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

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Detroit Free Press
    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]
  2. Newsday
    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. The New York Times
    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. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Apr 1, 2013
    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. Arizona Republic
    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. Orlando Sentinel
    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: 34 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. May 17, 2012
    10
    The show deserves 11 but metacritic limit at 10. I bet James shows up on the street and people start calling him Tony Soprano. The script, theThe show deserves 11 but metacritic limit at 10. I bet James shows up on the street and people start calling him Tony Soprano. The script, the acting all top notch second to none. A must-watch for all TV zealots. Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2011
    10
    What else to say except that this is likely the best, most compelling show in the history of television? The acting and the writing areWhat else to say except that this is likely the best, most compelling show in the history of television? The acting and the writing are superb. Like a brilliant 60-hour movie. Expand
  3. 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,(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
  4. Jul 28, 2013
    10
    Everything about this show is great, gritty, dark humor, drama, action Acting subtle and spot on,great pacing for story Nice trip down aEverything about this show is great, gritty, dark humor, drama, action Acting subtle and spot on,great pacing for story Nice trip down a dark alley and executing a perfect hit Expand
  5. Dec 21, 2016
    10
    HBO is now (quite rightly) regarded in high esteem when it comes to making television dramas and The Sopranos is certainly one of the showsHBO is now (quite rightly) regarded in high esteem when it comes to making television dramas and The Sopranos is certainly one of the shows that helped them cement that reputation.

    Often credited with kicking off the so called “golden age” of television the show follows the life of mob boss Tony Soprano as he tries to balance his business responsibilities with family life. Having recently re-watched this first season it really highlighted just how simplistic and uninteresting the majority of other TV shows are in comparison as, right from the pilot, The Sopranos does a fantastic job of balancing out the lives and arcs of practically every major cast member treating viewers to one of the most complex character studies ever witnessed on screen. Add this to a fantastic cast that play their roles to perfection and you have a program of rare quality.
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  6. Sep 26, 2011
    10
    I enjoyed the series very much.
  7. 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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