a henchman. Pope threatens Tig's other daughter to keep him in line. Pope also pays witnesses to have Jax, Chibs and Tig arrested for the murder of Veronica and a Niner. Clay asks Opie to protect Jax in prison, prompting Opie to get himself arrested.
In prison, Pope informs Jax that Tig is to stay in prison; Opie sacrifices himself for Jax and is murdered in prison. In exchange for getting Tig out of jail, Jax has Tig promise never to vote against Jax again. Jax arranges a deal with Pope to check on the home invasions, and to get Tig out of jail. Pope agrees, but demands Jax to deliver Tig for execution after Tig has served his purpose. SAMCRO also goes after the prison guard who set up the murder of Opie. Jax sets a meeting with Pope and, through a calculated plan, has Tig secured in an abandoned garage. As Pope orders Tig tied up and prepares to execute him, Jax uses Clay's silenced pistol to kill Pope's henchmen. Jax then frees Tig and helps take revenge on Pope, shooting Pope in the head and pinning the crime on Clay. Jax contacts Roosevelt and has Clay easily arrested after Gemma gives a false statement against him. Jax then meets with August and has Clay equally framed, so August can place a bounty on Clay.
Jax grows closer to Nero, as Nero slowly begins to serve as a model for the "big picture" and "getting out" after accompanying him to check on Nero's son who requires special mobility equipment. Jax marries Tara that day, before being arrested. A wider rift develops in Gemma's relationship with Tara, as Tara refuses to allow Gemma any more control over her family, reinforced by Jax after Opie's murder. Nero tries to help Gemma and Jax reconcile, resulting in Jax giving her the chance to take care of Abel and Thomas. However, because she had gotten high with Unser earlier in the day, Gemma falls asleep behind the wheel with the boys in the backseat of her 4 x 4, causing an accident that almost kills the two boys. Clay lies and tells Jax that a party attacked Gemma that night. After Jax learns the truth of Gemma's accident from Nero, Tara forbids her having any contact with the boys. However, Jax sees an opportunity and makes a deal with Gemma; if she can be with Clay and find proof of his involvement with the home invasions, she will have access to the boys again. Gemma agrees to the deal and begins to allow Clay back into her life. At the same time, Gemma makes it clear to Nero that she really wants to be with him. The home invasions are later revealed to have been carried out by the new Nomad club members, hired by Clay to pressure Jax to step down as president. Knowing now that the Nomads can be linked to him, Clay double-crosses them and has two executed in Unser's trailer. The sole survivor, Frankie Diamonds, hires black men to attack Jax the night Gemma has her car crash. Jax finds Nero and Lyla being taken hostage by Frankie, who confesses to Clay's involvement but flees with Chibs and Nero's money after shooting Lyla in the thigh. Clay and Juice locate Frankie before Jax can interrogate him about Clay's role in the break-ins. Mob boss Leo Pirelli kills Frankie Diamonds because he killed one of his crew, who was guarding him, while Pirelli prepared to get Diamonds out of the country.
Tara attempts to visit Otto several times, to convince him to reverse his statement and shut down the RICO case Romeo has over the club. Although he recants, Otto murders a nurse with a cross which belonged to Luann that Tara brought to him, making Tara an accessory to murder. When Otto is about to give his statement, he severs his own tongue, destroying the RICO case and any link to Tara with the murder case. After Otto murders the nurse, Tara is visited by Lee Toric, the nurse's brother and a former US Marshal, who questions her about her involvement in the nurse's death. As Tara's right hand begins to heal, she makes preparations to make Wendy the legal guardian of Abel and Thomas in case something happens to her and Jax, as she can't trust Gemma. That night, Jax has a conversation with Tara about Wendy becoming a guardian for their sons. Gemma threatens to link Tara to the cross and the nurse's murder if Tara leaves with the boys for Oregon. Wendy, furious once she hears about Abel's kidnapping in Ireland, threatens to report everything that happened to Abel. Jax assaults Wendy and injects her with drugs, and says he'll demand a drug test of her, if she "hurts his family again."
Juice reveals to Clay the truth of his betrayal and the RICO case. Jax learns from Roosevelt that Juice had betrayed the club, and eventually the two of them talk with Juice, who confesses everything he did, as well as how Frankie revealed to Juice that Clay was behind the home invasions. Jax makes a deal with Juice that, if he can find the documents that prove Clay's involvement, Jax will not reveal Juice's betrayal to the club, and he'll remain a member. Clay finds out the truth about RICO and tries to secure himself protection with Romeo, warning him that Jax will try to destroy their leverage. Romeo suggests Clay returns as President by removing Jax, but Clay refuses and instead tries to convince Jax. However, Jax does not yield and attempts to secure a relationship between Romeo and Henry Lin, so the Chinese can secure weapons for the cartel. When Juice finds the documents and is about to show the club the proof at Clay's home, Jax is kidnapped by the cartel, which buys Clay enough time to secure the documents. Jax has Romeo agree to his plan. Bobby secures a deal with Clay to confess everything, in return for which Bobby will vote to let him live. Clay does so, and is excommunicated from the Club, but not executed (because of Bobby's vote). Jax sets a meeting with Lin and Romeo to secure gun deliveries every two weeks, although the change will take three months. As a result, Jax sets a meeting with Gaelan and agrees to sell to Romeo one last time. However, Romeo and the cartel decide to take the weapons by force, leaving SAMCRO on the hook to pay for them. Gaelan, displeased, retaliates by kidnapping Wendy. Clay arranges a meeting with Gaelan, where Clay agrees to act as an intermediary for new weapons customers. Gaelan agrees, as he trusts Clay, and also arranges safe passage for him and Gemma into Belfast. Jax and Tig kill Pope and frames Clay for the murder, Clay is then arrested and a bounty is placed on him by August. Jax forgives Juice and grows closer to Tig, but his actions are too much for Bobby to stand, who removes his Vice President patch and walks out.
In the final scenes of Season 5, Jax comes home to find Tara seated cradling their baby. Jax already knows about the job offer and, although he initially refuses to move away from Charming, Tara tells him that her "job as [his] old lady is to be strong when and where [he] can't be." Her decision to accept the job offer in Oregon is her attempt to stand strong, keep their family together, and not "end up like the two people [they] most hate," referring to his mother and Clay. Before they can finish, Roosevelt appears at their home and arrests Tara for her involvement in the nurse's murder. Gemma arrives to the house just minutes after Tara is arrested, as Tara is sitting in the back of the police car. Gemma enters the home to find Jax seated at the table with Abel in his lap. Gemma consoles Jax by standing behind him, while resting her hand on his shoulder. They are positioned in exactly the same way as Tara was, when she was comforting Jax in the final scene of Season 4.
Season 6 (2013)
Following the arrest of Tara and Clay, Jax struggles to hold SAMCRO together while Tara is imprisoned. Toric approaches both Tara and Clay and offers them deals in exchange for giving up SAMCRO; both initially refuse, but Clay later relents when confronted with being thrown into the prison's general population and assuredly being killed by inmates paid off by Damon Pope's men as a retaliation for Pope's murder. Juice returns to Charming after helping Bobby relocate after stepping down as VP, which angers Chibs, who doesn't believe Juice has been punished enough for talking to cops and later beats him. The Club also deals with a group of Iranian torture-porn filmmakers who abused Lyla; as the conflict heats up cops show up and arrest everyone; the SAMCRO members are handed off to Charlie Barosky, a crooked cop, who cuts deals with the locals, agrees with SAMCRO that the torture porn has to go, and has the Iranians evicted. As Tig releases the director, the man makes a crass comment about Tig's daughter. Tig then snaps and drowns the man in a bathtub filled with urine. The premiere ends with a young child, seen periodically throughout the episode, who approaches a school and pulls a machine pistol out of his backpack. He loads the weapon and enters the school; shortly thereafter screams and gunfire are heard. SAMCRO is targeted for this shooting as the supplier. Toric, after giving SAMCRO trouble, accuses them of a school mass murder, which later gets him killed through an incident with Otto. Otto is shot down by guards in the prison hospital. District Attorney Patterson, who was working with Toric, is trying to put an end to SAMCRO by trying to get Tara to testify against them. She is offered a deal twice and accepts along with the help of Jax, sending him to jail and allowing Tara to leave Charming with Abel and Thomas. After getting high, Gemma heads over to Jax's house, feeling betrayed by Tara for trying to take her grandchildren, and finds Tara. Tara is brutally beaten, and after an attempted drowning in the kitchen sink is stabbed in the back of the head with a meat fork by Gemma. Roosevelt walks in and is shot in the back by Juice to protect Gemma. Later that night, Jax walks in to the house and finds Roosevelt and Tara dead on the kitchen floor and falls to his knees, crying. Patterson walks in to find the scene and Jax screams in agony, ending the season.
Season 7 (2014)
Sons of Anarchy was renewed for a seventh and final season that began airing in September 2014. Drea de Matteo, David LaBrava, and Niko Nicotera were all promoted to the regular cast. Robert Patrick, Emilio Rivera, and Billy Brown returned in their recurring guest roles, as did CCH Pounder and Kim Dickens but only for limited appearances. Marilyn Manson guest starred as a drug addict who is a high-ranking member of a neo-Nazi prison sect. Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Annabeth Gish joined the cast for recurring roles. Glee actress Lea Michele also had a guest role as a truck stop waitress and single mother in the sixth episode of the season.
Cast and characters
Sons of Anarchy is the story of the Teller-Morrow family of Charming, California, as well as the other members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original (SAMCRO), their families, various Charming townspeople, allied and rival gangs, associates, and law agencies that undermine or support SAMCRO's legal and illegal enterprises.
|Jackson "Jax" Teller||Charlie Hunnam||Main|
|Clarence "Clay" Morrow||Ron Perlman||Main|
|Gemma Teller Morrow||Katey Sagal||Main|
|Tara Knowles-Teller||Maggie Siff||Main|
|Alexander "Tig" Trager||Kim Coates||Main|
|Filip "Chibs" Telford||Tommy Flanagan||Main|
|Robert "Bobby Elvis" Munson||Mark Boone Junior||Main|
|Kip "Half-Sack" Epps||Johnny Lewis||Main|
|Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz||Theo Rossi||Recurring||Main|
|Harry "Opie" Winston||Ryan Hurst||Recurring||Main|
|Piermont "Piney" Winston||William Lucking||Recurring||Main|
|Wayne Unser||Dayton Callie||Recurring||Main|
|Neron "Nero" Padilla||Jimmy Smits||Recurring||Main|
|Happy Lowman||David LaBrava||Co-guest||Recurring||Main|
|Wendy Case||Drea de Matteo||Recurring||Recurring||Main|
|George "Ratboy" Skogstrom||Niko Nicotera||Recurring||Main|
Recurring guest stars
- Nicholas Guest as the voice of John Teller (Seasons 1–7)
- Olivia Burnette as The Homeless Woman (Seasons 1–7)
- Emilio Rivera as Marcus Alvarez (Seasons 1–7)
- Kurt Sutter as "Big" Otto Delaney (Seasons 1–6)
- Michael Marisi Ornstein as Chuck Marstein (Seasons 1–7)
- Tayler Sheridan as Deputy Chief David Hale (Seasons 1–3)
- Ally Walker as Agent June Stahl (Seasons 1–3)
- Kenneth Choi as Henry Lin (Seasons 1–3, 5–7)
- Tory Kittles as Laroy Wayne (Seasons 1–4)
- Mitch Pileggi as Ernest Darby (Seasons 1–3, 6)
- Patrick St. Esprit as Elliott Oswald (Seasons 1–4, 6)
- Sprague Grayden as Donna Winston (Season 1)
- James Carraway as Floyd (Seasons 1–4)
- Jamie McShane as Cameron Hayes (Seasons 1–3)
- Marya Delver as Officer Candy Eglee (Seasons 1–3, 6-7)
- Tom Everett Scott as Rosen (Seasons 1–2)
- Julie Ariola as Mary Winston (Seasons 1–2)
- Lela Jane Cortines as Ellie Winston (Seasons 1–2)
- John Abendroth as Kenny Winston (Seasons 1–2)
- Dendrie Taylor as Luann Delaney (Seasons 1–2)
- Glenn Plummer as Sheriff Vic Trammel (Seasons 1–2)
- Taryn Manning as Rita "Cherry" Zambell (Seasons 1 and 3)
- Michael Shamus Wiles as Jury (Season 1, 6–7)
- Jeff Wincott as Jimmy Cacuzza (Seasons 1-6)
- Jay Karnes as Agent Joshua Kohn (Season 1)
- Keir O'Donnell as Lowell Harland, Jr. (Season 1)
- Jeff Kober as Jacob Hale, Jr. (Seasons 2–6)
- Winter Ave Zoli as Lyla Winston (Seasons 2–7)
- McNally Sagal as Margaret Murphy (Season 2–6)
- Kristen Renton as Ima (Seasons 2–6)
- Kenny Johnson as Herman Kozik (Seasons 2–4)
- Tom Arnold as Georgie Caruso (Seasons 2–4)
- Titus Welliver as Jimmy O'Phelan (Seasons 2–3)
- Bellina Logan as Fiona Larkin (Seasons 2–3)
- Adam Arkin as Ethan Zobelle (Season 2)
- Henry Rollins as AJ Weston (Season 2)
- Callard Harris as Edmond Hayes (Season 2)
- Sarah Jones as Polly Zobelle (Season 2)
- Cleo King as Neeta (Season 2)
- Michael Beach as T.O. Cross (Seasons 3, 5, 7)
- Christopher Douglas Reed as Philip "Filthy Phil" Russell (Seasons 3–6)
- Frank Potter as Eric Miles (Seasons 3–4)
- Leo Fitzpatrick as Shepard (Season 3)
- Hal Holbrook as Nate Madock (Seasons 3, 7)
- Robin Weigert as Ally Lowen (Seasons 3, 5–6)
- Stephen King as Bachman (Season 3 Episode 3)
- Jose Pablo Cantillo as Hector Salazar (Season 3)
- Pamela J. Gray as Agent Amy Tyler (Season 3)
- Andy McPhee as Keith McGee (Season 3)
- Dan Hildebrand as Seán Casey (Season 3)
- Arie Verveen as Liam O'Neill (Season 3)
- Q'orianka Kilcher as Kerrianne Larkin-Telford (Season 3)
- James Cosmo as Father Kellen Ashby (Season 3)
- Paula Malcomson as Maureen Ashby (Season 3)
- Zoe Boyle as Trinity Ashby (Season 3)
- Bob McCracken as Brendan Roarke (Seasons 3–4, 6–7)
- Sonny Barger as Lenny "The Pimp" Janowitz (Seasons 3–5)
- Rockmond Dunbar as Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt (Seasons 4–6)
- LaMonica Garrett as Deputy Sheriff Cane (Seasons 4–7)
- Timothy V. Murphy as Gaelan O'Shay (Season 4–6)
- Benito Martinez as Luis Torres (Seasons 4–5)
- Danny Trejo as Romero "Romeo" Parada (Seasons 4–5)
- Walter Wong as Chris "V-Lin" Von Lin (Seasons 4–6)
- Rachel Miner as Dawn Trager (Seasons 4–5)
- Merle Dandridge as Rita Roosevelt (Seasons 4–5)
- Ray McKinnon as Assistant U.S. Attorney Lincoln Potter (Season 4)
- David Rees Snell as Agent Grad Nicholas (Season 4)
- Jesse Garcia as Rafi (Season 4)
- Randolph Mantooth as Charlie Horse (Season 4)
- Donal Logue as Lee Toric (Seasons 5–6)
- Harold Perrineau as Damon Pope (Season 5)
- Billy Brown as August Marks (Seasons 5–7)
- Mo McRae as Tyler (Seasons 5–7)
- Walton Goggins as Venus Van Damme/Vincent Noone (Seasons 5–7)
- Reynaldo Gallegos as Fiasco (Seasons 5–7)
- Dave Navarro as Arcadio Nerona (Seasons 5–6)
- Chuck Zito as Frankie Diamonds (Season 5)
- Chris Browning as GoGo (Season 5)
- Kurt Yaeger as Greg "The Peg" (Season 5)
- Rusty Coones as Rane Quinn (Seasons 5–7)
- Peter Weller as Charles Barosky (Seasons 6-7)
- Kim Dickens as Colette Jane (Seasons 6-7)
- CCH Pounder as Tyne Patterson (Seasons 6-7)
- Steve Howey as Hopper (Season 6)
- Douglas Bennett as Orlin West (Seasons 6-7)
- Jacob Vargas as Allesandro Montez (Seasons 6-7)
- Scott Anderson as Connor Malone (Seasons 6-7)
- Hayley McFarland as Brooke Putner (Seasons 6-7)
- Robert Patrick as Les Packer (Seasons 6-7)
- Annabeth Gish as Sheriff Althea Jarry (Season 7)
- Marilyn Manson as Ron Tully (Season 7)
- Ivo Nandi as Oscar "El Oso" Ramos (Season 7)
- Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Sticky (Season 7)
- Ron Yuan as Ryu Tom (Season 7)
- Brad Carter as Leland Gruen (Season 7)
- April Grace as Loutreesha Haddem (Season 7)
- Arjay Smith as Grant McQueen (Season 7)
- Courtney Love as Ms. Harrison (Season 7)
- Lea Michele as Gertie (Season 7)
- Charisma Carpenter as Carol (Season 7)
- Inbar Lavi as Winsome (Season 7)
- Matthew St. Patrick as Moses Cartwright (Season 7)
- Tony Curran as Gaines (Season 7)
- Michael Chiklis as Milo (Season 7)
The Sons of Anarchy (SOA) is an outlaw motorcycle club with many charters in the United States as well as overseas. The show focuses on the original and founding chapter, Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original, referred to by the acronym SAMCRO or Sam Crow. This nickname is also reflected in the original title of the show, Forever Sam Crow. The Redwood chapter is headquartered in the fictional town of Charming, California, in a clubhouse adjacent to the Teller-Morrow auto mechanic shop. Led by President Clay Morrow, and later Jax Teller, the club protects and controls Charming through close community relationships, bribery, and violent intimidation. In early seasons they are particularly vehement about keeping "hard" drugs, and drug dealers, out of Charming.
John Teller and Piermont "Piney" Winston co-founded SAMCRO in 1967 following their return from the Vietnam War. The first charter was called "Redwood" because before Gemma, John's wife, became pregnant with their first son, Jackson (Jax), and settled in Charming, Gemma's hometown, they cruised the Northern California coast from Eureka to Big Sur, which is redwood country, so he called the charter the Redwood Originals, hence the SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) handle. Six of the "Redwood Original 9" members were Vietnam vets.
Club members wear vests known as kuttes (jackets with the sleeves cut off). The SOA patch on the back is a Grim Reaper holding a crystal ball with the Anarchist circle-A symbol, and wielding the Reaper's traditional scythe, the handle of which has been replaced by the M16 rifle that the club's founders wielded in Vietnam. Only full members can wear the "patch." Other, smaller patches on the vest have specific meanings, such as "Men of Mayhem," which is worn by club members who have spilled blood on the club's behalf, "First 9", worn by all the original nine SOA members, and President/Vice President/SGT at Arms/Secretary patches.
The Sons ride customized Harley-Davidson motorcycles. Each rider customizes his own bike to his individual style; however, they all paint their bikes black and most sport T-bar style handlebars. A patchholder's bike usually sports the Sons of Anarchy letters on it somewhere, the club's Grim Reaper logo, or the circled "A" club logo. Prospects are not permitted to paint their bikes black until they get patched in. Jax is also seen driving a silver Dodge Ram 1500 throughout the show. His mother, Gemma Teller is always seen driving a Cadillac throughout the show as well. Until later in Season 6 which she is then driving a Lincoln.
Club members have "day jobs" in local industries; most work at the Teller-Morrow garage as mechanics, but they primarily make money by illegally importing weapons, modifying and selling them to various gangs, and making protection runs for local businesses by defending valuable truck shipments against hijacking. During Season 4 they start to mule cocaine for the Galindo cartel in exchange for cash and protection.
The clubhouse, described above, includes a living area with multiple rooms (where members sometimes crash for the night), a fully operational bar, a pool table, a kitchen, a workout room, and the "chapel," a room with an elaborate redwood conference table that has a reaper logo carved into the top, where the patched members meet to discuss club business and vote on major decisions. The club owns a secluded cabin in the woods and a warehouse outside of town (which was bought from but is still maintained by club associate Elliot Oswald), where they've stored weapons and cocaine for the Galindo Cartel. The club also rents an old candy shop that is used as the clubhouse in season 6 after the Teller/Morrow clubhouse was destroyed in an explosion.
Rival and allied gangs
SAMCRO keeps meth traffickers and drug dealers out of Charming, which puts them at odds with the meth-distributing white supremacist Nordics (aka Nords), headed by Ernest Darby. This earns them respect and admiration from the townspeople, who believe the Sons do more to protect their town than its own police. SAMCRO also has to deal with a rival, Oakland-based motorcycle club (MC), the Mayans led by Marcus Alvarez (played by Emilio Rivera, who also appeared in The Shield as Mexican drug dealer Navarro Quintero). Other groups in SAMCRO's orbit include the San Francisco–based Chinese mafia Lin Triad, led by Henry Lin; the Italian American Cacuzza crime family; the Real IRA (aka RIRA) of Ireland, which supplies them with illegal Russian-made guns; the "One-Niners", an African American street gang (who also appeared on The Shield, thus possibly putting the two in the same fictional universe) to whom SAMCRO sell weapons; and various affiliates in the state prison system, where many members of the club have been incarcerated at one time or another. These gangs serve important roles in either being enemies of the clubs or soon to be partners with the MC to bring in more money.
Sutter has said of the Shakespeare element, "I don't want to overplay that but it's there. It was Jax's father who started the club, so he's the ghost in the action. You wonder what he would have made of the way it turned out. It's not a version of Hamlet but it's definitely influenced by it." Ron Perlman believes "they’re going to stick to the structure of Hamlet all the way to the end (of the series)."
The twelfth episode of season 4 is called "Burnt and Purged Away", a quote taken from Act I, Scene 5 of Hamlet, in which the ghost of Hamlet's father explains to Hamlet that he is doomed to suffer in Purgatory until he has paid for all of his sins. Additionally, the final episodes of Season 4 are titled "To Be" (Parts I and II), harkening to the famous To be, or not to be soliloquy, and episode 11 of Season 5 is titled "To Thine Own Self", which references Polonius' advice to his son Laertes. Additionally, the ninth episode of Season 7 is titled "What a Piece of Work is Man," which is a reference to Hamlet's What a piece of work is a man speech in Act II, scene 2.
|Season 1||Season 2||Season 3||Season 4||Season 5||Season 6||Season 7||After Season 7|
|President||Clarence "Clay" Morrow||Jackson "Jax" Teller||Filip "Chibs" Telford|
|Vice President||Jackson "Jax" Teller||Bobby "Elvis" Munson||Filip "Chibs" Telford||Alex "Tig" Trager|
|Sgt-at-Arms||Alex "Tig" Trager||Filip "Chibs" Telford||Happy Lowman|
The series was created by Kurt Sutter. Sutter is the showrunner, the series' most prolific writer, and a regular director. He has directed each season finale to date. Sutter had previously worked as an executive producer for the FX series The Shield. The series' other executive producers are father and son team Art Linson and John Linson. Jim Parriott served as an executive producer and writer for the first season only. Paris Barclay joined Sons of Anarchy as an executive producer in the fourth season, after directing episodes in the first and second season. In addition to serving as Executive Producer in the fourth, fifth, and sixth seasons, Barclay directed three episodes each season, including the season 4 and 5 premieres, the top two highest-rated telecasts in the history of FX.
Jack LoGiudice served as a consulting producer and regular writer for the first season. He became co-executive producer for the second season. He left the series to work on The Walking Dead. Dave Erickson also worked as a consulting producer for the first and second season and then took over as co-executive producer for the third season. The series other regular writers are supervising producer Chris Collins and co-producer Regina Corrado. Shawn Rutherford has joined as consulting producer for season 6 and 7.
Although Sons of Anarchy is set in Northern California's Central Valley (with some scenes in the Bay Area), it is filmed primarily at Occidental Studios Stage 5A in North Hollywood. Main sets located there include the clubhouse, St. Thomas Hospital and Jax's house. The production rooms at the studio used by the writing staff also double as the Charming police station. External scenes are often filmed nearby in Sun Valley and Tujunga. Interior and exterior scenes set in Northern Ireland during season 3 were also filmed at Occidental Studios and surrounding areas. A second unit shot footage in Northern Ireland used in the third season.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||September 3, 2008||November 26, 2008||2.21|
|2||13||September 8, 2009||December 1, 2009||3.67|
|3||13||September 7, 2010||November 30, 2010||Aired|
|4||14||September 6, 2011||December 6, 2011||5.45|
|5||13||September 11, 2012||December 4, 2012||Aired|
|6||13||September 10, 2013||December 10, 2013||7.48|
|7||13||September 9, 2014||December 9, 2014||TBA|
Sons of Anarchy has received very favorable reviews over the course of its run, with many singling out Katey Sagal's performance. On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season scored 68/100, the second season scored 86/100, the third season scored 84/100, the fourth season scored 81/100, the fifth and sixth season scored 72/100.
The first season received positive reviews from industry critics. It scored a 68 on Metacritic, indicating "generally favorable reviews" Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe said the first season had "real potential". The New York Times’ Gina Bellafante spoke highly of the cast's acting ability, particularly Sagal’s portrayal of Gemma. Brian Lowry of Variety gave a mixed review, admiring Sutter’s creation of the club and the town of Charming but observing the early episodes lacked direction.
The second season saw a substantial increase in positive reviews. Writing for Chicago Tribune, Maureen Ryan called the second season "engrossing". She elaborated that "the pacing is better [and] the plotting is tighter" and commends Sagal and Perlman for their performances. Variety’s Stuart Levine stated that the new season was "compelling"; he also complimented the acting skill of Perlman, Sagal, Hunnam and Siff. James Poniewozik of TIME called Sagal's performance "devastatingly powerful" and named the series on his list of Top 10 Shows of 2009.
Some critics felt the third season was dragged down by the previous season's cliffhanger. James Poniewozik of TIME called the season three premiere "breathtaking" and praised Sagal’s performance with Holbrook. He later stated that Abel's disappearance helped return the show to its central problem: Jax's allegiance to the club. Entertainment Weekly’s Ken Tucker agreed that Holbrook and Sagal’s scenes were "beautiful". He also commented that the series handled themes of loyalty and family especially well. Maureen Ryan commented that the third season divided critics and fans alike, suggesting the expanded Belfast cast made it harder for the audience to invest in the characters' journeys. Ryan later questioned the credibility of Hector Salazar's story, noting that he was inferior to other villainous characters such as Stahl, Zobelle and Weston. However, she praised Ally Walker's performance, comparing her character to The Shield 's Vic Mackey. Critic Alan Sepinwall said the season was "interesting but uneven", noting that the plot gained traction in later episodes. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter said "Sutter should be applauded for shaking things up", calling the slower pace a "creative necessity".
Alan Sepinwall stated that the fourth season risked predictability by returning to a successful formula of storytelling, but he nonetheless preferred those episodes to those of season three. Maureen Ryan reviewed the fourth season positively. She praised the addition of Lincoln Potter (played by Ray McKinnon), comparing the character's quality to that of Breaking Bad's antagonist, Gustavo Fring. The AV Club called the fourth season more "focused" and "operatic". AV Club reviewer Zack Handlen was fond of the season but felt disappointed with the finale, saying it featured a "lousy case of dictated convenience, of an arbitrary and unbelievable reveal used to shift characters around to where the writers want them to be for next season, as opposed to where they might land organically." However, the review did praise Charlie Hunnam's performance in the finale. TIME said the fourth season was the strongest since season two, but the show needed to end sooner rather than later. TIME also agreed that the finale's contrivances were sometimes too visible, stating "it’s the principle: you can only turn up alive at your own funeral so many times before it starts to lose its impact."
Season five received favorable reviews and has a rating of 72 on the review aggregator site Metacritic. Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly praised the series by calling it a "richly detailed portrait of self-righteous villainy". The series had a rating of 8.6/10 on the review site IMDB.
Season six received generally favorable reviews and scored a 72 out of 100 on Metacritic.
The seventh season's premiere on September 9, 2014 received the highest ratings in the series' history. The episode was watched by 6.20 million viewers.
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||Average viewers
|Season 1||Wednesday 10:00 pm||13||September 3, 2008||November 26, 2008||2.21||2.2|
|Season 2||Tuesday 10:00 pm||13||September 8, 2009||4.29||December 1, 2009||4.33|
|Season 3||13||September 7, 2010||4.13||November 30, 2010||3.6||3.23|
|Season 4||14||September 6, 2011||4.94||December 6, 2011||4.24|
|Season 5||13||September 11, 2012||5.37||December 4, 2012||4.66||4.40|
|Season 6||13||September 10, 2013||5.87||December 10, 2013||5.17||4.60|
|Season 7||13||September 9, 2014||6.20||December 9, 2014||6.40||4.45|
Awards and nominations
Sons of Anarchy was nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Drama at the 2010 TCA Awards. Katey Sagal received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series (Drama) at the 68th Golden Globe Awards for her role in the third season. She also received a nomination for a 2010 Satellite Award in the category of Best Actress – Television Series (Drama), as well as a TCA nomination for the Individual Achievement in Drama. Sons of Anarchy (Season 5) received a Screen Crush Award for having the best TV series in 2012. Also in 2012, Paris Barclay was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Direction in a Drama Series for his direction of the Season 4 Premiere "Out". In 2013, Rockmond Dunbar won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Sheriff Eli Roosevelt.
Three EP soundtracks have been released by 20th Century Fox Records, on iTunes, featuring songs from each series. The first five-song EP, entitled Sons of Anarchy: North Country – EP, was released on September 8, 2009 and featured the full version of the Emmy Award nominated theme song "This Life". A second five-song EP, entitled Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP, was released on November 24, 2009 while a third six-song EP, entitled Sons of Anarchy: The King is Gone - EP, was released on November 23, 2010.
In November 2011, selected highlights from the EPs and new tracks were released in Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1–4, followed up by Sons of Anarchy: Songs of Anarchy Vol. 2 released in November 2012 and Sons of Anarchy: Songs of Anarchy Vol. 3 released in December 2013. Sons of Anarchy: Songs of Anarchy Vol. 4 is scheduled to be released in February 2015.
|Sons of Anarchy: North Country – EP|
|1.||"This Life"||Curtis Stigers, Dave Kushner, Bob Thiele Jr., Kurt Sutter||Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers||2:22|
|2.||"Slip Kid"||Pete Townshend||Anvil and Franky Perez||3:49|
|3.||"John the Revelator"||Traditional||Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers||5:34|
|4.||"Forever Young"||Bob Dylan||Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers||3:13|
|5.||"Girl from the North Country"||Dylan||Lions||4:11|
|Sons of Anarchy: Shelter – EP|
|1.||"Ruby Tuesday"||Jagger/Richards||Katey Sagal||3:23|
|2.||"Fortunate Son"||John Fogerty||Lyle Workman & The Forest Rangers||3:26|
|3.||"Someday Never Comes"||Fogerty||Billy Valentine & The Forest Rangers||4:06|
|4.||"Burn This Town"||Matt Drenik||Battleme||3:13|
|5.||"Gimme Shelter"||Jagger/Richards||Paul Brady & The Forest Rangers||4:53|
|Sons of Anarchy: The King is Gone - EP|
|1.||"No Milk Today"||Graham Gouldman||Joshua James & The Forest Rangers||4:01|
|2.||"Bird on the Wire"||Leonard Cohen||Katey Sagal & The Forest Rangers||5:05|
|3.||"Travelin' Band"||Fogerty||Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers||2:18|
|4.||"Miles Away"||Paul Taylor||The Forest Rangers feat. Battleme & Slash||4:49|
|5.||"Hey Hey, My My"||Neil Young, Jeff Blackburn||Battleme||2:52|
|6.||"This Life" (Celtic Remix)||Stigers, Kushner, Thiele Jr., Sutter||Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers||0:39|
Other notable songs featured in the series include: David by Noah Gundersen, Writings on The Wall by The Album Leaf (In Series Premiere), "Ålesund" by Sun Kil Moon, Bobby's Elvis covers, a cover version of "Son of a Preacher Man" by Katey Sagal, "Hard Row" by the Black Keys which is featured in the Pilot episode (the music of the Black Keys often features in the series), along with "Plenty Strong and Plenty Wrong" by Maylene and the Sons of Disaster on the radio in the pilot episode, "Can't Get Used to Losing You" by Andy Williams, a cover of "Forever Young" by Audra Mae, "Mongoose" by Fu Manchu, "Burn This Town" by Battleme, "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya" by Dropkick Murphys, "Comin Home" by Murder by Death, "Hell" by The Upsidedown, "Power Player" by Clutch, "Railroad Cancellation" by Don Caballero, "Dolphin Center" by The Donkeys, "Stop" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, "Hands in the Sky" by Straylight Run, "People, Turn Around" by Delta Spirit, "Ashes to Ashes" by Tarbox Ramblers, and the blues song "John the Revelator" by Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers. The trailer for the 2009 season featured "Son's Gonna Rise" by Citizen Cope. Several Monster Magnet songs are used: "Monolithic" (from Monolithic Baby!) are used in season one, while "Radiation Day" and "Slut Machine" (both also from Monolithic Baby!) and "Freeze and Pixelate" (from 4-Way Diablo) are used in season two, and "100 Million Miles" (from Mastermind) appears late into season three. In the final episode of season three, "Get It On" by Turbonegro was used during the Russian chase scene. "Lot Lizard" by the band The Glasspack is used in season 2. Another notable song is a cover of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" by a teenage band at the end of the episode "Giving Back". In 2011, "Dani California" by Red Hot Chili Peppers was used as a promo song for season 4. In episodes 5 and 8, there was music from the Belgian band The Black Box Revelation, and episode 7 featured the song "Machine Gun Blues" by Social Distortion. The 11/22/11 episode had two more notable pieces in the soundtrack. First was Boo Boo Davis "I'm So Tired", then in the confrontation between Opie and Clay, Noah Gundersens "David" [from his Family cd] is heard – with the line "I want to kill me a giant man". To Be, Act 1 contained "Burn It Down" by Awolnation during the interstate chase from Oakland back to Charming. Season 6's promos feature "The Mark Has Been Made" by Nine Inch Nails. "Mind Your Manners" by Pearl Jam was featured in the sixth season episode "Salvage". Season 7 promo trailers have two prominent tracks, the first one being "Bullet The Blue Sky" by Irish band U2, while the second is "Jungle" by Jamie N Commons and X Ambassadors.
In 2013, Boom! Studios began publishing a Sons of Anarchy comic book. As of August 2014, 12 issues have been published.
Issue 1-6 overview
With no one else to turn to, the daughter of an old SAMCRO member comes to Charming looking for help. The only people standing between Kendra and certain death are the Sons of Anarchy, and, for better or for worse, Sergeant-at-Arms Tig.
Issue 7-14 overview
Set after the events of season three, Gemma and Tara must keep the peace on the homefront, as Jax, Clay and the others doing their time in prison, the town of Charming is more dangerous than ever with the SONS OF ANARCHY behind bars!
Sons of Anarchy: Bratva, the first in a planned series of SOA novels to be written by Christopher Golden, was published in November, 2014.
A prequel series detailing the origin of the club is planned. In August of 2014, during an interview, Sutter stated the prequel would focus on the "First 9" members of the club and set around the time of the Vietnam war. He further stated that the prequel would likely consist of a miniseries or "maybe 10 episodes or two 8 episodes seasons." At the conclusion of the prequel, Sutter plans to release the manuscript written by character John Teller entitled "The Life and Death of Sam Crow". 
Sons Of Anarchy video game
A Sons of Anarchy video game entitled "Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect" has been announced, with a planned 2015 release. The game will be designed for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
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Sons of Anarchy premiered in Australia on the Showcase in 2009 while in New Zealand it appeared on TV3 on October 20, 2010 and it has been announced it is moving to the Box. The show premiered in the UK on 5USA in 2009 and in the Republic of Ireland RTÉ Two the same year. It premiered in Canada on Super Channel October 20, 2008.In India season 6 is airing from 26 September 2013 only on Star World Premiere.
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