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.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 634
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Air date: Jan 10, 1999
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Air date: Mar 7, 1999
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Series one of crime drama The Sopranos begins with New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano having an panic attack, for which he begins therapy with Dr Jennifer Melfi. Throughout these sessions, we begin to find out more about Tony's past and upbringing. The season includes Tony tracking down an old associate who has joined the Witness Protection Program, the Lupertazzi Crime Family going on the lam, a high school coach committing a terrible crime, and an FBI visit to the Sopranos.


James Gandolfini
as Tony Soprano
Edie Falco
as Carmela Soprano
Lorraine Bracco
as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Michael Imperioli
as Christopher Moltisanti
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
as Meadow Soprano
Robert Iler
as Anthony Soprano Jr.
Nancy Marchand
as Livia Soprano
Dominic Chianese
as Corrado `Uncle Junior' Soprano
Steven Van Zandt
as Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico
as Paulie `Walnuts' Gualtieri
Vincent Pastore
as Salvatore `Big Pussy' Bompensiero
Drea de Matteo
as Adriana La Cerva
Vincent Curatola
as Johnny `Johnny Sack' Sacramoni
Jerry Adler
as Herman `Hesh' Rabkin
Anthony DeSando
as Brendan Filone
Paul Schulze
as Father Phil Intintola
Joseph Badalucco Jr.
as Jimmy Altieri
John Heard
as Vin Makasian
Michael Rispoli
as Jackie Aprile
Kathrine Narducci
as Charmaine Bucco
Tony Darrow
as Larry Boy Barese
Robert LuPone
as Bruce Cusamano
Matt Servitto
as Agent Dwight Harris
Bokeem Woodbine
as Massive Genius
Kevin O'Rourke
as Don Hauser
Mark Blum
as Randall
Joseph Siravo
as Johnny Boy Soprano
Tony Ray Rossi
as Fred Peters
Bobby Borriello
as Young Tony
Frank Pando
as Agent Grasso
Joe Lisi
as Dick Barone
Robyn Peterson
as Bobbi Sanfillipo
Michael Gaston
as Alex Mahaffy
Laila Robins
as Young Livia
Rocco Sisto
as Young Junior
Aida Turturro
as Janice Soprano
Brian Geraghty
as Counter Boy
Steve Schirripa
as Bobby `Bacala' Baccalieri
Ed Crasnick
as Comedian
Bill Richardone
as Joseph Melfi
Sam Coppola
as Dr. Reis
Richard Portnow
as Harold `Mel' Melvoin
George Loros
as Raymond Curto
Barbara Haas
as Alda Melfi
Will McCormack
as Jason La Penna
Bruce Smolan
as Emil Kolar
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Bakery Customer
Richard Romanus
as Richard La Penna
Anthony De Sando
as Brendan Filone
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Critic Reviews for The Sopranos Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (15)

Great series are often at their greatest in their first seasons -- "The Sopranos" is a perfect example... So complete and so perfectly realized was creator David Chase's vision over that 13-episode run.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…
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It shouldn't work, yet somehow it does... It's an absurdist comedy about criminal behavior and suburban life that gently mocks its targets while taking its characters and their emotions seriously.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

Talk about hitting a high note: The Sopranos, the mob comedy-drama series... is the first gotta-watch, gotta-love, Gotti-like TV series of 1999.

Jul 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Home Box Office has telecast several of the most scintillating series of this decade, notably The Larry Sanders Show, Oz, Arli$$, and Sex and the City. You can safely add The Sopranos to that glittering gallery.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

No, The Sopranos is not the equal of Scorsese's masterpiece, but it manages to bring a new spin to the words "dysfunctional" and "family," and it deserves its place alongside other HBO gems like The Larry Sanders Show and Sex and the City.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

The Sopranos is literary in its nuanced handling of relationships and motive and flux, but never highbrow. It's film, and it's good TV.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Now, watching the show nearly 20 years after its original debut, it still stands up as one of the greatest dramas of all time.

Sep 12, 2017 | Full Review…

This 13-week HBO series offers more than laughs. It has intelligence and feeling and brutality. The Sopranos hits all the notes.

Jul 1, 2014 | Full Review…

It is such rich, layered storytelling.

Aug 15, 2014 | Full Review…

The viewer is quickly sucked into [the criminals'] schemes and roots for them to pull off every job.

Jul 22, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

David Chase, its creator and executive producer, has laced the show with great lines.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

But the cleverness of The Sopranos is never merely cute; the show doesn't spare us the ugliness of Mafia life. Some of the performances in particular bring out the terror that is always near the surface.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sopranos: Season 1

  • 4d ago
    Absolute classic! This season changed television forever!
  • Oct 06, 2019
    That was a great show.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    The greatest debut to the best tv show off all time.
  • Jul 05, 2019
    Still the greatest tv show ever to Grace tv. This tv show changed the way we watched TV forever it was the first real big budget show on the scales of a movie.
  • May 18, 2019
    phenomenal performances cast-round.
  • Feb 05, 2019
    One of the greatest television series in history. Fantastic performances by James Gandolfini and Edie Falco. Nancy Marchand was epic as Tony's toxic mother. Sadly, this show felt very close to me, being raised in a dysfunctional Italian family with a Nana who made Livia Soprano look tame. I wanted The Brady Bunch - I got The Sopranos - but I can say from my own experiences, they truly got it right.
  • Jan 15, 2019
    The best TV show ever. I do not think we will ever see anything like it again.
  • Oct 29, 2018
    This show does such good job of creating characters with lots of depth and stortlines that suck you in.
  • Oct 11, 2018
    By far the best season. It balances life in the mob and life with family perfectly. Truly family redefined.
  • Dec 02, 2017
    This is probably not an entirely fair review of this first season of "The Sopranos" (seeing as how I only made it through two episodes of it), but these are my quick thoughts: Usually, "mob shows" would never even get tried by me. It just really isn't my thing. However, I did very much enjoy "Breaking Bad" (which uses some of those same conventions) and kept seeing this show up on every single "best of TV" lists. So, I finally decided to give it a try. After two episodes, I made the decision not to continue for these reasons: -In all honesty, it felt a little dated to me. I'm not usually picky about this sort of thing, but I really felt like I was watching an "old show" here. -Instead of "Breaking Bad", which takes part of the mobster show genre and puts in a very human-interest plot and characters, I could tell that "Sopranos" was instead going to revel in being a mob show. Not that it does a disservice to the characters, but it clearly stays within the boundaries of the mob scene. I know I should give this acclaimed show more time, but in the two episodes I watched I found no spark to continue onward.

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