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10 TV Shows Like Sons Of Anarchy

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Shows like Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy is an American action crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter that aired from 2008 to 2014. Set in the fictional town of Charming, California, the drama series follows the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club.

It has been almost seven years since the legendary television series Sons Of Anarchy ended, it’s hard not to think about the show or sometimes wish it was still on. It’s regarded as one of the best shows about family, bikes and brotherhood. 

The series begins with Jax as he questions the vision and purpose of the club (Sons of Anarchy Motorcycle Club Redwood Original -SAMCRO) his father had built years before his birth, which puts their family in jeopardy. Along the line we see him try to find his way out of the system built for him and become better than his father ever was.

After going through seven seasons of adventure and thrills with Jax, you’re probably looking for a tv series with equal or more entertainment, and I’ve got you covered with these 10 Tv shows like Sons of Anarchy for you to watch.

The Shield

the shield tv show

The Shield is an award-winning crime drama television series with wide critical acclaim and was created by Shawn Ryan and is based on true life Rampart Division police scandals. 

The Shield is an American crime drama television series that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons.

The show ran for seven seasons with 88 episodes which all aired on FX and saw the likes of notable actors like Forest Whitaker, Laurie Holden, Glenn Close, and even Laura Harring played tended roles on the show.

The Punisher

the punisher tv series

Marvel’s The Punisher, or simply The Punisher, is a marvel series adapted from the comic of the same title. It was created by Steve Lightfoot and made as a television series for Netflix as a spin-off from daredevil and ran for two successive seasons, from November 2017 to January 2019.

The series revolves around Frank Castle, who uses lethal methods to fight crime as the vigilante “the Punisher”, with Jon Bernthal reprising the role from Daredevil.

The main character Frank was a former marine who following the death of his family at the hands of a group of ruthless criminals seeks to take revenge and punish those who are responsible for his tragedy.

Hell On Wheels

hell on wheels tv series

Hell on Wheels is an American western television show based on the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States. It was launched in the US and Canada through AMC and ran from November 2011 till July 2016. The show has five seasons and 59 episodes, packed with action stars like Colm Meaney, Common, Anson Mount, and many more.

The series focuses on a former confederate soldier who had to join the railroad construction team to track down Union soldiers who killed his wife and get revenge, but during the process, he becomes a foreman and even chief engineer on the railroad.

The scenes follow the journey and survival of men and women who had to journey across America on a mobile camp called Hell on A Wheel, as they constructed The Union Pacific Railroad. The series reflects on greed, corruption, and the dangers of power just like Sons of Anarchy.

Heels

Heels tv series

Heels is an American drama television series that focuses on brotherhood just like Sons of Anarchy. The series was created by Michael Waldron and premiered on Starz on August 15, 2021, and has been renewed for a second season expected to be aired in 2022.

This series portrays how two brothers of opposite nature; one a good guy (the face)  and the other a bad guy (the heel) fight over their late fathers’ wrestling promotion company. Their ill relationship causes the business to suffer even as they fight for national fame in the small-town of Georgia.

Gomorrah 

Gomorrah Tv Series

Gomorrah is an Italian (Gomorra- La Serie) crime drama television show based on a book of the same name. It focuses on the Savastano family clan and how they battle with power, corruption, and the never-ending cycle of violence that wages on their family. 

Set in the suburbs of Naples, Italy, the crime drama goes inside the Camorra, a fierce Neapolitan crime organization led by Pietro Savastano. The story is told through the eyes of Don Pietro’s right-hand man, Ciro Di Marzio, whose faith in the family is tested when he realizes how far Don Pietro is willing to go to keep his power.

Things get even worse as the leader goes to prison leaving those on the outside to run the family business and take the risk for the family as the city gets more heated. There are times when the story and scenes are even more violent than Sons of Anarchy, as it has darker humor but nevertheless it was well delivered and exceptionally interesting that would get you glued to your screen.

The Outsiders

the outsiders tv show

The Outsiders is a 1983 American coming-of-age drama film directed by Francis Ford Coppola. The film is an adaptation of the 1967 novel of the same name by S. E. Hinton. The series ran for two seasons before it was canceled in April 2017.

The show details the life of a group of Appalachian hillbillies known as the Farell clan who try to keep their lives off the hook, undisturbed, unbothered, but developers keep invading their land putting them in trouble with the locals and law enforcement agents.

They have no intentions to live among the normal communities but rather on the mountains but would this ever be possible with the enforcers disturbing and breathing down on their neck. The series contains a lot of violence and bloodshed just like in Sons of Anarchy and is a must-watch for any Sons of Anarchy fan.

Warrior

warrior tv series

This particular series takes part of its creative inspiration from Sons of Anarchy. Warrior is an American martial arts crime drama television series that premiered on April 5, 2019, on Cinemax.

The film captures the time during the Tong War when a Chinese immigrant named Ah Sahm is sold to one of the most powerful tongs in San Francisco, he has to use his skills to help his master control the criminal underworld through bloody street brawls. The series does well to portray family, violence, brotherhood, and even betrayals.

Kingdom

Kingdom - American TV series

Kingdom (previously titled Navy St.) is an American drama television series created by Byron Balasco. The series premiered on October 8, 2014, on the Audience Network and concluded on August 2, 2017.

This is a family drama soaked in testosterone and set in a particular neighborhood just like Sons of Anarchy. The story is based around Alvey Kulina, an ex-mixed martial art champion who then started a martial art gym where he trains his sons Jay and Nate, and other current fighters.

It contains a lot of blood and sweat in the backdrop of mixed martial arts. The series, although revolved around violence and war, also reflects on the complexity of family life. The cast and characters make the whole show a stellar performance, as the raw and exhausting battle for power and never-ending fight against addiction makes it a must-watch TV show with a whole lot to digest.

Yellowstone

Yellowstone

This is an American drama Television show created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson that premiered on paramount network in June 2018.

The series revolves around the Dutton family, who are the owners of the largest ranch in the United States. Even with this much power and wealth, the family still has to struggle with keeping balance among the members and bordering native parks and reservations.

There is still a struggle for even more power and a lot of masculine ruggedness. Just like in Sons of Anarchy, we see tough male figures fight for superiority and even some females with greater strength and show of character which makes the two series remarkable.

The executive producer, writer, and director John Linston also worked on Sons of Anarchy proving just how much impact the latter has on Yellowstone, and why it is a must-see for all Sons of Anarchy fans.

Peaky Blinders 

Peaky Blinders is a British crime drama TV series set in Birmingham, England following the aftermath of World War 1.

The drama follows the Shelby family’s increased hunger for wealth and power, as the small-town gang who are notoriously known for destroying pubs and leading rebellions fight for even more power outside their small hometown.

From running illegal betting games and selling ammunition the Shelby Ltd gradually shifted to a more legal business with the help of their leader Thomas Shelby who with his brothers Arthur and John Shelby returned from war with a new purpose to expand the family’s enterprise. 

The show portrays a strong display of violence and petty crimes but doesn’t elude the important message of family and brotherhood, and like Sons Of Anarchy devises a creative way of not spilling the bigger picture obviously but rather letting the audience slowly follow through.

Conclusion

All tv series listed above are closely related to Sons of Anarchy and portray the same theme while also telling a stellar story through each character as they all deliver impressively.

Fans of SOA would surely relate to these shows and would definitely feed the hunger and void left by the thrills of Sons of Anarchy. If there are any shows you think should be on the list, kindly drop them in the comment section below.

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