The Sopranos : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 1999
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  • Summary: 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: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.
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  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Apr 1, 2013
    100
    This is sophisticated television that assumes there is an intelligent audience for well-written, off-center, ambitious entertainment. David Chase has created a contemporary mob masterpiece. The Sopranos, make no mistake, is the first truly great TV show of 1999. [8 Jan 1999, p.1D]
  2. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Apr 1, 2013
    100
    It's a great show, the best new series of the year. It's so - dare I say it? - original. It catches you off guard. Basically, it's everything I'm always looking for in drama. It's beautifully written, authentic, without the plastic Los Angeles look. The acting is marvelous. It's funny in a darkly comedic way, involving as a soap opera, and quirky. I never quite know what's going to happen, even though the subject matter is by no means unprecedented for television. [10 Jan 1999, p.D35]
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    100
    The series is full of surprises ... And as Tony, Gandolfini gives a magnificently shrewd, wary performance. If, like me, you thought you never wanted to watch another Mob story, be sure to check this out.
  4. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Apr 1, 2013
    90
    Combining dark comedy and psychological drama, the show achieves a fresh tone to match its irresistibly winning concept. [8 Jan 1999, p.E1]
  5. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Apr 1, 2013
    88
    In the self-doubting Tony, his sullen kids, not-so-patient wife, querulous mother and incompetent business associates, Chase may have accomplished what seemed impossible -- he's created something new in the Mafia-movie genre. [10 Jan 1999, p.TV6]
  6. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: David Walker
    Apr 1, 2013
    80
    The Sopranos, which lovingly embraces its debt to The Godfather movies,offers TV viewers an option they should not refuse. [10 Jan 1999, p.7E]
  7. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Apr 1, 2013
    50
    The series has some potent black humor and good acting, especially from Nancy Marchand as the mobster's mom and Edie Falco as his wife...But a gangster's midlife crisis is a weak, unpalatable premise for a series. The Sopranos makes an offer you can refuse. [10 Jan 1999, p.F1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Feb 24, 2012
    10
    It is rare to watch a show that is written, directed and acted so well that you can't believe it's not real. The Sopranos takes the ItalianIt is rare to watch a show that is written, directed and acted so well that you can't believe it's not real. The Sopranos takes the Italian mafia, a group that have come to be portrayed as almost mythical in classic films, and presents it in a more human and more believable way. James Gandolfini's portrayal of Tony Soprano is an acting masterclass. This show is seriously difficult to fault. Expand
  2. May 29, 2011
    10
    Truly outstanding, the entire cast were spot on, and with such a cutting edge story it is hard to come by. I feel upset for the people whoTruly outstanding, the entire cast were spot on, and with such a cutting edge story it is hard to come by. I feel upset for the people who have yet to watch the godsend which is The Sopranos Expand
  3. Apr 8, 2014
    10
    (Spoiler Free(Who says is a dangerous business. Danger is one thing Tony Soprano carries in his bag of guilt but as we learn about a troubled,(Spoiler Free(Who says is a dangerous business. Danger is one thing Tony Soprano carries in his bag of guilt but as we learn about a troubled, anger driven, animal loving crime fighting mob boss is that respect comes in all different shapes and sizes. Egos hover down New Jersey 24/7. No warnings are given when something wrong is done or failing to produce an envelope to Captains. Tony's unique balance between his occupation and being a father to a son labelled as Tony's son as opposed to Anthony Junior at school and a daughter taking a route through University is not easy however Tony aims to make it right.. David Chase and his writers produce one hell of a anti-hero. Although its controversial pick on the Italian American stereotype lifestyle its also funny at times with classic one-liners but could turn serious within a second. It deserves all the plaudits it gets and emmys. Buy the Box set of this masterpiece and get ready to see the life of a modern day godfather 10/10 Expand
  4. Jun 15, 2013
    10
    One of the greatest seasons of a series that I've ever seen... the screenplay is brilliant like the actors....James Gandolfini is theOne of the greatest seasons of a series that I've ever seen... the screenplay is brilliant like the actors....James Gandolfini is the boss.......absolutely Expand
  5. May 1, 2014
    10
    Season 1 of many great shows (The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men) always seem to be rated too low for my liking on this website. Probably theSeason 1 of many great shows (The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men) always seem to be rated too low for my liking on this website. Probably the best season of the Sopranos, along with Season 3 and Season 6 Part 1 Expand
  6. Aug 2, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I just finished the last episode after 3 months of watching the whole 6 seasons... What can I say? How is it possible to love a character that kills/ or tries to / or orders the kill (even members from his own family), cheat his wife episode after episode, extort, sells protection, sells drugs, steals and sells the loot and the list goes on? Yet again, I loved him... and the end? Even with the spoiler tag will not go into further details.

    Gorgeous from the start to end... Way to go Tony...
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  7. Sep 13, 2014
    5
    A ok story with a great actor that doesn't seem to fill the role of a godfather, he looks like the guy that would get slapped around in middleA ok story with a great actor that doesn't seem to fill the role of a godfather, he looks like the guy that would get slapped around in middle school and have no luck with the ladies but did a fantastic job at his role.

    The story is quite a bore with nothing going on but drama, there is hardly any action and the lead character is nothing but a QQ drama queen, who cares only of himself which is the opposite of a family. The show doesn't have any good depth on their business model except show up to a store collect money. They have more conflict with each other than they do with anyone else it's a huge disappointment for a gangster film.
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