The Sopranos: Season 1 Reviews

June 19, 2018
David Chase, its creator and executive producer, has laced the show with great lines.
Top Critic
June 19, 2018
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.
June 19, 2018
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.
February 2, 2018
Not since Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman has there been a prime-time series so loopily insouciant, so tuned in to the American static, as if picking up its signals from a plate in Robin Williams's head.
January 31, 2018
Without that element of self-recognition, The Sopranos would be little more than The Godfather meets DiResta. David Chase rises to the challenge though, with incredibly absorbing scripts and the help of a remarkable cast.
July 15, 2014
There are gleefully entertaining moments of mob violence, but the big sense the pilot gives off is of a thing in decline, of a world that is no longer as it was and is sliding toward destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 1, 2014
The series is full of surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: A
July 1, 2014
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.
July 1, 2014
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.
July 1, 2014
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.
July 1, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 1, 2014
While refraining from slapping the comedy on too thick, creator David Chase has made Soprano's inward search surprisingly affecting.
July 1, 2014
[Writer/Director David] Chase acutely composes each individual with nuance.
July 1, 2014
Hands down, it's the series of the season.
July 1, 2014
James Gandolfini is terrifically dynamic as Tony, finding just the right balance.