Sons of Anarchy (2008-14)
Developed By: Kurt Sutter Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Johnny Lewis, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman, Ryan Hurst, William Lucking, Theo Rossi, Dayton Callie, Jimmy Smits, Drea De Matteo, David Labrava, Niko Nicotera
Certificate: 18 Running Time: Typically around 50 minutes per episode but ranges from 39-90 minutes
Much like many of you I'm sure, the list of shows on my watch list is long. Netflix alone features tons but recently removed from that particular list is this one. It's about a motorcycle gang and is well regarded but that was about the extent of my knowledge prior to watching. Fortunately, that was sufficient. The gang (or 'club', as they apparently prefer) is known as SAMCRO (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original) and is based in the small fictional Northern Californian town of Charming. There they are involved in various rackets, mostly illegal, but the bulk of their business comes from running guns, supplied by the 'True IRA' based in Belfast and sold to other criminal gangs around the NorCal area. The club was founded in 1967 by John Teller and some of his friends who became know as the 'First 9' but at the start of the show, only club president Clay Morrow (Perlman) and Piney Winstone (Lucking) are left.
Well, out of the First 9, that is - but the club has had many more members over the years and has spawned various other 'charters' as well. At SAMCRO under Clay are Jax Teller (Hunnam), son of the founder and now stepson of its president, sergeant-at-arms Tig (Coates), treasury secretary Bobby (Boone Junior), as well as Chibs (Flanagan), Juice (Ortiz), and Piney's son Opie (Hurst). Also closely associated with the club are Gemma (Sagal), Jax's mum and Clay's wife, Tara (Siff), Jax's girlfriend and doctor at the local hospital, Wayne Unser (Callie), chief of the local police department and friend to the club, and a load of others. Despite the large cast and many simultanous sub-plots that build up over the course of the series though, the show's main character is Jax and he immediately takes centre stage...
Spoiler Alert: I'll try not to reveal any major plot twists or cliffhangers with these posts but they may contain a few spoilers so if you haven't seen them and don't want to know anything, don't read!
Season One (13 episodes)
Season Two (13 episodes)
Season Three (13 episodes)
Season Four (14 episodes)
Look out for seasons five, six, and seven in the next part of this feature soon! In the meantime, check out this trailer for the first season: