“Sons of Anarchy” season six starts on Tuesday night and creator Kurt Sutter talked to the website Vulture on Sept. 8 about where his cultural influences came from. Here is a look at where Sutter pulls his ideas from.
The first influence is “Mad” magazine, the classical satire magazine that lampoons all forms of entertainment. According to Sutter, he still subscribes to the magazine even though it isn’t as good as when he was a Catholic-school student. He also said that “Mad” magazine and Johnny Carson were the only two things he bonded with his mother over.
Next up were the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons on Saturday mornings. Those cartoons, which include the likes of “The Flinstones,” “Yogi Bear,” “The Jetsons” and “Scooby-Doo,” which Sutter said might have taught him the “essentials of storytelling.”
“Sons of Anarchy” is based on classical Shakespeare, so it is not a surprise that “Hamlet” is also on his list of cultural influences.
As for television shows, Sutter listed a ton of great shows, including “The Sopranos,” “The Honeymooners,” “Hill Street Blues,” numerous sitcoms, as well as one show he worked on in “The Shield.” Movies that he checked off include “The Godfather” trilogy.
Music that Kurt Sutter mentioned influenced him included Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan. He also said that classic “Archie” comics were an influence, saying that Tig is Jughead.
Finally, Sutter said that he was influenced by President Barack Obama. He said that Obama wanted to bring change, but when he was elected president, he realized that it was impossible and the rules he was forced to follow made change impossible. He compared Jax to Obama when it comes to losing idealism once they reached power.
“Sons of Anarchy” season six premieres on Tuesday night, Sept. 10, on FX.