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Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy
Genre Crime drama
Created 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
Theme music composer Bob Thiele
Dave Kushner
Curtis Stigers
Opening theme "This Life" by Curtis Stigers & The Forest Rangers
Composer(s) Bob Thiele Jr.
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 92 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Kurt Sutter
John Linson
Art Linson
James D. Parriott
Paris Barclay
Dave Erickson
Producer(s) Jon Paré
Regina Corrado
Liz Sagal
Craig Yahata
Chris Collins
Grace Whitehouse
Location(s) Occidental Studios, North Hollywood, California
Cinematography Paul Maibaum
Editor(s) Paul Fontaine
Etienne des Lauriers
Lauren Pendergrass
Running time 39–90 minutes
Production company(s) Linson The Company
Sutter Ink
Fox 21
FX Productions
Distributor 20th Television
Original network FX
Original release September 3, 2008 (2008-09-03) – December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)

Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter. It follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show stars Charlie Hunnam as Jackson "Jax" Teller, initially the vice president of the club, who begins questioning the club and himself. Brotherhood, loyalty and redemption are constant themes.

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, 2013, 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.

Topics such as vigilantism, government corruption and racism are explored as well how an outlaw motorcycle club can be an analogy for human transformation. Real life Oakland Hell's Angel David Labrava served as a technical adviser to Kurt Sutter. He also played one of the show's main characters, Happy Lowman, the club's assassin.

In November 2013, Sutter indicated he was in talks with FX to make a Sons of Anarchy prequel set in the 1960s. In February 2015, he said he would not work on the prequel, likely to be titled "The First 9", before 2017. As of May 11, 2016, a spin-off series is in the works.

In November 2016 FX officially announced the development of spin off series Mayans MC, centered around Latino culture, which will likely include past SOA characters in cameo roles.

Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Jax Teller Charlie Hunnam Main
Gemma Teller Morrow Katey Sagal Main
Bobby Munson Mark Boone Junior Main
Alex "Tig" Trager Kim Coates Main
Filip "Chibs" Telford Tommy Flanagan Main
Kip "Half-Sack" Epps Johnny Lewis Main
Tara Knowles-Teller Maggie Siff Main
Clarence "Clay" Morrow Ron Perlman Main
Opie Winston Ryan Hurst Recurring Main
Piney Winston William Lucking Recurring Main
Juan Carlos "Juice" Ortiz Theo Rossi Recurring Main
Wayne Unser Dayton Callie Recurring Main
Wendy Case Drea de Matteo Special Guest Special Guest Main
Happy David LaBrava Guest Co-star Recurring Main
Ratboy Niko Nicotera Recurring Main
Nero Jimmy Smits Special Guest Starring
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
Season Episodes Originally aired Viewers
(in millions)
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 3, 2008 (2008-09-03) November 26, 2008 (2008-11-26) 2.21
2 13 September 8, 2009 (2009-09-08) December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01) 3.67
3 13 September 7, 2010 (2010-09-07) November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30) N/A
4 14 September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06) December 6, 2011 (2011-12-06) 5.45
5 13 September 11, 2012 (2012-09-11) December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04) N/A
6 13 September 10, 2013 (2013-09-10) December 10, 2013 (2013-12-10) 7.48
7 13 September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09) December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09) 4.60
Metacritic ratings per season
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4 Season 5 Season 6 Season 7
Rating 68 86 84 81 72 74 68
Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended Average viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
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

  • Dave Navarro as Arcadio Nerona (Season 6-7)
  • Season 1, Episode 9, "Hell Followed". This refers to Act 1, Scene 4 of Hamlet in which Hamlet follows his father's ghost, unsure of whether he comes from hell.
  • Season 4, Episode 12, "Burnt and Purged Away". This quote is 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.
  • Season 4, Episodes 13-14, "To Be, Act 1" and "To Be, Act 2". These refer to the famous To be, or not to be soliloquy.
  • Season 5, Episode 11, "To Thine Own Self". This quote references Polonius' advice to his son Laertes.
  • Season 7, Episode 9, "What a Piece of Work Is Man". This refers to Hamlet's What a piece of work is a man speech in Act II, Scene 2.
  • Season 7, Episode 11, "Suits of Woe". This is from Act 1, Scene 2, "I have that within which passeth show, these but the trappings and the suits of woe."
  • "Radiation Day" from Monolithic Baby!
  • "Slut Machine" from Monolithic Baby!
  • "Freeze and Pixelate" from 4-Way Diablo
  • "Lot Lizard" by the band The Glasspack
  • "Dad's Gonna Kill Me" by Richard Thompson from Sweet Warrior used on the closing montage of Season Three Episode One.
  • "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 in the Season 3 finale
  • "Burn It Down" by Awolnation, during the interstate chase from Oakland back to Charming


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