Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

Sons of Anarchy: Season 1

Led by Clay Morrow, the outlaw motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy exerts a Mafia-like hold over the small Northern Californian town of Charming.

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Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

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Set as far as possible from the canyons of New York, 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.

Variety

Variety

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Working with directors Allen Coulter and Michael Dinner, Sutter does bring a visceral quality to the violence, while detailing the club's code and commitment to functioning as an extended family; there's just so little dimension to the characters early on that it's difficult to care.

USA Today

USA Today

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Sons wants us to care about their hopes and struggles, but gives no clue as to why we might do so.

TV Guide

TV Guide

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Well-made, but heavy-handed and hardly inviting.

The New York Times

The New York Times

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The show, which begins on Wednesday, is all tattoos and creased leather vests and shock-value chatter, and it isn't half-bad.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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Sutter packs the early episodes with colorful dialogue but at the same time so much random violence that it crosses the line to gratuitous.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

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Few series have exploded onto the scene with such a rich array of potential stories and inherently interesting characters.

Salon

Salon

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Creator Kurt Sutter, a longtime writer for "The Shield," has said that he wanted to create a West coast version of "The Sopranos," but the world he created sometimes feels like "The Sopranos" without any discernible moral compass.

New York Post

New York Post

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Every character is unique - but almost none compares in strangeness to Bobby Munson (Mark Boone, Jr.), a Jewish killer/gang member/Elvis impersonator. Yes, I love this show.

Vulture

Vulture

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It's grindhouse and art house, and it carries itself as if it doesn't give a damn what you think of it. And its infuriating push-pull quality is still fascinating.

New York Daily News

New York Daily News

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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.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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There are moments that require you not to think too hard, and some of the black humor doesn't overcome its fundamental nastiness. But on the whole, it's a superior package, intelligently constructed and handsomely executed.

LA Weekly

LA Weekly

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Sons of Anarchy, an unfailingly coarse yet brashly effective series that burrows into the workings of the titular outlaw motorcycle club.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

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For all its ferocity, and despite some excellent supporting performances, there’s a curious hole at the center of Sons of Anarchy. The character we’re supposed to be most interested in is something of a blank slate.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe

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I do think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate, as The Shield enters its final season.

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal

press

Set as far as possible from the canyons of New York, 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.

Variety

Variety

press

Working with directors Allen Coulter and Michael Dinner, Sutter does bring a visceral quality to the violence, while detailing the club's code and commitment to functioning as an extended family; there's just so little dimension to the characters early on that it's difficult to care.

USA Today

USA Today

press

Sons wants us to care about their hopes and struggles, but gives no clue as to why we might do so.

TV Guide

TV Guide

press

Well-made, but heavy-handed and hardly inviting.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

The show, which begins on Wednesday, is all tattoos and creased leather vests and shock-value chatter, and it isn't half-bad.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Sutter packs the early episodes with colorful dialogue but at the same time so much random violence that it crosses the line to gratuitous.

San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle

press

Few series have exploded onto the scene with such a rich array of potential stories and inherently interesting characters.

Salon

Salon

press

Creator Kurt Sutter, a longtime writer for "The Shield," has said that he wanted to create a West coast version of "The Sopranos," but the world he created sometimes feels like "The Sopranos" without any discernible moral compass.

New York Post

New York Post

press

Every character is unique - but almost none compares in strangeness to Bobby Munson (Mark Boone, Jr.), a Jewish killer/gang member/Elvis impersonator. Yes, I love this show.

Vulture

Vulture

press

It's grindhouse and art house, and it carries itself as if it doesn't give a damn what you think of it. And its infuriating push-pull quality is still fascinating.

New York Daily News

New York Daily News

press

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.

Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

There are moments that require you not to think too hard, and some of the black humor doesn't overcome its fundamental nastiness. But on the whole, it's a superior package, intelligently constructed and handsomely executed.

LA Weekly

LA Weekly

press

Sons of Anarchy, an unfailingly coarse yet brashly effective series that burrows into the workings of the titular outlaw motorcycle club.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

press

For all its ferocity, and despite some excellent supporting performances, there’s a curious hole at the center of Sons of Anarchy. The character we’re supposed to be most interested in is something of a blank slate.

Boston Globe

Boston Globe

press

I do think it has real potential to become a solid dramatic addition to the FX slate, as The Shield enters its final season.

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