As the first basic cable network to get into the original programming game, FX has consistently delivered some of television's most groundbreaking series like "The Shield," "Rescue Me" and "Nip/Tuck." So when it came to announcing their latest show – the outlaw biker drama, "Sons of Anarchy" – people pretty much knew what to expect. That it came from the mind of Kurt Sutter (who served as a writer on "The Shield" during its seven-year run) certainly helped, as did the comparisons to HBO's own flagship drama, "The Sopranos." But while there are definitely similarities between the two, "Sons of Anarchy" has yet to emerge as the kind of show that Emmy voters fawn over.
It's certainly not for a lack of trying, however, as the biker drama has been nothing short of brilliant in its first two seasons thanks to some amazing writing and standout performances from Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal and Ryan Hurst. And yet despite avid support from critics and viewers alike, its ballsy subject matter has seemingly prevented it from breaking into the Emmy elite. Thankfully, that hasn't affected the direction of the show, because while it would be nice to see "Sons of Anarchy" rewarded for making us actually care about a group of ruthless, gunrunning bikers, as long as Sutter keeps his hand on the throttle, the audience is the real winner.
Check out all of our "Sons of Anarchy"-related coverage below, including interviews with creator Kurt Sutter and actor Ron Perlman, Blu-ray reviews and much more.
Airs Tuesdays at 10:00 EST on FX
It's been referred to as "The Sopranos" on motorcycles, but it's even better. Check back each season for episode recaps.
September 7, 2012
Jason Zingale previews the fifth season of the FX motorcycle drama, including what to expect from the first two episodes.
May 6, 2012
Creator Kurt Sutter and the cast of FX's “Sons of Anarchy" spoke about the upcoming fifth season of the popular biker drama.
Clay Morrow | April 13, 2009
I didn't have TV on my radar screen. But I read ("Sons of Anarchy"), and when I realized the scope and breadth of what these guys were asking me to do as an actor, it was just an offer that I couldn’t refuse.
Series Creator | November 13, 2009
Initially (I was fascinated) with the subculture, and I think I was sort of drawn to characters that live in the grey, kind of challenging those lines between good and evil and what’s acceptable and not acceptable.
Ernest Darby | October 1, 2008
They haven't killed me yet. Somebody...actually, everybody...is looking to kill me, I think. I just don't know who the bullet's gonna come from.
Sons of Anarchy: Season One
FX's gritty drama quickly proved that it was a lot more than just "The Sopranos" on bikes.
Sons of Anarchy: Season Two
SAMCRO faces off against a new threat while dealing with issues of its own.
Sons of Anarchy: Season Three
The club heads to Belfast to get back Jax's kidnapped son and unearths more secrets.
One could argue that this was a transitional season for “Sons,” or at the very least, certainly a transitional season for Clay, whose presidency of the organization came to a conclusion in suitably dramatic fashion.
The decision to spend a large chunk of Season 3 in Belfast, Ireland took some time to get used to, but it also gave what already was a fascinating story even more depth by shining light into some of its darker corners.
There aren't too many shows with the backbone to repeatedly beat their characters into submission, but that's exactly what makes 'Sons of Anarchy' so damn fascinating.
Comparisons to 'The Sopranos' be damned, but between David Chase's late great HBO series and FX's own 'The Shield,' 'Sons of Anarch'" is quickly earning its place as one of the best modern dramas on TV.
FX's official "Sons of Anarchy" site
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"Sons of Anarchy" on Wikipedia
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"Sons of Anarchy" on IMDb
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"Sons of Anarchy" on Facebook
The show's official page with news and info on upcoming events.
Creator Kurt Sutter's personal blog is filled with behind-the-scenes info on the show and amusing rants about the entertainment industry.
A fan site featuring updated news, background info on the show's location, photo galleries and more.