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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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  • Starring: Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, James Gandolfini
  • 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:
    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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Apr 1, 2013
    100
    Gandolfini and Falco are excellent, as is the supporting work of Imperioli and others. And that grande dame of troupers, Marchand, is so coldbloodedly plausible as Livia that her eyes are ice and you can almost hear her heart freezing over. [8 Jan 1999, p.F1]
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Jan 16, 2012
    10
    Bada Bing! Still watch early episodes that kicked off this hit...Everything blends from opening to characters. It may have stereotyped some Italians which mobs were forgotten about decades ago only to remind again. Expand
  2. 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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  3. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    I enjoyed the series very much.
  4. Oct 30, 2012
    10
    Best TV show of all time. Loved this! such good twists. Every season gets better and better as it progresses. Loved it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!¬!!!!!!!!!!! Expand
  5. Sep 22, 2013
    10
    The best TV series ever! Gritty, suspenseful, hilarious, emotional, important. Great writing and acting topped off with the best collection of characters ever put on a TV screen. Best episodes: The Sopranos, Pine Barrens and Whitecaps. Expand
  6. Feb 1, 2014
    10
    American television at its finest, 'The Sopranos' is an excellently written drama about modern Mafia and the colorful Mafioso's that head the organized crime. The chemistry's between Tony Soprano and his therapist, wife, and mother are dynamic and contrasting of each other, it gives James Gandolfini a much difficult time to act out this complexity, but he pulls it off. The violence, sex, and ribaldry is curved around it neatly (if I can say that) to a certain balance. I am so sorry that he had to go, he was an amazing actor. Expand
  7. Sep 2, 2013
    9
    I'm sorry that we lost the series.
    The ending was strange for many people, but I think it reflected what it's all about epic. Tony was a
    sympathetic mobster who is where the luck of where the intelligence thanks to all survivors and all those who turned against him. Expand

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