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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, Steve Schirripa
  • 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: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. "The Sopranos" has renewed and refreshed its ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    The new Sopranos is as good as it's ever been -- ruthlessly emotional, cuttingly funny and frightening.
  3. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The [first episode], along with two other episodes sent to critics, dispels any of last year's feeling that The Sopranos was losing a little steam. They demonstrate a constant ability to surprise. [4 Mar 2001]
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    TV's greatest show. [4 Mar 2001]
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    It is a show driven not so much by story line as by story telling. We may never have seen a TV program so adept at painting brilliant little vignettes that have nothing to do with anything except the sheer pleasure of watching a scene unfold or hearing pitch-perfect dialogue. [3 Mar 2001]
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jul 19, 2013
    100
    The show is as darkly gleeful as ever, shrewdly and even elegantly put together and, in a way that perhaps no other TV drama series has ever been, troublingly seductive and irresistible. [3 Mar 2001]
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 19, 2013
    75
    While Sopranos remains one of TV's high-water marks, the first hour hits that mark so slowly you may find yourself wishing Chase were operating under just a tiny bit of network time pressure. [2 Mar 2001]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Aug 26, 2013
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is probably the most consistently written season of the almost flawless Sopranos. More aspects of Tony's personality and opinions of different ethnic groups are revealed and the protection of his daughter's safety and honor are paramount. The season follows the life of Tony's old boss and best friend Jackie Aprile's son, Jackie Jr. The choices he makes and the fatherly advice he accepts weaves itself into Tony's life. Joe Pantoliano makes his debut as Ralph Cifaretto, a not-so-nice gangster who is a continuing problem for Tony. It may be the most re-watchable season of the most re-watchable series ever made. Episode 11: Pine Barrens remains one of the most celebrated episodes in TV history. And Episode 6: University is one of its most controversial. Every episode is like a movie because the quality of acting and directing, guided by impeccable casting is so masterfully done. Tony runs into a new girlfriend, played by Annabella Sciorra, that turns out being...well...complicated, and reminds him of another family member. The show is so good that I only compare episodes and seasons of The Sopranos to one another. There has never been a show where every episode are this good. Breaking Bad is the only show that is close and even that doesn't have the quality of writing, acting, or directing across the board that The Sopranos does. Standout episodes: Every single one of them. I am being serious. It is that good. Watch The Sopranos and then watch it again 20 times like I have. You pick up something new every time. The Sopranos is The Godfather and Citizen Kane of TV. 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.
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  3. Jan 16, 2012
    9
    We get in the mind of a egotistical gangta criminal businessman through his quack to see his con game. The show is winding down into a being regular TV as other shows now...but nothing else compares to it yet Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    9
    Esta tercera temporada baja el ritmo con respecto a su increible segunda temporada, pero aun asi es un aliciente y episodio tras episodio se vuelve cada vez mejor. Expand
  5. Oct 14, 2011
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Season 3 of The Sopranos fails to take it out of the rutt that its been stuck in since season 2. The show really lacks that hard hitting story telling that the first season had. While the acting in the show is great, It really has nothing else going for it at this point.

    This season was pretty much a build up season to kill Jackie Jr (much like they did Big Pus in season 2 when they found out he was a rat and they killed him off in the season finale). The show repeats all that happened in the previous seasons (Tony cheating on his wife, Junior dealing with legal problems and stomach cancer, AJ acting up, Meadow's failed relationships) Its all the same stuff just re-told.

    The show also lacks a good villian and ,imo, that its the huge downfall of the show. You are constantly re-told the same stories over and over again with different variations but the show really lacks that antagonist that could cause trouble for Tony. I thought that it would be Ralph ,who isnt that bad of a character and imo would be a great villian if they had written him that way, but in the end it turned out it wasnt.

    While the show is slightly better then the previous season, The Sopranos has failed to deliver once again.
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