• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Lee Winfrey
    Apr 1, 2013
    100
    Home Box Office has telecast several of the most scintillating series of this decade, notably The Larry Sanders Show, Oz, Arli$$, and Sex and the City. You can safely add The Sopranos to that glittering gallery. [10 Jan 1999, p.F01]
  3. 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]
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Jubera
    Apr 1, 2013
    100
    By getting the details so right on something so peculiar and particular as this, The Sopranos actually opens a clear window onto modern incarnations of family and mortality and ambition. [9 Jan 1999, p.E05]
  5. 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]
  6. 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]
  7. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    91
    It has intelligence and feeling and brutality. The Sopranos hits all the notes.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 1, 2013
    90
    I'm not a huge fan of Mafia stories, but after watching several episodes of The Sopranos, I'm hooked. This is not the same old drama foisted on viewers by the networks. The Sopranos, created by David Chase ("I'll Fly Away"), has depth, dark humor and even a latent charm. The characters, unavoidably stereotypical at times, are believable and honest. [10 Jan 1999, p.G-5]
  9. Reviewed by: Manuel Mendoza
    Apr 1, 2013
    90
    Along with the material, Mr. Gandolfini is so good that viewers will sympathize even as they shudder. [9 Jan 1999, p.1C]
  10. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Apr 1, 2013
    90
    No, The Sopranos is not the equal of Scorsese's masterpiece ["Goodfellas"], but it manages to bring a new spin to the words "dysfunctional" and "family," and it deserves its place alongside other HBO gems like "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Sex and the City." [9 Jan 1999, p.C1]
  11. 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]
  12. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Apr 1, 2013
    90
    From these visits spin every Soprano tale --- some morose, some wickedly funny, all uncommonly personal --- and its distinctive tone will capture a patient audience looking for an intelligent episodic that isn't sex and shoot-'em-ups. [4 Jan 1999, p.67]
  13. 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]
  14. Reviewed by: Ginia Bellafante
    Jul 1, 2013
    80
    While refraining from slapping the comedy on too thick, creator David Chase has made Soprano's inward search surprisingly affecting.
  15. 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]
  16. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Apr 1, 2013
    80
    It's an absurdist comedy about criminal behavior and suburban life that gently mocks its targets while taking its characters and their emotions seriously. [9 Jan 1999, p.23]
  17. Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Apr 1, 2013
    80
    It is every bit as smart as you would expect something from Chase to be. It's built more on the limited-run model of British television than standard network fare. [9 Jan 1999, p.1E]
  18. Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    Apr 1, 2013
    80
    It's a bumpy, wild ride that has all the dark humor, surprising twists and sudden outbursts of violence of a "GoodFellas" or a "Casino" high praise and tough comparisons, but The Sopranos lives up to them. [8 Jan 1999, p.116]
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Apr 1, 2013
    75
    The Sopranos would have benefited from the editing required by network time and content restraints, which would have made the rambling episodes tighter and cleared them of their worst blood and exposed-breast excesses. [8 Jan 1999, p.8E]
  20. 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]
User Score
9.5

Universal acclaim- based on 249 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    I enjoyed the series very much.
  2. Aug 22, 2010
    10
    It's Goodfellas on steroids. James Gandolfini's performance was truly genius. I can't imagine anyone could have done a better job as Tony Soprano.
  3. 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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