Show 101: Sons of Anarchy

SHOW: Sons of Anarchy

PREMIERES: Season Three starts on 5USA on Wednesday, July 20.

AIRS: Wednesdays at 10pm.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: Sons of Anarchy might not be a household name, but some of the most trusted critics (like yours truly) in the business adore it. This tough-as-nails drama isn't shy about anything--just like its creator Kurt Sutter (The Shield). The violence is mega, the drama is thick, and the acting is slicker than oil (Katey Sagal was robbed of an Emmy nomination). It's rightfully compared to Shakespeare's Hamlet, with its power plays and character turns, only it leaves out all ye olde timey words and replaces them with car-mechanic profanity. And if you have a thing for burly men, you won't be disappointed.

WHY YOU MIGHT HATE IT: Sons is a manly man's show. If you prefer things a bit lighter, stay as far away as you can because this is one of the most violent shows on TV at the moment. Also, justice isn't always served, as was evident in the last season ender when the season's big villain walked away scot free. Might I suggest Hannah Montana instead?

THE PREMISE: The SAMCRO Motorcycle Club wants to run things in the Northern California town of Charming. Well, the guns and drug trade specifically. Jax (Brit Charlie Hunnam who disappears into his character) is a young upstart at SAMCRO and the closest thing to a biker with a heart of gold the club has. Jax's dad, a former SAMCRO leader, believed the club was straying from its responsibilities and was now in the hands of a thug, Clay (Ron Perlman). Jax's mom Gemma (Sagal) serves as the club's matriarch and remarried Clay, causing one heck of a uncomfortable family dynamic (and the series' best storyline) as Jax attempts to wrestle SAMCRO away from his stepdad. The cops and the Feds are both keeping a close eye on SAMCRO, and sometimes even work with them because SAMCRO is the lesser of a handful of evils that includes all sorts of rival gangs.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Season Two ended with Jax screaming on a dock as an Irish gang member boated away with his new baby. Gemma was fleeing town with the Chief of Police after being framed for murder... by FBI Agent Stahl. And Half Sack died. :( Actually a lot of people died and will continue to die, so don't go getting attached to them.

CATCH UP ON YOUR OWN: The first two seasons of Sons of Anarchy are available on DVD.

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Has a couple of interesting story lines flowing, but all in all, way too PC to ever be believable. Also has some major plot holes from get, but like a train wreck. Must be Jax's eye appeal for me, bc I cannot explain the love/hate relationship I have with this show.
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The reason the police work with SAMCRO is because they DO NOT run drugs and keep all drug traffic out of Charming. And I would not call it a manly man's show, because women love it too! The show has strong, fierce women characters that you don't get to see on any other show.
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I disagree. There are strong women characters, but the characters are desperate, therefore making them...not so strong? IDK, IMO anyway
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