Mayans MC vs Sons of Anarchy: A timeline of TV shows

Kelsie Dickinson

As the final season of the biker gang series hits our screens, it seems only fitting to compare it to the show that started it all. So here it is, Mayans MC vs Sons Of Anarchy.

When Sons Of Anarchy debuted in 2008, audiences were captivated by the series’ intense biker gang narrative. Featuring stellar performances from known faces like Katey Sagal and Charlie Hunnam, the show went on to span seven lengthy seasons.

In 2018, the spin-off series Mayans MC gave fans a new lease on life. The show picks up two years after the events of Sons Of Anarchy, in a post-Jackson Teller world. Although the spin-off features brand-new storylines and characters, the world of Mayans MC and SOA are deeply intertwined.

Still from Mayans MC season 4 trailer, FX Networks

Mayans MC vs Sons Of Anarchy: A timeline of TV shows

Sons Of Anarchy is beloved for its array of strong characters and complex narratives. The action crime drama series was originally created by Kurt Sutter. SOA aired from 2008 until 2014, spanning an impressive 7 seasons and 92 episodes.

Each season of the series featured various parallel plot lines, focusing on the personal life of Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller. Throughout the show, Jax’s rise to power in the Sons Of Anarchy Motorcycle Club brings a bucket load of trouble for himself, and his family. Featuring corrupt politicians, deadly gang betrayals, and street rivalries, it’s not hard to see why the series entertained audiences for so long. SOA also features various other gangs and factions like the Mayans M.C. The Mayans were first established in the SOA series, and feature in every season, mainly as a rival to the Sons.

After a bloody history between the two gangs, the Mayans MC and Sons eventually become allies.

Mayans MC plot preview and season 5 trailer

Mayans MC takes place two years after the events of Sons Of Anarchy and is set over a hundred miles away in a fictional town. Located on the California border, the town of Santo Padre is the home of the biker gang the Mayans M.C. The series takes a faster-pace approach to its drama and features a simpler narrative.

The spin-off follows Ezekiel ‘EZ’ Reyes, a gifted son of a proud Mexican family. As his family’s chance at the American dream was destroyed due to cartel violence, EZ sets himself on a quest for justice and revenge. Over the course of four seasons, EZ, with the help of his family, makes a new life for himself fresh out of prison. However, it is not necessarily a life he wanted.

As season 5 is the final instalment of the spin-off, no doubt EZ’s story is set to go out with a bang. The season 4 finale left fans shaking with anticipation, as it featured the return of Isaac Parker, a big player pulling the strings behind the scenes.

JD Pardo as EZ Reyes sat at a table in the dark
YouTube / FX Mayans M.C. Season 5 trailer

Mayans MC VS Sons Of Anarchy: Which show is critically better?

Sons Of Anarchy.

So far, Sons Of Anarchy scores higher across the board from critics and audiences. On the popular review website Rotten Tomatoes, Sons of Anarchy scores 87% on the Tomatometer. It has an audience score of 91%.

In comparison, Mayans M.C. scores 72% with an audience score of 77%.

For both shows it’s clear the audience’s love is more significant than the critics.

On IMDb, Sons Of Anarchy is rated 8.6/10 vs Mayans MC at 7.6/10.

Surprisingly, the highest-rated episode of Sons is episode 13 of season 3. The episode, titled ‘NS’, follows the biker gang as they attempt to settle old scores, all while the Russians and the ATF work to cause problems. The episode has a near-perfect score of 9.7/10.

So far, the highest-rated episode of Mayans MC is episode 10 of season 2. The episode, titled ‘Hunahpu’, follows the Reyes brothers as their desire for justice results in some tough decisions. The episode is rated 8.9/10. No episode in Mayans MC so far has been rated 9 or above, unlike its parent show.

In the Mayans M.C. season four trailer a man rides a motorbike with a helmet, sunglasses, and gloves on
Screenshot from FX Networks on YouTube

Twitter disagrees with critics, Mayans MC is ‘better’ than Sons Of Anarchy

Despite what critics have stated about both shows, it seems many fans on the social media site Twitter do not agree. Even with all its flaws, many users are adamant the spin-off series is better than Sons Of Anarchy.

After only 2 seasons, one user confessed their love for Mayans MC.

Another user said, “So officially hooked on the Mayans MC, my opinion better than Sons Of Anarchy”.

The final season of Mayans M.C. is set to release on Tuesday, May 24, 2023, exclusive to Hulu and Disney+.

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