season 2 hands down the best. non-stop action in every episode. the constant tension and fighting between all the cast members. the acting. i think the thing about season 3 is that there was too much going on and it seemed to sort of dilute the story telling and the acting. i would say the only other season that can hold its own against season 2 would be season 4.
Season 4: Intense all the way thourgh. Strong inner conflict within the gang, and the cartel was in interesting plotline. Although the ending is a ridiculous cop-out, but did ultimately work out in later seaosns
Season 2: The Nazi's were strong villains. Conistenstly strong throughout with a fantastic finale.
Season 5: Strong character arcs, specifically for Jax. But the main pot was too unfocused. Jimmy Smits was a fantastic addition to the cast.
Season 1: Disjointed first half, but did a great job of introducing the characters, and ended with a much imporved 2nd half.
Season 3: The finale was great, actually the best episode of the show. But other than a few cool moments in Irleand the the season was incredably dull.
Season 6: Bad. The episodes were all extra long, but they were extra long to be filled with long scenes of staring, and brooding. This seaosn was flled with pointless and terrible filler. The 11th episode and the last 10 of the seaosn were good. The rest not so much.
Season 6 was awesome. IDK how so many ppl disagree. The first 4 episodes revolved around Toric and then Otto killed him in the most awesome way possible. The next 6 episodes were all about SAMCRO's efforts to separate themseleves from the gun trade and the IRA, while also trying to escape the heat of the school shooting. Then Clay and Galen O'Shea die in what was an incredible episode. And IMO, the season 6 finale was the second best finale next to season 3's finale which is the best SOA episode hands down. ("HeyHey My My" soundtrack while Opie blows Stahl's head off. Incredible!!)
Season 2,3, & 4 are the best SOA seasons but i still don't get why season 6 gets such a bad rep.
Season 3 is the worst for me. Just a horridly boring season that accomplished nothing, other than finally giving Jax more of a hint with what happened with JT. But that could have been accomplished in 1 episode. It did a great job with that finale, though.
Season 4 was pretty bad for me as well. The stuff with the weird DA pretty much fell flat on its face, and the twist at the end of the Cartel/CIA stuff just made the whole season completely pointless. The Clay stuff was pretty good.
I really liked Season 5. Jax becoming president and seeing his first fuckups with his occasional brilliance was fun. The Tig stuff was great. Other than his OHHH BABY NOOOOO part.