You know those commercials on the FX network that boast: “FX has the movies!”? Well, I disagree. FX does not have the movies. What they have are some damn superior TV shows. I freely admit that I watched Nip/Tuck back when it was good (read: before Sean and Christian moved to Hollywood) and anyone who’s seen The Shield cannot deny its insane, sinfully delicious appeal. I’ve watched Justified since it began and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia may be the most original and ballsy show currently on TV. You know how I feel about Louie and Wilfred and now, after having watched the first season of Sons of Anarchy in its entirety, I can say I am completely hooked. FX is kicking serious television ass.
I liked Charlie Hunnam back in the days of Undeclared and my goodness, has he grown up. He ably carries the lead role of Jackson “Jax” Teller, the VP of the biker gang, Sons of Anarchy, who all but own the town of Charming, CA. His deceased father helped found the gang, conveniently called a “club” by its members, and his mother, the fantastic Katey Sagal, is now remarried to the club’s President, the always-intimidating Ron Perlman. Sagal is such a bad-ass, she more than holds her own in a show almost wholly dominated by male roles; she very often steals her scenes. And Ryan Hurst, the oh-so-sweet captain of the football team in Remember The Titans, shines as Opie, the guy who just can’t tear himself away from the life of crime.
There’s plenty of action for those of you who like a fast-paced storyline and about as much intense, high-emotion drama as I can handle. Sex, violence and eye candy (for both genders) pop up in every episode but it never feels cheap. On the contrary, the story demands it. Not to mention all the killer music. Any show that regularly showcases tunes by the Black Keys is okay by me. And the heavy, bluesy sound matches the tone of the series, which I CANNOT WAIT to continue. Seasons 1 & 2 are now available on Netflix and Season 3 is due out next month. That gives me just enough time to get all caught up before the start of the 4th and newest season this fall. I know I’ll be ready. How about you?