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    A great show about a family man Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) trying to balance time between his two lives by therapy. His home life and his criminal one. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named it the best-written series in television history. Created by David Chase, the story of The Sopranos was initially conceived as a feature film similar to that of Analyze This (1999), but after some input, it was turn into a television show. While the series is named after David Chase's high school friend. The series is partly inspired by the Boiardo family, a prominent New Jersey organized crime family when Chase was growing up, and partly on New Jersey's DeCavalcante Family as well. The series had a very good supporting cast. Lorraine Bracco as the therapist Jennifer Melfi was one of them. Fans love her, so much that on Season 3 episode "Employee of the Month" when her character got attack; fans were rooting for Tony to get revenge on the guy, but Melfi doesn't tell him. Edie Falco starts as Tony's wife Carmela Soprano is also an interesting character, a bit annoying, but glad the show didn't focus too much on her. The show did focus a lot on Christopher Moltisanti's Tony 'nephew' (Michael Imperioli) from his problem relationship with Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo), his troubles with substance abuse, and his oddball relationship with the other members of Tony's gang. Mostly involving Paulie Gualtieri (Tony Sirico), a comedy-relief character, but also one of the most sinister of them all. Not as sinister as Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band). He was just pure scary. Who knew a musician that play 'Born in U.S.A' can be that scary in a television role. The cast of the debut season of the series consisted of largely unknown actors. After the breakthrough success of the show, many cast members were noted for their acting ability and received mainstream attention for their performances with Emmys and other awards. Even several well-known actors guest star or join the cast in recurring roles such as Joe Pantoliano, Steve Buscemi, Robert Loggia, and Frank Vincent. The show's opening theme is "Woke Up This Morning" by Alabama 3 is a pretty good song. While it's has it catchy tunes, the show lacks a theatrical theme song like Godfather. The series had some pretty good episodes, most of them based in the settlings of the New Jersey area. Without spoiling too much about it. Season 1 & Season 2 are pretty good, and follows the raise of power for Tony. Best episode on Season 2 is "Commendatori" when they go back to Sicily. Season 3 is interesting, but nothing worth noting. Not enough great episodes there. I think the best episodes here are "Employee of the Month" and "Another Toothpick". Season 4 has it's up and down. Episodes here are in mixed reactions due to its intense most plot driven episodes. Some people might like it, some might not. Season 5 foreshadowed everything that was to come in Season 6, but its bring in too many new characters. Season 6 was the biggest drop in ratings they ever had. Only good episode here is "Members Only" first episode of season. Sill a couple of good episodes just not as good as the others. Don't buy this one unless you are a die-hard fan. Episode 3 "Remember When' is an episode worth watching. Everybody probably has their own opinion on the last infamous Sopranos episode "Made in America". In my opinion, I thought it was incomplete when the camera cuts to black. Some people wanted to see if Tony survive or not. Some people believe that it was a metaphor for the three times someone tried to assassinate Tony. The first two times failed, this one didn't. Hints why it takes Meadows (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) three attempts to park the car. Who knows! I just think Meadows is a lousy driver. Some people believe he survive with the song Journey song 'Don't stop believing'. Anyways, Chase's decision to end the last episode abruptly with just a black screen was controversial. The ambiguity over the ending and question of whether Tony was murdered will be talk about for years. The Sopranos is credited for creating a new era in the mafia genre deviating from the traditional dramatized image of the gangster in favor of a simpler, more accurate reflection of mob life. While some people hate the negative stereotype of Italian-Americans as mobsters families, in my opinion, the song really does try to make this characters have some depth, than face value murderers. In my opinion, MTV's Jersey Shore is worst than the Sopranos in negative stereotypes for Italian-Americans. About the characters, yes they can be a bit unlikable, and crude, but remember it's a television about a mob family, not the Brady Bunch. Overall: Sopranos is a great watch. Sadly, I doubt there will be any more Sopranos shows made anymore with the 2013's death of James Gandolfini. James was a great actor. Not just the sopranos but many movies. He understood the struggles of living the blue collard life because he was once there himself. A gentle giant that will be greatly missed. Maybe gone, but for sure will never be forgotten. RIP.