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

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Cast

Series cast summary:
James Gandolfini ...  Tony Soprano 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Lorraine Bracco ...  Dr. Jennifer Melfi 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Edie Falco ...  Carmela Soprano 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Michael Imperioli ...  Christopher Moltisanti 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Dominic Chianese ...  Junior Soprano 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Steven Van Zandt ...  Silvio Dante 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Tony Sirico ...  Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Robert Iler ...  A.J. Soprano 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Jamie-Lynn Sigler ...  Meadow Soprano 86 episodes, 1999-2007
Aida Turturro ...  Janice Soprano / ... 72 episodes, 2000-2007
Drea de Matteo ...  Adriana La Cerva / ... 61 episodes, 1999-2006
Steve Schirripa ...  Bobby 'Bacala' Baccalieri 53 episodes, 2000-2007
Dan Grimaldi ...  Patsy Parisi / ... 47 episodes, 2000-2007
Joseph R. Gannascoli ...  Vito Spatafore / ... 39 episodes, 1999-2006
John Ventimiglia ...  Artie Bucco 37 episodes, 1999-2007
Sharon Angela ...  Rosalie Aprile 37 episodes, 1999-2007
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Storyline

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. We see Tony at work, at home, and in therapy. Moments of black comedy intersperse this aggressive, adult drama, with adult language, and extreme violence. Written by ahmetkozan

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Family. Redefined. (season 2) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

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English | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

10 January 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Made in Jersey See more »

Filming Locations:

Newburgh, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to Terence Winter, Steve Buscemi had signed up for two seasons, but David Chase felt eventually that his story needed to be told only in one. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the series Junior says running away from the authorities right before they're about to be arrested is undignified and embarrassing. However throughout the series we see several mafia running away. See more »

Quotes

Anthony 'Tony' Soprano Sr.: Sil, break it down for 'em. What two business have traditionally been recession-proof since time immemorial?
Silvio Dante: Certain aspects of show business and our thing.
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Alternate Versions

In January 2007, US network A&E began airing the edited-for-syndication reruns of the show. Scenes featuring nudity, sexual activity and violence were replaced with alternate versions or were excised completely. The profanity was dubbed over. See more »

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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 2 March 2015 (2015) See more »

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Woke Up This Morning
(Opening Credits)
Written by Larry Love, Mountain of Love, Sir Eddie Real and Rev D. Wayne Love
Performed by Alabama 3 (as A3)
Courtesy of Geffen Records, Inc.
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets, Inc.
Contains a sample from "Standing At The Burial Ground"
by Mississippi Fred McDowell
Contains a sample from "Mannish Boy"
Performed by Muddy Waters
Used courtesy of Sony Music
Contains elements from "Tell Me"
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
Under license from Universal Music Special Markets, Inc.
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A Reminder That Not All Modern TV is Poor
11 March 2006 | by Johnny-SackSee all my reviews

The Sopranos is arguably the greatest show in Dramatic Television history.

Its hard to think of another series that boasts so much intelligence, sublime writing or first rate performances.

Across its epic scope it produces fresh and iconic characters and a constant level of high quality. Centering around the life of one Tony Soprano, a man who lives in two families. One is the conventional wife and two kids nuclear family the other a huge New Jersey Mafia group, of which he is the boss of both. Played by James Gandolfini, of True Romance and The Mexican fame, Tony is a fascinating, scary but also likable guy. Full praise must be given to Gandolfini for making a womanising and horrifically aggressive brute a genuinely identifiable and perfect leading man. Contemporay American drama has never had such an arresting and iconic figure as Tony.

The cast of hundreds never boasts a flat performance and such stand out characters like Paulie Walnuts and Ralph Cifaretto will stick in your memory for ever.

The true genius of this tale however, is the creator and writers bravery and revolutionary take on a conventional drama series. Twenty minute long dream sequences, powerful and original use of symbolism and metaphorical imagery and truly shocking scenes of violence. Yet all this style is met by truly touching themes of love, honour and respect for family. The series never becomes cold hearted or gratuitous.

With TV now competitive and often poor The Sopranos stands tall above the rest as America's most original and compelling drama. Forget Family Redifined. This is Television Redifined.


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