Top 30 Best Episodes of The Sopranos

This is a listing of my favorite episodes of the Sopranos series, respectively.
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1.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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Tony encourages an unwanted son-in-law to divorce, Carmela learns another secret of Tony's, Meadow experiments with speed to study for the SATs, and Chris and Brendan find out the price of disrespecting Junior. (55 mins.)
“ Primary Story: So Chris and Brendan return the hijacked truck but Junior still isn't happy as he hasn't punished anyone yet. Mikey keeps encouraging him to take action and Junior ends up agreeing with him. But man, "Take it easy! We're not making a Western here!" was a great comeback.

Additionally, Meadow and Hunter ask Chris and Brendan for speed just so they can stay awake and study for the SAT exams. Brendan has a nice remark here, "Kids, ya think ya can protect 'em, well you can't!" This holds a strong moral complexity as it's a reference to how kids will always find a way to get what they want. Though hesitant at first, Chris is convinced by Adriana to give them some as it's preferable to acquire the drugs from them as opposed to street dealers from Jefferson Ave, who as Chris puts it, would have "robbed them, raped them, and left them on the side of the road." ends up giving them a little but wants to avoid getting in trouble with Tony for doing this. And after Eventually, at the end of the episode, after Livia ends up giving her piece of advice to Junior, the old yet deadly puppet-master ends up agreeing with her mentality; so he decides to dish out the punishment; a mock execution for Chris laid down by Russian gangsters and a real one for Brendan via Mikey Palmice's swift and extremely climactic punishment.

Secondary Story: A Hasidic Jewish fellow approaches Tony for a quick job; pretty much beating up on his son-in-law Ariel until he agrees to a divorce. The interrogation doesn't go too well as he's a hard one to crack and he references Masada, the site of a long siege between a small number of Jews and the legions of Roman soldiers which eventually ended in the mass suicide of these same Jews who chose death over enslavement, and then Ariel goes on to say, "Where are the Romans now..." and Tony's comeback is one of the best... "You're lookin' at 'em a$$hole..." That was some beautiful writing there.

Tertiary Story: Jackie Aprile, Sr. is in the hospital and his condition worsens as Tony discusses the cancer diagnosis with his psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi. He also deliberates whether or not he's seen as a "Frankenstein" figure... someone who lacks emotions and feelings.

Music: Best music in the end of the episode. "All Through the Night" intercut with vicious brutality and scenes whilst depicting the gentle nature of Meadow's choir performance makes this the most memorable scene in the series.

Characters: Brendan Filone is and always will be my #1 most favorite character in The Sopranos due to the method in which he is executed. Brendan was Christopher Moltisanti's friend and partner in crime as we witnessed in the previous episode entitled "46 Long." Due to his addiction to drugs and his overall unplanned hijacking gone awry, he is silenced for his actions, sending a message to the rest of Tony Soprano's crew.

This scene is perfectly depicted in "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" and is the most important climax in the entire first season. Brendan was shot to death in his bathtub, clean through the eye, by Junior's trigger man, Mikey Palmice. The method of execution is known as the "Moe Greene Special", a specific form of Mafia killing based on Moe Greene, who also happens to be my favorite character from The Godfather trilogy.

The scene is also my most favorite in the history of The Sopranos, since Brendan's method of demise is unparalleled throughout the series. The scene was so memorable in its Godfather-like ending that it shall always remain a part of me; always my favorite moment in television/film history.

The sheer brutality and ferocity is heightened in this instant, where a lullaby plays in the background as Brendan smokes his final cigarette. Mikey Palmice walks in, startles Brendan, and says "Hijack! Bye Jack!" before silencing him with a glock aimed at his eye; a message job. As the montage buildup of the musical choir "All Through the Night" sounds in the background, Filone looks up and fear strikes his face; his dreams shattered in that instant! He dies in that terrifying moment as the bullet pierces his eye, redefining a bloodbath! The blood fills the tub as Filone remains still, no longer quivering. However, through death, he is immortalized forevermore, a fragment of magnificent brilliance defined.

Brendan will always be my favorite character in the history of film and television, forevermore. I love Brendan Filone.

Overall: Hands down the best episode of the series as it incorporates my favorite character being killed in the most memorable fashion, a very brutal and swift punishment coated with tender lullaby accents and warrants the perfect ending and writing overall as a concept and genuinely brilliant reference to The Godfather. ” - Zabon
 
2.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: 46 Long (1999)
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Tony is getting fed up with his mother. Brendan act's against Tony's wishes. Salvatore and Paulie try to track down A.J.'s teacher's stolen car. (55 mins.)
 
3.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Meadowlands (1999)
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Jackie's death leaves a power vacuum, Brendan's death leaves Chris fearing for his life, and Anthony's discovery of what his father really does leaves him confused. (55 mins.)
 
4.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: From Where to Eternity (2000)
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Chris awakens from his coma with a message for Tony and Paulie. Carmela, meanwhile, wants Tony to take a cut. (55 mins.)
 
5.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Full Leather Jacket (2000)
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Rebellion by some of the lower soldiers ends in bloodshed, while Carmela starts intimidating her neighbors to help Meadow's chances at Georgetown. (55 mins.)
 
6.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Amour Fou (2001)
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Gloria grows increasingly demanding until Tony realizes who she is, and Jackie Jr. ends up in very serious trouble when Chris realizes who he is. (55 mins.)
 
7.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Long Term Parking (2004)
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Tony makes a request to Johnny Sack on behalf of his cousin, and Adriana makes a request to the FBI, followed by one to Chris. (55 mins.)
 
8.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Cold Stones (2006)
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Phil takes out his revenge on Vito, while Tony grows frustrated with Anthony's lack of ambition or work ethic. (55 mins.)
 
9.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: The Second Coming (2007)
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Tony fails to reason with Phil as more problems increase with Anthony when his depression worsens and he attempts suicide. (55 mins.)
 
10.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (2007)
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Tony travels to Las Vegas. (55 mins.)
 
11.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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The FBI begins closing in on the DiMeo family. Tony and Carmela are angry over all the attention Italians get from the authorities, while Chris fumes that he's not getting enough attention. (55 mins.)
 
12.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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Tony starts cleaning house, while Artie feels torn between keeping the peace in his household, and getting even with Tony for destroying his restaurant. (55 mins.)
 
13.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Funhouse (2000)
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Tony gets sick from food poisoning and blames Artie's restaurant. Pussy, meanwhile, reaches the end of the line. (55 mins.)
 
14.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Members Only (2006)
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Gene Pontecorvo makes a final break from the mob life, while Junior's paranoid delusions could be the end of Tony. (55 mins.)
 
15.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Marco Polo (2004)
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An uncomfortable party leads Tony and Carmela to a partial reconciliation, while cousin Tony gets an offer he decides not to refuse. (55 mins.)
 
16.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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A car crash puts Tony and Adriana in a compromising position, and Cousin Tony must try to keep Chris from getting bent out of shape. (55 mins.)
 
17.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Army of One (2001)
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Ralphie issues his final decision on the fate of Jackie Jr., and Anthony faces military school after getting expelled. (55 mins.)
 
18.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Another Toothpick (2001)
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Tony and Carmela try a therapy session together, which ends in an angry dispute. Artie, meanwhile, tries to move in on Adriana. (55 mins.)
 
19.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Pine Barrens (2001)
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While Silvio has the flu, Chris and Paulie run his collections for him, which results in the pair getting lost in the woods and nearly freezing to death. (55 mins.)
 
20.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Employee of the Month (2001)
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Dr. Melfi is brutally attacked, and when the justice system lets her down, she must consider asking Tony for help. (55 mins.)
 
21.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Bust-Out (2000)
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Tony continues putting the squeeze on David, while Richie discusses the possibility with Junior of removing some competition. (55 mins.)
 
22.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
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Richie and Janice get engaged, but Richie's violent temper finally takes him too far. Tony, meanwhile, breaks up with Irina, much to her dismay. (55 mins.)
 
23.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: The Blue Comet (2007)
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The Beginning of the End. Phil finally puts the hits on the Soprano clan and Tony puts a hit on Phil... (55 mins.)
 
24.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: All Due Respect (2004)
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Tony realizes that he must take care of family messes himself in order to keep the peace within his own clan. (55 mins.)
 
25.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Soprano Home Movies (2007)
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Carmela and Tony go away for Tony's birthday up to Janice's and Bobby's where a fight emerges between Tony and Bobby over Janice. Meanwhile A.J. is throwing a party at the Soprano home. (55 mins.)
 
26.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Stage 5 (2007)
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Johnny Sac finds out he only has 3 months to live. Meanwhile, 'Cleaver' premieres and is a hit, while Carmela has mixed emotions about it, saying too much of it is based on Tony. (55 mins.)
 
27.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Luxury Lounge (2006)
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Chris meets and beats the stars, while Artie turns violent after having his hospitality abused. (55 mins.)
 
28.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Unidentified Black Males (2004)
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Tony finds out that his cousin wants a bigger share of responsibilities, while Finn makes an embarrassing discovery about Vito. (55 mins.)
 
29.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Pax Soprana (1999)
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Tony tries to balance Junior against the other capos, while Carmela reasserts herself as the woman in Tony's life. (55 mins.)
 
30.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
Episode: Isabella (1999)
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The stress Tony is going through begins to take its toll, and the hit Junior has ordered doesn't help. (55 mins.)