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Cosby or SOA?

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Jedi Shrimper

formerly Drastic™
Jan 10, 2008
The Cosby Mysteries (Southchurch Groyney)
Sons of Anarchy (Moridin)


The Cosby Mysteries was a television mystery series starring Bill Cosby. It was Cosby's first television show since The Cosby Show (which ended in the spring of 1992) and lasted only one season (1994-1995). Rapper-turned-actor Mos Def appeared in several episodes.
Cosby played Guy Hanks, a New York Police Department criminalist who retired from the force after winning $44 million in the lottery. However, his peaceful retirement was frequently interrupted since he was called in as a consultant on tough cases by his old partner, Adam Sully (James Naughton). As Hanks used his wits and his forensics knowledge to solve crimes, he dealt with his holistic housekeeper Angie (Rita Moreno) and his girlfriend Barbara Lorenz (Lynn Whitfield).
The show was created by David Black and William Link. Link's previous series included Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. Link developed the series at Cosby's request, as Cosby wanted to do an intelligent, character-driven mystery series that did not rely on graphic violence.
The show began in January 1994 as a two-hour movie, and regular episodes began airing on NBC in September. It only lasted 18 episodes, and was never successful, despite the fact that Hanks frequently noodled on his clarinet as an aid to solving his cases.


Sons of Anarchy is an FX television series starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town somewhere in Northern California. Sons of Anarchy was created by Kurt Sutter, a former writer and producer on The Shield, another FX television drama. The show's first season averaged 5.4 million viewers weekly making it the network's most successful show since Rescue Me.
SAO keeps meth traffickers out of Charming, which puts them at odds with the meth-distributing white supremacist "Nords" gang, headed by Ernest Darby. Unlike their rivals, the Sons are relatively diverse and inclusionist, disdaining the Nords' social perspective. The SOA also have to deal with a rival Oakland-based MC, the "Mayans" led by Marcus Alvarez, who control the neighboring territory of northern Nevada. Other groups in SAMCRO's orbit include the San Francisco-based Chinese American mafia, the Italian American Cacuzza crime family, the True IRA of Ireland, which supplies them with illegal Russian-made guns, the One-Niners, an African American street gang (who also appeared on The Shield) to whom SAMCRO sell weapons, and various affiliates in the state prison system, where many members of the club have been incarcerated at one time or another.
The family drama is loosely based on Shakespeare's Hamlet; indeed, star Ron Perlman has said, "I'm sure they’re going to stick to the structure of Hamlet all the way to the end" of the series.
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