Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 (2008)

Season 1
Sons of Anarchy

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Rough and harsh, Sons of Anarchy features one of television's best ensemble casts.



Critic Ratings: 24


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User Ratings: 660

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Air date: Sep 3, 2008

A drama about the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original (SAMCRO), whose members try to protect their town from drug dealers and developers while running guns themselves. In the opener, a rival club destroys SAMCRO's illegal-arms warehouse. Meanwhile, there's a medical emergency involving the newborn son of SAMCRO leader Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam).

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Air date: Sep 10, 2008

As SAMCRO deals with the aftermath of the illegal-arms-warehouse attack, the deputy police chief poses a new threat to the motorcycle club's power in Charming. Meanwhile, Jax continues to worry about the fate of his newborn son and begins to question the club's rough way of doing business; and Opie's financial woes force him to make a difficult decision.

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Air date: Sep 17, 2008

When the young daughter of a prominent Charming family is assaulted at a carnival, SAMCRO members vie with authorities to capture the assailant. Meanwhile, a new shipment of guns arrives from SAMCRO's IRA connection, but there's a catch; and Tara's ex-boyfriend comes to town.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2008

Club members go to Nevada to store arms with a brother club, the Devil's Tribe. And when the Mayans pose a threat to the Tribe, Clay decides on a "patch-over," making them an official SOA charter. Meanwhile, Tara's ex, an ATF agent (Jay Karnes), begins investigating SAMCRO.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2008

At a town fund-raiser hosted by Gemma, the ex-SOA member who was responsible for Opie's arrest squares off against Jax and Opie. Meanwhile, Clay must protect a parolee who can lead to a big payoff; and ATF agent Kohn continues to investigate the club.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2008

A small favor for Piney's old war buddy turns into a big problem for SAMCRO. With Clay detained, it falls to Jax to handle it. Meanwhile, Gemma deals with the pangs of aging as well as the arrival of someone familiar whose intentions are unclear.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2008

When old bones are discovered on the outskirts of Charming, secrets that Clay buried are exhumed as well. Meanwhile, SAMCRO sets its sights on prize money, backing Half-Sack in a bare-knuckle brawl, and Kohn's investigation turns personal when his true intentions are revealed.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2008

SAMCRO must scramble to come up with cash to meet an IRA gun payment; the Mayans and Nords take a drastic step to bolster their alliance; and Jax finds himself in a dangerous position with Tara.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2008

SAMCRO plans to retaliate against a rival biker club while dealing with a wounded Cameron Hayes in the clubhouse. Meanwhile, Jax, Bobby and Opie set out to put an end to the gun debt for good.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2008

With ATF agent Stahl (Ally Walker) pressing the women of SAMCRO, Jax sees Chief Unser as the key to the club's survival. Meanwhile, Tara is still reeling from the Kohn situation; and Cherry reveals interesting information about her past to Gemma.

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From the creative minds behind "The Shield"and "The Sopranos" comes this gritty drama about an outlaw motorcycle club. Bound by blood as well as by duty, Jackson Teller (Charlie Hunnam), his mother, Gemma (Katey Sagal), and his stepfather, Clay (Ron Perlman), are each prominent figures in a motorcycle gang that runs both a (legal) auto body shop and an (illegal) arms trade. Season One follows each member as they struggle to contain their family secrets while battling drug dealers and law enforcement, and attempt to protect their quiet hometown of Charming, California.

Cast & Crew

Drea de Matteo
Wendy Case
Maggie Siff
Tara Knowles
Katey Sagal
Gemma Teller-Morrow
Charlie Hunnam
Jackson "Jax" Teller
Taylor Sheridan
Deputy Chief David Hale
Nicholas Guest
The Voice of John Teller
Sprague Grayden
Donna Winston
Jay Karnes
Agent Joshua Kohn
Ally Walker
Agent June Stahl
Mitch Pileggi
Ernest Darby
Emilio Rivera
Marcus Alvarez
Taryn Manning
Rita 'Cherry' Zambell
Keir O'Donnell
Lowell Harland, Jr.
Lyle Kanouse
Brenan Hefner
Glenn Plummer
Sheriff Vic Trammel
Tory Kittles
Laroy Wayne
Derwin Jordan
Agent Smith
James D. Parriott
Executive Producer
John Linson
Executive Producer
Art Linson
Executive Producer
Jack LoGiudice
Jack LoGuidice
Billy Geirhart
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Critic Reviews for Sons of Anarchy Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (18)

Sons of Anarchy features some of the most interesting female characters and relationships between women of the anti-hero television age.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

The biker drama gives you Jimmy Smits in a jaw-dropping, change-of-pace role.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

A complex and well-built drama that leaves the viewer wondering if there's enough humanity here to make the hard-boiled stories worth following.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

There are enough compelling pieces here, and the setting is novel enough - this is a different type of organized crime than what you usually see on TV - that Sons could eventually be a worthy heir to The Shield.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

I think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Sons of Anarchy uses its pilot to map out a strong story line, one that will likely remain consistent through the show's finale.

Jan 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Sons Of Anarchy is part of a recent trend to darker, harder TV drama that requires more than just gripping storylines. It definitely has that, but it also requires a cast able to portray each character realistically. We've definitely got that here!

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

A powerful drama dealing with many unpleasant topics - from gun running to vigilante justice. I haven't seen anything quite like it on television in years.

Sep 13, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

This isn't good enough to recommend without reservation - but if you need to get your manliness on - this might be just the thing.

Sep 3, 2008 | Rating: 7.2/10 | Full Review…

Holy emotional ball - errr, body? - of fire, that was intense.

Sep 3, 2008 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Gritty and occasionally violent, as The Shield prepares to bow out, Sons should capably fill the smart, testosterone-fueled void.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Unfailingly coarse yet brashly effective.

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Audience Reviews for Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

  • Nov 13, 2020
    My absolute FAVORITE SHOW OF ALL TIME!!! I have seen this entire 7-season show more times than most would admit. Was drawn in when I heard Hunnam was hand-selected by Sam Taylor-Johnson to play Christian Grey. I had seen him in Abandon years before and wanted to catch another performance even though I was certain a show about an outlaw biker gang would not interest me. I turned on the Pilot episode and barely came up for air binge-watching the first FOUR seasons free on Netflix. After a few seconds of thinking I would not pay for Season Five I was processing my credit card. Then, I had to WAIT for the Sixth Season to air the following Fall! I told all my friends about the show and when they wanted to watch I had them over for binge sessions so we could watch together. That was a repeat occurrence many times! Why the obsession???? Everything! The story, the writing, the acting, the directing, AND the MUSIC!!!!! Seriously, this show has it all -- and there's an underlying dark humor that enables you to get through some of the gruesome stuff. Hunnam's performance is mesmerizing and brilliant -- and Katey Sagal is amazing! The rest of the cast - including guest stars are so good! Kurt Sutter is a genius and his ability to draw you into caring about people who do some really bad stuff is a matter of great writing and character development. This first season will lure you in with the Pilot episode and it just keeps getting better from there! This is a must watch and each time I saw it again I picked up new nuances. You know a show is great when you never get tired of watching it!
  • Jul 30, 2020
    binge watched to season 6 so far. Feels like the writer took a hit of speed then finished the script off on his way to the studios. Derivative tripe........but ya know....lockdown.
  • Apr 11, 2020
    Best tv show since Breaking Bad. All the cast were spot on in their roles and the emotions this show takes you through never lets up. Jax Teller is a man who is so conflicted, so dangerous but also so loyal and loving. You can't but help falling in love with him or to hope that things work out for him. But he encounters obstacles at every corner. The ensemble cast works perfectly together and although it is a violent show it's brutally realistic. Absolutely amazing to the point of being perfect.
  • Apr 02, 2020
    I'm thoroughly hooked.
  • Nov 02, 2019
    6.7/10 — "Okay"/"Decent"/"Watchable"
  • Jul 05, 2019
    Best series ever!!!!!
  • Apr 17, 2019
    camaraderie and testosterone (about 3 viewings)
  • Jan 15, 2019
    Loved it, a must watch
  • Dec 16, 2018
    Really good introduction to a series
  • Nov 14, 2018
    The show is pretty good overall. Jax wearing "nursing shoes" throughout is a little disconcerting, though I sympathize with the actor having hip replacement surgery (the reason he walks the way he does, swaying back and forth). The storyline of Abel getting kidnapped is a little bit drawn out in Season 3, but otherwise it is a strong show. 84% of all the dialogue from all seasons: Jesus. Jesus! Jesus Christ! Jesus Christ. Sh*t. I get it. Sweetheart. I know baby.

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