• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 3, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 6, 2011
    100
    This remains one of the best shows on TV, and (as usual) not for all tastes.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Sep 7, 2011
    90
    It believes in the story it's telling and expects everyone watching the series not just to have a good time, but to commit. If every drama series had a tenth as much passion, TV would be a far more interesting place.
  3. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Sep 6, 2011
    88
    In order to fully appreciate SOA, viewers have to buy into Sutter's premise that murderers can be sympathetic and heroic, but that's not hard to do with such intelligent writing and so many mesmerizing performances.
  4. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 6, 2011
    83
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
  5. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 6, 2011
    83
    If the start of the season feels formulaic, it's a formula that's worked in the past, and one that gives very good material to key members of the ensemble.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 2, 2011
    83
    There's all the slamming violence you might want in your gas-fumed escapism, mingled with real-world difficulties.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 164 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Sep 16, 2011
    10
    Just the way you want to start off a new season. Everything looks like it's ready to implode and than *BAM*, the real ride begins. This isJust the way you want to start off a new season. Everything looks like it's ready to implode and than *BAM*, the real ride begins. This is already set up to be a roller coaster of a year. SOA Rocks! Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    10
    amazing first episode! It's just like Sons to start off with a bang. I won't reveal any spoilers, but let's just say we are off to a goodamazing first episode! It's just like Sons to start off with a bang. I won't reveal any spoilers, but let's just say we are off to a good start folks and this season is set up to be an amazing clash between all forces, the Russians, the Myans, the new police chief, the Feds, Hale, etc etc etc. And let's not forget the gang's (eh emm. I mean motorcycle club!) inner demons. Full Review »
  3. Sep 29, 2011
    10
    After a very disappointing third season, SOA appears to be back with a roar of V-Twin engines! The boys are walking closer to the edge thanAfter a very disappointing third season, SOA appears to be back with a roar of V-Twin engines! The boys are walking closer to the edge than ever, with a majority now willing to cross ethical and legal lines that they would have honored in the past. The club is riven with subterranean faults, some new, some ancient, many capable of destroying it utterly. Law enforcement is no longer friendly or psychotically inept but smart, organized and persistent, a real threat. New friends are as warm and fuzzy as scorpions, old friends nearly as treacherous. History that has been festering for three seasons seems on the verge of erupting, and it's obvious that we're going to learn some hard truths about characters we have come to like. This is damned exciting television, and, if that weren't enough, the soundtrack has gone from great to mind-blowing. Thank you, Kurt Sutter. Full Review »