• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 3, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Sep 7, 2012
    91
    Paying close attention to SOA's array of outlaws makes the series an even more richly detailed portrait of self-righteous villainy.
  2. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 11, 2012
    80
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Sep 10, 2012
    75
    If you're not meant to think too hard about what's happening, then "Sons" largely succeeds at its goals, particularly given the performances, the direction (led by Emmy winner Paris Barclay) and Sutter and his writers' talent for crafting gut-wrenching individual moments.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Sep 11, 2012
    70
    Sons may be as busy as it is brutal, but at least its heartlessness is in the right place.
  5. Reviewed by: Abhimanyu Das
    Sep 11, 2012
    63
    The second season revealed artistic ambition, reaching for a certain amount of depth in characterization and storytelling. Assessed on that level, the last two seasons have fallen far short of the mark and it seems season five will only repeat the pattern.
  6. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Sep 7, 2012
    50
    It's weird that in the show's fifth season, the stakes actually feel lower than they did a couple of years ago.
User Score
8.4

Universal acclaim- based on 99 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Sep 19, 2012
    0
    This series has become progressively stupider every year it's been on. It's literally gotten to the point where it no longer matters what ridiculous, unbelievably impossible situation the characters have gotten themselves into. If one of them is arrested for murder, discovers they have cancer, and has their head bitten off by Godzilla in the first ten minutes of the episode, you can rest assured that all of their problems will have magically resolved themselves by the last ten minutes. Full Review »
  2. Sep 12, 2012
    9
    The season five premiere of SOA was, to say the least, AMAZING. The tension was so thick you could cut it with a knife. This promises to be the best season to date. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2012
    4
    Son's of Anarchy has strayed from narrative substance and rich character development it built over the first 3 seasons. The characters are almost impossible to identify with, as the level of self-destructive tenancies leave the viewer to believe SAMCRO as the most amateur of criminal organisations. Bring back intelligent character driven resolution instead of the reactionary lowest common denominators the viewers are no subjected to. Respect for your viewers will keep them riding with SOA a little bit longer; however at this pace, this season will be my last. Full Review »