Sep. 03, 2008
60 min.
FX TV Network

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Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy is the story of the Teller-Morrow family of Charming, California, as well as the other members of Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club, Redwood Original Chapter (SAMCRO), their families, various Charming townspeople, and the various rivals and associates who undermine or support SAMCRO's legal and illegal enterprises.

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  • According to an interview with Kurt Sutter, the pilot episode was entirely shot with actor Scott Glenn in the role of Clay Morrow. After deciding to go in a different direction with the character, the role was re-cast with Ron Perlman and Clay's scenes were re-shot. Also, in the pilot there is still a scene where you can spot Scott Glenn as Clay, after they blow up the warehouse at the end of the episode there is a shot of the Sons running away from the explosion. Scott Glenn can be seen in the foreground and you can also see Emilio Rivera in the group as he was originally cast as a member of SAMCRO but then re-cast as the leader of their rival gang; The Mayans.
  • Many of the shots in the first season were shot around the SoCal town of Tujunga with some specifically being shot at the local high school Verdugo Hills High.
  • Katey Sagal (Gemma) has been married to the series' creator Kurt Sutter since October 2004.
  • The phone tapping device used by the Federal agents in season 2 is in actuality Pro-Tools software running off a laptop and connected to an M-Box interface. In real life it's used for audio recording and editing, not wire tapping.
  • Katey Sagal's (Gemma) son in real life is named Jackson. Her character Gemma is mother to Jackson 'Jax'.
  • Kurt Sutter, the show's creator, plays Otto, the Sons of Anarchy member in prison.
  • Tig's fear of dolls is called Pediophobia. Creator Kurt Sutter suffers from it in real life.
  • In 2012, while being interviewed by Terry Gross on the NPR program "Fresh Air," Katey Sagal said that at least one song performed by her has been included in every season of "Sons of Anarchy."
  • When the series explores the Sons' deeper involvement with the IRA and ultimate trip to Belfast, Ireland, the episodes chronicling the chapter's period overseas are titled in Irish: "Lochan Mor" (Big Pond/Lake) (S3/E8), "Turas" (Journey/Tour) (S3/E9), "Fírinne" (Truth) (S3/E10), "Bainne" (Milk) (S3/E11). The theme song "This Life", that opens every series episode, features the addition of Irish traditional musical instruments (flutes, tin whistles) for the duration of the Irish stopover. Episode 13 (season 2) is titled "Na Trioblóidí" which is Irish for "The Troubles", a period generally pertaining to the 30-year political/religious unrest in Northern Ireland that ultimately ended with the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.
  • The boat owned by IRA gunrunner Cameron Hayes (Jamie McShane) is named "Dithreabhaigh", Irish for Hermit.
  • The actual Europa Hotel in Belfast (Ireland), site of a major disaster during the Sons' Irish stopover, was once one of the most bombed sites in Northern Ireland by the IRA during "The Troubles".
  • The first and last episodes of season 3 are titled SO and NS, respectively, which, when put together, spells out SONS.
  • Actresses Katey Sagal (Gemma) and Drea de Matteo (Wendy) share the same birthday, January 19th. Sagal is exactly 18 years older.
  • SPOILER: Lee Toric was killed early on season 6 because the shooting of Vikings was sooner that originally expected, so Donal Logue could only do four episodes.
  • The show takes place in the town of Charming, which has a population of 14,679.
  • The main character Jax is partially based on specific aspects of Edward Winterhalder's life as portrayed in his first book "Out in Bad Standings".
  • The music at the end of the episode is an instrumental version of 'Creedance Clearwater Revival''s Fortunate Son.
  • During the final scene of "John the Revelator", Jax wakes up at the cemetery sleeping in front of a mausoleum with the name "PATMOS" on it. Patmos is an island of southeast Greece in the Dodecanese Islands of the Aegean Sea. Saint John was exiled to the island c. a.d. 95 and according to tradition wrote the Book of Revelation here. Jax's Dad's name is John Thomas "J.T." Teller and wrote the manuscript about the Sons of Anarchy and how he felt they lost their way. Hence having his own Revelation.
  • At the very end of the episode Jax is standing in front of John Teller's grave. When the camera starts to pan back away from Jax all the names on the other headstones repeats. Every row the names shift over one column for multiple rows.
  • The Canadian heavy metal band Anvil recorded a version of The Who's "Slip Kid" with vocalist Franky Perez that was played during this show. The song was recorded in 2009 and was released on "Sons Of Anarchy: North Country" a five-song EP featuring music from the show. Slightly more interesting is that Anvil band mates Steve "Lips" Kudlow and Robb Reiner make a cameo appearance in the same episode. Steve and Robb appear with Opie, Tig and another SOA lugging duffel bags of A.K.s to the van from Opie's place. Their non-speaking cameo is uncredited and happens during the 34th minute of the TV broadcast (with commercials).
  • When Jax leads Luann into the empty warehouse to show her space the club plans to allow her to run her porn business as a way to pay back the club's debt, she's clearly frightened, thinking that she will be "offed" Jax indignantly asks "Did you think I was going to Adrianna you?", a reference to The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking" where Adriana LaCerva is executed by Silvio Dante. Adriana La Cerva was played by Drea De Matteo, who is Jax's ex-wife Wendy on this show.
  • Luanne is producing a Mad Men parody porn called Meek Men. A woman in vintage lingerie spanks a man in a suit with a shoe, calling him Mr. Draper. Maggie Siff, who plays Tara, starred in the first season of Mad Men as a love interest to Don Draper.
  • Series creator, Kurt Sutter, plays Otto on the show and is also married to Katey Sagal, who plays Gemma in the series.
  • Given the IRA Irish connection in the plot, this episode title is Gaelic for "The Troubles".
  • Author Stephen King cameos as "Bachman", the cleanup expert. King sometimes writes under the pen name Richard Bachman, including 2 novels that have been adapted to feature films: The Running Man and Thinner. King was offered the cameo by show creator Kurt Sutter, and later said in an interview, "Ordinarily I would say no but he said he'd put me on a Harley, so here I am." Sutter also assured King that his character would be doing something "suitably nasty."
  • Given the IRA Irish connection in the plot, the title of this episode is Gaelic for the Big Lake/Pond.
  • Given the IRA Irish connection in the plot, the title of this episode is the Gaelic for "Tour/Journey".
  • Given the IRA Irish connection in the plot, the title of this episode is Gaelic for "Truth".
  • When Agent Stahl is giving her statement the other agent appears to be writing backwards across the page.
  • The sheriff of Charming is called Unser and is seen to be under the control of the club. In German "Unser" mean "ours".

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