Katey Sagal played one of the essential characters in Sons of Anarchy, but what has she done since the show ended? In 2008, Kurt Sutter took the audience to a small town in California to meet a motorcycle club and all the drama in their daily lives in the T.V. series Sons of Anarchy. The series premiered on F.X. in 2008 and lived on for seven seasons, ending in 2014. Sons of Anarchy got positive reviews throughout its whole run, with most praise going towards the themes it addressed (such as corruption and racism) and the main cast’s performances.
Sons of Anarchy tells the story of Jackson “Jax” Teller (Charlie Hunnam), VP of the motorcycle club Sons of Anarchy in the fictional town of Charming, California. The series kicks off when Jax finds a manifesto written by his late father, John “J.T.” Teller, one of the founding members of the MC. In it, J.T. shared his plans and vision for the club, which differed from those of the current President and Jax’s stepfather, Clay Morrow (Ron Perlman). Reading his father’s ideas and seeing how different the club was, among other events, send Jax on a personal journey that leads him to question his path, role in the club, relationships, family, and more. Sons of Anarchy also introduced the audience to Gemma Teller-Morrow (Katey Sagal), Jax’s mother and the matriarch of the club, who even though she wasn’t a member of it, had a lot of influence in it and the town in general, but she was also a hazardous woman.
Katey Sagal’s role as Gemma in Sons of Anarchy was one of the most praised elements of the series, and she was one of the few characters from the first season who made it to the final one, though not to the series finale, as Jax killed her in the second last episode. Gemma Teller has become one of Sagal’s most memorable roles. Still, it isn’t her most famous one, as she has played various characters before and after Sons of Anarchy. Before living in Charming, Sagal did a lot of voice work in film, such as in Recess: School’s Out (playing Mrs. Flo Spinelli) and the Futurama movies, voicing Turanga Leela. In T.V., she played Peggy Bundy in the sitcom Married… with Children from 1987 to 1997, and other notable roles include Edna Hyde in That 70’s Show and Cate S. Hennessy in 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.
While working on Sons of Anarchy, Sagal continued doing voice work, most notably in Futurama. Once the show ended, she explored other TV genres in One episode of The Big Bang Theory, Sagal played Annora of the Alders in The Bastard Executioner, Penny’s mother, and Lanie Schultz in This Is Us. Sagal reprised her role as Gemma in one episode of Mayans M.C., the spinoff series of Sons of Anarchy, and after that, she went on to play Dr. Ingrid Jones in Shameless, Louise Goldufski in The Conners, Teresa Williams in Grand Hotel, and Eleanor Hale in Dead to Me. Her most recent work is in the legal comedy-drama Rebel, inspired by the life of Erin Brockovich and in which she plays the lead role of Annie “Rebel” Bello. She played Lee Ann in There’s Always Woodstock, Katherine Junk in Pitch Perfect 2, and Louise Pazienza in Bleed for This on the big screen.
In addition to an incredible acting career that has covered almost every genre, Katey Sagal has a musical career and released her first solo album in 1994. She also contributed with at least one song per season in Sons of Anarchy. Katey Sagal is a woman of many talents, and while many will always remember her as Gemma Teller-Morrow, it’s worth checking out her other works in film and T.V.