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The Best Episodes of Sons of Anarchy

Every episode of Sons of Anarchy ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Sons of Anarchy!

An adrenalized drama with darkly comedic undertones that explores a notorious outlaw motorcycle club’s (MC) desire to protect its livelihood while ensuring that their simple, sheltered town of Charming, California remains exactly that, charming. The MC must confront threats from drug dealers, corporate developers, and overzealous law officers. Behind the MC’s familial lifestyle and legally thriving automotive shop is a ruthless and illegal arms business driven by the seduction of money, power, and blood.


Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Sons of Anarchy" is "NS", rated 9.7/10 from 6860 user votes. It was directed by Kurt Sutter and written by Dave Erickson, Kurt Sutter. "NS" aired on 11/30/2010 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Papa's Goods".

  • NS
    9.7/10 6,860 votes

    #1 - NS

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-11-30

    Both the ATF and the Russians prove obstacles as the club looks to heal old wounds.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Dave Erickson, Kurt Sutter

  • Papa's Goods
    9.6/10 8,879 votes

    #2 - Papa's Goods

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 2014-12-09

    Ghosts loom large as Jax makes the final moves to fulfill his father's legacy.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • A Mother’s Work
    9.5/10 5,004 votes

    #3 - A Mother’s Work

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2013-12-10

    The ramifications of Jax’s choices put his club and family in jeopardy.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Laying Pipe
    9.4/10 4,708 votes

    #4 - Laying Pipe

    Season 5 Episode 3 - Aired 2012-09-25

    A desperate situation tests familial and club bonds.

    Director: Adam Arkin

    Writer: Liz Sagal, Kem Nunn, Kurt Sutter

  • Suits of Woe
    9.4/10 4,315 votes

    #5 - Suits of Woe

    Season 7 Episode 11 - Aired 2014-11-18

    The SOA organization bears down on SAMCRO and Jax comes face to face with an ugly truth.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Peter Elkoff, Kurt Sutter, Mike Daniels

  • Red Rose
    9.4/10 4,249 votes

    #6 - Red Rose

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-12-02

    With tensions mounting and truths finally revealed, Jax must make the ultimate decision.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Kurt Sutter, Charles Murray

  • Na Trioblóidí
    9.3/10 3,778 votes

    #7 - Na Trioblóidí

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-12-01

    The second season ends with SAMCRO trying to get rid of Ethan Zobelle (Adam Arkin) and his cohorts once and for all.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • J'ai Obtenu Cette
    9.3/10 3,201 votes

    #8 - J'ai Obtenu Cette

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2012-12-04

    Season finale:

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Aon Rud Persanta
    9.3/10 3,297 votes

    #9 - Aon Rud Persanta

    Season 6 Episode 11 - Aired 2013-11-19

    Tension mounts as the club makes a bold move to finally get out of guns.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Hands
    9.2/10 3,116 votes

    #10 - Hands

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-11-08

    Jax and Tara get a glimpse of life without SAMCRO but discover that their reality is hard to escape.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: David Labrava, Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Burnt and Purged Away
    9.2/10 2,907 votes

    #11 - Burnt and Purged Away

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-11-22

    SAMCRO negotiates with the Irish Kings to secure the club's future.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Dave Erickson, Kurt Sutter

  • The Sleep of Babies
    9.1/10 3,849 votes

    #12 - The Sleep of Babies

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-11-19

    Clay's solution to getting cash for Bobby's defense leaves SAMCRO in a vulnerable position; Abel's happy homecoming ends in turmoil for the club.

    Director: Terrence O'Hara

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • The Revelator
    9.1/10 3,654 votes

    #13 - The Revelator

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-11-26

    In the wake of a tragedy, the club must re-evaluate its bonds of brotherhood.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • Balm
    9.1/10 3,163 votes

    #14 - Balm

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2009-11-10

    Agent Stahl (Ally Walker) takes notice at the handsome profits SAMCRO is reaping from the repo business. Meanwhile, the Jax- Clay standoff forces Gemma to make a difficult decision.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Stevie Long, Dave Erickson

  • To Be, Act 2
    9.1/10 3,108 votes

    #15 - To Be, Act 2

    Season 4 Episode 14 - Aired 2011-12-06

    Jax must overcome great obstacles as he attempts to finalize the gun deal between the Irish and the cartel.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Wolfsangel
    9.1/10 3,418 votes

    #16 - Wolfsangel

    Season 6 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-10-01

    An attack at the compound leads SOA to seek revenge.

    Director: Billy Gierhart

    Writer: Kem Nunn, Kurt Sutter

  • Faith and Despondency
    9.1/10 3,384 votes

    #17 - Faith and Despondency

    Season 7 Episode 10 - Aired 2014-11-11

    SAMCRO members fall in love, but death is in the air.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Gladys Rodríguez, Kem Nunn, Kurt Sutter

  • The Culling
    9.0/10 3,012 votes

    #18 - The Culling

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-11-24

    Jax and Clay keep SAMCRO focused on their impending showdown with Zobelle's group; thanks to Gemma, Tara improves her job security at the hospital; Weston finally discovers his boss's intentions in Charming.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Dave Erickson, Kurt Sutter

  • SO
    9.0/10 3,237 votes

    #19 - SO

    Season 3 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-09-07

    The aftermath of Abel’s kidnapping has the Sons reeling - especially Jax, whose grief sends him into deeper turmoil over his future with the MC. Framed for murder, Gemma remains on the lam, and is hit with some unexpected news from her past.

    Director: Stephen T. Kay

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • Family Recipe
    9.0/10 2,733 votes

    #20 - Family Recipe

    Season 4 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-10-25

    SAMCRO must put off an important vote to deal with an external threat.

    Director: Paul Maibaum

    Writer: Dave Erickson, Brady Dahl

  • Call of Duty
    9.0/10 2,797 votes

    #21 - Call of Duty

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-11-15

    SAMCRO faces a powerful adversary that threatens their business with the Cartel.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Gladys Rodríguez, Liz Sagal

  • To Be, Act 1
    9.0/10 2,741 votes

    #22 - To Be, Act 1

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-11-29

    Jax faces a new challenge that threatens his family and SAMCRO.

    Director: Kurt Sutter

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Sovereign
    8.9/10 3,729 votes

    #23 - Sovereign

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 2012-09-11

    Jax presides over SAMCRO as a series of events begin to unravel Charming.

    Director: Paris Barclay

    Writer: Kurt Sutter

  • Darthy
    8.9/10 2,774 votes

    #24 - Darthy

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-11-27

    Jax makes arrangements to take the club in a different direction.

    Director: Peter Weller

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter

  • Gilead
    8.8/10 2,773 votes

    #25 - Gilead

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2009-10-20

    Since The League has SAMCRO members behind bars, the club must make new alliances in prison to survive. Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agent Stahl uses this imprisonment to test Jax and Clay's relationship.

    Director: Gwyneth Horder-Payton

    Writer: Chris Collins, Kurt Sutter