"The Sopranos" (1999-2007) | Sam Gall TV Review Issue #3 Gem Mint 10.0


“The Sopranos“ (1999-2007)

Creator: David Chase

Director: Timothy Van Patten, John Paterson, Allen Coulter, Alan Taylor, Henry bronchtein, Jack Bender, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Attias, David Chase, Nick Gomez, Matthew Penn, Lorraine Senna, Peter Bogdanovich, Steve Shill, Terence Winter & more

Writer: David Chase, Terence Winter, Mitchell Burgess, Robin Green, Matthew Weiner, Frank Renzulli, Michael Imperioli, Todd A. Kessler, James Manos Junior, Timothy Van Patten, Diane Frolov & more

Starring: James Gandolfini, Edie Flaco, Michael Imperioli, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Tony Sirico, Steven Van Sandt, Robert Iler, Drea de Matteo, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, John Ventimiglia, Steve Buscemi, Frank Vincent, Nancy Marchand & more

Rated: TV-MA

Runtime: 55min

Genre: Crime | Drama

Country: United States

Language: English | Italian | Russian

Available on: HBO Max and Various Platforms


"New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling."


You might like this if you like: Crime, Drama, Italy, New Jersey, Gangster/Mobster Movies, Action, Thrillers, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Therapy, Romance, Family Stories, Mental Illness, David Chase, James Gandolfini, Edie Flaco, Michael Imperioli, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Lorraine Bracco, Tony Sirico, Steven Van Sandt, Robert Iler, Drea de Matteo, Dominic Chianese, Steve Schirripa, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, John Ventimiglia, Steve Buscemi, Frank Vincent, Nancy Marchand


James Gandolfini (left) & Edie Falco (right) in "The Sopranos" (1999-2007)


Being much too young to watch this when it originally aired, I caught this show in my adulthood when I could truly appreciate it for what it was and has jumped to the top of some of the most respected works of art I’ve ever witnessed.


I was a big fan growing up of Italian gangster films, like "The Godfather" (1972) or “Goodfellas” (1990), so it never made any sense why it took me so long to get around to this one. As a kid I remember seeing glimpses of it on TV, in particular, one of the most violent scenes I could could’ve witness and that’s where I learned what ‘curb stomping’ meant.


Michael Imperioli (left), Steven Van Zandt (middle) & James Gandolfini (right) in "The Sopranos" (1999-2007)

James Gandolfini took my heart away with this show! I could’ve watched that man perform for hours straight! I wish we could’ve seen more of Gandolfini before he passed, but I’m thankful for what he gave us and am continually inspired by his work and dedication to character. 'Tony Soprano' has outweighed all my favorite on-screen gangsters, but maybe that’s because we got to live with him for so long over the course of 86 hour long episodes. That’s over 5,000 hours of 'Tony Soprano'. Compared to the normal 2-3 we get in films. We got the day in the life, the intimate, the little moments, the humanity of a ‘gangster’ and getting to see more inside the mind of him.


Nancy Marchand (left) & Dominic Chianese (right) in "The Sopranos" (1999-2007)


Speaking of inside the mind of him, Lorraine Bracco is the mastermind therapist who allows us to get inside the head of mob boss 'Tony Soprano'. It’s one of my favorite elements of the show, breaking down the toughest of the tough and we get a therapy session almost every episode. It’s the heart of the show. It’s the heart of 'Tony Soprano' we get to see in there. Bracco’s been stuck in my mind ever since I saw her in Martin Scorsese’s “Goodfellas” (1990) and was so pleased to see she was a regular on “The Sopranos” (1999-2007). It makes all the meta-references in the show to “Goodfellas” (1990) all the more enjoyable!


There’s more than just a couple people from “Goodfellas” (1990) that made it into “The Sopranos” (1999-2007), but Michael Imperioli might be my most memorable part of watching “Goodfellas” (1990) as the poor bartender/waiter who gets shot by Joe Pesci’s character. He truly gets to shine in ways unimaginable in this show as ‘Christopher Moltisanti’! One of my favorite characters!


Lorraine Bracco in "The Sopranos" (1999-2007)


Edie Falco, who plays 'Tony Soprano'’s wife, is what makes this show work so god d*** well! She’s the toughest person in this show by far! Seeing her side by side with James Gandolfini in a scene is like nothing else! They are magic together on the screen, whether it’s heated or sweet, or anywhere in the middle, it’s their chemistry that has captured me so in this show!


From Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steven Van Zandt, to Dominic Chianese, and so many others, this show really has an incredible ensemble that help create the intricate and exciting universe that is “The Sopranos” (1999-2007). Not to mention all the incredible season cameos and guest stars that grace this show with their presence as well!


Michael Imperioli (left) & Drea de Matteo (right) in "The Sopranos" (1999-2007)


It broke the walls of what a hero and villain could mean, giving us the first true anti-hero that we fell in love with on the television. “The Sopranos” (1999-2007) has paved the way for some of the biggest hits of today’s generation and more, from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” to Showtime’s “Dexter” and so many more! “Dexter” remained a favorite for years, then I saw where it came from and had to give my respect to the original.. “The Sopranos” may take the cake for my favorite show of all time.


Robert Iler (left), James Gandolfini (middle, left), Jamie-Lynn Sigler (middle, right) & Edie Falco (right) in "The Sopranos" (1999-2007)

It warms my heart to see James Gandolfini’s son, Michael Gandolfini, taking the mantle to a degree, and getting to play a young ‘Tony Soprano’ in the upcoming prequel film “The Many Saints of Newark” (2021) which will be directed by “The Sopranos” (1999-2007) creator David Chase. The old team really is getting back together in new and exciting ways! I can’t wait!


Written by Sam Gall on 08/10/21


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


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