Parents' Guide to

Sons of Anarchy

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Violent biker drama has blood, sex -- and a twisted heart.

TV FX Drama 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 18 parent reviews

age 18+

Not for Minors

My husband and I love this show and still watch it often even though the series has ended, HOWEVER, it is most definitely NOT suitable for young children or immature teenagers. Definitely know your child before allowing them to watch. The show features excessive drinking, drug use, extreme violence, physical and emotional abuse, rape, murder, illegal gun trade, porn, lots and lots of sex, blackmail, racism (the gangs are divided by race and follow stereotypes), kidnapping (the main character's infant son is kidnapped), and corrupt politicians and law enforcement. Even the law enforcement agents that come into the show being the "good guys" end up willingly helping out the SOA by the end of their time on the show. No one is really exempt. I think the show does a great job of portraying the gang world as accurately as it can (obviously there are things we can only speculate about since we're not in a gang). It's not an easy or nice way of life and Sons of Anarchy portrays that well.
age 14+

great tv show

i watched this with my kids aged 14 and 11 and we all really enjoyed it, super good show and it is quit positive , it has good role models trying to keep the peace and protect their town. i think that you should give it a go and watch it for a while as it always gets better. they smoke a lot though and have sex but it isnt graphic as sex is very natural and thats how we are all made.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (18 ):
Kids say (21 ):

Although the Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club is headquartered in the town of Charming, Calif., regular viewers know that the town's name is as ironic as it gets. Although the characters are complex and often compelling, "charming" is one thing they're not. They drink, they swear, they kill. But, beneath the crude-talking, murderous exterior, Sons of Anarchy actually does have a heart -- the only catch is, it's kind of twisted.

So, Sons won't be for everyone. But those who don't mind rooting for bad guys who are actually kind of good guys (yet are still, by very definition, bad guys) will find a potentially addicting show fueled by stunning plot twists, critically acclaimed performances (Sagal nabbed a Golden Globe for her work), and loose ties to William Shakespeare's Hamlet -- which could very well foreshadow these characters' fates.

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