Despite being one of cable television’s most buzzworthy shows since 2008, FX’s “Sons of Anarchy” has yet to grab any major Emmy nominations. To date, the show has only earned one bid — Original Main Title Theme Music. It lost that 2009 race to John Williams for PBS’ “Great Performances.”
However, the show’s luck with Emmy voters may change this year thanks to critical raves and increased viewership for its fourth season. It is one of the most popular shows on cable television and its dark subject matter about a California motorcycle gang has drawn praise from fans and critics. And creator Kurt Sutter’s outrageous Twitter rants keep the show in the spotlight.
“Sons of Anarchy” has received some major recognition from other awards groups. In 2010, Katey Sagal won the Golden Globe for Best Drama Actress. The previous year, she and the show were both nominated by the Television Critics Assn.
If Emmy voters finally nominate Sagal this year, she certainly has some juicy episodes to submit to voters. One of her best involves her getting into a brutal fist fight with her husband (Ron Perlman). At the end of the episode, she conspires, with a family friend, to murder her husband.
Recognition for the show is a longshot since the rest of the cast and crew aren’t well known. The show’s gloomy subject matter could also be a turnoff to some voters.
However, a bid for Best Drama Series is still a possibility due to the strong word of mouth and critical and commercial success of this current season. A passionate amount of voters could place it at the top of their ballots.