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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
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9.5

Universal acclaim- based on 228 Ratings

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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: 29 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 0 out of 29
  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 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. Oct 4, 2011
    10
    I just started watching The Sopranos a few days ago and I gotta say I am very impressed. I dont know what it is about the show but it has that effect that just sucks you in. The storylines are great, The acting is wonderful, Every part of the show is just great. I really enjoyed this season, Cant wait for season 2. Expand
  3. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    I enjoyed the series very much.
  4. Mar 19, 2013
    10
    This is the best show ever made. It's not just a tv show about mafia filled with clichè, it's a story of real people making real choices, perfect acting, standing ovation screenplay, the show just gets better and better with time. There are some weak fillers episodes but generally Gandolfini is such a real and magnificent character. All his family, and friends and other bosses are just perfect. This is the highest point a tv show ever reached, "Lost" had his chance but some weak seasons and very confusional screenwriting in season 3 and 4 ruined a bit the magic it had. Expand
  5. Dec 31, 2013
    10
    The best first season ever to exist on television. The Sopranos is smart, funny, dramatic, compelling, riveting, every episode feels like a well thought out film.

    The Sopranos gets a 9.6/10
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  6. 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, 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
  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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