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The Sopranos
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Promotional art from the second season depicting the main cast.
Genre Drama
Created by David Chase
Starring James Gandolfini
Edie Falco
Lorraine Bracco
Michael Imperioli
Dominic Chianese
Steven Van Zandt
Tony Sirico
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Robert Iler
Drea de Matteo
Aida Turturro
Steve Schirripa
Nancy Marchand
Vincent Pastore
Joe Pantoliano
Steve Buscemi
Vincent Curatola
Frank Vincent
John Ventimiglia
Federico Castelluccio
Sharon Angela
Kathrine Narducci
David Proval
Joseph R. Gannascoli
Dan Grimaldi
Opening theme "Woke Up This Morning" (Chosen One Mix)
by Alabama 3
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 86 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Chase
Brad Grey
Ilene S. Landress (Seasons 4–6)
Robin Green & Mitchell Burgess (Seasons 2–5)
Terence Winter (Seasons 5–6)
Matthew Weiner (Season 6, Part 2)
Location(s) New Jersey (primarily in Essex, Bergen, and Hudson counties)
Silvercup Studios
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Picture format Film shown as NTSC or PAL (depending of the country)
480i/576i (SDTV)
720p/1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Dolby Digital 5.1
Original run January 10, 1999 (1999-01-10) – June 10, 2007 (2007-06-10)
Status Ended
External links
Official website
.The Sopranos is an American television drama series created and produced by David Chase.^ Defending the creator, David Chase.

^ David Chase addresses that 'Sopranos' ending.

^ PR.com: I know that David Chase is the writer and creator of The Sopranos .
  • Robert Iler of The Sopranos on Acting, Mob Culture, and Ten Years of Talking Back to Tony Soprano - PR.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.It premiered on premium cable network HBO in the United States on January 10, 1999 and ended its original run of six seasons and 86 episodes on June 10, 2007. The show has also been broadcast on A&E in the United States and internationally.^ June 10, 2007.

^ Episode # 85, originally aired: Sunday June 3, 2007 .
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^ June 29, 2007 10:45 AM .
  • Eureka! Solving 'The Sopranos' - The Sopranos 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

.Set in New Jersey, where it also was produced, the series revolves around mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the often conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads.^ In the center of a plot of a serial of attempt of Toni Soprano (James Gandolfini), the boss of family to save balance between the criminal activity and private life.

^ The Sopranos” revolves around Tony, which meant Gandolfini had an exhausting workload.
  • James Gandolfini looks beyond Tony Soprano - Sopranos- msnbc.com 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.msnbc.msn.com [Source type: General]

^ Life, such as it is for a mobster facing possible criminal indictment, goes on.
  • Tim Goodman. The Bastard Machine : "Sopranos" series finale: "This thing of ours" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]
  • An ending befitting genius of 'Sopranos' 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

.A major commercial and critical success, The Sopranos is the most financially successful cable series in the history of television and is acknowledged as one of the greatest television series of all time and a seminal work of fiction.^ Sopranos” is truly one of the great works of art in history.

^ Tony Soprano is one of the most intriguing and enigmatic characters in the history of television.
  • A Psychological Profile of Tony Soprano 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC ezinearticles.com [Source type: General]

^ That's one of my favorite verbal exchanges from my favorite all-time television series, The Sopranos.
  • Tony Soprano (fictional character) : Tony Soprano (fictional character) News and Photos - Courant.com 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.orlandosentinel.com [Source type: News]
  • Tony Soprano (fictional character) : Tony Soprano (fictional character) News and Photos - Courant.com 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.courant.com [Source type: News]

[1] .The series is noted for its high level of quality in every aspect of production and is particularly recognized for its writing and the performances of its lead actors.^ Actor 2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series James Gandolfini Nominated   112.
  • The Sopranos (1999) - Cast and Crew, News, Reviews 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.whosdatedwho.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On another level, the series contains some of the cinematic qualities, unannounced, of previous gangster masterpieces.
  • Tony's Options: The Sopranos and the Televisuality of the Gangster Genre 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC archive.sensesofcinema.com [Source type: General]

^ Golden Globe 2003 Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama James Gandolfini Nominated   41.
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[2] .The show is credited with bringing a greater level of artistry to the television medium and paving the way for many successful drama series that followed.^ It was the show which brought in a great level of artistry which hundreds of dramas later followed.

^ Television's greatest drama series has only gotten greater.
  • Sopranos, The reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It has been important to strike the right balance of drama, realism, violence, and situational humor in a plot that weaves the lives of the Sopranos characters together like the television series.
  • E3 06: The Sopranos Preshow Q&A - PlayStation 2 Previews at GameSpot 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: General]

[3][4] .It also won numerous awards, including twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes.^ See who won at the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards...
  • Tiger Woods: Worse than Tony Soprano 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.canada.com [Source type: General]

^ If you have any doubt about the popularity of the television series then let me tell you that The Sopranos had won a variety of different awards including twenty one Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.
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^ A part like mobster Christopher Moltisanti in "The Sopranos," for which he was nominated for five Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe, "That is an interesting question, I don't really know.
  • Michael Imperioli, �The Sopranos" Actor Seeks Enlightenment Through Buddhism - New York City, NY - Hamptons.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hamptons.com [Source type: General]

.A staple of 2000s American popular culture, The Sopranos has been the subject of much parody, controversy and analysis, and has spawned books,[5] a video game,[6] high-charting soundtrack albums, and a large amount of assorted merchandise.^ The truth is The Sopranos , whether in one-hour slots, 13-hour seasonal chunks, or the 86-hour long-form marathon - however you choose to take it - is one of the masterpieces of American popular culture.
  • ExeterStreet.net | An Introduction to The Sopranos 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC sopranos.exeterstreet.net [Source type: General]

^ It seems hard to believe now, but once upon a time The Sopranos was so revered it prompted The New York Times to call it "the greatest work of American popular culture in the last 25 years."
  • The Sopranos Scorecard - Esquire 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.esquire.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Times " The Sopranos sustains its hyper realism with an eye and ear so exquisitely attuned to nuances of contemporary culture and social niceties that it just might be the greatest work of American popular culture of the last quarter century."
  • ExeterStreet.net | An Introduction to The Sopranos 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC sopranos.exeterstreet.net [Source type: General]

[7]

Contents

Production

Conception

.Before creating The Sopranos, David Chase had been a television writer for over 20 years.^ Defending the creator, David Chase.

^ David Chase addresses that 'Sopranos' ending.

^ But it was "True Romance" that piqued the interest of "Sopranos" creator David Chase.
  • James Gandolfini the actor hides behind Tony Soprano the character in final 'Sopranos' season 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC nwitimes.com [Source type: General]

[8][9] .He had been employed as a staff writer/producer for several television series (including Kolchak: The Night Stalker, The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, and Northern Exposure)[10][11] and had created one short-lived original series, Almost Grown, in 1988.[12][13] Before his success with The Sopranos, Chase had won two Emmy Awards: one in 1980 for writing the TV movie Off the Minnesota Strip, and one in 1978 for his work on the The Rockford Files (shared with fellow producers).^ The Sopranos is almost over, but the series will endure.
  • How The Sopranos changed television - CBC Arts | TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.cbc.ca [Source type: General]

^ Chase was a writer/producer for the last few seasons of Rockford.
  • So long to The Sopranos | The LoHud Yankees Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC yankees.lhblogs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ David Chase is the creator of this drama series which has won several Emmy awards, especially for the acting performances over the years this show has run.
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[14][15]
The story of The Sopranos was initially conceived as a feature film about "a mobster in therapy having problems with his mother."[12] After some input from his manager, Lloyd Braun, Chase decided to adapt it into a television series.[12] .In 1995, Chase signed a development deal with production company Brillstein-Grey and wrote the original pilot script.^ In 1995, Chase signed a development deal with production company Brillstein-Grey and wrote the original pilot script.Drawing heavily from his personal life and his experiences growing up in New Jersey, Chase has stated that he tried to "apply [his own] family dynamic to mobsters."
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^ Chase and Grey eventually pitched the show to then-president of HBO Original Programming, Chris Albrecht, who recognized the originality and potential of the show, and decided to finance the shooting of a pilot episode.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Chase and producer Brad Grey, of Brillstein-Grey, pitched The Sopranos to several networks; FOX showed interest but passed on it after Chase presented them the pilot script.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9][14][16] Drawing heavily from his personal life and his experiences growing up in New Jersey, Chase has stated that he tried to "apply [his own] family dynamic to mobsters."[17] For instance, the tumultuous relationship between series protagonist Tony Soprano and his mother, Livia, is partially based on Chase's relationship with his own mother.[17] Chase was also in therapy at the time and modeled the character of Dr. Jennifer Melfi after his own psychiatrist.[18] .Chase had been fascinated by the Mafia from an early age, having been raised on classic gangster films like The Public Enemy and the crime series The Untouchables as well as witnessing such people growing up.^ Chase had been fascinated by the Mafia from an early age, having been raised on classic gangster films like The Public Enemy and the crime series The Untouchables as well as witnessing such people growing up.
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^ Westmoreland himself had been known to pretend to close his bar to drive out people he didn't like, and then open up a short while later for his regulars.
  • Tony Soprano & Me | The New York Observer 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.observer.com [Source type: General]

^ Chase thought the Mafia setting would allow him to explore themes such as Italian-American identity and the nature of violence, among many others.
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.The series was named after high school friends of his.^ The series was named after high school friends of his.
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[8][18] .Chase thought the Mafia setting would allow him to explore themes such as Italian-American identity and the nature of violence, among many others.^ The show explores themes far beyond the moral problems associated with the Mafia and Standard life, the ending in particular shows this.
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^ But what does it say about family, about women, about the Italian-American identity?
  • Television Features | 'The Sopranos' Sixth Season 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC www.metroactive.com [Source type: General]

^ Without Dr. Melfi, the Sopranos would have lacked the very thing that distinguished it from other mafia stories.

[12][16] .Chase is Italian-American himself, his original family name being DeCesare.^ Chase himself is Italian-American, his original family name being DeCesare.
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^ Chase thought the Mafia setting would allow him to explore themes such as Italian-American identity and the nature of violence, among many others.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ He even dreams of her being back in an Italian village nursing a baby named Antonio but is not sure why.
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[19]
.Chase and producer Brad Grey, then of Brillstein-Grey, pitched The Sopranos to several networks; Fox showed interest but passed on it after Chase presented them the pilot script.^ Chase and producer Brad Grey, of Brillstein-Grey, pitched The Sopranos to several networks; FOX showed interest but passed on it after Chase presented them the pilot script.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In 1995, Chase signed a development deal with production company Brillstein-Grey and wrote the original pilot script.Drawing heavily from his personal life and his experiences growing up in New Jersey, Chase has stated that he tried to "apply [his own] family dynamic to mobsters."
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Chase and Grey eventually pitched the show to then-president of HBO Original Programming, Chris Albrecht, who recognized the originality and potential of the show, and decided to finance the shooting of a pilot episode.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[16] .Chase and Grey eventually pitched the show to then-president of HBO Original Programming, Chris Albrecht, who recognized the originality and potential of the show, and decided to finance the shooting of a pilot episode.^ The tour of Sopranos Sites is based on the popular television show created by David Chase for HBO. Although the series ended in 2006, the episodes can still be seen on A&E. .
  • Tour Sopranos Sites in New York City & New Jersey - Bada Bing! - Bus Tours (Manhattan, NYC, NY) 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.screentours.com [Source type: General]

^ The pilot episode has an excellent commentary that should not be missed by the show's fans, and the interview with David Chase, which clocks in at 77 minutes, covers everything else you want to know, from the show's genesis to the details of the show's infectious theme song.
  • DVD Verdict Review - The Sopranos: The Complete First Season 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdverdict.com [Source type: General]

^ Comments vote down undo vote up reganjcunliffe posted 24 days ago posted this 2 thrfeed.com - 21 days ago Former HBO programming president to run Starz — thrfeed.com — Former HBO chief Chris Albrecht is the new president and CEO of Starz, the premium cable network's ...
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[9][14] Albrecht is quoted as saying:
.
I said to myself, this show is about a guy who's turning 40. He's inherited a business from his dad.^ He's inherited a business from his dad.
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^ I said to myself, this show is about a guy who's turning 40.
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^ Carolyn lived a few doors away from the Bonanno family and was childhood friends with some of them when she was younger, her Dad was a minor guy who hung around the edges of mob type people and she doesn't care for mob shows.
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.He's trying to bring it into the modern age.^ He's trying to bring it into the modern age.
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^ The resulting effect is that seriality in television incorporates into mass culture the experimental modern narrative techniques that bring relativity to bear on a subject.
  • Tony's Options: The Sopranos and the Televisuality of the Gangster Genre 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC archive.sensesofcinema.com [Source type: General]

.He's got all the responsibilities that go along with that.^ He's got all the responsibilities that go along with that.
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^ Perhaps, to go along with all the things you must do, have something you must NOT. .
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^ These actors/actresses choose their profession and all the undesirable elements that go along with it.
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.He's got an overbearing mom that he's still trying to get out from under.^ He's got an overbearing mom that he's still trying to get out from under.
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^ I'm still trying to figure out what I liked more.
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^ PM I'm still trying to figure out what I liked more.
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.Although he loves his wife, he's had an affair.^ Although he loves his wife, he's had an affair.
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.He's got two teenage kids, and he's dealing with the realities of what that is.^ He's got two teenage kids, and he's dealing with the realities of what that is.
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^ Season Two Bonus Features include the featurettes "The Real Deal" and "A Sit-Down with The Sopranos".
  • The Sopranos (The Complete Series) DVD Review - James Gandolfini - Empire Movies 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.empiremovies.com [Source type: General]

.He's anxious; he's depressed; he starts to see a therapist because he's searching for the meaning of his own life.^ He's anxious; he's depressed; he starts to see a therapist because he's searching for the meaning of his own life.
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^ My favorite moment was when Carmela seeks out her own therapist who tells her he won't take her money because it's blood money.
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^ Tony turned a meeting with A.J.’s therapist into another excuse to complain about his own life.
  • "The Sopranos": Eighty-Sixed - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.I thought: the only difference between him and everybody I know is he's the Don of New Jersey.^ I thought: the only difference between him and everybody I know is he's the Don of New Jersey.
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^ It was another only-in-New-Jersey moment.
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^ Once again, only in New Jersey.
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[9]
.The pilot episode (called "The Sopranos" on the DVD release but commonly just referred to as "Pilot") was shot in 1997.[20] Chase, having previously directed episodes of The Rockford Files and Almost Grown,[11] directed it himself.^ Chase, having previously directed episodes of The Rockford Files and Almost Grown, directed it himself.
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^ The pilot episode (called "The Sopranos" on the DVD release but commonly just referred to as "Pilot") was shot in 1997.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Keeping in mind that Sopranos creator David Chase wrote and directed this episode himself after months of planning - and that he has already told interviewers that "it's all there," let's take him at his word.
  • 'The Sopranos' Series Finale: We've Got Answers - david chase - Gawker 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC gawker.com [Source type: General]

.After the pilot was finished and shown to the HBO executives, the show was put on hold for a year before HBO eventually decided to produce it and ordered a full 13-episode season.^ The show premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999 with the pilot episode.
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^ After the pilot was finished and shown to the HBO executives, the show was put on hold for a year before HBO eventually decided to produce it and ordered a full 13-episode season.
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^ And it was in the episode before that and the one before that and seasons before this one and so on.
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[9][14] .The show premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999 with the pilot episode.^ The show premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999 with the pilot episode.
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^ TV Shows January 1999 TV Shows .
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^ January 10, 1999 Ended .
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.The Sopranos was the second hour-long television drama series produced by HBO, the first being the prison drama Oz.^ The best drama of television is certainly The Sopranos.
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^ Airs on HBO Canceled The Sopranos is an American television drama series broadcast on the HBO network.
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^ The Sopranos was the second hour-long television drama series produced by HBO, the first being the prison drama Oz.
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Casting

.Like the characters they portray on the show, many of the actors on The Sopranos are Italian-American.^ There are many Italians who don't like the show.
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^ Another Italian-American mob show?
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^ I am an Italian-american and I have never watched the Soprano's.
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.Many cast members had appeared together in films and television series before joining the cast of The Sopranos.^ Because Italian-American actors are often cast as Mafia-types in Hollywood productions, many cast members had appeared together in films and television series before joining the cast of The Sopranos.
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^ She has appeared in many British stage, film, and television projects.
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^ This is the first time that all episodes of writer-producer-director David Chase's extraordinary US television series The Sopranos have been brought together in one box set, which is a seminal event for any fan of the series.
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.The series shares a total of 27 actors with the 1990 Martin Scorsese gangster film, Goodfellas, including main cast members Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Frank Vincent, Suzanne Shepherd and Tony Sirico.^ Vincent Curatola & Michael Imperioli's new film .

^ The series shares a total of 27 actors with the 1990 Martin Scorsese gangster film, Goodfellas, including main cast members Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, and Tony Sirico.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Season Five-- In Season Five we are introduced to Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi) and Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent), both of whom have recently been released from prison.
  • The Sopranos (The Complete Series) DVD Review - James Gandolfini - Empire Movies 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.empiremovies.com [Source type: General]

.Eight Sopranos actors also appeared in the 1999 comedy Mickey Blue Eyes.^ Eight Sopranos actors also appeared in the 1999 comedy Mickey Blue Eyes.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Monday, the channel will run a 12-episode marathon of “Law & Orders” featuring actors who have appeared on “The Sopranos.” .
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ "From Where To Eternity" Christopher's life hangs in the balance and an out of body experience sends Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico, Mickey Blue Eyes ) to a psychic.
  • DVD Verdict Review - The Sopranos: The Complete Second Season 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdverdict.com [Source type: General]

.The main cast was put together through a process of auditions and readings.^ We'll have a table read-through where the cast gets together and we read the script.
  • Robert Iler of The Sopranos on Acting, Mob Culture, and Ten Years of Talking Back to Tony Soprano - PR.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The main cast was put together through a process of auditions and readings.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In any event, I hope people enjoy reading this as it took a lot of time to put together.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

.Actors often didn't know whether Chase liked their performances or not.^ We know that they are often sold out at the venues as well as sites like Ticket Master.
  • The Sopranos Last Supper Tickets, Cheap The Sopranos Last Supper Ticket 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.ticketluck.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Do the people at HBO, the crew, the actors, David Chase know something that they cannot reveal to us because of a gag order disguised as a confidentiality agreement?
  • Exhumed! The Alternate "Sopranos" Ending - The Sopranos 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

^ Obama lies so often and so brazenly that, if he said, “I like ice cream,” I wouldn’t know whether or not to believe him.
  • Roger’s Rules » Obama as Tony Soprano, or, flipping America the bird 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

[9] .Michael Imperioli, who beat out several actors for the part of Christopher Moltisanti, recalls "He's got a poker face, so I thought he wasn't into me, and he kept giving me notes and having me try it again, which often is a sign that you're not doing it right.^ Christopher Moltisanti : Do you know who the fuck I'm with?
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tony Soprano : You thought right.
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Michael Imperioli, who beat out several actors for the part of Christopher Moltisanti, recalls "He's got a poker face, so I thought he wasn't into me, and he kept giving me notes and having me try it again, which often is a sign that you're not doing it right.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

I thought, I'm not getting this. .So he said, 'Thank you,' and I left.^ I thanked him and said “Love You.” That is my sentiment to Tony Soprano, aka James Gandolfini.

.I didn't expect to hear back.^ I didn't expect to hear back.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

And then they called."[9] .James Gandolfini was invited to audition for the part of Tony Soprano after casting director Susan Fitzgerald saw a short clip of his performance in the 1993 film True Romance.^ James Gandolfini was invited to audition for the part of Tony Soprano after casting director Susan Fitzgerald saw a short clip of his performance in the 1993 film True Romance.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In this Sopranos clip Tony learns that his cousin Tony B...
  • The Sopranos at TV.com 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC www.tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I saw all the crew and actors: Tony Soprano and part of his family....
  • TONY SOPRANO on Flickr - Photo Sharing! 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.flickr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[9] .Lorraine Bracco, who had previously played the role of mob wife Karen Hill in Goodfellas, was originally asked to play the role of Carmela Soprano.^ Lorraine Bracco, who had previously played the role of mob wife Karen Hill in Goodfellas, was originally asked to play the role of Carmela Soprano.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And in the parallel universe of The Sopranos, Carmela is his wife.
  • President Tony Soprano and the End of the American Empire. | WesPac | Securing America Community 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC securingamerica.com [Source type: General]

^ The long-running mob drama came to an unspectacular end in 2007 - the screen fading to black as James Gandolfini's Soprano dined with his wife and children.
  • Daily Star: Simply The Best 7 Days A Week :: Celeb News :: Imperioli: 'Tony Soprano is dead' 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.dailystar.co.uk [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

She took the role of Dr. Jennifer Melfi instead because she wanted to try something different and felt the part of the highly educated Dr. Melfi would be more of a challenge for her.[21] Tony Sirico, who has a criminal background,[22] signed on to play Paulie Walnuts as long as his character was not to be a "rat."[23] Chase invited musician "Little Steven" Van Zandt (known as the guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) to audition for a part in his series after seeing him live at the 1997 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ceremony and being impressed with his appearance and presence. .Van Zandt, who had never acted before, eventually agreed to star on the show.^ Van Zandt, who had never acted before, eventually agreed to star on the show on the condition that he didn't take a part a professional actor was also trying out for.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We've seen this archetype before, but never in such depth that we got to know her taste in the stars of romantic comedies.
  • Farewell to 'The Sopranos' : NPR 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.npr.org [Source type: General]

^ After the pilot was finished and shown to the HBO executives, the show was put on hold for a year before HBO eventually decided to produce it and ordered a full 13-episode season.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[24][25][26] .Silvio Dante's wife on the show is played by Van Zandt's wife Maureen.^ Chase then created the character of Silvio Dante especially for Van Zandt.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Silvio Dante's wife on the show is played by Van Zandt's real-life wife.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Steve Van Zandt You may know Steve from The Sopranos (he plays Silvio Dante) or as the longtime guitarist from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band.
  • Bada Bing - The Sopranos Central 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

.With the exception of Oscar nominee Bracco (Goodfellas), Dominic Chianese (The Godfather Part II, along with stage work) and Emmy-winner Nancy Marchand (Lou Grant), the cast of the debut season of the series consisted of largely unknown actors.^ Season Six Part II-- The opening episode of the 2nd part of the final season of the series opens relatively calmly with Tony enjoying a little away time with Carmela, Bobby Baccalieri (Steven R. Schirripa) and Janice.
  • The Sopranos (The Complete Series) DVD Review - James Gandolfini - Empire Movies 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.empiremovies.com [Source type: General]

^ The current boss, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli, Rounders ) is wasting away in a hospital with cancer, leaving a power vacuum that will end up in contention between Tony and his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese, The Godfather Part II ).
  • DVD Verdict Review - The Sopranos: The Complete First Season 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdverdict.com [Source type: General]

^ Casting less famous but gifted actors can not only save money but also pay off during awards season.
  • The Sopranos Is the Most Influential Television Drama Ever < Features | PopMatters 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.popmatters.com [Source type: General]

.After the breakthrough success of the show, many cast members were noted for their acting ability and received mainstream attention for their performances.^ After the breakthrough success of the show, many cast members were noted for their acting ability and received mainstream attention for their performances.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Language was what I thought would make her refuse turning on such a show but the brilliance of the writing and acting by virtually every cast member makes every episode absolutely necessary in our life.
  • So You Think YOU Love ‘The Sopranos’? - The Medium Blog - NYTimes.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC themedium.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Also present were “Sopranos” cast members Edie Falco and Lorraine Bracco, and many of the show’s writers, including Matthew Weiner, who had a really good week.

[9][27] .Subsequent seasons saw some well-known actors (Joe Pantoliano,[28] Robert Loggia,[29] Steve Buscemi,[30] Frank Vincent[31]) join the starring cast along with well-known actors in recurring roles such as Peter Bogdanovich,[32] John Heard,[33] Robert Patrick,[34] Peter Riegert,[35] Annabella Sciorra,[36] and David Strathairn.^ Subsequent seasons saw some well-known actors (Joe Pantoliano, Robert Loggia, Steve Buscemi, Frank Vincent) join the starring cast along with well-known actors in recurring roles such as Peter Bogdanovich, John Heard, Robert Patrick, Peter Riegert, Annabella Sciorra, and David Strathairn.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ From the moment he showed his nasty face in the second episode of the season, it was clear Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) would cause a truckload of trouble.
  • "The Sopranos" University (2001) 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ During our interview, he also expressed his desire to be known mainly for the characters he plays, while allowing Robert Iler, the actor, to remain under the radar.
  • Robert Iler of The Sopranos on Acting, Mob Culture, and Ten Years of Talking Back to Tony Soprano - PR.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[37] .Several well-known actors appeared in just one episode, such as Charles S. Dutton,[38] Ken Leung,[39] Ben Kingsley, Lauren Bacall, Elias Koteas, Annette Bening, Sydney Pollack and Burt Young.^ Several well known actors appeared in just one episode, such as Charles S. Dutton, Ken Leung, Ben Kingsley, and Sydney Pollack.
  • The Sopranos - TV Show - Watch Online, Latest Season & Episodes - SideReel 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sidereel.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While in Hollywood he meets up with Ben Kingsley , who hasn't aged one minute, and Lauren Bacall , who still looks fantastic.
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ If the characters are clearly one reason why The Sopranos has found such a big audience, the title sequence may harbor another clue as well.

[40]

Crew

.Creator and executive producer David Chase served as show runner and head writer during the production of all six seasons of the show; he was deeply involved with the production of every episode.^ Defending the creator, David Chase.

^ Chase was a writer/producer for the last few seasons of Rockford.
  • So long to The Sopranos | The LoHud Yankees Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC yankees.lhblogs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ All and all, I’ve give the show a six.
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He is known for being a very controlling, demanding and specific producer.[8][15] .In addition to writing or co-writing several episodes per season, Chase would oversee all the editing, consult with episode directors, give actors character motivation, approve casting choices and set designs and do extensive but uncredited re-writes of episodes written by other writers.^ However, Chase would have to cast all new actors.

^ From the moment he showed his nasty face in the second episode of the season, it was clear Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) would cause a truckload of trouble.
  • "The Sopranos" University (2001) 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ Extras will include an Italian feast featuring all the writers talking about the show, a Q&A with Chase moderated by Alec Baldwin and interviews with the cast.
  • Cynthia Littleton On The Air on Variety.com 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC weblogs.variety.com [Source type: General]

[27][41] .Brad Grey served as executive producer alongside Chase, but had no creative input on the show.^ Jim Treffinger, the former Essex County executive who served time for obstructing a federal probe and putting no-show employees on the payroll, joined Jim McGreevey in a quest for the ministry.
  • The Soprano State, Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure 25 September 2009 15:40 UTC www.thesopranostate.com [Source type: News]

^ This show stretched out relatively short seasons for a year and a half and more while Chase and the other producers decided where the story was going.
  • Marc Cooper » Blog Archive » The Sopranos: Last Call 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC marccooper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By the end, the characters are really no different than they were at that the end of the first show of the season, but it serves as a summary of everything the whole series was about.
  • PeterDavid.net: The Sopranos Ending 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.peterdavid.net [Source type: Original source]

[42] .Many members of the creative team behind The Sopranos were handpicked by Chase, some being old friends and colleagues of his; others were selected after interviews conducted by producers of the show.^ May 09, 2008: David Chase Creating "Original Drama" for Paramount Sopranos creator David Chase has signed a deal to write, produce, and direct his debut feature film for Paramount.
  • The Sopranos: The Complete Seasons 1-6.2 Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.rottentomatoes.com.edgesuite.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ DVDs) Three soundtrack CDs 16 deleted scenes An interview with David Chase (conducted by actor Alec Baldwin) Two “Supper with the Sopranos” features in which cast members discuss their favorite scenes The complete set will be available on November 11.

^ The credit of Sopranos’ success goes to Chase and the writing team which dealt brilliantly with psychological, philosophical and social aspects of life of an individual with criminal background.

[9][43]
.Many of the show's writers worked in television prior to The Sopranos.^ The only picture in the "Sopranos" writers room that wasn't one of the cast was of Federico Fellini, who Chase cites as a major influence on the show.
  • Cynthia Littleton On The Air on Variety.com 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC weblogs.variety.com [Source type: General]

^ By JANET FRANKSTON, AP TELEVISION WRITER Less than a month before their much-anticipated return to television, "The Sopranos" drew crowds Thursday while filming in the hometown of the cable show's fictional patriarch.
  • The Sopranos | TMZ.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tmz.com [Source type: General]

^ The strategy struck down by an Ontario court was employed on the television show The Sopranos, when Tony Soprano wanted to restrict the choice of lawyers his wife might hire.
  • The Sopranos News - Topix 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.topix.com [Source type: General]

.Writing team and married couple Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess, who together wrote or co-wrote 19 episodes of the series between 1999 and 2006, had previously worked with Chase on Northern Exposure.^ This is the first time that all episodes of writer-producer-director David Chase's extraordinary US television series The Sopranos have been brought together in one box set, which is a seminal event for any fan of the series.
  • http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3436370/The-Sopranos-Complete-Series-1-6-Box-Set/Product.html 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.play.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The credit of Sopranos’ success goes to Chase and the writing team which dealt brilliantly with psychological, philosophical and social aspects of life of an individual with criminal background.

^ Personally, I thought it was brilliant, as series creator David Chase (who directed both the first and last episodes of the series) toyed with us, playing on viewer’s emotions and preconceived notions and fears and hopes for a resolution that would measure up to the previous 85 episodes.
  • Eighty-sixing the ‘Sopranos’ - George Haas 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.southtownstar.com [Source type: General]

[44] .Terence Winter, who became a writer for the show during its second season, practiced law for two years before deciding to pursue a career as a screenwriter, eventually catching the attention of Chase.^ From the moment he showed his nasty face in the second episode of the season, it was clear Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) would cause a truckload of trouble.
  • "The Sopranos" University (2001) 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

^ The only picture in the "Sopranos" writers room that wasn't one of the cast was of Federico Fellini, who Chase cites as a major influence on the show.
  • Cynthia Littleton On The Air on Variety.com 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC weblogs.variety.com [Source type: General]

^ Extras will include an Italian feast featuring all the writers talking about the show, a Q&A with Chase moderated by Alec Baldwin and interviews with the cast.
  • Cynthia Littleton On The Air on Variety.com 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC weblogs.variety.com [Source type: General]

[45] .Matthew Weiner, a staff writer during the show's fifth and sixth seasons, wrote a spec script for a show called Mad Men in 2000 (it was eventually produced by AMC in 2007).^ Plus, several staff writers script their dream finales for the show.

^ Now Mad Men is a hit for Weiner on AMC (Sunday, 10 ET/PT), and USA TODAY details striking similarities between protagonists Don Draper (Jon Hamm) and Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini).
  • Tony Soprano - Tag Story Index - USATODAY.com 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.usatoday.com [Source type: News]

^ What does appear to be certain, however, is that the upcoming nine episodes, technically the second half of the show's sixth season, will finally spell the end of The Sopranos, 10 years after HBO bought the script for the pilot.
  • An American Family | vanityfair.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.vanityfair.com [Source type: General]

.The script was passed on to Chase who, after reading it, was so impressed that he immediately offered Weiner a job as a writer for The Sopranos.^ Its as if Chase just didn’t do his job as a writer.
  • Sopranos « BuzzMachine 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.buzzmachine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Still, it almost feels like he (Chase) has nothing but contempt for the base Soprano audience (and by extension, for the characters) who are beyond confused by this plotline.
  • Tony Soprano and Rick Sanitorium - Towleroad, More than gay news. More gay men 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.towleroad.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Continue reading "David Chase addresses that 'Sopranos' ending.

[46] .Two cast members also wrote episodes for the show: Michael Imperioli, who plays Christopher Moltisanti, is also a screenwriter and wrote five episodes of the series, many of which deal with Italian-American issues;[47] Toni Kalem, who plays Angie Bonpensiero, also wrote an episode.^ Christopher also feels disrespected by Tony, who feels disrespected by Christopher.
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ There are many Italians who don't like the show.
  • Rooting for Tony Soprano 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aish.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Another Italian-American mob show?
  • "The Sopranos": Closing the door - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[48] .Other writers the show has had include Frank Renzulli, Todd A. Kessler (known as the co-creator of Damages), and writing team Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider (creators of Easy Money).^ Chianese : I noticed…Frank Renzulli was writing for the first two seasons and, but then it depends on the assignment that David would give to certain writers, whether Renzulli’s style would fit it, or Weiner’s style would fit it, or Mitch and Robin.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ David Chase, the creator of "The Sopranos," received the Writers Guild of America's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television this week, and in connection with that event, he spoke about his show and a few others.

^ Chase and his writers are so cynical about people that they make Luis Bunuel seem like Frank Capra; they expect the worst of humanity and show humanity at its worst.

.Before directing The Sopranos, many of the directors had worked on other television series.^ This is the first time that all episodes of writer-producer-director David Chase's extraordinary US television series The Sopranos have been brought together in one box set, which is a seminal event for any fan of the series.
  • http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3436370/The-Sopranos-Complete-Series-1-6-Box-Set/Product.html 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.play.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ But this was no "gotcha" moment from Chase, who created and nurtured one of the greatest series in television history; it was a director's choice that was something close to perfect.
  • An ending befitting genius of 'Sopranos' 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ The other “Tony” event happening Sunday night is the series finale of “The Sopranos” at 9 p.m.
  • Mr. TV: Tony -- Awards and Soprano -- share bows Sunday» Naples Daily News 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.naplesnews.com [Source type: General]

.Many of the directors also have backgrounds in independent films.^ Many think it is time, particularly in this difficult international economy, that film festivals worldwide return to their commitment to independent filmmakers.
  • Michael Imperioli, �The Sopranos" Actor Seeks Enlightenment Through Buddhism - New York City, NY - Hamptons.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hamptons.com [Source type: General]

[43] .The most frequent directors of the series were Tim Van Patten (20 episodes), John Patterson (13 episodes), Allen Coulter (12 episodes), and Alan Taylor (9 episodes), all of whom have a background in television.^ The episode is written by Terence Winter and directed by Tim Van Patten.
  • Bada Bing - The Sopranos Central 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ This is the first time that all episodes of writer-producer-director David Chase's extraordinary US television series The Sopranos have been brought together in one box set, which is a seminal event for any fan of the series.
  • http://www.play.com/DVD/DVD/4-/3436370/The-Sopranos-Complete-Series-1-6-Box-Set/Product.html 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.play.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ My daughter gave me the entire series box set of the Sopranos for Christmas...all 86 episodes.
  • Season 1 Sopranos - SurfTalk 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.stripersonline.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[43] .Recurring cast members Steve Buscemi and Peter Bogdanovich have also acted as directors for the series.^ The title of the feature is drawn from the fact that none of characters portrayed by the participating cast members lived to see the series finale.
  • The Sopranos (The Complete Series) DVD Review - James Gandolfini - Empire Movies 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.empiremovies.com [Source type: General]

^ Emmy 2001 Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Steve Buscemi Nominated   25.
  • The Sopranos (1999) - Cast and Crew, News, Reviews 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.whosdatedwho.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Actor 2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Steve Buscemi Nominated   116.
  • The Sopranos (1999) - Cast and Crew, News, Reviews 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.whosdatedwho.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[49][50] .Chase directed two episodes himself, the pilot and series finale.^ Keeping in mind that Sopranos creator David Chase wrote and directed this episode himself after months of planning - and that he has already told interviewers that "it's all there," let's take him at his word.
  • 'The Sopranos' Series Finale: We've Got Answers - david chase - Gawker 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC gawker.com [Source type: General]

^ I think the final episode of the series is probably the most disappointing moment in television for me; it left me seething.
  • The Sopranos on DVD, Release Info, Reviews, News at TVShowsOnDVD.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.tvshowsondvd.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In fact, according to a somewhat recent Vanity Fair article on Chase, He had originally intended for the last episode of Season Four (White Caps, I believe it was called) to be the series finale, only after the fact, when he didn’t know if he wanted to do a season five.
  • Marc Cooper » Blog Archive » The Sopranos: Last Call 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC marccooper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[51] .Alik Sakharov was the show's original director of photography, later alternating episodes with Phil Abraham.^ This argument may be supported by Alik Sakharov, ASC, the main director of photography for the Sopranos.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ That's OK, but fans of this show, arguably the most loyal in television history -- Who else is going to wait two full years for an original episode?
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ This argument may be supported by Alik Sakharov, ASC, the main director of photographer for The Sopranos.

[52] .The show's photography and directing is noted for its feature film-quality.^ That doesn’t diminish the show overall – frankly I think it’s a form that’s potentially more revealing of the layers of human character and complex relationships than a feature film.
  • Marc Cooper » Blog Archive » The Sopranos: Last Call 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC marccooper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[3][53] .This look was achieved by Chase collaborating with Sakharov: "David wanted a look that would have its own two feet.^ David Chase still owns the Sopranos and he can do whatever he wants with it.
  • The Sopranos: Series Finale - What Did You Think? | /Film 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.slashfilm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Series creator, David Chase, wanted to share with us the everyday life of a mob boss, not just the whacking or violence.
  • The Sopranos - The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ You have to look at the scene, and realize, “what does this person really want in this scene?” and then go according to where the character would do it.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

[...] .From the pilot, we would sit down with the whole script and break the scenes down into shots.^ It seems that it would be a fitting ending next week if that was the final scene...an uneventful walk down the driveway.

^ This seems strange in light of the fact that he immediately sits down at the counter to his left (which we would think he would have seen right away when he walked in).

^ We then cut to the Tony POV shot of the inside of the diner as we just saw previously except Tony is now sitting down at one of the tables in the middle of the frame.

That's what you do with feature films."[52]

Music

.The Sopranos is noted for its eclectic music selections and has received considerable critical attention for its effective use of previously recorded songs.^ Don Says: June 7, 2009 at 8:51 pm The Sopranos uses music throught out the series.

^ (Music and the lyrics of the songs chosen by Chase have been an integral part of "The Sopranos" and this was no different.
  • Tim Goodman. The Bastard Machine : "Sopranos" series finale: "This thing of ours" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ Sopranos - Find all the songs and music played in this show---we're your TV show soundtrack source!
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[54][55][56][57] .Chase personally selected all of the show's music with producer Martin Bruestle and music editor Kathryn Dayak, sometimes also consulting Steven Van Zandt.^ An editor from Rolling Stone magazine interviews David Chase, Stevie Van Zandt, Dominic Chianese, and members of the crew to go over the process and examine specific scenes.
  • The Sopranos - Season Six, Part 2 : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ Little Steven Van Zandt, longtime guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and maestro of his own radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage, had never acted before he landed the part of Tony's consigliere, Silvio Dante.
  • An American Family | vanityfair.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.vanityfair.com [Source type: General]

^ Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt) finally breaks the silence with words of moral support: "I'm sure you did it with complete discretion."
  • The Psychology of the Sopranos : Glen O. Gabbard : ISBN 9780465027354 - Buy.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.buy.com [Source type: General]

[54] .The music was usually selected once the production and editing of an episode was completed, but on occasion sequences were filmed to match preselected pieces of music.^ Usually the objective is to complete [each episode], but sometimes if there's one or two shots they can't get to, they'll leave it for a later time.
  • Robert Iler of The Sopranos on Acting, Mob Culture, and Ten Years of Talking Back to Tony Soprano - PR.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[41]
.The show's opening theme is "Woke Up This Morning" (Chosen One Mix), written and performed by British band Alabama 3.^ There is no one even close to his ability and the show will be true to the under theme that the mafia is dying a slow death and there is no talent in the current generation to carry on.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ Did you just disrespect the Bing?” The show’s opening credit sequence, one of the all-time greats.

^ You woke up this morning Got yourself a gun, Mama always said you’d be The Chosen One.
  • Quote: How Iraq Is Like ‘The Sopranos’ - The Lede Blog - NYTimes.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC thelede.blogs.nytimes.com [Source type: General]

[58] .A different song plays over the closing credits of each episode, with few exceptions.^ The song closes that episode.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ One of the songs on the box was “This Magic Moment” and that was the song played at the end of the episode where Baccala made his first hit for the Russians via Tony on the guy in the laundry.

^ This is a song ‘I Dreamed I Dream’ that played in the last episode when Tony was talking to Uncle Pat about Janice visiting Junior: I Dreamed I Dream Look before you leap, okay?

[56] Many songs are repeated multiple times through an episode, such as "Living on a Thin Line" by The Kinks in the season three episode "University" and "Glad Tidings" by Van Morrison in the season five finale "All Due Respect."[56] Other songs are heard several times throughout the series. .A notable example is "Con te partirò", performed by Italian singer Andrea Bocelli,[59] which plays several times in relation to the character of Carmela Soprano.^ Carmela Soprano's faith is a large part of her character, but from that perspective no other character in the show comes close.
  • Amazon.com: The Gospel According to Tony Soprano: An Unauthorized Look Into the Soul of TV's Top Mob Boss and His Family (9781585421947): Chris Seay: Books 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.amazon.com [Source type: General]

^ Next week’s episode is Michael Imperioli’s ( Christopher Moltisanti ) time to shine and on May 20, we can explect an Emmy winning performance from Edie Falco ( Carmela Soprano ).
  • Soprano Sue's Sopranos Watch: April 2007 Archives 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.baristanet.com [Source type: General]

^ Carmela Soprano : Well I didn't marry a cartoon character.
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

[60] .While the show utilizes a wealth of previously recorded music, it is also notable for its lack of originally composed incidental music, compared to other television programs.^ But what other tv shows did Maureen compare...
  • The Sopranos - News, Video, Photos, and Rumors from ShowHype 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC showhype.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There are moments in clubs or when a song is blasting over the soundtrack that really utilizes the surround effectively, but other than that, this show was never overwhelming in its directionality.
  • The Sopranos - The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ AM] NOMINEES FOR OUTSTANDING DIRECTORIAL ACHIEVEMENT IN TELEVISION CATEGORIES OF DRAMATIC SERIES NIGHT, COMEDY SERIES, MUSICAL VARIETY, DAYTIME SERIALS AND CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS FOR 2004 .
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

[61]
.Two soundtrack albums containing music from the series have been released.^ The first disc, The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series , as well as the two disc Peppers & Eggs compilation, have already been released on CD. There are no additional CD's that are exclusive to this set, and the music that's provided is only from the first few seasons.
  • The Sopranos - The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

.The first, titled The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series, was released in 1999. It contains selections from the show's first two seasons and reached #54 on the U.S. Billboard 200.^ I have to watch the first season of "The Sopranos" first.
  • Tony Soprano, Barton Fink & Charles Foster Kane: Whaddaya want? - scanners 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Nancy had been sick for the first two seasons.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ Gandolfini, of course, had played gangster-in-therapy Tony Soprano - earning raves, clout and unsought celebrity - since the HBO drama premiered in January 1999.
  • Gandolfini ready to let Tony Soprano go 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: General]

[62][63] .A second soundtrack compilation, titled The Sopranos: Peppers & Eggs: Music from the HBO Original Series, was released in 2001. This double-disc album contains songs and selected dialogue from the show's first three seasons.^ The first disc, The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series , as well as the two disc Peppers & Eggs compilation, have already been released on CD. There are no additional CD's that are exclusive to this set, and the music that's provided is only from the first few seasons.
  • The Sopranos - The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

^ I have to watch the first season of "The Sopranos" first.
  • Tony Soprano, Barton Fink & Charles Foster Kane: Whaddaya want? - scanners 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The first episode that I ever saw was the second episode of season three.
  • Marc Cooper » Blog Archive » The Sopranos: Last Call 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC marccooper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[64] It reached #38 on the U.S. Billboard 200.[65]

Sets and locations

On the set of The Sopranos in New Jersey during the filming of the final episode
Most of the exterior scenes taking place in New Jersey were filmed on location, with the majority of the interior shots—including most indoor shots of the Soprano residence, the back room of the strip club Bada Bing!, and Dr. Melfi's psychiatrist's office—filmed at Silvercup Studios in Queens, New York City.[27]
.The pork store, a frequent hangout for the mobsters on the show, was in the pilot known as Centanni's Meat Market, an actual butchery in Elizabeth, New Jersey.^ You then meet the rest of Tony's guys at their pork store hangout, and witness a session between Tony and his shrink, Dr. Melfi (Kelli Karl).
  • The Sopranos Last Supper Tickets, Cheap The Sopranos Last Supper Ticket 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.ticketluck.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One of the final scenes was filmed at the now famous Satriale's Pork Store Meat Market set in Kearny.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The radio talk show hosts collected empty wallets in two caskets at rest stops along the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
  • The Soprano State, Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure 25 September 2009 15:40 UTC www.thesopranostate.com [Source type: News]

[66] .After the series was picked up by HBO, the producers leased a building with a store front in Kearny, New Jersey.^ Jump to: navigation , search The Sopranos ( 1999 – 2007 ) is an American television series, airing on HBO , about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family in Northern New Jersey that is led by mob boss Tony Soprano .
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ The Sopranos TELEVISION PROGRAM New Jersey crime drama, broadcast on HBO, 1999-2007.
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^ Watch it again and again till the movie or the series is picked up.
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[66] .For the remainder of the production period, this building served as the shooting location for scenes outside and inside the pork store, now renamed Satriale's.^ In an attempt to reduce the running time of 2hours, 15 minutes, the supervising director, Tony Carro has been editing the pork store scene.
  • The Sopranos Last Supper Tickets, Cheap The Sopranos Last Supper Ticket 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.ticketluck.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ One of the final scenes was filmed at the now famous Satriale's Pork Store Meat Market set in Kearny.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Well, you can bring a little piece of Sopranos history home for your mob collection for $25 to $50 from the “Satriale’s Pork Store”.

[66] After the series ended, the building was demolished.[67] .Bada Bing!, a strip club owned and operated by the character Silvio Dante on the show, is an actual strip club on Route 17 in Lodi, New Jersey.^ The "Bada Bing" strip club on the show is shot at "Satin Dolls" in Lodi, New Jersey.
  • Bada Bing - The Sopranos Central 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ His character is very New Jersey.

^ She even became the manager of Christopher’s Crazy Horse Club at Long Branch in New Jersey, which later on turned out to be very successful.
  • Download Sopranos | Watch All Seasons, Episodes of Sopranos and much more – Download-tvshows.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC sopranos.download-tvshows.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[66] .Exteriors and interiors (except for the back room) were shot on location.^ And when you shoot interiors like the bedrooms, living room, kitchen where is that stuff shot?
  • Robert Iler of The Sopranos on Acting, Mob Culture, and Ten Years of Talking Back to Tony Soprano - PR.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We cut to a shot of Junior from Tony’s POV. We cut back to Tony’s face and then cut back to the POV shot except Tony is walking towards Junior.

[66] .The club is called Satin Dolls and was an existing business before the show started.^ The "Bada Bing" strip club on the show is shot at "Satin Dolls" in Lodi, New Jersey.
  • Bada Bing - The Sopranos Central 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

^ It is actually called Satin Dolls and it is located on Route 17 Lodi, New Jersey.
  • Sopranos boat - The Hull Truth 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thehulltruth.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[68] .The club continued to operate during the eight years the show was filmed there and continues to do so now.^ INCREDIBLY good Rescue Me series 4 starting soon and the CONTINUALLY AWESOME show the shield, which should be back for a series 7 next year, i believe… .
  • Sorry, Folks, But–Tony Soprano Got Whacked! 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC mondoweiss.net [Source type: General]

^ I find it almost comical how many of us are driven to continue watching, reading, writing and debating about this show when it has not been on the air in nearly two years.

^ When Tony scoffed, Paulie complained, “I tell you somethin’ deep in my heart and you laugh it off?” Eight years invested in this show, and this is the payoff?
  • "The Sopranos": Eighty-Sixed - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

As such, a business arrangement was worked out with the owner.[68] .Locations manager Mark Kamine recalls that the owner was "very gracious" as long as the shooting did not "conflict with his business time."^ She even became the manager of Christopher’s Crazy Horse Club at Long Branch in New Jersey, which later on turned out to be very successful.
  • Download Sopranos | Watch All Seasons, Episodes of Sopranos and much more – Download-tvshows.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC sopranos.download-tvshows.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If she wouldn’t have been skillful, how did she stay on the show for such a long time?
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^ Afterall, waste management is a time consuming business.
  • Bada Bing - The Sopranos Central 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.squidoo.com [Source type: General]

[68] .The restaurant Vesuvio, owned and operated in the series by character Artie Bucco, is a restaurant called Manolo's located in Elizabeth, New Jersey.^ If you can't get enough of the hit HBO series The Sopranos, you won't want to leave New York without joining this fun tour through New Jersey.

^ Instead the main focus of the episode is that lifelong loser Artie Bucco, the owner of the local Italian restaurant that is the hangout of Tony and his crew.
  • TVgasm Recaps: The Sopranos Archives 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.tvgasm.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The stage in Queens, it has our whole house, and then it has a lot of other sets like Dr. Melfi's office and Artie Bucco's restaurant.
  • Robert Iler of The Sopranos on Acting, Mob Culture, and Ten Years of Talking Back to Tony Soprano - PR.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.pr.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[66] .All the exterior and some interior shots of the Soprano residence were filmed on location at a private residence in North Caldwell, New Jersey.^ New Jersey residents may do the same.
  • The Soprano State, Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure 25 September 2009 15:40 UTC www.thesopranostate.com [Source type: News]

^ If you can't get enough of the hit HBO series The Sopranos, you won't want to leave New York without joining this fun tour through New Jersey.

^ Anthony Soprano is a New Jersey mob capo in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[66]

Title sequence

The Sopranos title screen
A recognizable part of The Sopranos is the program's opening title sequence. .Tony Soprano is seen emerging from the Lincoln Tunnel and entering the New Jersey Turnpike.^ Anthony Soprano is a New Jersey mob capo in the midst of a mid-life crisis.
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Jump to: navigation , search The Sopranos ( 1999 – 2007 ) is an American television series, airing on HBO , about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family in Northern New Jersey that is led by mob boss Tony Soprano .
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Sopranos: Season 1 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ The Sopranos TELEVISION PROGRAM New Jersey crime drama, broadcast on HBO, 1999-2007.
  • The Sopranos 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.nndb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Numerous landmarks in and around Newark and Elizabeth, New Jersey are shown.^ On the New Jersey side, Sil is in a coma, and Bobby and Christopher are no longer around.

^ Like David Chase, I am an Italian-American who grew up in New Jersey, and, like him, I grew up in a world with more than few “goodfellas” around.

^ Later, accepting the Heritage award from critic Alan Sepinwall of the Newark Star-Ledger, Chase said to Sepinwall, “You’re from New Jersey, right?” .

[69] .The sequence ends with Tony pulling into the driveway of his suburban home.^ As Tony walked into the restaurant at the end, there was an unusual editing choice which allows the reading that Tony entered, and saw he was already there.
  • The Last Psychiatrist: The Sopranos Finale Explained 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC thelastpsychiatrist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Check out this website (The Chase Lounge) which goes into excruciating detail about how Chase foreshadowed Tony's bad end.
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tony & family then go into the FBI witness protection program and end up in south FL where he becomes an FBI trainer.

.Chase has said that the goal of the title sequence was to show that this particular Mafia show was about New Jersey, as opposed to New York, where most such dramas have been set.^ Sil said he was approached by New York.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Jump to: navigation , search The Sopranos ( 1999 – 2007 ) is an American television series, airing on HBO , about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family in Northern New Jersey that is led by mob boss Tony Soprano .
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ And with Johnny Sack in prison, the always-tense relations between the New Jersey and New York families were strained even further.
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

[70]
.In the first three seasons, between Tony leaving the tunnel and entering the Turnpike, an image of the World Trade Center towers can be seen in his side rear-view mirror.^ I've only seen the first season but I'm still waiting to hear if the oldest son will end up sleeping with the third wife.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In that episode there is a tender moment between Tony and Meadow as they prepare to leave for Allegra Sacks wedding.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Bobby Baccilieri : World really went downhill after the World Trade Center.
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.After the September 11, 2001 attacks, this shot was removed, beginning with the show's fourth season.^ September 2001 : Falwell blames Americans for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
  • Chicago Sun-Times Writer: Jerry Falwell Was A Spiritual Bully, Like Tony Soprano | NewsBusters.org 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC newsbusters.org [Source type: General]

^ His whole coming of age should have happened at the beginning of last season when the show focused on a queer gangster.
  • 'The Sopranos': Did Tony go too far? | Show Tracker | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ The series, both a dark comedy and a dark drama, has delivered many, many poignant 9/11 moments, even during this last season as the firefighters recalled the attack for a book.
  • Ohio.com - A look back at the decade's best TV moments 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.ohio.com [Source type: General]

[71]

Cast and characters

.The Sopranos features a number of characters throughout its six-season run.^ Season six of The Sopranos begins with a bang .
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ Posted by: catullus at July 19, 2007 11:03 AM David Crane made a point, throughout the entire run of "the Sopranos" to defy stereotypes and convention.
  • PeterDavid.net: The Sopranos Ending 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.peterdavid.net [Source type: Original source]

^ The Sopranos - Season Six, Part 2 maintains its aim and obliterates every target in its sights.
  • The Sopranos - Season Six, Part 2 : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

.Some only appear in certain seasons, while others appear for the entire series.^ It is hard to believe that not only are fans finally getting the second half of season six, but are faced with the series demise as well.

^ Members Only” was not only the premiere episode of the final season, but it also mirrored some elements of the finale as well, including the (famous) moment when someone wanders in to the diner wearing a "Members Only" jacket.
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Come on, it isn’t like the series was planning to film an entire freaking season there, or even a single episode.

.All characters were created by David Chase, unless otherwise noted.^ Defending the creator, David Chase.

^ 'Sopranos' creator back in business with HBO • David Chase talks 'Sopranos,' 'Mad Men' • David Chase addresses that 'Sopranos' ending.

^ Series creator, David Chase, wanted to share with us the everyday life of a mob boss, not just the whacking or violence.
  • The Sopranos - The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

.
  • James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano: The protagonist of the series, Tony is a capo of the New Jersey-based DiMeo crime family at the beginning of the series and the acting boss as of season two.^ James Gandolfini as mob boss Tony Soprano, with two of his "soldiers" (Steven van Zandt, Tony Sirico) .
    • FILM QUARTERLY - Waddaya Lookin' At? Re-reading the Gangster Genre Through "The Sopranos" by Martha P. Nochimson 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.filmquarterly.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ And James does not think he’s Tony Soprano.
    • Gandolfini Goes Full Soprano on Guy Videotaping Him in Village - Gothamist 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC gothamist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ New Jersey-born James Gandolfini began acting in the New York theater...
    • James Gandolfini 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.imdb.com [Source type: General]

    He is also the patriarch of the Soprano household. .He is prone to depression and begins to see a psychiatrist in the first episode.^ Between AJ and Bobby, we see her really begin to lose it in this episode.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Throughout the series, Tony struggles to balance his family life and his career in the Mafia.^ Tony Soprano is the leader of a Mafia family.
    • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

    ^ Jump to: navigation , search The Sopranos ( 1999 – 2007 ) is an American television series, airing on HBO , about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family in Northern New Jersey that is led by mob boss Tony Soprano .
    • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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    ^ An innovative look at the life of fictional Mafia Capo Tony Soprano, this serial is presented largely first person, but additional perspective is conveyed by the intimate conversations Tony has with his psychotherapist.
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    [72]
  • Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi: Tony's psychiatrist throughout the series, Dr. Melfi is a middle-aged, divorced Italian-American woman with a son in college. .She treats Tony to the best of her ability despite the fact that they frequently clash over various issues.^ The fact that you had to spend several pages making an argument that Tony died is exactly why this wasn’t the best way Chase could’ve executed it.

    .The two also harbor sexual feelings for each other, although Melfi never openly shows or try to act on it.^ But he never tried to pressure me, other than to convince me that I was wrong.
    • Bad Attitudes: Tony Soprano’s White House 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC badattitudes.com [Source type: Original source]

    ^ Melfi's would have never acted (dumping Tony)that way.

    ^ There are moments in clubs or when a song is blasting over the soundtrack that really utilizes the surround effectively, but other than that, this show was never overwhelming in its directionality.
    • The Sopranos - The Complete Series : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.dvdtalk.com [Source type: General]

    [73]
.Adding to Tony's complicated life is his strained relationship with his wife Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco)[74] and their two children, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler)[75] and Anthony Junior (Robert Iler).^ Carmela Soprano : Wake up Tony.
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^ Tony Soprano : What do ya wanna do Carmela?
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^ Carmela Soprano : I talked to Tony about it.
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[76]
.The starring cast includes members of Tony's extended family including his mother Livia (Nancy Marchand),[77] sister Janice (Aida Turturro),[78] uncle Corrado "Junior" Soprano (Dominic Chianese), who initially becomes the technical Boss following the death of then acting Boss Jackie Aprile, Sr (although, eventually, semi-retired until he's completely out of the business due to health issues) of the crime family,[79] cousin Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi)[80] and nephew (actually cousin-by-marriage) Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).^ Through his death, Tony has “lost” his family.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Livia Soprano : I know who you are.
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^ Tony Soprano : Like who?
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[81] .Both Livia and Janice are shrewd manipulators with emotional problems of their own.^ Also, none of Tony's antagonists were left, except for the government and Janice, both of whom wanted him alive for their own reasons.
  • Eureka! Solving 'The Sopranos' - The Sopranos 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

.Tony's Uncle Junior is involved in his criminal organization and their family bond ties with their criminal ambitions.^ Tony got wacked by Uncle Junior.

^ YourRoyalFlyness Says: July 18, 2009 at 5:31 am Just a thought maybe Uncle Junior killed Tony…somehow.

^ The scene reminds us that Tony’s criminality could reach his family, with severe consequences.

.Both his cousin Tony and nephew Christopher are also involved with his "other" family and their actions are a further source of conflict.^ I’ll miss Tony and both of his families.
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^ As Tony and Christopher embrace, we get closeups of both of their eyes, and it is obvious: This score will be settled.
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ In the last scene, Johnny meets with Silvio who is revealed to be the family traitor, (serving up both Tony & Paulie on a platter) in front of the construction site.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

.Christopher struggles with drug addiction and alcoholism, and a desire to gain respect, while Tony Blundetto hopes to go straight but has a violent streak.^ When Tony’s violent way of life reaches into Melfi’s life, forcing her to go into hiding, she terminates her association with him on what she assures him is a permanent basis.
  • FILM QUARTERLY - Waddaya Lookin' At? Re-reading the Gangster Genre Through "The Sopranos" by Martha P. Nochimson 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.filmquarterly.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tony even celebrated by going to Vegas, a city free of guilt, and having sexual relations with Christopher’s goomar.

^ This episode makes me think maybe they're gonna go for a really violent finish to the series - maybe culminating in Tony's suicide?
  • 'The Sopranos': Did Tony go too far? | Show Tracker | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]

.Tony's close circle within the DiMeo crime family includes Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt),[82] Paul "Paulie Walnuts" Gualtieri (Tony Sirico)[83] and Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore).^ And maybe the thing with Tony Sirico (as Paulie Walnuts) on the boat.
  • Gandolfini ready to let Tony Soprano go 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: General]

^ We see see Tony Soprano, Paulie Walnuts, Carlo Gervasi, and Dante Greco playing cards in the safehouse from the prior episode.

^ Little Steven Van Zandt, longtime guitarist of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band and maestro of his own radio show, Little Steven's Underground Garage, had never acted before he landed the part of Tony's consigliere, Silvio Dante.
  • An American Family | vanityfair.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.vanityfair.com [Source type: General]

[84] .Silvio is Tony's consigliere and best friend.^ Big Pussy, Tony’s best friend has flipped to the FBI and may bring Tony down.
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  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

.Paulie and Big Pussy are longtime soldiers and close allies who have worked with Tony and his father; Paulie soon becomes capo and eventually is further promoted to underboss.^ Deadbeat,” with Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) and Sharon Angela (Rosalie Aprile)– The murder of a deadbeat father whose son is dying of leukemia presents a moral dilemma .
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the last scene, Johnny meets with Silvio who is revealed to be the family traitor, (serving up both Tony & Paulie on a platter) in front of the construction site.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ Paulie is the guy who hung a damn portrait of Tony in his own house on the sly.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Also in Tony's criminal organization are Patsy Parisi (Dan Grimaldi)[85] and Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio).^ Deep Vote,” with Dan Grimaldi (Patsy Parisi) – A political reporter is the target of a murder plot.
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ She appears headed to marriage with Patrick Parisi, son of one of Tony's crew, with a high paying job in criminal law up ahead of her.
  • Tim Goodman. The Bastard Machine : "Sopranos" series finale: "This thing of ours" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ One would not have to go too much further through the looking glass to make an argument that Patsy Parisi would be a prime candidate to be turned against Tony, too.

[86] Patsy is a quiet soldier with a head for figures. .Furio is imported muscle from Italy who acts as Tony's feared enforcer.^ What if Tony is killed and Carmela starts thinking like Rosie Aprillio and takes on a position herself - with Furio, who returns upon hearing of Tony's demise?
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ Furio will be the one who will whack Tony when the time is right.
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^ His acting muscles were Tony Soprano and HBO. You get thrown into Broadway, you have no idea it's that difficult.
  • Some Humility From Tony Soprano - New York News - La Daily Musto 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC blogs.villagevoice.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Other significant characters in the DiMeo family include Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri (Steven R. Schirripa),[87] Richie Aprile (David Proval),[88] Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano),[89] Eugene Pontecorvo (Robert Funaro)[90] and Vito Spatafore (Joseph R. Gannascoli).^ Ralph Cifaretto : Whole family's nuts.
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Joe Pantoliano ( Ralph Cifaretto ) will also be part of this event.
  • Soprano Sue's Sopranos Watch: April 2007 Archives 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.baristanet.com [Source type: General]

^ Everybody Loves Raimondo’s,” with Joseph R. Gannascoli (Vito) and Ray Abruzzo (Little Carmine) – Two men are gunned down at an exclusive restaurant.
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[91] .Bobby is a subordinate of Junior's whom Tony initially bullies but later accepts into his inner circle.^ Tony made Bobby do his first "piece of work" this season and made a comment last night about Bobby being exiled for feeling sorry for Uncle Junior.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The opening shot of the final episode is the exact same shot as Tony wakes up as organ music plays on the radio (I will go more into this later on).
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ One last thing, Tony has that huge house, but in the end the only place he could go was to the old neighborhood and into Uncle Junior's house.-----later-----m .
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Cifaretto is a clever, ambitious top-earner but his arrogance and tendency to be obnoxious, disrespectful and very violent make Tony resentful.^ Secondly...you could make a very good argument that, in fact, we DID get the death on Tony.
  • PeterDavid.net: The Sopranos Ending 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.peterdavid.net [Source type: Original source]

^ It would make a very weak argument to say that the possible Godfather homage was the only indication that Tony was shot.

^ Very good point about Tony B and Christopher’s deaths representing the choice Tony has to make between his two families.

.Richie Aprile is released from prison in season two and quickly makes waves in the organization.^ The only problem I got with the Sopranos is first they make a mochary of Italian people and second Richie Aprile was killed…… Richie took no junk from anyone..
  • So long to The Sopranos | The LoHud Yankees Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC yankees.lhblogs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Erik Larsen Says: November 3, 2008 at 3:15 am Interestingly, in Season 4 Episode 1, Tony relates to Melfi that there are two ways out – prison or death.

^ AM] NBC SPRINGS EVENT-DRIVEN MAY SWEEPS WITH SERIES AND SEASON FINALES WHILE NETWORK ALSO MAKES WAVES WITH CELEBRATED GUEST STARS .
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

.Pontecorvo is a young soldier who becomes a made man alongside Christopher.^ Ken Leung plays the character who’s the young Asian American man.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ Lavery : What did you think of the actor who played you as a young man?
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ Its the soldiers who suffer, and they have no idea who to take orders from till new boss has offically made his stance (by taking out any rivals).

.Spatafore works his way up through the ranks to become top earner of the Aprile Crew but has a secret in his personal life.^ I’m not all the way through yet but I just realized something I wanted to bring up with you guys.

^ TV and movies are always cause and effect, life doesn't necessarily work that way.
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^ Finally, as a former underboss and now boss, who worked his way up in the organization through some pretty difficult times, Butch was, by definition, brilliant at the Machiavellian game of gaining and maintaining power.

.Friends of the Soprano family include Herman "Hesh" Rabkin (Jerry Adler),[92] Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo),[93] Rosalie Aprile (Sharon Angela)[94] Angie Bonpensiero (Toni Kalem), along with Artie (John Ventimiglia)[95] and Charmaine Bucco (Kathrine Narducci).^ Drea de Matteo .
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^ Adriana La Cerva : He sat on it while he was high.
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^ Adriana La Cerva : What if we didn't have kids?
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[96] .Hesh is an adviser and friend to Tony, and served in this role under Tony's father.^ Tony has very few left to kill, and no real friends left alive (after conflicts with Heshe and Paulie left those friendships damaged).

.Adriana is Christopher's long time girlfriend; the two have a tempestuous relationship.^ This merger of the “two families” was a long time coming and was the only way for the show to end.

^ Also, we never got to see the relationship between Blanca and AJ sour, and I would have liked to have spend more time with Christopher and Cleaver.

Rosalie is the widow of the previous DiMeo boss and a close friend of Carmela. .Angie is Salvatore Bonpensiero's wife who later goes into business for herself.^ This is another connection to MOG, who goes into the men’s room.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Every vehicle has GUARANTEED warranty coverage, even if the company who makes it goes out of business in the warranty period (Insured by 3rd party warranty company).
  • DETROIT RESCUE PLAN SOLUTION: Spies Tell Obama To Do A Tony Soprano And Make Americans An Offer They Can't Refuse - AutoSpies Auto News 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.autospies.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Artie and Charmaine are school friends of the Sopranos and owners of the popular restaurant Vesuvio. .Charmaine wishes to have no association with Tony and his crew due to his criminal activities, and often has to insist because Artie—a law-abiding and hard-working man—is drawn to Tony's way of life.^ She appears headed to marriage with Patrick Parisi, son of one of Tony's crew, with a high paying job in criminal law up ahead of her.
  • Tim Goodman. The Bastard Machine : "Sopranos" series finale: "This thing of ours" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ When Tony’s violent way of life reaches into Melfi’s life, forcing her to go into hiding, she terminates her association with him on what she assures him is a permanent basis.
  • FILM QUARTERLY - Waddaya Lookin' At? Re-reading the Gangster Genre Through "The Sopranos" by Martha P. Nochimson 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.filmquarterly.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It just leaves you wishing that Tony would have picked up on it, but he doesn’t because his focus is on his family and on enjoying onion rings.

.John "Johnny Sack" Sacramoni (Vince Curatola),[97] Phil Leotardo (Frank Vincent)[98] and "Little" Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr. (Ray Abruzzo)[99] are all significant characters from the New York-based Lupertazzi crime family, which shares a good amount of its business with the Soprano organization.^ Carmine Jr. New York family and there's peace again with the DeMeo family in New Jersey.
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^ Phil Leotardo’s (Frank Vincent) crew turned on him.
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^ Phil Leotardo may die, but Frank Vincent lives on.
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.Although the Lupertazzis' and DiMeos' interests are often at odds, Tony maintains a cordial, business-like relationship with Johnny Sack, preferring to make deals that benefit both families.^ I’ll miss Tony and both of his families.
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^ Johnny Sack : He's got a bad history Tony.
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^ The actor Vincent Curatola, who played Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni in the HBO series, makes a cameo appearance, walking by the table and suspiciously eyeing Hillary.
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.His second-in-command and eventual successor, Phil Leotardo, is less friendly and is harder for Tony to do business with.^ Tony is then less stubborn in his dealings with Phil Leotardo.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Tony Blundetto got shot in the face on The Sopranos as retaliation for taking out Billy Leotardo, Phil's younger brother.
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^ Chase also makes explicitly showing Tony’s murder superfluous through the use of POV in the previous murders of Phil Leotardo and Gerry Torciano.

.Little Carmine is the son of the family's first boss and vies for power with the others.^ Little Carmine is smart - he wants to be boss and he wants the Sopranos business too.
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^ By the end of the season the NY war is resolved when Little Carmine surrenders to Johnny Sack and Tony kills his cousin Tony Blundetto (to avoid Tony’s family having it’s own war with NY).
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ By the end of the season the NY war is resolved when Little Carmine surrenders to Johnny Sack and Tony kills his cousin Tony Blundetto(to avoid Tony’s family having it’s own war with NY).

Plot synopsis and episode list

Season 1

.The series begins with Tony Soprano collapsing after suffering a panic attack.^ Confused by his path in life, pressured by his so called friends, AJ keeps with the family tradition and suffers a panic attack ( similar to one he had when he was younger on the football field ).
  • Soprano Sue's Sopranos Watch: April 2007 Archives 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.baristanet.com [Source type: General]

^ Could this suggest that at the moment where it goes black and silent, this is actually Tony suffering a panic attack?

^ I have been a fan of the Sopranos since the beginning, I own the DVD’s and have seen the entire series more times than I can count.

This prompts him to begin therapy with Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Gradually, the storyline reveals: details of Tony's upbringing, with his father's influence looming large on his development as a gangster, but more so that Tony's mother, Livia, was vengeful and possibly personality-disordered; his complicated relationship with his wife Carmela, as well as her feelings regarding her husband's cosa nostra ties; the lives of his children, Meadow and Anthony Jr., who both have increasing knowledge of their father's mob dealings; federal indictments being brought as a result of someone in his organization talking to the FBI; and his own Uncle plotting his death. After ordering the execution of Brendan Filone and the mock execution of Chris Moltisanti, Tony's Uncle Junior is installed as boss of the family (following the death of previous boss Jackie Aprile, Sr. from cancer), even though Tony actually controls most things from behind the scenes. .Furious at Junior's plan to have him killed, Tony responds to the attempt on his life with a violent reprisal and confronts his mother for her role in plotting his downfall.^ But maybe it was Tony’s son that had him killed.

^ She goes on to talk about Tony’s mother trying to kill him.

^ Tony was going to kill him but didn't.
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She has a psychologically triggered pseudo-stroke. Junior is arrested by the FBI.

Season 2

.At the beginning of the second season, Jackie's brother Richie Aprile is released from prison and proves to be uncontrollable in the business arena; he also starts a relationship with Tony's sister Janice, who has arrived from Seattle.^ Richie Aprile was killed by his wife Janice (sister to Tony) on The Sopranos after he struck her and for being an overall bad seed.
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ First, Carmela (though there was a glimpse of a woman who looked like Tony's sister Janice, and a large number of fans thought she’d be the one to off Tony), then, later, A.J. Except when A.J. arrived he was slightly behind a man who looked for all the world like he was there to hit Tony.
  • Tim Goodman. The Bastard Machine : "Sopranos" series finale: "This thing of ours" 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.sfgate.com [Source type: General]

^ Gandolfini suddenly remembers his last scene alongside Steven Van Zandt, who since the beginning played Tony's loyal consigliere Silvio.
  • Gandolfini ready to let Tony Soprano go 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: General]

.Tony's friend "Big Pussy" returns to New Jersey after a conspicuous absence.^ The last scene will be Tony dreaming in his Las Vegas bed surrounded by all of the characters alive and dead at a big family dinner on the New Jersey shore.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ Time after time, Gandolfini felt the end at Silvercup Studios in Queens, and on locations such as Tony's home turf of northern New Jersey.
  • Gandolfini ready to let Tony Soprano go 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: General]

^ I don’t think this is the package Tony had in mind when he suggested it to Big Pussy.
  • Soprano Sue's Sopranos Watch: April 2007 Archives 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.baristanet.com [Source type: General]

.Christopher Moltisanti becomes engaged to his longtime girlfriend Adriana La Cerva.^ Adriana La Cerva : Nothin' was goin' on, Christopher.
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^ Adriana La Cerva : Hey, hun.
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^ Adriana La Cerva : He was drivin' me home.
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

.Matthew Bevilaqua and Sean Gismonte, two low-level associates dissatisfied with their perceived lack of success in the Soprano crew, try to make a name for themselves by attempting to kill Christopher.^ AJ botched his attempt to avenge his dad when he tried to kill Junior, and MOG will succeed maybe because he wasn’t coddled the way AJ was.

^ I think it’s a reasonable assumption that given his many personality flaws on display this season, Christopher Moltisanti would not make it to “The Sopranos” finale.
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ His own uncle is trying to kill him, so that must make him feel a little bit insecure.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

.Their plan backfires; Christopher survives the attack (though he is critically wounded), and kills Sean in self-defense, while Tony and Big Pussy murder Matthew soon afterward.^ Deadbeat,” with Vincent Pastore (Big Pussy) and Sharon Angela (Rosalie Aprile)– The murder of a deadbeat father whose son is dying of leukemia presents a moral dilemma .
  • The TV Zone: The Sopranos Archives 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.trb.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Richie is killed by Janice and Pussy is killed when Tony discovers he is a traitor.
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  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ So let’s say that Tony’s list of outcomes is: incarceration, death, or survive unscathed by passing the family along successfully to Christopher.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

.Junior is placed under house arrest as he awaits trial.^ UNCLE JUNIOR: (under house arrest while awaiting trial and peering out through his window blinds) These federal marshalls are so far up my ass I can taste Brylcreem.
  • Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.dansimmons.com [Source type: Original source]

^ UNCLE JUNIOR: ( much later but still under house arrest while the trial drags on, talking about his boredom) I’ve been farting into the same sofa cushion for the last eighteen months now.
  • Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.dansimmons.com [Source type: Original source]

.Richie, frustrated with Tony's authority over him, entreats Junior to have Tony killed.^ Tony and his soldiers decide to kill him.
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^ But maybe it was Tony’s son that had him killed.

^ Richie Aprile was killed by his wife Janice (sister to Tony) on The Sopranos after he struck her and for being an overall bad seed.
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.Junior feigns interest, then informs Tony of Richie's intentions, leaving Tony with another problem to address.^ While Tony’s coma-induced experience was interesting and informative about his psyche, I feel it was unnecessary to drag it out for two episodes.

^ Says: August 4, 2009 at 5:13 pm And yet another clue, is the way in which Tony is shot by Junior for the second time.

^ Richie wears one and also conspires with Junior and NY to whack Tony.

.However, the situation is defused unexpectedly when Janice kills Richie in a violent argument; Tony and his men conceal all evidence of the murder, and Janice returns to Seattle.^ Richie is killed by Janice and Pussy is killed when Tony discovers he is a traitor.
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  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ However, Tony is murdered before all of the “ducks” return to the pool.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Richie Aprile was killed by his wife Janice (sister to Tony) on The Sopranos after he struck her and for being an overall bad seed.
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.Tony realizes Big Pussy is an FBI informant; so he, Silvio Dante, and Paulie Walnuts kill Big Pussy on a boat, then wrap him up in chains and throw him overboard.^ Tony deciding not to kill Paulie on the boat.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I really thought when Tony took Paulie fishing, he was going to kill him.
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^ And maybe the thing with Tony Sirico (as Paulie Walnuts) on the boat.
  • Gandolfini ready to let Tony Soprano go 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.azcentral.com [Source type: General]

Season 3

.The Third Season marks the return of the ambitious Ralph Cifaretto following the "disappearance" of Aprile Crew capo Richie Aprile after spending an extended period of leisure time in Miami, Florida.^ PM] AMC AND BANANA REPUBLIC ANNOUNCE MARKETING PARTNERSHIP FOR THE THIRD SEASON OF THE AWARD-WINNING DRAMA SERIES ''MAD MEN'' The campaign will mark the first time the national retailer has featured an original scripted drama series in-stores.
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

^ If you doubt that, and if you’ve ever watched The Sopranos , gauge your reaction to these names – “Big Pussy” Sal Bompansiero, Ralph Cifaretto, Jackie Aprile, Jr., Gloria Trillo, Richie Aprile, Tony Blundetto.
  • Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.dansimmons.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Audience member #11 : I have a question about the long periods of time between seasons.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

He pursues a relationship with Rosalie Aprile, the widow of the deceased mobster and former capo of the Aprile Crew which bears his name Jackie Aprile, Sr.. .With Richie assumed to have joined the witness protection program, Ralph unofficially usurps control over the Aprile Crew, proving to be an exceptionally dexterous earner for the crew.^ Tony & family then go into the FBI witness protection program and end up in south FL where he becomes an FBI trainer.

^ I am still wondering if Tony will spill his guts to the witness protection program, now that would be fitting!

^ This was done so Adrienia could saftly be put in a witness protection program.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

.While Ralph's competitive merit would seemingly have him next in line to ascend to capo, his insubordination inclines Tony not to promote him and instead gives the promotion to the less qualified – however docile – Gigi Cestone, causing much resentment and tension between him and Ralph.^ Tony will clip him next week.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tony’s capos try to reason with him.
  • Dan Simmons - Author's Official Web Site 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.dansimmons.com [Source type: Original source]

^ He gets up to go to the can, Tony gives him a 'hey where you going' look.
  • "The Sopranos": Eighty-Sixed - scanners 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.suntimes.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Ralph ultimately crosses the line one night when, in a cocaine-induced rage, he gets into a confrontation with one of his girlfriends, Tracee, and beats her to death.^ Except for heroes and suicides, no one gets to choose the time and place of their death, nor the manner.
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^ Ralph Cifaretto : Ma...Ma'am, c-could you hold on for one second, I have the hospital on the other line.
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In one sense this episode is the death scene par excellance; the ultimate realistic death.
  • The Last Psychiatrist: The Sopranos Finale Explained 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC thelastpsychiatrist.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

She was a 'hooer', and may have been pregnant with his child at the time. .This infuriates Tony to the point where he violates traditional Mafia code by striking him repeatedly in front of the entire family.^ Tony HAD to be murdered in front of his family.

^ Tony’s death in front of his family is the ultimate “merger” of the show’s themes from the very beginning.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Also, it is the perfect retribution for Phil for Butchie to have Tony’s death occur right in front of his family.
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.Bad blood temporarily surfaces between the two but is shortly resolved after Gigi Cestone dies of an aneurysm on the toilet, thereby forcing Tony to reluctantly promote Ralph to capo.^ Not the classic Tony POV shot and between two shots of Tony looking down.

^ Tony has failed again and again, with the ending (and somewhat forced ending) of his relationship of the single two purposes of the show’s creation: Dr. Melfi and his two families.

^ Very good point about Tony B and Christopher’s deaths representing the choice Tony has to make between his two families.

.Bobby Baccalieri's father Bobby Baccalieri, Sr. comes out of retirement to fulfill a hit on a young hot-head named Mustang Sally – his Godson in name only – who also put Vito Spatafore's brother, Bryan, into a coma.^ Bobby's cancer-ridden father comes out of retirement to do a hit.
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^ The same people who throw out words like "nuanced," "layered," "conflicted" (mentioned a few parargraphs above) are the same people who watch the show only for bloodshed?

^ Phil is taken out, everything is business as usual, or so we think, and Tony gets into a car, turns the key, and BANG! Just because Phil is out of the picture doesn't mean that there's still not a hit out on Tony's head.
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.He kills the man and his friend at the home and while leaving from the hit, Bacala, Sr., who is slowly dying from lung cancer, has an asthma attack and dies when his car crashes into a telephone pole.^ After a truck loaded with bricks slammed into the rear of a car on the New Jersey Turnpike and caused a chain-reaction crash that killed four people, including a toddler, the families of the deceased were sued by the turnpike authority for damage to the highway.
  • The Soprano State, Bob Ingle and Sandy McClure 25 September 2009 15:40 UTC www.thesopranostate.com [Source type: News]

^ John Sacrimoni AKA "Johnny Sack" ended his tenure on The Sopranos by dying of lung cancer after being imprisoned.
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^ "Something tells me that if you're a married mobster who also happens to be a closeted gay man, your approach to hitting on dudes is bound to be "very 70s.""

.When Silvio comes down with the flu, Tony assigns Paulie Gualtieri and Christopher Moltisanti the task of collecting his payment from a Russian mobster named Valery.^ Christopher Moltisanti : Go ahead, Paulie!
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ Paulie and Christopher clash when Christopher comes up short in his collection envelope.
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^ Christopher Moltisanti : I told you I had the flu!
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.Paulie and Valery get into an argument and one thing leads to another and after an intense fight in the Russian's apartment, Paulie and Chris wrap him up in a rug and take him out to Pine Barrens to bury him, as they are under the impression he is dead.^ They wrapped him up.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This way mostly wraps things up.
  • So long to The Sopranos | The LoHud Yankees Blog 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC yankees.lhblogs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Paulie has sided up to the opposition enough in the past to switch over - or it's possible they take him out too.
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.When they arrive, much to their chagrin, they find him still alive.^ They should still endeavor to obtain enough information to suggest a much longer period of unexplained or disproportionate depressed mood.
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^ I’m chagrined to realize that the main reason I leaned toward this reading was because I “loved” Tony too much to want him to die.

^ Tony & his family find themselves in that diner with a paradox – their enemies are smoked, but they’ve never seemed in so much danger.

The Russian takes the two by surprise and knocks them down with a shovel long enough to escape. .Paulie shoots at him and seemingly hits him in the head, although the Russian mysteriously disappears behind a bank.^ Tony is watching a tv show as usual when Furio sneaks up behind him and shoots him in the back of the head.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ He gets up, walks to the bathroom, and although it wasn’t shown, I can imagine him splashing water on his face to calm himself, comes back out and shoots Tony in the head.

^ The journalist asked, “What do you think is the last thought in the head of a deer before you shoot him?
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.Paulie and Chris end up trapped in a nightmarish journey after becoming lost in the snowy and freezing woods, only to be rescued by Tony and Bobby Bacala the next morning.^ He wasn’t in the woods with Chris and Paulie was he?

^ Tony get up and motions for Paulie to follow.
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^ This is the next morning after the fight with Bacala.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

Jackie Aprile, Jr. becomes involved with Meadow and then descends into an increasingly reckless life of drugs and crime. .Tony initially attempts to act as a mentor to Jackie but becomes increasingly impatient with his escalating misbehavior, particularly as Jackie's relationship with Meadow begins to become serious.^ One smart suggestion is that the series will end at Meadow’s wedding, with Tony receiving guests, ala The Godfather, which is clever.
  • The Anchoress | A First Things Blog 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.firstthings.com [Source type: General]

^ Patsy may have his son Patrick in on the act; his sudden yet initially secret relationship with Meadow seems too convenient.

^ Any loss of Meadow, AJ or Carm to an act of violence would put Tony in an eternal hell far worse than death.

.Inspired by a story from Ralph about how Tony, Jackie's father, and Silvio Dante got made, Jackie and his friends Dino Zerilli and Carlo Renzi make a similar move and attempt to rob Eugene Pontecorvo's Saturday night card game, so they can gain recognition from the family, possibly getting them respected and made as well.^ Christopher's Cleaver premieres, showing Tony how he feels about him; Johnny Sack faces a health crisis; Phil Leotardo resents his family, and himself, for being weak and downtrodden; Silvio gets caught up in New York's power vacuum .
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^ We started out the season, tragically with Eugene Pontecorvo hanging himself after pleading with Tony and the FBI ( he has been a rat for quite some time ) to leave the family because of a substantial inheritance he received from a aunt, which can finance a move to Florida and leave the family.
  • Soprano Sue's Sopranos Watch: April 2007 Archives 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.baristanet.com [Source type: General]

^ At Satriales, Silvio and Carlo Gervasi don’t think it was too funny when Fat Dom, one of Leotardo’s guys, shows up and starts talking $hit how the whole thing about Vito’s death as being hilarious.
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.The plan takes a turn for the worse when Jackie panics due to the heckling of the card dealer "Sunshine" and shoots him to death.^ Although what the final series reinforces is the way Tony turns everyone against him, so his death really could’ve come from anywhere.

Dino and Carlo are killed during the robbery, but Jackie manages to escape. .Tony decides to give Ralph the decision regarding Jackie Jr.'s punishment.^ Ralphie introduces Jackie Jr. Tony.
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^ Jackie Jr. Tony's strong discouragement.
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^ Maria Spatafore requests help from Tony for Vito, Jr.; Tony's bad luck puts a rift between he and Hesh; A.J. makes a major choice regarding his future.
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Despite his role as a surrogate father, Ralph ultimately decides to have Jackie Jr. killed.
Livia dies of a stroke. Tony begins an affair with Gloria Trillo, who is also a patient of Dr. Melfi. Their relationship is brief and tumultuous. Meanwhile Dr. Melfi is raped. Junior is diagnosed with stomach cancer; following chemotherapy, it goes into remission. A.J. continues to get in trouble at school, despite success on the football team; this culminates in his expulsion.

Season 4

.In the Fourth Season, Tony Soprano informs Christopher Moltisanti that the man who murdered his dad years earlier when Chris was merely an infant, Detective Lieutenant Barry Haydu, is in fact – contrary to what Christopher had previously been led to believe – still alive.^ Tony Soprano : Like who?
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Is Tony Soprano dead or alive?
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^ Tony Soprano is a man's man - no doubt!

One night Tony and Chris stake out Lt. Haydu's retirement party, at which point Tony gives Chris his address. .When Chris inquires as to why he had been allowed to live throughout the years, Tony informs him that he was a valued asset but now that he is retired he has lived out his worth.^ Tony hasn't talked to him in a year.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In this episode Eugene commits suicide after Tony will not let Eugene “retire” from Mob life and move him and his family to Florida after Eugene receives a 2 million dollar inheritance.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Eugene tries to placate his wife “A year from now, 2 years, everything could be different, Tony could be gone ”.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

Chris secretly waits inside Lt. Haydu's home as he returns from his party and ambushes him. .When Haydu comes to, he finds himself handcuffed to his staircase, at which point Christopher gives him an opportunity to admit he murdered his father, although Barry vehemently denies it.^ We saw Christopher pretty much admit that he regretted siding with Tony and approving the murder of Adriana, the love of his life.
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ It drove me crazy every time Christopher bitched about Adriane’s death and kept wanting Tony to be more appreciative of him giving her up.

^ I think he comes to that conclusion himself and he maintains that “it’s all a big nothing” mentality that his mother instilled him.

.When Chris goes to shoot him, Barry struggles to get away yelling "I'm sorry!", indicating he did in fact murder Christopher's father.^ The MOB risks exposure and would shoot him right away and get out.

^ We’ve been waiting for the answer to the question “How does Tony ultimately respond to the shooting?” We get our answer when he becomes for Christopher what HIS uncle was for him.

^ Christopher since she wasn’t a murderer like him) .
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Christopher turns up the TV to muffle the shot.
.New York underboss Johnny Sack becomes enraged after learning of an inappropriate joke made by Ralph Cifaretto about his wife's obesity.^ Johnny Sack : I want you to sanction a hit on Ralph Cifaretto.
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^ Christopher's Cleaver premieres, showing Tony how he feels about him; Johnny Sack faces a health crisis; Phil Leotardo resents his family, and himself, for being weak and downtrodden; Silvio gets caught up in New York's power vacuum .
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^ The many the ethnic nuances from the Jersey mob-speak to the New York (Johnny Sacks)crew superior presence, will make you long for a Sausage & Peppers Hero (never referred to as a Sub).
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

.He seeks permission to have him clipped in retribution but is denied by head boss Carmine Lupertazzi; Johnny insubordinately orders a hit on Ralph anyway, which is called off at the last minute, ultimately saving Ralph's life and unbeknownst to him his own as well, for Carmine had arranged a hit to be performed on Johnny indirectly via Tony for his insubordination.^ Carmine Lupertazzi : Not if you want him clipped over it.
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^ Carmine Lupertazzi : Ralph slept with Ginny?
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^ Phil orders hit on Tony.
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.Tony and Ralph invest in a race horse together named Pie-O-My, winning them quite a few races and making them both a great deal of money.^ This was for allegedly starting a fire that killed Tony's horse Pie-O-My.
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^ Don’t get me wrong, there are some good and even great episodes in the course of this season, and by making it last on my list it doesn’t mean I hate it.

^ Tony being dead was my initial conclusion when the episode first aired, but I wasn’t able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together to explain it as well as it was done here.

.However, later on in the season, when Ralph's 12-year old son Justin is severely injured while playing an unsupervised game of Lord of the Rings when an arrow plunges into his chest and putting him into a coma, Tony believes Ralph burned up Pie-O-My alive in a stable fire to collect the $200,000 in insurance money he and Ralph had recently taken out on the horse.^ But maybe it was Tony’s son that had him killed.

^ As you recall, Tony told him to put the word out.

^ To burn it down for the insurance money!!!
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.Tony confronts Ralph at his house the morning after the night of the fire and although Ralph vehemently denies setting the fire, he implies Tony's hypocrisy in that Tony has no similar concern for human life or the envelopes full of money that come from hurting innocent people.^ And Tony cradling Bobby's full-auto birthday present in his arms like an infant, waiting in the dark for the end to come.
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^ The episode where Adriana is killed, look at how Tony sits on a tree stump “headstone” in the woods similar to where Adriana is killed, where Carmela is planning her spec house.

^ It's a decorated house instead of a fiery pit (or Irish bar) to highlight that Tony doesn't choose life out of simple fear, but it is hell.

.The two once again engage in a violent brawl, which culminates with Tony having strangled and beaten Ralph to death on his kitchen floor.^ As the robbers leave, the family gathers around Tony who is laying on the floor bleeding to death.
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^ In season 3 episode “University”, Tony is sincerely upset over the death of stripper named Tracee who is beaten to death by Ralphie.

^ Ralph Cifarertto had an extremely gruesome death on The Sopranos , being decapitated after being strangled to death.
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.He enlists in the help of Christopher to dispose of the body; they decapitate his head, hands, and bury them separately at Mikey Palmice's hospitalized father's farm (this is a nod to Ralph's favorite movie Gladiator where a character has his head severed off) and throw his body into a quarry.^ An idea could pop into my head where I would go, 'Wow, that would make a great movie,' but I doubt it.
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^ Mikey Palmice : I think you should've taken care of this Christopher Moltisanti thing the minute it first happened.
  • The Sopranos: Season 1 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It would have been better if Tony had that dream a little more than halfway into the season so he could have disposed of Pussy sooner and they could have moved on to something else.

.While he is leaving court, Uncle Junior is hit in the head with a boom mic and falls down several steps, which sets off his developing Alzheimer's of which he is unaware he even has.^ When he gets knocked down the court room steps by the boom mic?
  • The Sopranos: the best bits | Television & radio | guardian.co.uk 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Uncle Junior : The federal government says I can't leave the house and my family keeps me sedated.
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

^ There’s plenty of time to step off and slow down, and debate massive government like it should be crushed, I mean debated.
  • Roger’s Rules » Obama as Tony Soprano, or, flipping America the bird 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC pajamasmedia.com [Source type: Original source]

.Tony and his lawyer advise him to take advantage of this golden opportunity, act mentally incompetent, and employ it as a scapegoat for not being able to continue trial, thereby absolving him from his Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges on grounds of mental incompetence; however, his act soon becomes a grim reality when he begins to lose his memory for real, and his feigned attempt at mental incompetence virtually falls through.^ The real tragedy is Tony’s love of his family was never enough for him to really take a chance and quit the life.

^ I should add that I agree with other viewers who said Tony Soprano had it coming, and that we viewers really shouldn’t have that much sympathy for him.

^ Patsi could be referring to the little guys like him, that the Tony’s of the world are taking EVERYTHING for themselves.

.But later on, Eugene Pontecorvo intimidates a juror not to decide against Junior resulting in a deadlocked jury and thereby forcing the judge to declare a mistrial.^ This may be reason for the “Member’s Only Guy”/Eugene Pontecorvo connection (I will get more detailed with this concept later on in the “What’s Tony’s death mean?” section).

Following the death of Bobby Baccalieri's wife, Janice pursues a romantic relationship with him. .Christopher's addiction to heroin deepens, prompting his associates and family to organize an intervention, after which he enters a drug rehabilitation center.^ Ralphie comes to a brutal end, Christopher is on heroin, and who can forget that memorable intervention?

^ He's into heroin, organized crime, he's associating with some very dangerous people...not to mention Tony Soprano himself.
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^ Jeffrey Wernick : (Christopher watches Jeffrey Wernick on television) They will undoubtedly be focused on the, as yet unsolved, execution style slaying of Soprano family associate Brendan Filone.
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.Adriana befriends a woman who is secretly an FBI agent; when the friendship stopped she comes out and tells her she is an FBI agent and the only way to stay out of prison for the drug deals around her bar is to become a FBI informant.^ The comments just come out that way.

^ Adriana La Cerva left The Sopranos after it was found out she was an informant for the FBI. Silvio gunned her down in the woods as she tried to crawl away to safety.
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^ Tony will, eventually and inevitably, take one of the only ‘two ways out’.

With the thought of going to jail Adriana agrees and starts leaking information to the FBI.
.Carmela, whose relationship with Tony is tense due to financial worries and Tony's infidelities, develops a mutual infatuation with Furio Giunta.^ Tony and Carmela separate in the finale (although the separation was a natura l conclusion to their relationship during this season).
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^ What if Tony is killed and Carmela starts thinking like Rosie Aprillio and takes on a position herself - with Furio, who returns upon hearing of Tony's demise?
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^ Carmela is crying and worrying about Tony’s future, “I worry Tony…you already got shot and now you won’t even get the paper, who is out there…?”.
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.Furio contemplates murdering Tony one night while Tony is highly inebriated; he pushes Tony towards the propellers of their helicopter – which was ordered to carry them home after a night of partying – but pulls him back at the last minute, playing it off by telling Tony he was standing too close.^ But I also think the one in which Adriana is killed ranks up there, along with the last episode of series 4 in which Tony and Carmela have an argument that literally puts a tennis ball in your throat and the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
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^ He tells this to Dr. Melfi, who, as usual, brings Tony back to Square One, reminding Tony that he is F.O.S. If Carmela had let me kick AJ's butt like my father kicked mine, he might have grown up with some balls, he tells Melfi.
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^ Last season, Tony’s New York counterpart, Johnny Sack saw how crime does not pay off in the end.
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The next morning, Tony seems to have – fortunately – forgotten the incident, however. .Furio, not being capable of transgressing his personal moral codes as well as those of the old school Sicilian mafia organization, such as loyalty to the Capo, subsequently and clandestinely returns home to Italy, leaving Carmela despondent.^ Furio leaves and Carmela is left grieving.
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^ Tony and Janice return home around night fall and Tony and Paulie leave again Carmella is worried and Tony tells her not to worry this is the last time he will be leaving like this.
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^ There is something to be said about the Old School Mafia Style(NY Crew) Vs.
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.After Tony's former mistress calls their home and drunkenly details his improprieties, Carmela throws Tony out.^ Gloria Trillo, former mistress to Tony, took her departure from The Sopranos by hanging herself.
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^ Carmela is crying and worrying about Tony’s future, “I worry Tony…you already got shot and now you won’t even get the paper, who is out there…?”.
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^ I think Carmela will find out that Tony is cheating on her again and she will be the one that will kill Tony for the shows finale .
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.Tony is approached by Johnny Sack with a proposal to murder Carmine Lupertazzi, which he eventually turns down.^ Johnny Sack : He's got a bad history Tony.
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^ Johnny Sack : Tony gets one fifty.
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^ By the end of the season the NY war is resolved when Little Carmine surrenders to Johnny Sack and Tony kills his cousin Tony Blundetto (to avoid Tony’s family having it’s own war with NY).
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Season 5

.In the Fifth Season, a string of brand new characters are introduced to the show, including Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto, who along with other mafiosos are released from prison simultaneously and labeled by the media as the Class of '04. Among the other released characters are former DiMeo Crime Family capo Michele "Feech" La Manna, whose card game was robbed back in the 80s to get Tony and Jackie Aprile made and respected, Lupertazzi family capo Phil Leotardo, and semi-retired Lupertazzi consigliere Angelo Garepe.^ The ending of the show can be read to be that Tony’s about to lose his other family.

^ Tony’s cousin Tony Blundetto is also introduced and gets involved in the NY war.
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^ Technically, Tony is now the head of New Jersey’s DiMeo crime family.
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.Tony offers Tony Blundetto a spot in the crime family, but he respectfully declines, as he is determined to lead a straight and crime-free life.^ In this episode Eugene commits suicide after Tony will not let Eugene “retire” from Mob life and move him and his family to Florida after Eugene receives a 2 million dollar inheritance.
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^ None of us can imagine having to destroy friends and family for survival; for Tony this is an almost inevitable part of life.
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^ I think when everyone is gone from both families, Tony will get a new identity with his own family and move somewhere else and have a normal life.
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.He initially begins to take courses to earn a degree in massage therapy and aspires to open up his own massage parlor.^ It's like a competitor opening up another store or a new federal regulation that's going to add costs and take a slice off the company's bottom line.
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^ So the suspense begins to build as it takes a while for the family to show up, one at a time.

After Carmine Lupertazzi unexpectedly dies of a stroke, his death leaves a highly desired vacancy for boss of the Lupertazzi Crime Family, which will soon be vehemently fought over by Underboss Johnny Sack and Carmine's son Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr..
.Tony reluctantly arranges for Feech La Manna to be sent back to prison by setting him up with stolen plasma flat screen TVs, thereby violating his parole stipulations after Feech proves to be a very insubordinate and disrespectful fixture.^ Why else would they have that episode after the "boat scene" where Paulie had a dream and saw Pussy and asked him if he would have the balls to stand up to Tony when his time came.
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^ Chase sets this up in the penultimate episode “The Blue Comet” when Tony tells Carmela that “Families don’t get touched”.
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^ So in that respect I reckon Tony survives the turf war and I'm starting to suspect Paulie stabbing him in the back is a red herring.
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The war between Johnny Sack and Carmine, Jr. initially begins when Johnny has Phil and his henchmen kill lady shylock Lorraine Calluzzo for kicking up to Carmine instead of Johnny. .Tony B.'s attempt at a straight, civilian life comes to a head when he gets into an enraged brawl with his employer Sungyon Kim, who had agreed to become partners with him in the establishing of the massage parlor but had virtually done nothing and left all the work to Blundetto.^ Tony, now looking up into empty sky where Phil was once standing, is badly wounded and light-headed.
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^ To believe that “nothing happened” or “Life goes on” is in direct contrast to the structure of all six seasons.

^ Rhiannon pops up for the same reason Meadow gets engaged to (and probably pregnant by) Patsy's son...Tony's kids' story arc at the end is of them coming back to him.
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Tony informs Tony B. that "it's hard working with strangers." .Angelo Garepe, who was also a good friend to Tony B. in prison, and Lupertazzi capo Rusty Millio offer Tony B. the job of taking out Joey Peeps in retaliation for Lorraine's death, as Joey is thought very highly of by Johnny but is not a made man.^ HE is supposed to take out Tony.
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^ Tony Blundetto got shot in the face on The Sopranos as retaliation for taking out Billy Leotardo, Phil's younger brother.
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^ Eugene is seen in one and also discusses taking out Tony, IIRC with his wife.

.Tony B. initially declines but after hearing his twin sons talk about how wonderful everything was at the Soprano's house and his desperateness to earn, Tony B. later accepts the job.^ She talks about the “million possibilities” of how it could end for Tony.
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^ Tony Soprano : Alright, lemme hear it.
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^ Tony Soprano : Ya hear that?
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.He catches Joey and his prostitute outside a bordello one night, shoots them both to death in cold blood, and quickly flees the scene.^ If in fact Juliana is just a junkie that Christopher is involved in, it’s not rocket science to interpolate that she will be a catalyst for the complete disintegration of the Christopher and Tony’s relationship, and the death of one or both of them.
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^ Bobby Bacala (Steven Schirripa) died last night as well, and though Bobby didn’t have the stature of a Silvio, his death scene was exceptionally well directed by Alan Taylor.

.Johnny discovers via a by-stander that the man who murdered Joey was in fact Tony's cousin and is intensely outraged, threatening to kill Tony B. and Carmine Lupertazzi, Jr., but Tony is able to convince Johnny that Tony B. had nothing to do with the killing, thereby temporarily cooling things off.^ The man who kills Tony is credited as “Man in Members Only Jacket”.

^ Nothing, as Tony is killed in an instant .

^ It really helped me to understand not only the fact that Tony was killed, but also some important Chase’s messages.

.Johnny, however, retaliates by having Phil and his brother Billy Leotardo murder Tony B.'s close friend Angelo Garepe.^ Angelo Garepe’s surrogate “son” Tony B. sought revenge for his murder.

^ However, remember Tony Blundetto’s murder of Billy Leotardo and near murder of Phil.

^ Tony Blundetto got shot in the face on The Sopranos as retaliation for taking out Billy Leotardo, Phil's younger brother.
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.Tony B. – who becomes uncontrollably outraged by this as Angelo was like a father to him – finds the Leotardo brothers one night and begins walking towards them firing a Desert Eagle, killing Billy and wounding Phil.^ He walks towards Tony’s table and finally Tony looks up at him.

^ Eugene then glances over to Tony (MOG in Holsten’s) and then walks toward him (MOG at Holsten’s).

^ Tony's psychiatrist is the only one who comes to visit him.
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.Tony and Carmela remain separated, with Tony living at his parents' former house with childhood friend Artie Bucco, who was also left by his wife.^ Artie Bucco : Like who?
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^ The live in the house that Carmela built.
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^ He and his wife Carmela have their ups and downs, his relationship with his therapist is strained, and he must deal now deal with two grown children who have problems of their own.
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.Carmela, now the sole authority figure for A.J. in the Soprano house, becomes frustrated as her rules lead her son to resent her; eventually she allows A.J. to live with his father.^ At the end of last season, we see an excerpt from the movie Casablanca: “My dear mademoiselle, I must warn you, that by now you have seen that life in Casablanca is cheap.” Casablanca, meaning white house, is an allusion to the white house that the Soprano family lives in.
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^ We, as the viewer, are allowed to live inside of the head of Tony Soprano.

^ Tony Soprano : (about the absence of his childhood dog) Father told me he took him to live on a farm.
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She has a brief relationship with Robert Wegler, A.J.'s school principal; he breaks it off abruptly when he suspects that she is manipulating him to improve A.J.'s grades. .Tony and Carmela reconcile their marriage; Tony promises to be more loyal and also agrees to pay for a piece of real estate Carmela wishes to develop.^ Also: Tony and Carmela hob… more .
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^ I think Chase has always planned for Tony's real family to pay the price for the crimes of his mafia family.
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^ I wish that Gore would run, or that people would pay more attention to the other candidates such as Mike Gravel.
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.Tony gets Meadow's boyfriend Finn De Trolio a summer job at the crime family's construction site, which is run and managed by now Aprile Crew capo Vito Spatafore.^ Vito had run off but resurfaced to meet an untimely demise after he couldn't stay away from his family.
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^ In the last scene, Johnny meets with Silvio who is revealed to be the family traitor, (serving up both Tony & Paulie on a platter) in front of the construction site.
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^ Symbolically, The final parking issue Meadow has builds suspense and also leaves us with an emptiness that Tony never gets to see his guardian Angle come to him.

.Finn comes in early one morning and much to his chagrin catches Vito performing oral sex on a security guard.^ Vito Spatafore : (After Finn has seen Vito performing oral sex on a male security guard in the morning) Badan.
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^ Let us all remember how Finn escaped his horrible raping by either living or zombie Vito (though there's still one ep.
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^ Finn DeTrolio : I saw him blowing some security guard in the parkin' lot.
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.Vito tries to buddy up to Finn so that he does not say anything to anybody else.^ So does she try to stop him?Does he do anything to her?

^ Finn DeTrolio : This mornin' I showed up early, I didn't wanna say anythin' but I'm really afraid of this guy.
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^ Another thing i noticed from that dream sequence is when Tony is the dinner, Finn changes to AJ and Vic says “he won’t amount to anything”.

He even asks Finn to a Yankees game in which Finn does not attend. .Finn eventually quits the job because he is afraid Vito might become violent with this secret.^ Meadow Soprano : Because he's thinking of becoming an oral surgeon and you might have had a new friend if you hadn't been so obnoxious to him at the club.
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.Overcome by guilt, Adriana La Cerva finally confesses to Christopher that she has been working as an informant for the F.B.I..^ Adriana La Cerva : He was drivin' me home.
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^ Adriana La Cerva : We could adopt.
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^ Adriana La Cerva : Hey, hun.
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.Christopher is grief-stricken and nearly kills her himself but cannot bring himself to follow through with it completely.^ Tony kills Butchy and overwhelmed with grief and disappoinment in his son he shoots A.J. and then kills himself..
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.He informs Tony who has Silvio Dante pick Adriana up on the pretense that he is carrying her to the hospital where Christopher is at after attempting suicide but drives her out to the woods and executes her.^ Christopher also feels disrespected by Tony, who feels disrespected by Christopher.
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^ The hit – carried out by hired inner-city cokeheads (or “some miserable hopped-up Boys to Men wannabes from the Hood” as cousin Christopher describes them) – misses, but forces Tony into making plans to take out his much-loved uncle.
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^ Adriana La Cerva left The Sopranos after it was found out she was an informant for the FBI. Silvio gunned her down in the woods as she tried to crawl away to safety.
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.Phil Leotardo and his henchmen brutally beat Benny Fazio while trying to acquire the whereabouts of Tony B.; Phil also threatens to have Christopher taken out if Tony B.'s whereabouts are not disclosed to him soon.^ Tony tried ta strike at them again, we should take him out.
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^ Tony’s capos try to reason with him.
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^ Tony Blundetto got shot in the face on The Sopranos as retaliation for taking out Billy Leotardo, Phil's younger brother.
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.To avoid anymore of his guys getting hurt and to pacify the New York Family, Tony ultimately takes it upon himself to murder his cousin, as he hears if Phil got to him first he wouldn't kill him instantly but torture him first.^ Bofore Chris is murdered by Tony, Chris himself callously kills J.T. in his apartment.

^ I think Tony gets killed after winning the war with New York.

^ Tony HAD to be murdered in front of his family.

.Tony tracks Tony B. down to their Uncle Pat Blundetto's now sold farm in upstate New York murders him with a 12-gauge shotgun.^ Tony tracks down Christopher and kills him.
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^ Maggie gets a postcard from him without a postmark saying "New York is a state of mind."
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^ Tony then gives a quick glance at MOG behind him as he is about to enter the bathroom but then goes right back to looking down at his menu.

Phil, however, is furious that he didn't get the opportunity and pleasure to do it himself. .Tony and Johnny meet at Johnny's house in a reconciliatory manner, but Johnny is arrested by Federal Agents, while Tony escapes into the woods.^ The episode where Adriana is killed, look at how Tony sits on a tree stump “headstone” in the woods similar to where Adriana is killed, where Carmela is planning her spec house.

^ One last thing, Tony has that huge house, but in the end the only place he could go was to the old neighborhood and into Uncle Junior's house.-----later-----m .
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^ Tony turned a meeting with A.J.’s therapist into another excuse to complain about his own life.
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Season 6

.At the beginning of the sixth season, Tony is shot by the now senile and confused Uncle Junior.^ Tony got wacked by Uncle Junior.

^ We saw Tony come to terms with his mortality after he is shot by Uncle Junior.
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^ It is written; The beginning of the season having Junior shoot him.
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.Rendered comatose, Tony dreams he is a salesman on a business trip, where he mistakenly exchanges his briefcase and identification with a man named Kevin Finnerty.^ He accidentally switches briefcases with a man named Kevin Finnerty whom we never see.
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^ While the crew mourns the loss of another of their associates, a comatose Tony dreams of being a 'civilian' on a West Coast business trip that's marred by mistaken identity, while Carmela, Meadow, and A.J. hold vigil at his bedside.
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^ As Tony's comatose dream continues, the stress of Silvio's added workload affects his health.
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.Tony's recovery from the shooting changes his outlook, and he tries to mend his ways.^ She tries to help Tony mend his ways but can't because her patient has no desire to change.

^ So it would seem that Chase’s deliberate use of monks in this scenario indicates that there will be a consequence for Tony not changing his ways.

^ Tony’s shooting and his subsequent near death experience as “Kevin Finnerty” was the wake-up call for Tony to change his life.
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.However, he is faced with more problems in his business life.^ In the first part of Season Six, Tony Soprano faced new challenges as his life grew increasingly more complicated.
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.Once out of the hospital, Johnny Sack's daughter gets married and the Soprano family attends.^ John Sacrimoni AKA "Johnny Sack" ended his tenure on The Sopranos by dying of lung cancer after being imprisoned.
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^ And with Johnny Sack in prison, the always-tense relations between the New Jersey and New York families were strained even further.
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^ When Chris sees the poor family living out of their car he isn’t with Ade, he’s on his own out getting smokes.

.Once there Tony is shown very exhausted and through security must take off his shoes.^ Or at the very least a take-off, like a Scarface HBO mini-series.

^ Also if what people are saying about Tony dying, and there being signs all along is true it fits in very nicely with the rest of the series.

^ I meant that Tony is the series, and once he’s gone, there’s both metaphorically and literally nothing more to see.

In the process he collapses to the ground, but is not hurt. .During the wedding Johnny Sack is approved to leave prison for 6 hours to see his daughter get married.^ Johnny Sack requests to get out of jail to attend his daughter's wedding.
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^ And with Johnny Sack in prison, the always-tense relations between the New Jersey and New York families were strained even further.
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^ In that episode there is a tender moment between Tony and Meadow as they prepare to leave for Allegra Sacks wedding.
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.As his daughter is about to drive away the SUV that was escorting Johnny to the wedding blocks the car from leaving and an altercation begins in the driveway.^ He doesn't see his daughter get married (she arrives in a white car, like a late bride, and the bells on the door have a great double meaning - like wedding bells and bells tolling).
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^ There are certainly standout episodes such as Luxary Lounge and the one with the wedding of Johnny Sac’s daughter.

^ Johnny Sack requests to get out of jail to attend his daughter's wedding.
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.In a sign of weakness and despair Johnny Sack starts to cry and is put back into handcuffs and driven back to prison, greatly minimizing his respect from his crew and Tony's.^ Johnny Sack : He's got a bad history Tony.
  • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Johnny Sack was caught and put in jail.

^ Tony takes advantage of Johnny Sack's financial crunch and seeks to quash Carmela's spec house; Bobby Bacala suffers an eye injury; Janice confronts Tony on his treatment of her and Bobby; Vito starts to pine for his old lifestyle .
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.Vito Spatafore is outed as a homosexual after running into a friend at a New York night club.^ He goes into hiding after he has been outed as a homosexual at a nightclub in New York City.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Vengeance New York City Entertainment Pundits Sort Out Sopranos Ending The Sopranos' ambiguous ending was last night and there is a wave of discontent and puzzlement sweeping the land.

^ Vito Spatafore : Third base line, plus it's bat night.
  • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

.The rumor spreads quickly and once word gets to Meadow that everyone else knows, she tells Tony and Carmella about the incident between Finn and Vito with the security guard.^ Once again, this show is primarily about Tony.

^ Maria Spatafore requests help from Tony for Vito, Jr.; Tony's bad luck puts a rift between he and Hesh; A.J. makes a major choice regarding his future.
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^ Carmela gets a new life philosophy while in Paris with Rosalie; Meadow decides to move west with Finn; rising health insurance costs give no-show jobs new importance; Phil keeps demanding Tony take out Vito; Tony delivers an ultimatum to A.J. .
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.Finn then has to sit in front of Tony's entire crew and tell them what happened with the guard, solidifying their thoughts on Vito's sexuality.^ Tony’s entire dream, the recurring dream, was his coach pointing down at him and telling him how he was unprepared (”You’re not prepared!

^ When Tony was distracted when his daughter came in the door, that's when they did it -- in front of his entire family.
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^ In the previous episode “Blue Comet,” Tony tells Silvio to have “eyes behind the back of your heads” when he is referring to Phil’s possible retaliation against Tony’s crew.

.Tony is urged to deal with the problem by Phil Leotardo, now acting boss of New York with Johnny Sack in prison.^ He cut a deal with New York, the war is over.

^ Johnny Sack : He's got a bad history Tony.
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^ Tony is then less stubborn in his dealings with Phil Leotardo.
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.Once Vito is outed, he runs away from the city and hides out in a New Hampshire town where he starts writing a book and meets with the locals.^ New Hampshire welcomes Vito .
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ Vito had run off but resurfaced to meet an untimely demise after he couldn't stay away from his family.
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^ He goes into hiding after he has been outed as a homosexual at a nightclub in New York City.
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.Vito also starts a romantic relationship with a male cook at a local diner.^ The cook at the local diner has flirted with him more than once, and one night makes a move on the pudgy mobster.
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

.Eventually, Vito returns to New Jersey and asks Tony to allow him to return to work, albeit in Atlantic City.^ The last scene will be Tony dreaming in his Las Vegas bed surrounded by all of the characters alive and dead at a big family dinner on the New Jersey shore.
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^ By killing Tony he would be head of the New Jersey family (the theories about the twin being the head ignore this) and he wouln’t have to take on the cursed assignment Tony left him with.

^ Tony worries about Johnny Sack's upcoming RICO trial and the effect it is having on both the New York and New Jersey families.
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He continues to maintain that he is not a homosexual. .Tony mulls over the decision to let him work, as well as whether to let him live.^ In this episode Eugene commits suicide after Tony will not let Eugene “retire” from Mob life and move him and his family to Florida after Eugene receives a 2 million dollar inheritance.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Tony has directly and indirectly destroyed so many lives that someone could kill him at anytime.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Let’s assume that Tony was killed–Lord knows he had it coming, and I can live with that.
  • Sopranos « BuzzMachine 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.buzzmachine.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.When Tony fails to act, Phil intervenes and kills Spatafore.^ Tony and Paulie kill Phil, AJ kills his father, and Sil lives to be Paulie's (the new boss) 2nd in command to make way for a sequel.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos finale spoiler 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tony's lost Sil, Bobby, Carlo, killed Chris himself - and it's convenient for little Carmine to have Phil taken out by Tony - then they whack Tony.
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^ The three people in the Dinner: the two african american guys were paid in an earlier episode to kill Tony, but failed and shot him in the ear.
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.When one of the members of the New York family, Fat Dom Gamiello, pays a visit to the Jersey office and won't stop making jokes about Vito and his death, the two members of Tony's crime family who are present kill Fat Dom out of anger at the disrespect he has shown.^ Through his death, Tony has “lost” his family.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Christopher also feels disrespected by Tony, who feels disrespected by Christopher.
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^ The New York and New Jersey families are trying to make peace.
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.Once more it appears that the families are on the verge of all-out war.^ However, once the war is resolved the family is back to business as usual, blissfully ignorant of the destruction caused by Tony.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ She’s the smartest of all of them (save possibly Tony), and she’ll get out alive though probably scarred from losing her family or financial backing or both.
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^ The falling out in the Sopranos family will lead Phil to rely heavily on Johnny who will use all the infighting to make his move to take over the construction business.
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.Also during the first half of the season Chris and Carmine head to Los Angeles to try and pick up Ben Kingsley for a movie they are trying to make called "Cleaver."^ Chris talked with Adrianna during the first seasons about his movie-carreer.

^ While in Hollywood he meets up with Ben Kingsley , who hasn't aged one minute, and Lauren Bacall , who still looks fantastic.
  • Tubular | Blogging TV, one show at a time | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC blogs.chron.com [Source type: General]

^ I'm half Sicilian so let's call my plan the "Make Them An Offer They Can't Refuse" We get James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) do do the ads for free (A way he can share his wealth) and the theme is Mafia rescues Detroit.
  • DETROIT RESCUE PLAN SOLUTION: Spies Tell Obama To Do A Tony Soprano And Make Americans An Offer They Can't Refuse - AutoSpies Auto News 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.autospies.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Basically a mix of "The Godfather" and "Saw." But Ben passes on the picture. .While in Los Angeles Chris goes back to using cocaine for a short period of time.^ PM] FOX GOES "MENTAL" THIS SUMMER Chris Vance and Annabella Sciorra star in the drama, about "a dynamic, young psychiatrist who becomes Director of Mental Health Services at a Los Angeles hospital."
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

^ I've found an interesting (to me, anyway) article in the Los Angeles Times that discusses the intensity and diversity of fan reaction to the final scene there at Holsten's.
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^ (It seemed the plan to eat at Holsten's was made that afternoon and the family's arrival there, although not immediate, occurred in a relatively short period of time.
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.Tony considers killing several of his associates for relatively minor infractions.^ For those that say Paulie wouldn't kill Tony, that the irony in Tony considering killing him in Remember When will be that Paulie saves Tony: Don't bet on it.
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^ Also, of minor coincidence is when Tony lied to Adrianna about Christopher before having her killed, he mentioned that Christopher was found in a diner by some state trooper.

^ Tony reveals to Silvio that he was considering killing Paulie on the boat in ?Remember When?, and regrets not doing it when he had the chance.
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.Christopher is unable to leave the mob, deflecting his problems by relapsing into drug addiction and kills his friend from Narcotics Anonymous.^ The victim was killed for owing money to the mob (this may foreshadow Tony’s gambling problem later in the season).
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^ Christopher, we're here to talk about your drug problem.
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He is then seriously injured in a car accident that he causes while driving under the influence of narcotics. .Tony, the sole passenger, is not badly hurt, and suffocates Christopher to death.^ It drove me crazy every time Christopher bitched about Adriane’s death and kept wanting Tony to be more appreciative of him giving her up.

^ So let’s say that Tony’s list of outcomes is: incarceration, death, or survive unscathed by passing the family along successfully to Christopher.
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^ Since the shocking death of Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), a lot of momentum has built up in Tony’s world.

A.J. is dumped by his fiancée and slips into depression, culminating in a failed suicide attempt in the backyard pool. Dr. Melfi is convinced by friends that Tony is making no progress and may even be using talking therapy for his own sociopathic benefit. .She drops him as a patient.^ Several times she’s tried to drop him as a client – and several times Tony has walked out on her – but each time they’ve returned to their odd client-patient relationship.
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.Johnny Sack dies from lung cancer while imprisoned and Leotardo consolidates his position in the Lupertazzi family.^ John Sacrimoni AKA "Johnny Sack" ended his tenure on The Sopranos by dying of lung cancer after being imprisoned.
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^ And with Johnny Sack in prison, the always-tense relations between the New Jersey and New York families were strained even further.
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

^ Johnny Boy will most likely fold and flip or get lung cancer.
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He has his opposition for leadership killed and then officially takes over. .In a resumption of their past feud Phil will not compromise with Tony on a garbage deal.^ Remember what Phil did to him as part of the feud over Tony Blundetto's actions?
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^ Tony is then less stubborn in his dealings with Phil Leotardo.
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.When Tony assaults a Lupertazzi soldier for harassing Meadow while she is out on a date, Phil decides it is time to decapitate the Soprano crew.^ Meadow Soprano : But you got out a suitcase!!
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^ The end is near for Tony Soprano and his crew .

^ Carmela gets a new life philosophy while in Paris with Rosalie; Meadow decides to move west with Finn; rising health insurance costs give no-show jobs new importance; Phil keeps demanding Tony take out Vito; Tony delivers an ultimatum to A.J. .
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.Phil orders the executions of Bobby Baccalieri, who is shot to death, Silvio, who ends up comatose, and Tony, who goes into hiding.^ It gets fucked up, and Phil goes into hiding.
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^ If Tony gets shot, then who is the one who ordered it?
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^ Phil orders hit on Tony.
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.A deal is brokered where the rest of the Lupertazzi family agree to ignore the order to kill Tony, and give Tony an opportunity to go after Phil.^ I agree with the idea that Tony was killed.
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^ I expected more from Tony S. and the rest of the Family.
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^ Phil orders hit on Tony.
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.An FBI agent informs Tony of Phil's location and Tony has him killed.^ But maybe it was Tony’s son that had him killed.

^ Tony was going to kill him but didn't.
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^ Phil is killed in almost the exact same way as Tony.
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.Tony suspects Carlo, a Capo from Jersey has become an informant in an attempt to help out his son, who had recently been caught for dealing ecstasy.^ Carmela is crying and worrying about Tony’s future, “I worry Tony…you already got shot and now you won’t even get the paper, who is out there…?”.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Maybe she is the key to finding out who murdered Tony, she might have told someone where Tony would be that night.

^ We have hundreds of pages and thousands of words, yet the long drawn out theory is that the guy who was shown practically breathing down Tony’s neck did it.

.Tony meets with his lawyer who informs him that subpoenas are being given to Jersey and New York crews alike.^ FBI? New York crew?
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^ Christopher's Cleaver premieres, showing Tony how he feels about him; Johnny Sack faces a health crisis; Phil Leotardo resents his family, and himself, for being weak and downtrodden; Silvio gets caught up in New York's power vacuum .
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^ The many the ethnic nuances from the Jersey mob-speak to the New York (Johnny Sacks)crew superior presence, will make you long for a Sausage & Peppers Hero (never referred to as a Sub).
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.Some time after Phil's death and meeting with everyone, Tony, Carmela, A.J.meet for a casual dinner with the Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" running over in the background.^ Tony’s dinner with Meadow foreshadows Tony’s death.
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" playing in the background.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos finale spoiler 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I don't know what Chase intended, but if it was Tony's death at the restaurant then I think it was an end without a plot-driven reason, and not up to Chase's usually brilliant standards.
  • Eureka! Solving 'The Sopranos' - The Sopranos 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

.Meadow is shown coming to the dinner late and crossing the street as the rest of the family start to eat an appetizer.^ As I recall [the end], it was just that Tony and his family would be in a diner having dinner and a guy would come in.

^ We were shown Carmella talking separately to each member of the family and agreeing with each to meet at Holstens for dinner.

^ My instinct is to leave the series done as is, but if a movie were to come out, a great plot line would be to see Meadow takeover the family.
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.As Meadow walks up to the door, the screen goes to Tony, the door opens with a bell ringing, Tony looks up and the show smash cuts to black and the credits roll in silence.^ What happens when a show ends – it cuts to black.

^ The bell on the boat would ring and Tony would look over at the boat.
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^ Tony looks up when the bell rings because he is expecting his family.

Themes and characteristics

.The Sopranos is noted for David Chase's multifaceted, symbolism-heavy style of writing and the series has consistently been the subject of analysis.^ These are David Chase’s words regarding the finale of the Sopranos.
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^ EDITOR'S NOTE:* Later today, we speculate as to why Chase chose the specific symbols that he did -- what do a conspicuous number of them have in common?
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^ So them's the symbols, which conspicuously align with Chase's metaphor-heavy finale.
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[100] .Chase and his co-writers addressed a large number of psychological, philosophical, social and political themes throughout the series' run.^ Your work strikes quite a compelling balance between specific elements present in the episodes and broader themes explored throughout the course of the series.

^ Interestingly enough, after that episode, Chase cites the missing Russian three times after that episode throughout the rest of the series.

^ To think that Chase simply wanted to piss off the audience is to ignore the artistry, depth, commitment, and creativity Chase and his team has shown throughout the entire series.

Dreams

See also: Tony Soprano's dreams
A distinctive aspect of The Sopranos is its dream sequences. .Chase, who wrote most of the dream sequences,[101] states of them, "We've used those dreams to further the narrative.^ I've always believed that Chase will end it with a Tony dream sequence.
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^ Those who assume that V8 cars are guzzlers are stating false facts.
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^ Seriously, who gives a hot steamy damn about Vito's son or most of the other weak crap they've shown us.
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.For example, "Funhouse" could have been a story in which Tony gets some information that Pussy's the rat and he tracks it down and we do some stultifying procedural until we have the proof in hand.^ It was NOT outside a regular hangout (Satriale’s for example), where perhaps the Feds could justify putting some bugs outside to try and pick up conversations.

^ In a sense, the finale could be a metaphor for the entire season: a mess of dangling story lines and plot-driven beats (Melfi dumping Tony as a patient???
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^ Pine Barrens was fantastic, but Funhouse had a guy named Big Pussy getting "whacked."
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.And I just couldn't go through that.^ Silvio Dante : I've been your consigliere for a lot of years- Tony Soprano : Don't go through a fuckin' preamble, just tell me what's on your mind!
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^ It could be a stretch but I couldn’t help but think of Meadow walking into Holsten’s right when he is shot, just as she walks through the metal detector as he passes out.

I can't stand that (stuff). .So we just decided it would be more interesting, that on some level Tony knows this, that his friend is betraying him, and it makes him ill in combination with some bad chicken, and his subconscious erupts like that and gives him the information."^ The filmaking gives the audience more information than Tony has.

^ I would have been dead.” Just like Tony Soprano.

^ Levinson : Do you know what would be interesting?
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[101] .The dream sequence includes Tony talking to Big Pussy as a fish and realizing his friend is an FBI informant.^ Big Pussy, Tony’s best friend has flipped to the FBI and may bring Tony down.
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^ She would later appear in a dream sequence of Tony's, however.
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^ Chase used certain somewhat unconventional devices (dream sequences, the occasional flashback, Tony’s interludes with Dr. Melfi), but with decidely mixed results.
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.Another famous dream is the sequence in "The Test Dream" that is over 20 minutes in length.^ It is likely, the first 10 minutes of the finale may be a dream sequence we are tricked to believe is real.

[101]
.Season six contains the longest continuous "dream" sequence with Tony as a regular man having his identity mistaken for a man named Kevin Finnerty.^ She would later appear in a dream sequence of Tony's, however.
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^ Chase used certain somewhat unconventional devices (dream sequences, the occasional flashback, Tony’s interludes with Dr. Melfi), but with decidely mixed results.
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^ While the crew mourns the loss of another of their associates, a comatose Tony dreams of being a 'civilian' on a West Coast business trip that's marred by mistaken identity, while Carmela, Meadow, and A.J. hold vigil at his bedside.
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[102] .In the dream, Tony is stuck in Costa Mesa, California, a city he had traveled to for business, and because of mistaken identity, he cannot travel home.^ Tony’s Costa Mesa trip becomes a search for his true identity.
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^ While the crew mourns the loss of another of their associates, a comatose Tony dreams of being a 'civilian' on a West Coast business trip that's marred by mistaken identity, while Carmela, Meadow, and A.J. hold vigil at his bedside.
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^ Since Tony cannot change, he is now ready to meet his destiny that was laid out during his coma induced trip to “Costa Mesa”.
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Finnerty is portrayed as a salesman who lives a conservative, law-abiding life. .The real-life parallel for this dream sequence was Tony's battle with a gut shot his senile uncle delivered.^ She would later appear in a dream sequence of Tony's, however.
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^ Chase used certain somewhat unconventional devices (dream sequences, the occasional flashback, Tony’s interludes with Dr. Melfi), but with decidely mixed results.
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^ I predicted last season that Tony's "dreams," while he was in a coma, was actually his real life; that his "mobster" life was a Walter Mitty type fantasy.
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.Tony was dying, and in some ways this sequence represents the life he might have lived.^ It represents the bittersweet life Tony leads.

^ This is the way Tony lives his life on a daily basis.
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^ Tony lives and everybody else dies.
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.During this sequence, he has a memorable run-in with Buddhist monks at a nearby monastery [102].^ (I saw no double-parked, running or even seemingly occupied cars during the extensive Meadow parking sequence.
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.At the end of the dream sequence it is Meadow's voice that pulls Tony back as he prepares to walk through the door into the life he could have lived, presumably a portal into death.^ Meadow walks through the shot but the focus was on them.
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^ Tony’s murder (Carmela, AJ and Meadow walking through the door).
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^ Tony’s dinner with Meadow foreshadows Tony’s death.
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Ineptitude of mobsters

The mobsters in the series are depicted as tough, savvy, and street-smart but lacking heavily in formal education and a deeper understanding of themselves and their world. .The mobsters' educational and linguistic shortcomings, particularly those of Paulie Walnuts and Christopher, are often a source of humor.^ Also the cat particularly bothers Paulie and his relationship with Christopher was always strained.

[103] The characters themselves are frequently oblivious of their use of malapropisms and misunderstandings of basic history and common knowledge.
.The gangsters' incompetence is in some way displayed in every episode of the series.^ If it was just an episode in the middle of the season, it would have been fine, but to end the series that way?
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^ I have done this, not onlly because I find it entertaining but also because every time I see an episode I realize something new, some small detail or some piece of symbolism.

^ Killing off Tony would have been the ending absolutely everybody would have predicted, and the way every gangster project in history has ended.
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Some of the more notable examples include:
.
  • Much of the episode "Pine Barrens" is devoted to the failings of Paulie and Christopher as they attempt to survive a single day and night in a snowy wilderness after a botched execution.^ In the episode “From Where to Eternity”, Christopher tells Paulie that he met his father in his Near Death Experience, and that his father played a hand of cards with the Irish guys in “Hell”, and lost every hand.

    ^ The former kind of people will say Pine Barrens is the best, while the latter will say last night's episode was the best.
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    ^ Paulie and Chris relay the Pine Barrens story to other crew members in the Season 5 opener.

    .Also in the episode Christopher shows his ignorance of history when he expresses disbelief that the Cuban Missile Crisis actually occurred by saying: "That was real?^ He says of the final episode when asked about the secret of the finale "If you look at the episode really carefully, it's all there".
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    ^ Finn DeTrolio : This mornin' I showed up early, I didn't wanna say anythin' but I'm really afraid of this guy.
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    ^ Take the famous Russian Valery in the “Pine Barrens,” the episode wasn’t really about him or his ultimate fate, it was about Paulie and Christopher’s deteriorating relationship.

    I saw that movie. I thought it was bullshit."[104]
  • Bobby Baccalieri draws the ire of Tony while discussing world events and biblical prophecy by erroneously stating that "Quasimodo predicted all of this." Tony then corrects him by saying that he meant Nostradamus and that Quasimodo was the Hunchback of Notre Dame. .Baccalieri then continues the conversation by mentioning the backfield of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, now thinking that a hunchback is like a halfback.^ I think the majority of us wish the series would continue, but like Seinfeld, they are quitting when they are on top.
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    [105]
  • Although more intelligent than his cohorts, Tony often uses malapropisms and repeats things that Dr. Melfi says to him elsewhere, only to get the phrase entirely wrong or to completely miss the point. Some of his more famous malapropisms include "revenge is like serving cold cuts" (a mangling of the expression "revenge is a dish best served cold")[106] and describing l'amour fou (a French expression meaning "crazy love") as "our mofo."[107]
  • Recurring character "Little Carmine" Lupertazzi's delusions of eloquence are a consistent source of comedy for viewers.[103] He often muddles metaphors, once telling Tony that "You're at the precipice of an enormous crossroad."[108][109] "I have nine pictures under my sub-species," he at one time says of his movie-producing.[106] He also explains the final scene of the fictitious mafia-slasher movie Cleaver as a mix of "the sacred and the propane."[110]
.Some mobsters are portrayed as smart and well-spoken in contrast, though they appear to be exceptions to the rule.^ They appear to be in several scenes together but it looks like some clever editing to me.
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^ Bobby Bacala (Steven Schirripa) died last night as well, and though Bobby didn’t have the stature of a Silvio, his death scene was exceptionally well directed by Alan Taylor.

^ But was there any of that in The Sopranos - real mobsters who either were consulted or in some way were contacted by the show, or perhaps they were even there playing good guys?
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.For instance, Johnny Sack, Ralph Cifaretto, and Tony Blundetto are all highly intelligent (Blundetto allegedly has an IQ of 158) and relatively articulate, rarely committing malapropisms, although Cifaretto is socially inept and lacks tact, and both Cifaretto and Blundetto have violent tempers that cause them to commit spontaneous killings that ultimately lead to their demise.^ Johnny Sack : He's got a bad history Tony.
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^ Johnny Sack : I want you to sanction a hit on Ralph Cifaretto.
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^ What if Tony is killed and Carmela starts thinking like Rosie Aprillio and takes on a position herself - with Furio, who returns upon hearing of Tony's demise?
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[111]

References and allusions

Goodfellas

Chase has stated that the Martin Scorsese gangster film Goodfellas was a source of inspiration for him, calling the 1990 movie his "Koran."[112]
.The Sopranos began with four starring cast members (Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Tony Sirico and Vincent Pastore) who had appeared in Goodfellas. Joseph Gannascoli, who can be seen briefly in the film as an uncredited extra, joined the show's cast as Vito Spatafore in the second season, and later Frank Vincent, another Goodfellas cast member, joined the cast as Phil Leotardo.^ Vito Spatafore was brutally murdered on The Sopranos by Phil Leotardo and his men after it was revealed that Vito was gay.
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^ Maria Spatafore requests help from Tony for Vito, Jr.; Tony's bad luck puts a rift between he and Hesh; A.J. makes a major choice regarding his future.
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^ Tony Blundetto got shot in the face on The Sopranos as retaliation for taking out Billy Leotardo, Phil's younger brother.
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.Many other recurring and minor characters in the series had previously appeared in the film.^ The other problem is (I think) it could sort of destroy the mysteriousness of much of Tony’s and other characters backgrounds if an expositional film lays out how everyone came to be.

^ It was such a wonderful show, there were so many important characters, but there was something about the Junior character that brought out aspects of the show that no other character did.
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^ Throughout the series, we saw things from the perspective of other characters including Dr. Melfi.

In total, 27 actors appeared in both productions. .Goodfellas star Ray Liotta was an early candidate to play Tony Soprano.^ In one of the early episodes of the Sopranos, Tony is talking with Bobby about what it must feel like to die.
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^ Tony Soprano : (to Tony Blundetto, about playing cards) Isn't there somethin' in your parole about hangin' out with degenerates like this?
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^ Tony Soprano dispelled any thoughts like that, for me at least, early in the first season.

Later on, Liotta also turned down the role of Ralph Cifaretto.[113]
.The series makes references to the film as well.^ Then the blogger analyzes the symbolism, bringing in references to other episodes in the series as well as 911 and the Kennedy assassination.

^ That is why, if I'm reading some of his clues correctly from the series finale, Chase makes reference to arguably the greatest over-the-air hoax in U.S. history.
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For instance, in Goodfellas, Michael Imperioli's character "Spider" is shot in the foot. .In The Sopranos episode "The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti", his character Christopher Moltisanti shoots a store attendant in the foot.^ Christopher Moltisanti : I'm sorry T- Tony Soprano : Shut the fuck up and listen ta me.
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^ Emmy Awards: Michael Imperioli nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Drama) for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos .
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.As the attendant screams in pain, yelling "You shot me in the foot!", Christopher exits, saying "It happens."^ Says: July 27, 2009 at 11:33 am Bevin, with respect, you are wrong in saying the final shot was incorrect.

^ If, as you say, the viewer decides for themselves what happens, how do you explain the ten,long seconds of black?

^ The first time you watch it, you aren’t looking for the clues, but you ARE pretty much expecting to actually SEE Tony get shot, or at least get a clear indication that this will/has happened.

[114] In Goodfellas, Lorraine Bracco's character is abused and she tells her boyfriend, Henry Hill, who takes action against the abuser; in The Sopranos, her character, Dr. Melfi, is raped, but refuses to tell Tony. .In the second episode Christopher meets Martin Scorsese (played by singer/actor Tony Caso) in front of a night club and tells him how he likes Kundun.^ The second to last episode was better that last night.
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^ I’d like to know how that affected the actors.
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^ Just like how he had to beat the crap out of Perry to re-establish his dominance and authority in front of his crew.
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The Godfather

.The Sopranos is connected in numerous ways to Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather trilogy.^ That’s the reason because I think this sequence is also a homage to Godfather and, of course, to one of the best all the times history tellers, Francis Ford Coppola.

.The show shares several cast members with the three films; most notably, Dominic Chianese, who portrays Junior Soprano on the series, plays Johnny Ola in The Godfather Part II.^ She’ll be fine as well, sort of like Kay Corleone in Godfather Part Three, who divorces Michael and winds up married to some lawyer.
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^ Anybody who thinks the Soprano fam won't play into the finale or face some death is kidding themselves.
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^ People who wanted a big shoot up missed the point of the entire series–it was about deconstructing mob mythology, not playing up to the fantasy.
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[115]
.Furthermore, it is made clear that the mob characters on The Sopranos are themselves quite familiar with and fond of the films, so much so that, in their conversations with one another, they often refer to each film by its number in the series (calling the first film "One", and so on).^ With the Sopranos, not quite as much.
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^ Sopranos The Departed : Characters In the Film In Martin Scorsese's latest masterpiece, not only is his storyline highly suspenseful with an unpredictable beginning, middle and end but his characters are equally intriguing.

^ And if he, or Time Warner, think that I’m going to plunk down $11.00 for a SOPRANOS movie to see what really happens, they’ve got another thing coming.
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[116] Early in the series, Silvio Dante occasionally does an impression of Al Pacino as Michael Corleone.[117] .Tony's own affection for the films is stated; as his crew watch a bootleg DVD of the second film just before traveling to Italy, he claims his favorite part of all the films is the portion in Part II in which Vito Corleone returns to Italy.^ This scene is foreshadowed in the final season episode “Johnny Cakes” when AJ mentions that the scene is Tony’s favorite in the film.
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^ The movie DOESN’T “go on and on and…” I believe it’s a joke on Chase’s part that he has T. pick this track just before he gets whacked.

^ MOG is the only person ever seen outside of the door of Holsten’s before the bell rings (we see him opening the door just before we cut to Tony and hear the bell ring).
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.In season 6, A.J. attempted a murder on Uncle Junior, saying one of Tony's favorite moments in The Godfather is when Vito Corleone returns to Sicily to avenge his father.^ Last season sucked, no one wants to do more shows and it shows and the seasons to be on are getting more and more late shall we say.
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^ Uncle Junior : Me with the competency hearings, you with the head shrinkers, this one in rehab now.
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^ Immediately before entering the diner, Tony's identity is denied by his Uncle Junior.
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[118]
.Also, critics have noted a number of visual and symbolic homages and references to The Godfather in the show.^ EDITOR'S NOTE:* Later today, we speculate as to why Chase chose the specific symbols that he did -- what do a conspicuous number of them have in common?
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^ There are references to the Godfather all over the show, from the 1st.

^ (Which is also an homage to The Godfather...an interesting mob story about a small number of people becomes a Big Statement about America.
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.For example, in the first season, when two men attempt to murder Tony, he has just bought a bottle of orange juice; this alludes to a scene in the first Godfather film in which Vito is buying oranges just before he is shot.^ When Tony is shot at in Season 1 the first shot shatters a glass container of orange juice that Tony is holding.

^ Nancy had been sick for the first two seasons.
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^ We have the two young African-American men representing the shooters from the first attempt on Tony’s life in Season 1.
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[119] .In addition, following the death of Livia Soprano in the third season, there is a scene of Tony taking an elevator to the funeral home basement, where the undertaker assures him he will "use all [his] power, and all [his] skills" on Livia's behalf.^ Tony Soprano was killed in the final scene.

^ Carmela Soprano : It followed you home?
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^ Tony Soprano : Well we all know that.
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.The scene is a direct homage to the scene in The Godfather where Vito calls on a favor from Bonasera following the murder of his son, Santino.^ The DP also mentioned in the same interview that Chase talked about the Godfather homage when he filmed the final scene.

^ There is another interesting scene at Bacala’s funeral where Patsy calls his son Jason away from the table with Aj, Meadow, Bacala Jr. It’s a weird moment.

[120]
.Another homage to the first Godfather movie is in the seventh episode of the first season "Down Neck". In this episode, Tony flashes back to his childhood, when he first saw his father Johnny chasing down and beating up someone in debt to him (Rocco Allatore).^ He tells this to Dr. Melfi, who, as usual, brings Tony back to Square One, reminding Tony that he is F.O.S. If Carmela had let me kick AJ's butt like my father kicked mine, he might have grown up with some balls, he tells Melfi.
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^ Rather, I've been forced to buy the first season on videotape (that's right, I don't even have a DVD player) to catch up with America's favorite family.
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^ Says: April 21, 2009 at 12:28 pm You seem to forget Ian that Tony has already been in a coma, for nearly three episodes, so the idea Chase would put him in another is ludicrous to me.

.In the hitting sequence Johnny distinctively misses Rocco's face with one of his punches, much like Sonny did in the scene where he beats up Carlo for abusing his wife, Sonny's sister Connie.^ You have been able to grow up in a much nicer, more tolerant world because of, believe it or not, the efforts of people like Jerry Falwell.
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^ In the last scene, Johnny meets with Silvio who is revealed to be the family traitor, (serving up both Tony & Paulie on a platter) in front of the construction site.
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^ One thing that I loved so much about it was there was a gesture that you had where you would lower your eyelids and raise your eyebrows, you know like this…and it was so incredible, it was the character distilled and what I wondered is where did you get that from?
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.Author Peter E. Bondanella argues that the show's references to the classic mob drama amount to something greater than simple parody or homage.^ The show was, while complex in the amount of detail and depth of character, pretty classic story-telling.

^ Train sequences have been used to heighten drama since the time of the Lumiere brothers, and, as happens so often on “The Sopranos,” perhaps the use of the train in the scene was an homage to classic cinema.

^ I think David Chase had something on his mind with this show other than just tell us a story.
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.He says that Chase "employs references to the Coppola masterpieces in a clever manner, using them both to delight us when we recognize them and to add layers of meaning to his own stories."^ Andy G Says: July 3, 2009 at 2:46 am i don’t know what’s more staggering… that Chase actually made all of these subtle references, or that you actually noticed them all.

^ I, too, used to think it was a look inside Tony’s paranoid head that Chase was showing us – but, as this excellent essay points out, Tony doesn’t seem bothered at all.

^ Says: May 19, 2009 at 8:28 am To T above, I can’t see how you could say Chase wouldn’t use a Godfather gimmick.

[120]
.Music – When Paulie picks up Pussy in Season 1 episode 11 ("Nobody Knows Anything") to join him to a steam bath facility where Pussy refuses to undress, Paulie's car horn is "Speak Softly Love", the love theme from The Godfather.^ We were crying so hard because she was so loved, you know, and we all had worked with her for two seasons, so he did say it would be different.
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^ I said to him, “you’re gonna end up using custard," because that’s what they did, that’s what they did in vaudeville, you know.
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^ We also got to see this season's episode in which Paulie suspects that his "boat ride" with Tony will be his last.
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Product placement

.The Sopranos was consistent in the frequent depiction of actual brand names for products on the program.^ I cannot be the only person to notice how many brand names get mentioned, with great frequency and flattery, on the otherwise ad-free Sopranos.
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^ All you had to do was see the name of this episode—“Luxury Lounge”—and know it was gonna be stuffed with product and brand references.
  • Media Blog Sopranos Archives - BusinessWeek 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC www.businessweek.com [Source type: General]

.This practice is widely regarded within the media as product placement.^ But the Product Placement Watch sticks to widely commercially available, legal products,… .
  • Media Blog Sopranos Archives - BusinessWeek 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC www.businessweek.com [Source type: General]

.The show's producers say that they never received payment for featuring products on the show, though they did often receive the products shown onscreen, including fine wines and computers, free of charge; the real-life brands were used in order to enhance the show's sense of realism.^ They never showed her body or what they did with her body after the shots were fired.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ As is the case in real life, the show will not have an "ending!"
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos spoilers 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: General]

^ Usually, when you take a T.V. show to a movie, these things couldn't be shown on the networks, so they go to the bigscreen, because it adds a missing element.
  • Joho the Blog: Sopranos finale spoiler 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.hyperorg.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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Reception

Ratings

.The Sopranos was a major ratings success and is the most commercially successful cable series in the history of television.^ PM] CABLE RATINGS ROUND-UP (WEEK OF MAY 28-JUNE 3): 'SOPRANOS,' NBA PLAYOFFS TOP THE CHARTS Plus: Lifetime saw its newcomer "Army Wives" open to the tune of 3.5 million viewers on Sunday, making it the most-watched series premiere in the network's 23-year history.
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

^ PM] ‘THE SOPRANOS’® A HIT ON A&E 4.3 million viewers tuned into the show's off-network launch on Wednesday, the largest premiere of its type in cable history.
  • Shows A-Z - sopranos, the on hbo | TheFutonCritic.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.thefutoncritic.com [Source type: General]

^ A most enjoyable wrap-up on a marvelous television series.

.Despite being aired on premium cable network HBO, which is available in significantly fewer American homes than regular networks, the show frequently attracted equal or better audiences than most popular network shows of the time.^ I didn’t watch the show real-time but just wrapped it up with HBO On-Demand.

^ Normally in the show, something isnt repeated 5/6 times to make it clear to the audience, you have to be sharp and pick things up as they happen.

^ With Passions now airing on the satellite network DirectTV, will cable and the Internet be the future of daytime soap operas?

[1] .Nielsen ratings for the show's first four seasons are not entirely accurate, however, as prior to January 2004 Nielsen reported aggregate numbers for cable networks, meaning people watching other HBO channels than the main one, on which The Sopranos aired, would be included in the ratings estimates.^ The show would end after 5 seasons.

^ HBO its the only show i watch ...
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^ By Eric Norlin , ClickZ, Nov 27, 2001 I don't have HBO. That's pertinent because it means that I haven't been watching the second and third seasons of HBO's "The Sopranos" as they air.
  • 'The Sopranos' and Personalization - ClickZ 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.clickz.com [Source type: General]

[124]
Season Originally aired Nielsen ratings (in millions)
Season premiere Season finale Season average
1 January 10, 1999 – April 4, 1999 3.45[125] 5.22[125] 3.46[126]
2 January 16, 2000 – April 9, 2000 7.64[125] 8.97[125] 6.62[126]
3 March 4, 2001 – May 20, 2001 11.26[125] 9.46[125] 8.87[126]
4 September 15, 2002 – December 8, 2002 13.43[125] 12.48[125] 10.99[126]
5 March 7, 2004 – June 6, 2004 12.14[125] 10.98[125] 9.80[126]
6 (Part 1) March 12, 2006 – June 4, 2006 9.47[125] 8.90[127] 8.60[127]
6 (Part 2) April 8, 2007 – June 10, 2007 7.66[128] 11.90[129] 8.23[126]

Critical response and impact

.The Sopranos has been acknowledged by critics as one of the greatest and most ground-breaking television series of all time, although critical appreciation of the show has varied considerably from season to season.^ Season 1: The one that started it all.

^ But all in all, the Sopranos was a great series.

^ Get into the DeLorean with James Rolfe as he takes a ride back to 1955 for one of the greatest time...
  • The Sopranos | SPIKE 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

[20][130][131] It has been called "perhaps the greatest pop-culture masterpiece of its day" by Vanity Fair contributor Peter Biskind.[9] The New Yorker editor David Remnick called the show "the richest achievement in the history of television."[132] TV Guide ranked The Sopranos fifth on their list of the "Top 50 TV Shows of All Time."[133] In 2007, Channel 4 (UK) named The Sopranos the greatest television series of all time.[134] The show was also included on TIME magazine's "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME," with editor James Poniewozik writing, "This mafia saga showed just how complex and involving TV storytelling could be, inspiring an explosion of ambitious dramas on cable and off."[131]
.The first season of the series received overwhelmingly positive reviews.^ By the end, the characters are really no different than they were at that the end of the first show of the season, but it serves as a summary of everything the whole series was about.
  • PeterDavid.net: The Sopranos Ending 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.peterdavid.net [Source type: Original source]

^ I do know what you're saying, but for me the slow burning nature of the first part of the series has only made the second rollercoaster ride part of season 6 more impactful.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[135] Following its initial airing in 1999, The New York Times stated "[The Sopranos] just may be the greatest work of American popular culture of the last quarter century."[14] In 2007, PopMatters wrote "the debut season of The Sopranos remains the crowning achievement of American television."[136]
.The writing, acting, and directing have often been singled out for praise.^ Excellent writing, directing, and acting.

The show has also received considerable attention from critics and journalists for its music selections, cinematography, and willingness to deal with difficult subjects.[53][131] Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "David Chase took a baseball bat to the knees of the term "family drama" and created this landmark mafioso show whose nuanced characters were riddled with conflict and, of course, bullets."[137]

Awards

.The Sopranos was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in every year it was eligible.^ With Emmy nominations out, there's apparently some buzz that the inconclusive ending to the series might hurt its chances.
  • PeterDavid.net: The Sopranos Ending 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.peterdavid.net [Source type: Original source]

^ Emmy Awards: The Sopranos nominated for Best Drama HBO/Craig Blankenhorn - Wednesday, May, 9, 2007, 7:9 PM .
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Emmy Awards: Edie Falco nominated for Lead Actress (Drama) for her role as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos .
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.After being nominated for and losing the award in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2003 (losing the first time to The Practice, then the latter three to The West Wing), The Sopranos won the award in 2004, and again in 2007, becoming the first cable series to win the award.^ A tiny little detail I spotted, that probably everyone else got first time but took me three viewings, was Agent Harris being asked about his ‘pal’ in Brooklyn that might know where Phil is.

^ James Spader The Sopranos "Made in America" "The Sopranos" series finale aired on Cable Television Channel HBO, leaving fans with more questions than answers.

^ Tony Soprano A Night at the Emmys My not so raving review of Fox's telecast of the 2007 Emmy Awards.

[138] .Its 2007 win made The Sopranos the first drama show since Upstairs, Downstairs in 1977 to win the award after it had finished airing.^ At first when the finaled ended i assumed the black guys killed Tony since he made a really shocked face when screen went black.

^ Tony Soprano A Night at the Emmys My not so raving review of Fox's telecast of the 2007 Emmy Awards.

^ The episode was written and directed by the show's creator David Chase, marking the first time Chase has directed an episode since the series premiere.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[139] .The show earned 21 nominations for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, winning the award six times.^ Hbo Series Best and Worst Moments at the Emmy Awards Like any awards show, the Emmys have their ups and downs.

^ Sopranos Showdown for Best Supporting Actress The Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress is in a tug-of-war between five of the best actresses from three of the best television drama shows.

^ Tony Soprano Outstanding Drama Series at the 59th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards Every year, the award for Outstanding Drama Series has always been the most coveted.

[140]
.The Sopranos won at least one Emmy Award for Acting in every eligible year except 2006 and 2007. James Gandolfini and Edie Falco were each nominated six times for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, respectively, each winning a total of three awards.^ He goes by James Gandolfini and claims to be an actor.

^ Tony Soprano Outstanding Drama Series at the 59th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards Every year, the award for Outstanding Drama Series has always been the most coveted.

^ James Gandolfini Celebrating Music from "The Sopranos" A discussion of the creative process behind the music soundtrack from "The Sopranos" By Elliot Feldman   |  Published 5/23/2007 More topics: Sopranos .

.Joe Pantoliano won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2003, and Michael Imperioli and Drea de Matteo also won Emmys in 2004 for their supporting roles on the show.^ Brilliant direction and apparently it was Drea De Matteo’s idea to it that way.

^ Emmy Awards: Michael Imperioli nominated for Best Supporting Actor (Drama) for his role as Christopher Moltisanti in The Sopranos .
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Emmy Awards: James Gandolfini nominated for Best Actor (Drama) for his role as Anthony Soprano in The Sopranos .
  • The Sopranos Television show - The Sopranos TV Show - Yahoo! TV 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC tv.yahoo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Other actors who have received Emmy nominations for the series include Lorraine Bracco (in the Lead Actress and Supporting Actress categories), Dominic Chianese, Nancy Marchand, Aida Turturro, Steve Buscemi (who was also nominated for directing the episode "Pine Barrens"), Tim Daly, John Heard and Annabella Sciorra.^ The former kind of people will say Pine Barrens is the best, while the latter will say last night's episode was the best.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Paulie and Chris relay the Pine Barrens story to other crew members in the Season 5 opener.

^ And you know who had a wonderful look, was Nancy, Nancy Marchand.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

[140]
In 2000 and 2001, The Sopranos earned two consecutive George Foster Peabody Awards. .Only two other series have won the award in consecutive years: Northern Exposure and The West Wing.^ Outstanding Drama Series at the 59th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards Every year, the award for Outstanding Drama Series has always been the most coveted.

^ This is only one of two tracking shots in the final scene (the other is when Tony enters Holsten’s).
  • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

^ This is only one of two tracking shots in the final scene (the other is when Tony enters Holsten’s) as all the other shots in the diner are static.

[141][142] .The show also received numerous nominations at the Golden Globe Awards (winning the award for Best Drama Series in 2000)[143] and the major guild awards (Directors,[144] Producers,[145] Writers,[146] and Actors[147]).^ I don’t know if any of the major actor, directors or writers went to Syracuse.

^ The five men nominated represent five very different television shows on which each of these actors showcase their exceptional talents.

^ Sopranos Showdown for Best Supporting Actress The Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress is in a tug-of-war between five of the best actresses from three of the best television drama shows.

Controversy

.The show has been frequently criticized for allegedly perpetuating negative stereotypes about Italian Americans.^ You are an Italian American and there has been some criticism of the show by Italian Americans.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

^ The Sopranos was not a show about the profound, or answers.It showed life in very stark terms, and was at it’s best when it delved into Italian ‘Black’ Comedy.

In 2000, Essex County officials denied producers permission to film on county-owned property, arguing that the show depicts Italian Americans in a "less than favorable light."[148] The show addressed the topic of Italian American identity in the 2002 episode "Christopher", which involved New York City's annual Columbus Day parade. .Later that year, Sopranos cast members were barred by parade organizers from participating in the real-life event.^ What I took from the ending was that we were dropped into Tony Soprano’s life, following him around for years.

^ Going out guns blazing will not work, just like in real life, which this show has done so masterful a job of mirroring all these years.
  • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ By the way, we do have another member of The Sopranos cast here in the audience, Katalin Pota.
  • Paul Levinson's Infinite Regress: A Conversation with Dominic Chianese - The Sopranos' Uncle Junior 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC paullevinson.blogspot.com [Source type: General]

[149]
.Chase has defended his show, saying that it is not meant to stereotype all Italian Americans, only to depict a small criminal subculture.^ Andy G Says: July 3, 2009 at 2:46 am i don’t know what’s more staggering… that Chase actually made all of these subtle references, or that you actually noticed them all.

^ Chase’s intent was to create a superficially ambiguous ending to force the viewer to engage the material and extract what the show was about all along.

^ Says: January 15, 2009 at 2:31 pm Regarding the comment Chase made about the Planet of the Apes, someone above asked what this meant.

[150]

DVD releases

Season Release dates Episodes Special features Discs
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 December 12, 2000
November 24, 2009 (Blu-ray)[151]
November 24, 2003 November 24, 2003 13 .
  • A 77-minute interview with series creator David Chase, conducted by film historian and director Peter Bogdanovich.
  • "Family Life" featurette.
  • "Meet Tony Soprano" featurette.
  • One audio commentary by David Chase and Peter Bogdanovich for the pilot episode.^ Defending the creator, David Chase.

    ^ Tony Soprano : One's a fucking cathedral!
    • The Sopranos: Season 4 - Wikiquote 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Chase makes this point on his DVD audio commentary (with Peter Bogdonavich) of the first episode.

    [152]
4
2 November 6, 2001 November 24, 2003 November 24, 2003 13 .
  • "The Real Deal" featurette.
  • "A Sit Down With Tony Soprano" featurette.
  • Four audio commentaries by crew members for the episodes "Commendatori", "From Where to Eternity", "The Knight in White Satin Armor", and "Funhouse."^ Setting up a Trivia question for down the road, "What day of the week did Tony Soprano get killed?"....I doubt it.
    • Eureka! Solving 'The Sopranos' - The Sopranos 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The episode where Adriana is killed, look at how Tony sits on a tree stump “headstone” in the woods similar to where Adriana is killed, where Carmela is planning her spec house.

    ^ After happening upon the last episode and then this website, and last night watching on HBO “The Knight in White Satin Armor”–mind you, I have already seen every episode at least once–I simply cannot accept that Chase will not be giving us any more Sopranos.

    [153]
3 August 27, 2002 November 24, 2003 November 24, 2003 13 .
  • "A Day On The Set Of The Sopranos" featurette.
  • Three audio commentaries by crew members for the episodes "The Telltale Moozadell", "Pine Barrens", and "Amour Fou."^ Setting up a Trivia question for down the road, "What day of the week did Tony Soprano get killed?"....I doubt it.
    • Eureka! Solving 'The Sopranos' - The Sopranos 19 September 2009 7:25 UTC blog.washingtonpost.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Paulie and Chris relay the Pine Barrens story to other crew members in the Season 5 opener.

    ^ Take the famous Russian Valery in the “Pine Barrens,” the episode wasn’t really about him or his ultimate fate, it was about Paulie and Christopher’s deteriorating relationship.

    [154]
4 October 28, 2003 November 3, 2003 November 3, 2003 13 .
  • Easter Eggs.
  • Episodic previews and recaps.
  • Cast and crew biographies.
  • Four audio commentaries by crew members for the episodes "The Weight", "Everybody Hurts", "Whoever Did This", and "Whitecaps."^ The title refers to Eugene Pontecorvo (a member of Tony’s crew) who wears the jacket in this episode.

    ^ Chase makes this point on his DVD audio commentary (with Peter Bogdonavich) of the first episode.

    ^ In I believe 4×09 (Ralphie’s death episode, “Whoever Did This”), the episode opens with Junior walking down the courthouse steps.

    [155]
5 June 7, 2005 June 20, 2005 August 17, 2005 13 .
  • Five audio commentaries by cast and crew members for the episodes "All Happy Families...", "Sentimental Education", "In Camelot", "Cold Cuts", and "Long Term Parking."^ All Happy Families 1.5 Irregular Around the Margins 1.6 Sentimental Education 1.7 In Camelot 1.8 Marco Polo 1.9 Unidentified Black Males 1.10 Cold Cuts 1.11 The Test Dream 1.12 Long Term Parking 1.13 All Due Respect 2 See also .
    • The Sopranos: Season 5 - Wikiquote 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC en.wikiquote.org [Source type: General]

    ^ This episode really drove home the fact that his family is just a "glorified crew" at best, as Phil stated.
    • Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news. 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.aintitcool.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Chase makes this point on his DVD audio commentary (with Peter Bogdonavich) of the first episode.

    [156]
6
(Part 1)
November 7, 2006 November 27, 2006 March 7, 2007 12 .
  • Four audio commentaries by cast and crew members for the episodes "Join The Club", "Luxury Lounge", "The Ride", and "Kaisha."^ The title refers to Eugene Pontecorvo (a member of Tony’s crew) who wears the jacket in this episode.

    ^ Chase makes this point on his DVD audio commentary (with Peter Bogdonavich) of the first episode.

    ^ D: More clues from Tony’s “Coma-Dream” in the episode “Join the Club” (1)Tony is eating dinner with the other traveling salesmen (and one saleslady).
    • Analysis: "It's All There": How David Chase killed Tony Soprano - The Chase Lounge 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC thechaselounge.net [Source type: General]

    [157]
6
(Part 2)
October 23, 2007 November 19, 2007 January 31, 2008 9
  • "Making Cleaver: Behind the scenes of Christopher's horror film" featurette.
  • "The Music of The Sopranos" – Creator David Chase, cast, and crew discuss the songs from the show.
  • Four audio commentaries by cast members for the episodes "Soprano Home Movies", "Remember When", "The Second Coming", and "The Blue Comet."[158]
Complete HBO
Seasons 1–6
Box set
N/A November 19, 2007 86
  • Collects the previously released box-sets.
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Complete series –
Deluxe Edition
November 11, 2008 November 24, 2008 86
  • Includes all special features from the previously released box-sets.
  • Never before seen scenes from all six seasons.
  • Exclusive interviews with David Chase conducted by actor Alec Baldwin.
  • Supper with The Sopranos: Two sit-down dinners with the cast and crew of the show as they discuss the series finale.
  • Lost scenes from all six seasons of The Sopranos.
  • Panel Center Seminar: Discussions featuring "whacked" characters.
  • Extra Gravy: Spoofs and Parodies including The Simpsons and Saturday Night Live.
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From Wikiquote

.The Sopranos (19992007) is an American television series, airing on HBO, about a fictional Italian-American Mafia family in Northern New Jersey that is led by mob boss Tony Soprano.^ True tales of the New Jersey mafia.
  • The Sopranos: NJ.com 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC www.nj.com [Source type: General]

^ The Sopranos is a tale about a New Jersey mobster and the issues that surround his two families.

^ Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was the star of the popular television series about the head of the New Jersey mob and his family life.
  • Tony Soprano Named Lovable Loser TV Dad: HBO Mob Boss of The Sopranos a Cold Hearted Sociopath 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC prime-time-dramas.suite101.com [Source type: General]

Seasons

  • The Sopranos: Season 1
  • The Sopranos: Season 2
  • The Sopranos: Season 3
  • The Sopranos: Season 4
  • The Sopranos: Season 5
  • The Sopranos: Season 6

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.This is a disambiguation page; that is, one that points to other pages that might otherwise have the same name.^ Those who thought they had chosen smartly by investing in overpriced garbage, for flip or otherwise, were assured by Brownstoner and others doing the same that their investments were genius.
  • Brownstoner: Tony Soprano Doing Dumbo? 2 February 2010 17:46 UTC www.brownstoner.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Might not the two black guys be the same ones who had tried to kill Tony in a previous season, now back to finish the job?..."
  • Studying 'The Sopranos' | Jacket Copy | Los Angeles Times 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC latimesblogs.latimes.com [Source type: General]

^ One of the best i ever seen about this theme; it takes a lot of twist arround so you don't get borred with the same caracters like with some others.
  • http://getglue.com/tv_shows/sopranos 28 January 2010 1:01 UTC getglue.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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