Charming (Sons of Anarchy)

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Charming, California
Town of Charming
"Our Name Says It All."
CountryUnited States
CountySan Joaquin
Settled1859 (as Timberville)
 • MayorJacob Hale Jr.
 • SheriffAlthea Jarry
 • District AttorneyThyne Patterson
 • Total22.8 sq mi (59 km2)
 • Total14,684
WebsiteCharming at Sons of Anarchy

Charming is a fictional town in the television series Sons of Anarchy.

Approximate location and fictional statistics[edit]

According to a sign on the edge of town, Charming's population is 14,679, and the city motto is "Our Name Says It All". Charming covers 22.7 square miles (59 km2) and is located in San Joaquin County, California, in the upper part of the metro triangle, which is bounded by the Bay Area, Stockton, and Sacramento. Show writer Kurt Sutter has stated that he envisions the town as being located between Lodi and Stockton, which would place it near the real-life Census-designated place of Morada, California. At other times in the show, Charming is said to be 50 miles (80 km) from both Oakland and San Jose, and about 30 miles (50 km) from both Stockton and Lodi.

In Season 1, the show's official website[1] gave GPS coordinates for Charming that placed it in the middle of an agricultural field along California SR 12, about 3.75 miles (6.0 km) west of Interstate 5, just under 1 mile north of the road. These coordinates put Charming between Lodi and Rio Vista, California. The website no longer includes these data.

In the Season 5 episode, "Crucified" (at 15:58), the side of the Teller-Morrow truck shows a 95206 ZIP Code, which corresponds with Stockton,[2] and a phone number with a 925 area code, which is consistent with eastern Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, but not with San Joaquin County.

The town's average high temperature in January is 54 °F (12.2 °C), and the average low is 38 °F (3.3 °C). In July, the average high temperature is 94 °F (34.4 °C), and the average low is 61 °F (16.1 °C).[citation needed]

Fictional history[edit]

After the California Gold Rush (1848–1855) brought an influx of population to the region, lumber and agriculture became prominent industries in the area. In 1859, these pioneer settlers decided to establish a town where the ample Redwood country met the fertile Central Valley. The town was originally named Timberville, but when two railroad land surveyors stopped in the town, one proclaimed it the last "charming" place for a railroad station before the very large, flat central valley. The other declared he had just named it as such. After the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, the town saw a small influx of settlers who left the Bay Area in search of a simpler, more stable life. In the post-World War II baby boom, housing developers began to purchase several farmsteads and develop them with roads, utilities, and housing. Once-rural orchards and ranches became picturesque middle-class neighborhoods and communities. Some of these neighborhoods include Crestwood, Sellwood, Eastburough, and Buckhead (known today as Sam Crow's Corner). Today, one of the most unusual qualities of Charming is that it's maintained a classic Americana look and structure. It is also rumored to have E Clampus Vitus activity in the early years, but can neither be confirmed nor denied.

The town is rural and largely working middle class. Early industries in Charming included a lumber mill, saw mill, orchards, farming, and cattle ranching. Today, Charming also has an auto manufacturing industry. Oswald Lumber, Oswald Beef, and Oswald Construction are three of the town's predominant companies. Charming has managed to keep out unsightly chains, corporations, and franchises; nearly all of its businesses are local and independent. Local businesses include Floyd's Barber Shop, Hoffman's Pharmacy, Lumpy's Family Restaurant, and Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair. There is one hospital, St. Thomas Hospital. The Charming Cherry is a cultivar that originated in the region and is noted for the contrast between its sweet skin and somewhat tart flesh.

Law enforcement[edit]

Charming initially had its own police department headed by 30-year police veteran Chief Wayne Unser. Chief Unser had close ties with the local Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO), and was known to be in the Club's pay and a trusted ally of Clay Morrow. David Hale served as Deputy Chief under Unser until he was killed in the line of duty during the wake for murdered SAMCRO member Half-Sack Epps. After Unser retired, the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department took responsibility for law enforcement in Charming, and the Charming Police Department became defunct. Lieutenant Eli Roosevelt, a 20-year veteran of the San Joaquin County Sheriffs Department, headed the Department's Charming/Morada Substation until his death in 2013. The substation is now being commanded by Lieutenant Althea Jarry.

Sons of Anarchy[edit]

One of the notable biker clubs in Northern California, the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, was founded in Charming. The Club was formed in 1969 by John Teller and Piney Winston following their service in the Vietnam War, with the duo acting as President and Vice President respectively. The Sons of Anarchy has become one of the most prevalent Clubs worldwide, with charters ranging from the United States to Australia, Canada, and several European countries. However, the founding chapter remained in Charming, becoming known as Redwood Original or SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original).

Soon after the founding of SAMCRO, John and a close friend, Clay Morrow, opened up Teller-Morrow Automotive Repair as a front for the Club's illegal activities. After John Teller's death in 1993, Clay took over as President of SAMCRO, naming Alexander "Tig" Trager as Sergeant-At-Arms. Piney remained Vice President until he was diagnosed with emphysema, upon which John's oldest son Jax Teller became Vice President.

Soon after John Teller's death in 1993, Clay married Gemma Teller, Jax's mother and John's widow. Until her death in 2014, Gemma was considered the queen of Charming for her actions in the community, and was referred as "the gatekeeper" for her knowledge of the town and its inhabitants' lives and secrets. After a severe domestic dispute between Gemma and Clay in 2011, they separated. Following this, and the revelation that Clay killed both John Teller and Piney Winston, Jax personally stripped Clay of his position as President as well as his membership in the Club. The Club voted for Clay to "Meet Mr Mayhem", and Jax executed Clay for his crimes.

Jax became President in December 2011, and originally intended to name Piney's son and his childhood friend Opie as Vice President. Following Opie's murder, Jax officially named Robert "Bobby" Munson as his Vice President and Filip "Chibs" Telford as Sergeant-At-Arms. When Bobby stepped down from the position in a dispute over Jax's leadership of the Club, Chibs was named as Vice President with fellow member Happy Lowman taking over as Sergeant-At-Arms. Following Jax Teller's death by suicide in December 2014, Chibs took over as President, naming Alexander "Tig" Trager as the new Vice President. Happy Lowman continued to serve as Sergeant-At-Arms.


  1. ^ "Shows: Originals: SOA". FX Networks.
  2. ^ "95206 Zip Code Detailed Profile".

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