The Sopranos

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HBO (ended 2007)

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Meet Tony Soprano: your average, middle-aged businessman. Tony's got a dutiful wife. A not-so-dutiful son. A daughter named Meadow. An uncle who's losing his marbles. A hot-headed nephew. A not-too-secret mistress. And a shrink to tell all his secrets, except the one she already knows: Tony's a mob boss whose troubles are wrapped up in his two families. These days, it's getting tougher and tougher to make a killing in the killing business. Just because you're 'made' doesn't mean you've got it made.
  • R.I.P.

    Sopranos Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

    He also appeared in Scarface, Malcolm in the Middle, and Mancuso, FBI.

  • DON'T STOP ASKING

    Sopranos Creator David Chase (Sort of) Answers the "Is Tony Dead?" Question, Ruining a Great Ending (UPDATED)

    Seven years after the HBO drama cut to plant, Chase has begrudgingly revealed the mobster's fate; here's why we shouldn't have.

  • James Gandolfini

    James Gandolfini

    Tony Soprano

    Tony Sirico

    Tony Sirico

    Peter "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri

    Steve Buscemi

    Steve Buscemi

    Tony Blundetto

    Dominic Chianese

    Dominic Chianese

    Corrado "Junior" Soprano

    Federico Castelluccio

    Federico Castelluccio

    Furio Giunta

    Steve Van Zandt

    Steve Van Zandt

    Silvio Dante

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    • Appreciating The Sopranos.

      10
      The realism shown in the acting is second to none. You can't overlook anything in this show, otherwise you'll be left dumbfounded by some of the things that happen in each episode.
    • The Sopranos is a phenomenal roller coaster ride into the mind of a both repulsive and lovable character.

      9.5
      The Sopranos is a strong contender for greatest television show ever made. But what gives it the edge is that Sopranos raised the benchmark and set the rules for all other high quality dramas to follow. Claiming The Wire or Breaking Bad may not have existed is a bit of a stretch, but to say it influenced them in formula, style and sheer intelligence is an understatement. Sopranos paved the way in so many ways, such as mature content at its most raw, and allowing us to sympathise with monsters, which has now become standard in this medium and is now what sets it apart from other media outlets.



      The importance of Sopranos is clearly huge, but that alone wouldn't propel it amongst the very best if it wasn't entertaining. Luckily, it reigns supreme in this factor too, with arguably the single greatest anti hero to grace our screens, emotional gut punches galore and plenty of truly dark humour that often relieves the tension at always the right time.



      It remains high in quality throughout it's run, and the only slight dips are the occasional episode in the later seasons. The first few episodes give the impression its a generic, albeit brilliantly made depiction of the gangster lifestyle. It quickly destroys this notion however, as Tony Soprano gradually opens up and eventually pouring his heart to his shrink, where we unravel his twisted, disturbing and suprisingly vulnerable thought process. These scenes become almost an analysis to his rotten criminal activities before it, and becomes a compelling formula once you are into it. As the show goes on, it becomes much more surreal and artistic, with ambitious (very long) dream sequences and monologues that are hard to decipher. More often than not however they hit their mark.



      The entire supporting cast, much like Tony himself, are certainly flawed, and can be difficult to like. The show doesnt ask you to do so however. It's grounded in realism, and characters are the story, a tragic one at that. And seeing it unravel is to venture further into the rabbit hole. There are a number of scenes in the series that are downright shocking, and will likely to put even the most desensitised viewer into a state of anger. But its not "shock value" if the scenes has context and meaning.



      Since this show has ended I sort television dramas into two categories: pre-Sopranos and post-Sopranos. And since television has never been better.moreless
    • 21st century Mafia

      9.5
      Starring the late great James Gandolfini the Sopranos is brilliantly written. Its not the wise guy kind of TV show as people first thought, but more of a physcological approach to the pressures of being a Mob Boss. Dont get me wrong the violence and sterotype of Italian American Mobsters are there, but it goes hand in hand with a present day approach in how the Cosa Nostra goes about there business.moreless
    • Gold Standard

      10
      This show isn't about mafiosi, crime, murder or drugs.

      This is a careful, methodical dissection of the notion of "family" and "family values". There are no simple relationships, and no character is either black or white. They're all flawed and, at some point, they all disappoint or surprise us, make us root for them or hate them.

      Moreover, the writing is simply unsurpassable. There is no room or need for expository dialogue. All we need to know is either shown or hinted at, and it's our job to put the pieces together, which is the true appeal of any meaningful relationship.

      The Sopranos is the gold standard for any show, regardless of genre.moreless
    • Woefully innacurate

      4.0
      The Soprano's is a Mafia drama in the same way that Olive Garden is an Italian resteraunt. What always frustrated me about this show is how such great pains were taken with certain production values of this show, and yet the criminal aspect is glossed over in almost comical Tony and his crew behaved the way they did in the real world, they'd have been whacked after the first episode..



      If you really want to see a real Mafia drama, (and see how the mob really works) watch Goodfellas or Donnie pay attention..moreless
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    Drama, Suspense

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    controversial, illegal activities, gritty crime scenarios, for men, mob mentality