5. Sons of Anarchy (FX)
Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Maggie Siff, Ryan Hurst, Theo Rossi, Mark Boone Junior, Dayton Callie, Rockmond Dunbar, Danny Trejo, Jimmy Smits, Harold Perrineau
Premiere date: September 11
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter found himself in an online sea of criticism last December when bloodthirsty fans couldn't believe that [SPOILER ALERT] Jax (Charlie Hunnam) didn't kill his stepfather/SAMCRO boss Clay (Ron Perlman) for all the reckless and foul things he'd done to him throughout season four. And, we must confess, we were a bit disappointed in the season finale, as well. But 10 months is a long time to think on FX's first-rate motorcycle drub drama, and, on the eve of season five, Sutter's intentions have crystallized into an ingenious strategy.
This go-round, there's a hell of a lot of internal conflict within SAMCRO, mainly with how Clay will adjust to being a powerless lackey and how Jax will handle being president while keeping his family safe. We'll also meet a new father figure in Jax's life, a pimp who could take over Clay's mentoring duties, in addition to Clay's romantic extracurricular activities with Gemma (Katey Sagal). And then there's Harold Perrineau (Lost), who's joined the Sons cast to play Damon Pope, the pissed-off father of the girl Tig (Kim Coates) recklessly ran over outside a crowded restaurant. He's definitely not looking to keep any peace.