Sons of Anarchy: Season 1 Reviews

January 15, 2019
Sons of Anarchy uses its pilot to map out a strong story line, one that will likely remain consistent through the show's finale.
September 3, 2008
I think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate.
September 3, 2008
Sons of Anarchy is part domestic drama, part anthropology, and call me a girl, but so far I'm enjoying it more as a soap opera than as an addendum to The Wild One.
September 3, 2008
The series has a cool, original look - despite its C-movie moments when burly guys in black jackets zoom down the highway to the accompaniment of country metal rock.
September 3, 2008
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.
September 3, 2008
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.
September 3, 2008
For this show to work, viewers need to invest in Jax's attempt to reclaim the utopian vision of his father. Whether that struggle will become absorbing remains to be seen.
September 3, 2008
There's not much momentum to the story, other than fits of nastiness designed to establish that this is one dangerous group of hombres.
September 3, 2008
While investigating questionable behaviors and deeply conflicted characters has yielded some of the best shows in TV history, Sons of Anarchy proves just how difficult it is to walk this line gracefully.
September 3, 2008
The biker drama gives you Jimmy Smits in a jaw-dropping, change-of-pace role.
September 3, 2008
Sons of Anarchy features some of the most interesting female characters and relationships between women of the anti-hero television age.
September 3, 2008
The power is the initial turn on, for obvious reasons, but what gives the best of these stories their lasting power is that they make you want to belong.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 3, 2008
Sons wants us to care about their hopes and struggles, but gives no clue as to why we might do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
September 3, 2008
On the whole, it's a superior package, intelligently constructed and handsomely executed.
September 3, 2008
Few series have exploded onto the scene with such a rich array of potential stories and inherently interesting characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
September 3, 2008
The casting is the best since The Sopranos and every cast member is perfect. Every character is unique. Yes, I love this show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4