The Sopranos: Season 1 (1999)


Season 1
The Sopranos

Critics Consensus

The Sopranos smartly runs an emotional gamut, offering detailed character work and riveting suspense while displaying a flair for both comedy and drama.

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Critic Ratings: 50

97%

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Air date: Jan 10, 1999

New Jersey mafioso Tony Soprano seeks psychiatric help from a doctor after experiencing anxiety attacks, giving her details about his relatives and their problems.

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Air date: Jan 17, 1999

Tony and Uncle Junior are about to get involved in a family power struggle; Tony's mother agrees to live in a retirement community.

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Air date: Jan 24, 1999

Tony visits Jackie in the hospital; Junior fears Tony has designs on the family; Brendan is whacked by Mikey.

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Air date: Jan 31, 1999

Christopher discovers Brendan; Meadow tells her brother the truth about their father; Jackie dies, leaving Tony with a tough decision.

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Air date: Feb 7, 1999

Tony meets up with an old friend while taking his daughter on a college tour; Father Phil visits Carmela.

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Air date: Feb 14, 1999

Tony suggests that Uncle Junior be made the new boss; Tony's therapy causes problems with his sex life; the family gathers to celebrate Uncle Junior's new position.

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Air date: Feb 21, 1999

Anthony Jr. may have an attention deficit disorder; Tony thinks back to his childhood and the early realization that his father was in the mob.

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Air date: Feb 28, 1999

Christopher loses his cool in a pastry shop; Dr. Melfi and her family discuss the portrayal of gangsters as Italians; the FBI pays the Sopranos a visit.

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Air date: Mar 7, 1999

Meadow's soccer coach is leaving for a college job; Tony reveals Uncle Junior's sexual secret, while Uncle Junior tells everyone about Tony's visits to a psychiatrist.

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Air date: Mar 14, 1999

Christopher and Adriana attempt to do business with a famous gangsta rapper; Tony's neighbor Cusamano invites him to his country club to play golf.

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Cast & Crew

James Gandolfini
Tony Soprano

Actor
Lorraine Bracco
Dr. Jennifer Melfi

Actor
Edie Falco
Carmela Soprano

Actor
Michael Imperioli
Christopher Moltisanti

Actor
Nancy Marchand
Livia Soprano

Actor
Dominic Chianese
Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano

Actor
Vincent Pastore
Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero

Actor
Tony Sirico
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri

Actor
Steven Van Zandt
Silvio Dante

Actor
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
Meadow Soprano

Actor
Robert Iler
Anthony "A.J." Soprano

Actor
Paul Schulze
Father Phil Intintola

Guest Star
John Heard
Det. Vin Makazian

Guest Star
Al Sapienza
Mikey Palmice

Guest Star
Jerry Adler
Herman "Hesh" Rabkin

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Drea de Matteo
Adriana La Cerva

Guest Star
Tony Darrow
Larry Boy Barese

Guest Star
George Loros
Raymond Curto

Guest Star
Joe Badalucco Jr.
Jimmy Altieri

Guest Star
Oksana Babiy
Irina

Guest Star
Andy Wolk
Director
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Critic Reviews for The Sopranos: Season 1

Audience Reviews for The Sopranos: Season 1

  • Oct 04, 2021
    Best pilot season for any show, ever.
  • Oct 04, 2021
    This show transformed television and social culture in a way no show since it has. Much like a serialized look at The Godfather in the sense that it also made the characters and world of this NJ Crime family more than two dimensional. The struggles of families and family issues told through the lens of a mafia family is brilliantly scripted by David Chase and brilliantly acted by Gandolfini and the entire cast. Unlike what was suggested this show does not glorify the mob, nor does it disparage the image of Italian Americans. It is simply good, old fashioned television that raised the bar for the entire industry. The relationships between Tony and his mother, his therapist, his wife and his extended "family" are individually brilliant, but together groundbreaking television. Worth watching again, especially in light of the new prequel.
  • Sep 23, 2021
    The beginning of a legendary series.
  • Aug 29, 2021
    Being much too young to watch this when it originally aired, I caught this show in my adulthood when I could truly appreciate it for what it was and has jumped to the top of some of the most respected works of art I've ever witnessed. I was a big fan growing up of Italian gangster films, like "The Godfather" (1972) or "Goodfellas" (1990), so it never made any sense why it took me so long to get around to this one. As a kid I remember seeing glimpses of it on TV, in particular, one of the most violent scenes I could could've witness and that's where I learned what ‘curb stomping' meant. James Gandolfini took my heart away with this show! I could've watched that man perform for hours straight! I wish we could've seen more of Gandolfini before he passed, but I'm thankful for what he gave us and am continually inspired by his work and dedication to character. 'Tony Soprano' has outweighed all my favorite on-screen gangsters, but maybe that's because we got to live with him for so long over the course of 86 hour long episodes. That's over 5,000 hours of 'Tony Soprano'. Compared to the normal 2-3 we get in films. We got the day in the life, the intimate, the little moments, the humanity of a ‘gangster' and getting to see more inside the mind of him. Speaking of inside the mind of him, Lorraine Bracco is the mastermind therapist who allows us to get inside the head of mob boss 'Tony Soprano'. It's one of my favorite elements of the show, breaking down the toughest of the tough and we get a therapy session almost every episode. It's the heart of the show. It's the heart of 'Tony Soprano' we get to see in there. Bracco's been stuck in my mind ever since I saw her in Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas" (1990) and was so pleased to see she was a regular on "The Sopranos" (1999-2007). It makes all the meta-references in the show to "Goodfellas" (1990) all the more enjoyable! There's more than just a couple people from "Goodfellas" (1990) that made it into "The Sopranos" (1999-2007), but Michael Imperioli might be my most memorable part of watching "Goodfellas" (1990) as the poor bartender/waiter who gets shot by Joe Pesci's character. He truly gets to shine in ways unimaginable in this show as ‘Christopher Moltisanti'! One of my favorite characters! Edie Falco, who plays 'Tony Soprano''s wife, is what makes this show work so god d*** well! She's the toughest person in this show by far! Seeing her side by side with James Gandolfini in a scene is like nothing else! They are magic together on the screen, whether it's heated or sweet, or anywhere in the middle, it's their chemistry that has captured me so in this show! From Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Drea de Matteo, Steven Van Zandt, to Dominic Chianese, and so many others, this show really has an incredible ensemble that help create the intricate and exciting universe that is "The Sopranos" (1999-2007). Not to mention all the incredible season cameos and guest stars that grace this show with their presence as well! It broke the walls of what a hero and villain could mean, giving us the first true anti-hero that we fell in love with on the television. "The Sopranos" (1999-2007) has paved the way for some of the biggest hits of today's generation and more, from AMC's "Breaking Bad" to Showtime's "Dexter" and so many more! "Dexter" remained a favorite for years, then I saw where it came from and had to give my respect to the original.. "The Sopranos" may take the cake for my favorite show of all time. It warms my heart to see James Gandolfini's son, Michael Gandolfini, taking the mantle to a degree, and getting to play a young ‘Tony Soprano' in the upcoming prequel film "The Many Saints of Newark" (2021) which will be directed by "The Sopranos" (1999-2007) creator David Chase. The old team really is getting back together in new and exciting ways! I can't wait!
  • Aug 26, 2021
    Didn't really understood why people were saying that this is one of the best dhows ever. Well.. after watching the first season.. I started to feel it. Great portrayal of a mob boss from James Gandolfini trying his best to balance the family/mob life.
  • Aug 15, 2021
    [⭐️85%] Once you have managed to adapt to the very slow pace, The Sopranos' first season introduces viewers to a unique perspective into the mafia, led by an absolutely breathtaking performance by James Gandolfini. The equal amount of screen time devoted to Tony Soprano's business, family and personal life with therapy makes this show feel very real as it constantly displays his struggles. Whilst all the characters are played well by their respective actors and actresses, it isn't until later seasons where you start to connect with them. But with these characters comes some amusing dialogue as all of the characters have natural chemistry.
  • Jul 23, 2021
    Such an amazing show. Always fun to rewatch every couple of years. Such a tragic loss.
  • Jul 20, 2021
    The Sopranos made a brilliant debut. I wonder how HBO do this, they have made the best 1st season of any series ever produced besides GOT. They perfectly balanced the professional and personal life of the mobster Anthony Soprano. It may seem a little slow for fast-paced movie/tv series fans. Overall: A fantastic start for a mind-blowing series
  • Jul 03, 2021
    Not my favourite season but introduces the characters and the story nicely
  • Mar 28, 2021
    RATING: A+ Creator: David Chase The Sopranos starts with a brilliant debut season that really shows the utter greatness of this show. James Gandolfini is really good as the lead, but same as with Mad Men everyone in the Ensemble is really good. The Screenplays are brilliantly written by, mostly, David Chase himself. The Direction and Cinematography are great as is the Soundtrack. And how they involved this sorta dark humour was great as well, there really are some laughs in it.

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