• Network: HBO
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 10, 1999
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
97

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Chase has kept his vision unspoiled despite the torrents of praise, hyperbole, and Emmy nomination that have rained down on his show. Yes, the exhilarating sense of discovery that electrified the first season of "The Sopranos" is gone; the first cut is always the deepest. But last season's revelatory buzz is replaced by a certainty that this show has got legs, that the writing is as comic and edgy as ever, and that Chase has a few new monsters up his sleeve. [14 Jan 2000]
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    As fine as these opening episodes are, they're not quite as good as last season's final run. [14 Jan 2000]
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 19, 2013
    88
    The second season is as good as the first -- just different. [13 Jan 2000]
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    Miraculous ... One of the myriad greatnesses of The Sopranos is that, to paraphrase the Godfather paraphrase that Steven Van Zandt's Silvio frequently quotes, it keeps pulling you back in — back in on yourself, appealing to your basest instincts, to your fundamental urge to hear a bloody story well told.
  5. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The story's a good one, all right, and beautifully related--but there's a lot more going on in "The Sopranos" than good storytelling. This is one of the most unpretentiously profound and troubling dramas in the history of American television. [16 Jan 2000]
  6. 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]
  7. 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.
  8. 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]
  9. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jul 19, 2013
    90
    Viewers should expect a bit of exposition before the series shifts into high gear. By the third episode, bada bing, it's off and running. [13 Jan 2000]
  10. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Arguably the best reason to own a TV set.
  11. Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Watching the first couple of episodes once again I am marveling at how good the show really is. [16 Jan 2000]
  12. 100
    Befitting its title, "The Sopranos" plays out like an opera; sweeping, subtle currents change directions gradually but powerfully. [16 Jan 2000]
  13. Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos" ... continues to shock, stun and amaze. It is why you get HBO, why you get cable, why you get a television. [12 Jan 2000]
  14. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    [It] could be the best TV series of our times. Not for everyone, no. But for what it is, The Sopranos is near magical. [16 Jan 2000]
  15. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos," with 13 hours a year to work with instead of a feature film's 2 1/2, tops, has the time to show the way human communication really works: Matters of the greatest consequence stem from misunderstandings and misinterpretations. It insinuates viewers so thoroughly and convincingly into the soul of a man like Tony Soprano that the result becomes universal. [14 Jan 2000]
  16. Reviewed by: Phil Gallo
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    It's difficult to single out any particular aspect of the show: It's just plain brilliant. [13 Jan 2000]
  17. 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]
  18. Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    As unpredictably thrilling as ever. [15 Jan 2000]
  19. Reviewed by: Caryn James
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    Even this early 'The Sopranos' has displayed the depth that is its most stunning quality.
  20. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    "The Sopranos" remains a showcase for ferociously distinctive writing, inventive direction and brilliant portrayals of surprisingly, even disturbingly, sympathetic multilayered characters by a perfectly cast group of actors who hold back nothing. [14 Jan 2000]
  21. Reviewed by: Monica Collins
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The new episodes are brilliant, proving the first season wasn't a fantastic fluke. [14 Jan 2000]
  22. Reviewed by: Terry Jackson
    Jul 19, 2013
    90
    As outstanding as The Sopranos has been, and as terrific as it could be in the long run, it will never have the reach or pop-culture impact of Seinfeld or ER, much less M*A*S*H or even Saturday Night Live - all true TV icons of the last quarter century. [22 Jan 2000]
  23. 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]
  24. 100
    Anyone who doesn't think this is the best drama on television should have his head examined. [16 Jan 2000]
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. 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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  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    10
    fantastic sopranos!