Sons of Anarchy : Season 5

  • Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 3, 2008
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 155 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 26 out of 155

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  1. Sep 27, 2012
    7
    I had to give this a few episodes to give my opinion on it. So far, as of the premiere it wasnt as good as previous seasons, but then it got progressively better, and the 3rd episodes was excellent, sad and shocking, but excellent. Kurt Sutter never ceases to amaze me with SOA. This show is so great, it does what most other shows dont have the guts to do, kill fan favorite charactersI had to give this a few episodes to give my opinion on it. So far, as of the premiere it wasnt as good as previous seasons, but then it got progressively better, and the 3rd episodes was excellent, sad and shocking, but excellent. Kurt Sutter never ceases to amaze me with SOA. This show is so great, it does what most other shows dont have the guts to do, kill fan favorite characters continously and it still shocks you when it happens again! SOA is just pure genius, maybe not the whole time but overally the show is genius and great entertainment, cheers to a great season! 7.5/10 Expand
  2. Oct 27, 2013
    10
    Continues to be a fantastic show. The plot is just so absorbing it's insane, the acting is really good, and the direction is always top-notch. It is hard to find any faults in the show at all.
  3. 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.
  4. Sep 12, 2012
    9
    An absolutely shocking season premiere. Kurt Sutter does a great job of setting up a villain for each season with a whopper of a first episode. It's going to be great to see Tag on a rampage. That guy's potential for fury seems limitless.
  5. Sep 18, 2012
    8
    Definitely a good watch. Definitely a good watch. Definitely a good watch. Definitely a good watch. Definitely a good watch. Definitely a good watch.
  6. Sep 12, 2012
    9
    Very strong premiere episode. Very absorbing. Looks like this season could go into some interesting directions. Hopefully not to end in a cheap and tidy way like last season though. Some very cool new characters introduced too. One of them seemingly a little too much like Gus Fring from Breaking Bad though. Not that that's a bad thing exactly.
  7. 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 commonSon'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. Expand
  8. 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 restThis 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. Expand
  9. Nov 7, 2012
    1
    Yet another show that has absolutely no basis in reality whatsoever, a bad soap opera for men. It would be difficult to find a more dislikeable group of sociopaths. Utter rubbish
  10. Jul 19, 2013
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. a mess of a show. too many red herrings setting up whole series. casual racist undertones and a stupid plot about a recovering addict being injected against her will by the main protagonist. the whole show has degenerated into a bunch of glorified scum, solving puzzles like some red neck a team for virgins and racists. the credibility was lost seasons ago and the intrigue is in the dustbin now also. this is not a white sopranos.. this is a juvinile version of the a team, with racist degenerate scum instead of heros. Expand
  11. Jul 4, 2015
    8
    Sons of Anarchy remains a tough watch with misery continually piled upon misery for the members of SAMCRO and their families throughout the thirteen episodes on offer here. A number of the characters, many of whom weren’t particularly likable in the first place, have also become increasingly unlikable and difficult to care about as the show has progressed.

    For those that can stomach it
    Sons of Anarchy remains a tough watch with misery continually piled upon misery for the members of SAMCRO and their families throughout the thirteen episodes on offer here. A number of the characters, many of whom weren’t particularly likable in the first place, have also become increasingly unlikable and difficult to care about as the show has progressed.

    For those that can stomach it however season five offers plenty of well written, high quality drama that all builds to a much more satisfying conclusion that season four managed.
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  12. Dec 12, 2014
    10
    Love this show! You will too, don't listen to the haters that get "offended" by every curse word... it's a TV show about a 1% motorcycle club people, they are outlaws and criminals! what did you expect!!?!?!
  13. Feb 20, 2015
    9
    Kicking off with one of TV's most emotional and brutal main character deaths, SOA's Season five continues the rich depiction of the club's darkest times, even though it may feel overshadowed by ultra violence, irritating character conflicts (Jax, Gemma, Tara,and..Juice), and melodramatic romance.
  14. May 30, 2015
    1
    Normally I would say that this is a great show but after watching the 4th and some of the 5th season I've realized that not only are the characters not dynamic but it seems the producers could not come up with new material for Clay and some of the other conflicted characters. It seems that they were set on keeping the 'guy you wanna hate' scenario going on through the entire story, butNormally I would say that this is a great show but after watching the 4th and some of the 5th season I've realized that not only are the characters not dynamic but it seems the producers could not come up with new material for Clay and some of the other conflicted characters. It seems that they were set on keeping the 'guy you wanna hate' scenario going on through the entire story, but after a while it gets old seeing the same characters doing the same old things just in different ways. I'm moving on to a different series with more substance. Expand
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: 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.
  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: 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.