5. Sons Of Anarchy
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior, Kim Coates, Dayton Callie, Tommy Flanagan, Ryan Hurst
Premiere Date: September 6
Why we’re excited: In recent months, Sons Of Anarchy creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter actually quit Twitter; fans of Sons Of Anarchy know, however, that Sutter’s outspokenness comes from years of defending his own show.
When Sons is at its best, there’s hardly a show better than it on any network; the saga of California criminal-minded biker gang SAMCRO is equal parts Shakespearean drama and gangster firestorm. But critics and Emmy voters haven’t always been so kind, and early into the show’s third season viewers were equally displeased. Once SOA’s third run concluded last November, though, Sutter’s brainchild was back on fantastic track, whether skeptics acknowledged it or not. With momentum on its side, will Sons Of Anarchy finally wake up all sleepers this season?