Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 (2008)


Season 1
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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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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.


Charlie Hunnam
as Jax Teller
Ron Perlman
as Clay Morrow
Katey Sagal
as Gemma Teller
Kim Coates
as Tig
Johnny Lewis
as Half-Sack
Jay Karnes
as Agent Kohn
Emilio Rivera
as Marcus Alvarez
Mitch Pileggi
as Ernest Darby
Nicholas Guest
as John Teller
Ally Walker
as Agent Stahl
Pablo Espinosa
as Officer Fain
Jeff Wincott
as Jimmy Cacuzza
Ken Choi
as Henry Lin
Liana Liberato
as Tristen Oswald
Jim Cody Williams
as Uncle Vinky
Jay Thames
as Needles
Diane Gaeta
as Actress
Steve Long
as Long John
Karen Lew
as Nurse
Derwin Jordan
as Agent Smith
Jon Jon Briones
as Asian Elvis
Bobby Reed
as Pastor
Robyn Jean Springer
as Crow-Eater Biker Chick
James Geralden
as Backup Singer
James Harvey Ward
as Russell Meineke
Wandah Kay
as Backup Singer
Brett Wagner
as Johnny Yates
Tim De Zarn
as Nate Meineke
John Whitaker
as Truck Driver
Retson Ross
as Party Biker Boy
Adrian LaTourelle
as Officer Craft
Ralph Nunez
as Latino Teen
Steve Klein
as Manager
Judith Hoag
as Karen Oswald
Pablo Espinoza
as Officer Fain
Patrick St. Esprit
as Elliott Oswald
Omio Zader
as Pakistani Clerk
Frank Noon
as Fat Clown
Walter Addison
as Jacob Hale
Steve Kramer
as Leo Kessler
Brandon Bell
as ATF Administrator
Kelly Lamarr
as Customs Official
Paul Vroom
as White Guy
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Critic Reviews for Sons of Anarchy Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (16)

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

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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.

Sep 3, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Oct 10, 2018
    Greatest Series ever. Makes Breaking Bad look like Bambi.

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