Sons Of Anarchy: Season Two (Fox)
The second season of the FX original series about a motorcycle club that practically rules the desert town of Charming, California ups the ante from the hand dealt in the first season. Ron Perlman is club leader Clay, trying to keep control while his son-in-law and heir apparent Jax (Charlie Hunnam), son of the deceased club founder, tries to reclaim the original outlaw philosophy that has been twisted through criminal enterprise over the years.
There’s a definite Hamlet element to their relationship, much to the frustration of Gemma (a fierce Katey Sagal), Jax’s hell on wheels of a mom who is married to Clay (their marriage is one of the most loving and dedicated on TV) and devoted to Clay, Jax and the club. That tension is complicated this season when a white supremacist gang (led by Adam Arkin, with Henry Rollins as his glowering muscle) moves in and declares war on the gang while they move into the legal (if still outlaw) porn business. Jax knows that Clay was behind the murder of a club member’s wife from the previous season (a nasty bit of blowback caused by a poorly-considered police scheme to drive a wedge of suspicion through the club) and becomes more confrontational at meetings as he defies Clay and tries to sway the club into a new direction, but he stops short of making Clay’s violation of the club code public for fear of tearing the Sons of Anarchy (aka SAMCRO) apart.