Sons of Anarchy creator reflects on success of Charlie Hunnam led show

Watch more of our videos on Shots! 
and live on Freeview channel 276
Visit Shots! now
Charlie Hunnam played the lead role of Jackson “Jax” Teller.

The creator of the hit TV series Sons of Anarchy which saw Geordie actor Charlie Hunnam rise to fame, Karl Sutter, has discussed the show’s success.

An American crime drama series, Sons of Anarchy follows a motorcycle club led by Jackson “Jax” Teller, who is played by Newcastle born actor, Charlie Hunnam.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

The series ran from 2008 until 2014, consisting of seven series in total. It became a huge hit and gained an international fanbase, which led to a spin-off series, named Mayans M.C.

Sons of Anarchy also helped to skyrocket Hunnam’s career, whose acting roles began in the likes of Newcastle based children’s TV series, Byker Grove.

Now, Sons of Anarchy creator Karl Sutter has spoken about how the show became an international success, in an exclusive interview with Variety.

In the interview, Sutter explained how the show came to fruition as he said: “It was trial and error, some ideas worked and some didn’t.”

Hide Ad
Hide Ad

He further explained that they found the rhythm of the show, halfway through the first series. However, they suffered a slight setback, when FX (the original network the show aired on), asked for close-ended episodes.

Sutter said: “Serialized dramas were struggling and there was a mandate to do standalone episodes.”

He eventually was able to run with the show the way he had intended, explaining that Sons of Anarchy “locked in”.

He explained that the lead roles of Charlie Hunnam’s Jackson “Jax” Teller and Maggie Siff’s Tara Knowles and their relationship helped to cement the show and make it the success that it is known as today.

Hide Ad
Hide Ad
Sons of Anarchy creator and cast.Sons of Anarchy creator and cast.
Sons of Anarchy creator and cast. | Getty Images

Sons of Anarchy is available to stream on Disney+ with a subscription.

Read Newcastle’s news on the go with our free email newsletters - bringing the headlines to your inbox. Catch up on the day’s news and sport and enjoy even more from the NewcastleWorld team. Visit our website here to find out more and sign up.

Comment Guidelines

National World encourages reader discussion on our stories. User feedback, insights and back-and-forth exchanges add a rich layer of context to reporting. Please review our Community Guidelines before commenting.