Season five doesn’t stray too far from the past seasons’ use of excellent dialogue, and the cast members all turn in brilliant performances as usual, but since the series slowed down last season and started abandoning the more appealing characteristics of the show, it hasn't lived up to its lofty reputation. Instead, "The Sopranos" is innocently crawling to its well-publicized finish line, even though Chase still hasn’t decided on an ending. But after two sub-par seasons, now may be the perfect time to go out with a bang. They had a good run and its sad to see a good show's death prolonged over multiple seasons.
The Sopranos has always been a long time favourite show of mine. And to read some guy saying that Buffy is what real TV is about and the Sopranos should be axed this is a disgrace. The show gets in the heart and soul of the Mafia and family life just like "THE GODFATHER Trilogy", it gets to the heart and soul of each individual. Being a TV show you can get a new insight in to a character each week, it is a action packed drama and having Gandolfini as the front man dosn't hurt either. The Emmy's it has won a deserved and long over due. This series its most definitely up there with some of the greatest TV shows of all time like "Sienfeld", "The Simpsons" and for the Australian out there "The Glass House". And for "Buffy, Angel, Dark Angel" and the rest of the crap on TV these days The Sopranos gives a raw and passion back to the TV and more producers should take the lead and support the good TV that can be made instead of the crap that is coming around and around and around on the TV these days.
Tony Soprano is the head of a mob boss. basically he has family problems and emotional problems to deal with. This show gets better every season and is the best thing ever on hbo. Possibly it is the best thing on televison. This is why they are having a problem ending the show because no one wants it over.
Now when i see people who havnt actually seen sopranos before, they normally reply with stuff like, i would but mah ive seen "The Godfather" or "Goodfellas", what they obviously don't understand is that the Sopranos is not them, it isnt same at all really. The Godfather is about the Corleone, and Goodfellas is about three wise-guys, well Sopranos as both of them in, and much more. For one the thing that is so scary about Sopranos is how realistic it probaly is.
Tony Soprano is the main charecter in the show, hes the boss of the Soprano family, however while dealing with the stress that is his crew, he has other serious issues on his mind, his two adolescence children, whom have their own troubles considering theyre dad is in the mob, and most people know it. But this isnt the only problem for Tony, he also suffers panic attacks, so seeing a person like Tony who is known to the public as this tough guy just collapse now and then, and even see him getting teary with his psychiartrist is very intriging, and unigue, this is David Chase excellant gift, he has written a masterpeice in the charecter of Tony.
But one of the real interesting parts of the show is the FBI, and how far they go throughout the 5 seasons to try and get something on Tony to no aveil is truly brilliant, theyve had rats, 1 which was Tony's best friend, and he had nothing, Tony's nephews fiance, again nothing, these two did'nt really want to rat out of course, but they simply couldnt do the time. The FBI has also had mics all in tony's house, tapped his phones. Will they ever catch him?
For me this show is a real classic, everything about it is awesome, The Family, The Real Family, the Police always Trying to catch Tony, however hard it truly is, the characters, the acting, and the writing!
Buy all seasons on dvd now. $100 (or £50 and lower in sales) is bargain for something this great. seriously.
This is a t.v. show I am somewhat conflicted about. Being from New Jersey, I sometimes wonder if it gives the implication that being from Jersey or being (even part) of Italian extraction is somehow an indicator of being mobbed up; but be that as it may, this is a good show.
I especially like the conflict within Tony. I liked how Carmella evolved, and hope somehow she'll end up being happy, whether with Furio or with someone else.
I think the initial draw for me was wondering from week to week, who was going to get "whacked."
Sad to see DiMatteo's character get whacked; in a sense they did her a favor. Ever have IBS? She had to have been in misery.
This has to be one of the best series of all time for writing, production quality, acting, and pretty much everything else. I missed the first few seasons as the concept didn't interest me too much; after getting into Mafia films I decided I wanted to watch The Sopranos, but realised I had missed too much as Season 4 was starting. Luckily, one of my mates had the first 3 seasons on DVD and so I watched them all in a few weeks. I was hooked from the Pilot, James Gandolfini plays Tony Soprano to perfection; the supporting cast are also outstanding - in particular Silvio made me laugh through the first season with his Godfather impressions and Paulie is just funny in general. The way the show goes from family life to mob "Business" is amazing, and the scenes in the psychiatrists office are inspired - the character of Dr. Melfi is played brilliantly and brings a dynamic to the show that just makes it all the more impressive. Season 3 was a bit weaker and slower than the others but was still excellent; the recent season (5) was one of the best and Steve Buscemi brought some more star quality into the series. Generally, this series shows no sign of lowering its standards; Season 6 should bring the story to a great finale and the only criticism I have for the show as a whole is the gap between seasons.
The Sopranos has to be one of the greatest and most original shows ever made. The acting is absolutely superb and my favorite part of the show is how they mix up the story. Its not constantly about killing others like a typical Mafia movie. This show mixes it up with family, friends and made guys. You just have to love the show...
I am sick and tired of all the fuss over this show. This show glorifies the mob and murder, and I think it sends a very bad message to the young people of America. HBO needs to can this show pronto. I do not watch HBO anymore, because this show is still on its airspace.
All the Sopranos is is this. A useless attempt at a amle soap opera. Not only does this show lack quality but its over hyped to boot. I should sue HBO for cruel and unusual punishment. It was a complete waste of my time and I am almost posotive it killed my brain cells. This show deffinetly takes the "Italian thing" way to far. I spend a lot of time around people of such decent and the stereotype is apauling. I can say nothing nice about this series. It is useless and its veiwers are brainless idiots who are transposing themselves into a world where they copuld get respect. not going to happen.
I never seen a mob movie I didn't like. lol Seriously, this is the best tv show in years. ...was my favorite until DEADWOOD came out. I'm a huge fan! Can be funny as all get out, too! I can't wait until the next season! Gee, they're taking their sweet time between seasons. It better be good!
Na Na Na NA Nanannana Hey Hey GOOD BYE. Na Na Na NA Nanannana Hey Hey GOOD BYE. Finally its going to over. I've waited along time for this. This show is so horrible. I know lots of people like it, but I can't stand it at all. Not something for me.
Firstly, if your a fan of Goodfellas, Godfather, A Bronx Tale, etc, then without a single doubt, your gonna love this.
The Sopranos is a great series and contains everything from violence to comedy and loving families, meaning it's alot more then just a gangster drama. The series follows the life of a gangster called Tony Soprano. But he's more then just a mafia boss, he's also a loving, caring family man with a wife and kids. It portrays the way Tony deals with stress and panic attacks, forcing him to visit a shrink. It also shows you Tony's organised crime buisness, and the mishaps that come with it.
It also follows the life of his uncles and nephews and friends, along with his troublesome and disorientated mother. all of this combined makes for humourous yet extreme viewing, of a mob boss whos about to get in touch with his feelings.
It's brilliantly written and acted, and so realistic. One minute Tony is running someone over with a friend's Lexus and sticking a gun in his face. The next minute he's playing video games with his son, it's such a fantastic series.
This show is interesting and I can't quite decide if I like it or not. Some of he story lines I really get into, but so much of it is too grotesque and beyond shocking that I can't quite decide. I think that HBO does a good job of showing these dark shows, yet this is the only one I've even watched.
Easily one of the best dramas to ever hit television. Sensational writing, acting and plotlines. Gandolfini and Falco are absolutely perfect as Tony & Carmella. Season 4 was a downer, but they recovered nicely in #5. It gave us some of the best episodes in the show's history - with "Long Term Parking" being at the top. The hiatus gives true fans several questions to ponder: Will Johnny Sack's arrest allow Tony to move in on NY's action? WIll Christopher or Paulie be the first to go over the edge? Will Tony stay loyal to Carmella, or will Dr Melfi be a factor? Will AJ become the son Tony really hopes for, and most importantly: what ever DID happen to the Russian from "Pine Barrens?" I can't wait to find out.
The Sopranos is absolutly fabulous. Filled with original characters, suspensful action, and ground breaking drama. One of the things I like the most about The Sopranos is the symbolism and thought provoking conversations. When watching this show you will fall in love with characters such as Big Pussy, Tony Soprano, and Paulie Walnuts. Although the show occasionaly feels slow paced you will love evey moment spent with the Soprano family. This show seems very realistic in showing how stressful it would be trying to hold together a failing marriage, raise rebellious kids, and keep matters straight at "work". The Sopranos comes highly recomended.
This show according to me is the best show on TV ever. Its is cutting edge it has great writing, it has a great cast, it has guest directors such as Steve Bushemi, it has great music and has been nominated and won a ton of emmy's. This show is the best medium for mob life to be seen. Keeping true to the mob scene set by Coppola and Scorcessi this show takes you in deeper to the mafia and the people that make it up. James Gandolphini is the best on screen mafia skipper I have ever seen and is also a career rebuilding role for great actors like Joe Pantiliano aka Joey Pants. So if you are in the mood for a great mob show with grwat writing and great acting then what are you waiting for this show sets the bar high for media mafia related.
Just like the new-age mob boss lives, the Sopranos is wild, and action packed. These seasons have been awesome, and one of the best TV shows on TV. I personally own the seasons, and love this show. I wish they would keep making more episodes.
Watching this show once will have you beggin for more
I have to be honest The Sopranos is the reason I have HBO again. We bought my father The Sopranos first season on DVD for Christmas when it came out, we had heard good things about it, and he liked all of the mafia movies. We started watching the episodes every night at my parents house, we were all hooked I think we watched a few episodes each night until we had finished, we couldn't wait for HBO to show the new episodes. The writing is top of the line, the actors do a great job making you feel for their characters. Tony Soprano surprises you every episode. Once again I'm sitting waiting for the new season.
The Sopranos- This has to be the best Drama series i have ever seen. I hope The Sopranos is around for a long time. Not only do we see Life in The Mob, But we also get to see a little italian Culture. Im from The West Coast So the only Italian-americans i get to see are the guys in This Show. There is no better character in television than an Italian Mob Boss. Great Acting, Great Story line..i love it .
I love this show! Sunday nights are turning into my favorite. Season 5 is the best ever! Season 6 is going to be greater!Tony Soprano is the ultimate mob boss. HBO should renwe it for another season after the sixth one. One of the greatest dramas and shows in television history.
What can I say about this show? Actually nothing because it speaks for itself. The script is great with a very good story, the actors are great, and no doubt why they have win all the awards. James Gandolfini is simply perfect for his role. HBO is giving television some great shows, like this one, Six Feet Under, Carnivale, and all the others. No other show right now give us sex and violence like this, and for me, is great to see something different and not only the same "family" or "teen" shows. This is definetly one hell of a show and I really hope there will be a 7th and more seasons.
I live for the Sopranos each season. The writing is so good, you stay glued to the T.V. the entire episode, and it just keeps getting better and better. It makes me really happy to know that there is talk bout this not being the last season. Keep your fingers crossed!
The Sopranos is the best drama ever, hands down! This show is always on edge and will keep you watching once you start. I just can't believe that we all have to wait till 2006 for the next season. I hope with a wait like that, the next season is good. Im sure it will be, but still, thats quite a wait.
Both brutal and intellectually captivating, this show is at the pinnacles of entertainment. While some episodes may seem slow, if you watch the series from episode one on and establish a connection with the characters, this show is hard to ignore. I highly recommend watching all of season 1 first on dvd for anyone interested in this show as it really set to establish this show. After that the series only gets stronger as it deals more in depth with family life and such. So for anyone that likes mobster themes or even psychology, yes this show even has loads of psychological symbolism in it, this show is an absolute MUST SEE.
My final review: By far one of the best shows on TV. Few shows get the rank of MUST SEE, but this one does.
Unlike past seasons that have had a mix of both solid and disappointing commentary tracks, season five leans more to the kind of second-rate commentaries that David Chase records, with a whole lot of talking but a lack of something interesting actually being said. All the audio tracks are done by the respective episode’s director, except for “Long Term Parking,” which is recorded by actress Drea de Matteo. The best track out of all the commentaries is Steve Buscemi’s (“In Camelot”), which is to be expected, since he is probably the most talented guy on the show, but it’s likely that most fans are happy to see that HBO has finally delivered a commentary by one of the regular cast members. Unfortunately, Drea's is the worst track of the entire season. She doesn’t offer much in-depth detail into the making of the show, but instead blabs on about how much she loves Adrianna’s nails, or how long make-up took every day to bring her character to life.
I would have given this a 10 if the fourth season didn't fall so far off the map. Season 5 redeemed the show with a bullet- and finally the Adriana subplot was slammed shut. My high rating is for entertainment value alone- I personally don't find the writing to be as sharp as it once was- it seems stuck in the same cycle where a loose cannon enters the family and is in time dealt with. I don't even see much character development and yet surprisingly none of this matters much. Chalk it all up to Gandolfini's hypnotizing performance....
Going in line with the great mob classics of "The Godfather trilogy, and Goodfellas", i think luckily for us "The Sopranos" was not just a one time movie event. We have been lucky to have 5 great seasons, and many of us cannot wait until the sixth. I think what stood out for me about the show was the fact that you could pull for a guy like Tony Soprano no matter what kind of person he is. It never crossed my mind how a mob gangster could have the same family stresses as the average american family. I think just following how Tony handles his stresses about family, and his personal buisness is what keeps me watching every season. Also the fact that Tony likes to solve his stresses with the infamous whacking of relatives,enemies, and friends. A great show that is totally worth all the hype.
The Sopranos to me is the greatest show on television to date and in my opinion of all time. James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano plays probably the most recognizable and strongest characters around. I love watching the characters from season one until now and how they have grown and how some have went backwards. Of course I love the mob part of the show I am a mob true crime book fanatic too but it's the fact that we get to experience by watching the everyday life of a gangster and his family. Also the fact that it's not just a mobster it's a Mob boss and not a boss of a major New York family but New Jersey. This makes it unique and intriguing in itself. It would have been easy and typical to have picked a New York mob boss but that's been done before here you have the Boss of a small crime family with ties to New York families due to busness ventures of a lucrative amount such as construction. The beauty of the show too is the characters and how they are developed take Johny Sack for instance you barely see him in season one and two a little more in three, a regular in 4 and 5 before going to the can he is made head of NY family and is Tony's main ally slash nemesis. The waits between seasons are awful but when the show comes back you enjoy it that much more the waiting builds up your excitement until boom there it is another amazing season of television at it's fines.