Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: Even though Sons‘ first episode does provide some much-needed exposition about SAMCRO and its members, the series’ debut is also a gripping hour of TV all on its own. From the premature birth of Abel to Gemma’s complex relationship with Tara, the episode is filled to the brim with captivating moments.
“The Sleep of Babies” (Season 1, Episode 12)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: By this point in Sons‘ first season, violence was not just unsurprising, but practically expected in every episode. But the accidental death of Opie’s wife, Donna, would go on to be one of the series’ most tragic and heartbreaking casualties.
“Gilead” (Season 2, Episode 7)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: The members of SAMCRO spend most of this episode behind bars, and it allows for a huge shift in the dynamic between Jax and Clay — one of the series’ key relationships. By the time the boys are bailed out of jail, it’s clear the club will never be the same.
“June Wedding” (Season 3, Episode 12)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: Say what you will about Jax and Tara’s flawed, often-toxic rollercoaster of a relationship: Without Jax, Tara may not have survived the hostage situation she finds herself in during this harrowing episode.
“Family Recipe” (Season 4, Episode 8)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: Who are you calling “comic relief”? After spending three seasons as a supporting character who brought much-needed levity to Sons, Juice finds himself in much darker territory during “Family Recipe.” His failed suicide attempt, combined with SAMCRO’s shift in leadership, make this one of the series’ most turbulent hours.
“J’ai Obtenu Cette” (Season 5, Episode 13)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: Kurt Sutter and the minds behind Sons had a knack for crafting their season finales very carefully. The Season 5 ender, in particular, is a crucial episode, as the tides turn in SAMCRO’s relationship with Damon Pope and Tara faces criminal charges for the murder of Pamela Toric.
“Aon Rud Pearsanta” (Season 6, Episode 11)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: The relationship between Jax and Clay had been hostile long before this episode aired; in many ways, Clay’s death came as no surprise. Still, killing Ron Perlman’s character off the show was a monumental moment for the series, as it took a big creative leap in preparation for its seventh season.
“A Mother’s Work” (Season 6, Episode 13)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: Only true masochists would actually enjoy watching this season ender, in which Tara meets her grisly demise at the hands of Gemma. But the death of Jax’s wife — and the moments that unfold immediately after it — are crucial to understanding the series’ seventh and final season, in which Jax is hell-bent on avenging Tara’s murder.
“Black Widower” (Season 7, Episode 1)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: Although “Black Widower” is not the series’ strongest or most memorable episode, skipping it would mean glossing over a pivotal plot twist that laid the groundwork for the next 12 episodes: Gemma’s decision to pin Tara’s murder on the Chinese. (Plus, The Forest Rangers’ episode-closing cover of “Bohemian Rhapsody” alone makes the hour worth revisiting.)
“Suits of Woe” (Season 7, Episode 11)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: The first in a trio of episodes that are both gut-wrenching and edge-of-your-seat entertaining, “Suits of Woe” finally delivers the moment for which we’d waited weeks: Jax’s discovery of Tara’s true killer. We’re still not over Charlie Hunnam’s Emmy snub for his breathtaking performance in this major episode.
“Red Rose” (Season 7, Episode 12)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: There’s a reason we didn’t hesitate to give Katey Sagal Performer of the Week kudos after “Red Rose” aired. The penultimate Sons episode was arguably Sagal’s finest hour, as Gemma came to terms with her many transgressions before paying the ultimate price at her son’s hands.
“Papa’s Goods” (Season 7, Episode 13)
Why It’s Worth a Rewatch: You’ve already come all this way; why skip Sons’ last episode ever? (Plus, the emotional series finale does a great job of tying up loose ends for Jax & Co., while still leaving a few questions lingering for those of us at home.)