Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, which aired from 2008 to 2014. It follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's Central Valley. The show stars Charlie Hunnam as Jackson "Jax" Teller, initially the vice president, who begins questioning the club and himself. Brotherhood, loyalty and redemption are constant themes.
Sons of Anarchy premiered on September 3, 2008, on cable network FX. The series's third season attracted an average of 4.9 million weekly viewers, making it FX's highest rated series and surpassing its other hits The Shield, Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me. The season four and five premieres were the two highest-rated telecasts in FX's history.
The sixth season aired from September 10, 2013, through December 10, 2013. The seventh and final season of the series premiered on September 9, 2014. The series finale premiered on December 9, 2014.
The series explores vigilantism, government corruption and racism, and depicts an outlaw motorcycle club as an analogy for human transformation. Real life Oakland Hell's Angel David Labrava served as a technical adviser, and also played one of the main characters, Happy Lowman, the club's assassin.
In November 2013, Sutter indicated he was in talks with FX to make a Sons of Anarchy prequel set in the 1960s. In February 2015, he said he would not work on the prequel, likely to be titled "The First 9", before 2017. In November 2016 FX announced the development of a spin-off series Mayans MC, centered around Latino culture, which will likely include past SOA characters in cameo roles.