Currently, many avid television viewers are stuck in the dead zone while most shows are on their well-deserved breaks in between seasons. So, what are you supposed to do with the void that your favorite shows usually fill? Why not watch a series in its entirety? Thanks to streaming sites like Netflix, it is pretty easy to have plenty of options. The difficult part, however, comes into play when actually deciding what to watch. My suggestion? Sons of Anarchy.
Sons of Anarchy is an FX original series that premiered back in 2008 and wrapped up in late 2014. It follows Charming, California’s very own SAMCRO. SAMCRO is the nickname given to a group of motorcycle enthusiasts who also happen to be some hardcore outlaws. The nickname itself stands for the club’s title, Sons of Anarchy Motor Club, Redwood Original. And boy do they live up to the name. The “club” had managed to establish a connection with the local law enforcement through some questionable agreements that led to the members having a majority of the control over their small town, which also landed them the role as a symbol of safety for the citizens.
The concept itself sounds a bit odd, I will admit. How do a ton of badass bikers committing an ungodly amount of crimes become so openly accepted by the people of their town? To be honest, they are not bad people. Well, let me rephrase that. They are not all bad people. Some of the members actually have hearts of gold. For example, the main character of the show, Jackson “Jax” Teller, has the best intentions when the show starts. Jax is the club’s Vice President who works alongside the current president, and current husband of his mother, Clay Morrow. Jax is all about loyalty and would do literally anything for his “brothers”, just like the majority of the other members would. However, the club takes a bit of a turn when greed and anger start to blur the lines of what the club sees as acceptable. When egos take over, the greater good becomes a small concept that is placed on the back burner.
With the perfect mix of drama, action, and suspense, the show takes an eventful seven season trip alongside the SAMCRO boys. Kurt Sutter, the show’s creator, and writer keep you on the edge of your seat throughout all 93 episodes with plot twist after plot twist. The intense, jaw-dropping plot should be enough to grab your attention, but if you’re looking for something else to get you completely hooked, give the SAMCRO members a chance to prove themselves. The men may have rough and tough exteriors, but they all have different, complex back stories that make them the men they are when you first meet. The events that occur during our time with them make them people you may not even recognize by the end of the series. But also, don’t forget about the ladies that keep them all in line. Even California’s biggest badasses need a reality check by an even more badass group of women every now and then. Trust me, the SAMCRO boys are surrounded by plenty of those whether its mothers, wives, or mistresses. The characters are all so beautifully written and brought to life by the all-star cast, it’s hard not to have a soft spot for at least a few of them.
The unique aspect of the show that really kept me coming back was the willingness to break barriers. It seemed as if the show had no limits, and for some reason, I couldn’t stop watching it. No matter how difficult some things were to witness, or how hard they were to accept, I could not get myself to turn away. It was the perfect series to fall in love with and binge over my summer break. I never had to wait for new episodes and I was able to enjoy the series and pick up on details that could have previously gone unnoticed if it had been broken apart by weekly releases. I got the satisfaction of falling in love with a show and witnessing it all, including the gut-wrenching, mind-blowing series finale. So, take a chance and let the bad boys of California keep you company while you await the return of your favorite shows later this fall.