Sons of Anarchy: Season 5 (2012)



Critic Consensus: Still dangerous and proud of it, Sons of Anarchy builds upon its ferocious attitude with impressive finesse.


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Air date: Sep 11, 2012
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The SAMCRO crew return under new leadership in series 5, but still experiencing the same old problems with rival gangs, the police and internal strife. Freshly appointed president Jax (Charlie Hunnam) deals with trouble from every angle, including an ambushed gun shipment, the death of a friend and headaches from his mother Gemma (Katey Sagal). Meanwhile, Tig (Kim Coates) lives through a nightmare, and Tara (Maggie Siff) does her best to protect the club. Series regulars Ron Perlman, Mark Boone Jr. and Ryan Hurst are also back, while newcomers Jimmy Smits and Harold Perrineau add a dynamic element to the series.


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Critic Reviews for Sons of Anarchy Season 5

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Kurt Sutter's epic tale of an outlaw California motorcycle club launches its fifth season Tuesday with the same visceral intensity that stamped season four.

Sep 11, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's an amazing turnaround for Jax, one that was hard to see coming.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

It's been a fascinating, gradual decline of this character [Jax], who lost the moral high ground a long time ago.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Season 5 of Sutter's "adrenalized soap opera" promises more secrets, lies, grit and blood. This was a compelling kick-off to the season, and it showed that 'SOA' can still stir up emotion and excitement even after four plus years on the air.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

And on a whole, the fifth season did better at dealing with all of its plot than did the fourth.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's around the fifth season where some dramas begin to show their age, for better or worse. Sons of Anarchy is no exception there, but fortunately, this series is aging well.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Still, Sons of Anarchy seems to be reclaiming, slightly, some of the elements that made its first and second seasons so brilliant: emotional drama paired with humor, and a side of violence.

Jan 15, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

It's great to have Sons of Anarchy back on TV, and with a fairly strong start to the season I am hoping for a series as good as we have come to expect.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the cyclical nature of the series, season 5 was largely successful because it didn't press at an outcome it was unwilling to deliver.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

Hopefully Jimmy Smits' Nero and Donal Logue's Lee Toric will have more of a presence next year, as for now we found both season 5 and "J'ai Obtenu Cette" a bit light in weight.

Jun 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Sons of Anarchy: Season 5



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Sons is becoming very predictable on it's approach and Season 5 was underwelming as hell compared to the great Season 4. It's more of the same, with the exact same twists and turns. Get read for Tig to do something really stupid and cause chaos, a new bad guy already mentioned before shows up, Jax will try to do some good but will end up making bad choices, Clay is still an asshole, main character will die violently, blah blah blah. More of the same and not in a good way. Still mixes good chaos, action set pieces and some interesting character development here and there.

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