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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, David Proval
  • 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: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Jammed with characters and story lines, it has a Dickensian quality in its ability to capture time and place with precision. It is almost never predictable, avoiding the cliches of the Mafia genre even while it revels in them. Just when you think a story line is going in a particular direction, the show will suddenly shift gears and veer off into unfamiliar terrain without stretching plausibility to the breaking point. [16 Jan 2000]
  2. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    100
    Critics justly extolled The Sopranos for its brilliant blend of compelling drama and mordant humor, and the first three episodes of 2000 contain no signs of slippage.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Peyser
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    It's every bit as addictive as the first year (based on the three episodes given to critics). Though the first installment is a bit choppy, the second and third are filled with the kind of surprising stories, nuanced acting and hard-won redemption that make the show feel more like a mini-movie than a mere hour of TV. [17 Jan 2000]
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Can the second season possibly be as good as the first? Judging from the first three new episodes, the answer isn't just "yes." The answer is that it might be even better. [16 Jan 2000]
  5. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Even this early 'The Sopranos' has displayed the depth that is its most stunning quality.
  6. 100
    Befitting its title, "The Sopranos" plays out like an opera; sweeping, subtle currents change directions gradually but powerfully. [16 Jan 2000]
  7. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 19, 2013
    60
    I'll grant you the Soprano family story is vividly told and colorfully acted, but the mob intrigue can be grim, disturbing and tiresome. [16 Jan 2000]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 16, 2012
    10
    Dysfunctional family continues...but it is better to watch other screwed up people so you forget about own. Momma Soprano believable! I'm sure Italian gangsta wannabes imitate Hollywood fantasy. Forgett aboudit! Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2013
    10
    Every season of the sopranos is getting a 10 from me, along with the wire?

    you ask me why? because i dont have an 11 button.

    along with
    the wire, one of the shows that completely revolutionised television. there are others that can be compared, even favourably, and there are forerunners and worthy successors, but these two shows pretty much dropped the bomb on tv.

    the sopranos is better than the wire for me, but its an apples and oranges thing. this show is endlessly fascinating, incredibly rich, and effortlessly reflective of america itself. the wire further deconstructed the episodic shackles of television, and the idiot drive to pacify an audience, but the sopranos owned the narrative perspective, and the cynical portrait of the larger world it is set in. we got to know the city of omars baltimore real well from watching the wire. but tonys america is the world we are living in.

    as american as the simpsons.
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  3. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    fantastic sopranos!
  4. Sep 13, 2013
    10
    The best season of The Sopranos for me, not only for its subject of gangsters, but magnificent performances, a plot better prepared than the first, the appearance of one of the most charismatic antagonists that had The Sopranos, Richie Aprile, and of course the figure of Tony as the dearest Gangster tv, a masterpiece. Expand
  5. Oct 8, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. The first season was amazing but the second season was so disappointing. You knew from the very beginning of the season that it was a build up to Tony killed Big **** for being a snitch. The addition of Richie was a poor one, I didn't care for the actor who played him and I felt that as a main sort of antagonist for the season he wasnt written that good. Very disappointed with this season. Expand

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