The Sopranos: Season 3 (2001)


Season 3
The Sopranos

Critics Consensus

Deftly using its complex characters to delve into thorny moral quandaries, the third season of The Sopranos continues to deliver consistently compelling, albeit controversial, viewing.



Critic Ratings: 10


Audience Score

User Ratings: 335
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Air date: Mar 4, 2001
Air date: Mar 4, 2001
Air date: Mar 11, 2001
Air date: Mar 18, 2001
Air date: Mar 25, 2001
Air date: Apr 1, 2001
Air date: Apr 8, 2001
Air date: Apr 15, 2001
Air date: Apr 22, 2001
Air date: Apr 29, 2001
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Series three of The Sopranos begins with the 'disappearance' of Richie Aprile and the return of Ralph Cifaretto. Tony tries guiding Jackie Aprile Jr, but his frustration grows as he's not happy with Jackie's behaviour. Ralph commits an unspeakable crime, Tony becomes so furious with Ralph that he goes against the most traditional mafia code to teach him a lesson.


James Gandolfini
as Anthony Soprano
Lorraine Bracco
as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Edie Falco
as Carmela Soprano
Michael Imperioli
as Christopher Moltisanti
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
as Meadow Soprano
Dominic Chianese
as Corrado `Uncle Junior' Soprano
Robert Iler
as Anthony Soprano Jr.
Steven Van Zandt
as Silvio Dante
Tony Sirico
as Paulie `Walnuts' Gualtieri
Jason Cerbone
as Jackie Aprile Jr.
Aida Turturro
as Janice Soprano
Nancy Marchand
as Livia Soprano
Joe Pantoliano
as Ralph Cifaretto
Drea de Matteo
as Adriana La Cerva
Steve Schirripa
as Bobby `Bacala' Baccalieri
Vincent Curatola
as Johnny `Johnny Sack' Sacramoni
Dan Grimaldi
as Patsy Parisi
John Fiore
as Gigi Cestone
Tom Aldredge
as Hugh DeAngelis
Suzanne Shepherd
as Mary DeAngelis
Sharon Angela
as Rosalie Aprile
Jerry Adler
as Herman `Hesh' Rabkin
Annabella Sciorra
as Gloria Trillo
Ari Graynor
as Caitlin Rucker
Alla Kliouka Schaffer
as Svetlana Kirilenko
Andrew Davoli
as Dino Zerilli
Patrick Tully
as Noah Tannenbaum
Vincent Pastore
as Salvatore `Big Pussy' Bonpensiero
Kathrine Narducci
as Charmaine Bucco
Max Casella
as Benny Fazio
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Vito Spatafore
Turk Pipkin
as Aaron Arkaway
Frank Ciornei
as Slava Malevsky
George Loros
as Raymond Curto
Maureen Van Zandt
as Gabriella Dante
Oksana Babiy
as Irina Peltsin
Burt Young
as Bobby `Bacala' Baccalieri Sr.
Louis Lombardi
as Skip Lipari
Sam McMurray
as Dr. John Kennedy
Frank Wood
as Dean Ross
Albert Makhtsier
as Stasiu Wosilius
Katalin Pota
as Lilliana Wosilius
Sully Boyer
as Dr. Krakower
David Mogentale
as Coach Goodwin
Richard Maldone
as Albert Barese
Joseph Siravo
as Johnny Boy Soprano
Frank Pando
as Agent Grasso
Toni Kalem
as Angie Bonpensiero
Frank Pellegrino
as Frank Cubitoso
Rocco Sisto
as Young Junior Soprano
Michael Rispoli
as Jackie Aprile
Saundra Santiago
as Jeanne Cusamano
Mark Karafin
as Egon Kosma
Michele DeCesare
as Hunter Scangarelo
Peter Bogdanovich
as Dr. Elliot Kupferberg
Peter Riegert
as Assemblyman Zellman
Annika Pergament
as Newscaster
Ian Group
as Colin
Tony Lip
as Carmine Lupertazzi
Erica Leerhsen
as Birgit Olafsdottir
Deepa Puroht
as Ambujam
Ilene S. Landress
as Dr. Laurens
Joseph Badalucco Jr.
as Jimmy Altieri
Ismail Bashey
as Dr. Mehta
Robert Bogue
as Ed Restuccia
Nicole Burdette
as Barbara Giglione
John Fiske
as FBI Man
Louis Crugnali
as Carlo Renzi
James Murtaugh
as Judge Lapper
Will McCormack
as Jason LaPenna
Carl Capotorto
as Little Paulie Germani
Michael Garfield
as Len Tannenbaum
Tony Hale
as RN Collins
Joe Bacino
as Little Joe
Gary Perez
as Agent Marquez
Zachary Knower
as Dr. Enloe
Kelly Kole
as Debbie
Matt Servitto
as Agent Dwight Harris
Anne Assante
as Caterina Cella
Igor Zhivotovsky
as Igor Parnasky
Yvette Mercedes
as Homeless Woman
James Shanklin
as Anesthesiologist
Brian Smyj
as Agent Smyj
Colleen Werthmann
as Agent Malatesta
Ralph Lucarelli
as Cozzerelli
Denise Borino
as Ginny Sacramoni
Gregory Russell Cook
as Rocco De Trollio
Richard Verdinio
as Police Officer
Jay Christanson
as Agent Jongsma
Laila Robins
as Young Livia Soprano
Kieran Campion
as Epsilon Zet
Luiza Liccini
as Stripper No. 1
Matt Cerbone
as Young Jackie Jr.
Dennis Gagomiros
as Agent Theopolis
Sal Petraccione
as George Piocosta
Neal Jones
as Agent Tancredi
Marie Athanasiou
as Stripper No. 2
Dominick Charles Carbone
as Kevin Bonpensiero
Ed Vassallo
as Tom Giglione
Lou Bonacki
as Francis Satriale
Daniel Oreskes
as Principal Cincotta
Michael Hogan
as Dov Ginsberg
Mark Damiano II
as Young Tony Soprano
Gary Evans
as FBI Tech No. 1
Vito Antuofurmo Sr.
as Bobby Zanone
Glenn Kessler
as FBI Tech No. 2
Juliet Fox
as Young Janice Soprano
Bill Kocis
as Father Nicolai
Margo Singaliese
as Lisa Cestone
Elxis McLaren
as Young Barbara Soprano
Tyler Gulizio
as Little Boy
Peter McRobbie
as Father Felix
Loulou Katz
as Little Girl
Peter Byrne
as Security Guard
Rosie Chavolino
as Second Dancer
Jay Boryea
as Bouncer
David Ross
as Janitor
Capathia Jenkins
as Store Employee
as The Miami Relatives
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Critic Reviews for The Sopranos Season 3

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (8)

It goes beyond The Godfather because it's punctuated with smiles, and set to a score that uses the music of big-name artists in an unusually creative way.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

This is The Sopranos at its best, a series that doesn't play by television conventions. It doesn't make nice.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

If the true test of a show is how it handles adversity, the third-season premiere on March 4 proves The Sopranos is better than ever.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Overall, The Sopranos returns in better form this year than it did at the start of its second season. New territory is explored and Chase seems more willing to push the Soprano story forward. It's not sitting in neutral by any means.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

It's their moral ambiguity that most grounds them in reality and makes them so fascinating that missing even one episode is unthinkable. Every move they make, every step they take, we'll be watching them.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

"Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood" is a slyly confident, funny return to the world of The Sopranos, an episode that takes a cue from, well, Hitchcock to talk as much about our relationship to the show as anything else.

Jul 15, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Even measured against insanely high expectations, the series is as good as it has ever been.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

The nice thing about The Sopranos is that everything -- every subplot, every minor character, every musical cue (the premiere's highlight: Tony, singing along in the car to Steely Dan's ''Dirty Work'') -- yields results

Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Show's technical attributes are still first-rate and the direction/portrayals makes each character come to life

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What's remarkable about [producer David] Chase's work on Sopranos is his ability to maintain the show's crucial duality: We don't want Tony to be caught and punished, but we always know he should be.

Jul 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sopranos: Season 3

  • Sep 09, 2015
    Season 3 featured one of the most shocking episode ever,definitely not for everyone. But despite the controversy, season 3 was still fun to watch.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2015
    I found this season to be the least compelling of all. I was just not overly engaged by some new turn of events and certain story elements get out of hand with their repetition. Still, when it's great, it's amazing. Not many shows manage to hold so well after so long, all thanks to some tight writing and acting from the larger than life cast.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2019
    The best TV show ever. I do not think we will ever see anything like it again.
  • Feb 06, 2018
    Jodido Tony, jodida familia Soprano. Pasan con una rapidez los capitulos que se nos va volando temporada con temporada
  • Apr 10, 2016
    Kelli Aprile: "Jesus Christ, look at who our father was! My brother wasn't killed by some drug dealer! He was killed by some fat f**k in see-through socks." This took me awhile, but here it is. Season 3 of The Sopranos was freaking great just like how I expected it to be. While it's not on the same level of outstanding as season one & two (In my opinion), but it's still a great season with lots to like with it's characters, story and actors. There's a lot in this season that actually did better than the last two seasons, but there's some things that this season didn't do so well. So lets dive in. Tony Soprano is known for being one of the best anti-hero of all time. He's right up there with Walter White -'Breaking Bad', Frank Underwood – 'House of Cards', Hannibal Lecter – 'Hannibal' and Dexter Morgan – 'Dexter'. Even the most despicable things Tony has done in this season, you still can't help but to like the guy. The reason why I'm bringing this up now and not the last two seasons is because I think this is the season we finally have a full gasp of what Tony is as a character. Imagine a villain who isn't fully aware that he is a villain, but thinks he's a good person and everything that he dose is for the right reasons, and that right there is basically Tony. We also see an other side of him that we understand how Tony's emotion works or the reason why he's so cold at times. Jame Gandolfini delivered a beautiful performance this season, as he always adds new things to his character in every season and making the word 'character development' very relevant in this show. Just like what I said in my season 2 review, James was brilliant and I'm likely going to say that again for my season 4 review, but that's the thing, I'm seriously running out of things to say for this guy, as he's always terrific in everything. The one thing I absolutely need to praise this season is how engaging it was. All of it has to do with the writing, as it was really terrific and well written for a show like this. This is TV at it's finest and this is also David Chase at his finest of writing. Some of the performances was pretty good from the cast, but if I had to pick out a weak performance from any of the cast it would be Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante. He wasn't awful or terrible, but compared him to the other actors, he really dose stand out as the weakest out of all of them. He didn't do too bad in the past season but for some reason he stuck out like a sore thumb in this season. He just has the same boring facial expression in every scene he's in and it's very distracting after awhile. It's not until I found out that Steven Van Zandt wasn't an actor before he started the show but a musician (and it really shows). But who knows, he might improve later on in the seasons, as that has happened before and I seriously hope I'm right on that. I already brought up the unfortunate death of Nancy Marchand in my last review, as the episode "Funhouse" was her final TV performance. She died before season 3 could even start filming, so Writer David Chase decided there should be one final conversation with Tony before Livia gets killed off. The dialogue from previous episodes was pieced together for Livia's half of the conversation, and state- of-the-art CGI effects were used to place old footage of her face on a body double, but it's some of the worse looking CGI I've ever seen. I know it wasn't easy for them to do, since it took them two weeks to put all together and the fact that Nancy was a very major character in the show, but the visual effect's are so noticeable and quite laughable. The lighting on her face doesn't match the light of the room or the other characters in the room with her. It was pretty awful. Overall The Sopranos: Season 3 is a great season with many amazing episodes that makes this show as great as it is. Time for Season 4.
  • Nov 23, 2014
    Going in with high expectations, The Sopranos delivers gruesome violence as well as characters who are left with extremely questionable actions and compelling, thought-provoking story arcs.
  • Jul 25, 2014
    The show's character development continues to improve, with help from James Gandolfini in its episodes, along with diving deeper into the relationship between several paired characters, creating one of its best episodes in Pine Barrens.
  • May 11, 2014
    Second only to "The Wire".
  • Feb 16, 2014
    Tony's mom may be gone, but it didn't hurt the series at all. The third season contains the episode Pine Barrens, which might very well be the best episode of the series, and it also is arguably the last season that perfected the dynamic of comparing/contrasting Tony's mob family with his actual one.
  • Dec 05, 2013
    My favorite season of my favorite series of all time, so of course this is my first RT TV review… a random assortment of highlights (SPOILERS, OBV.): 1) Meadow's slow pivot from whiny teenager to party-line Mafiosa; 2) "Every Breath You Take" mixed with the Peter Gunn theme in the wiretap episode; 3) Jackie Jr. (not) learning to play chess while waiting for the real-life game to catch up with him; 4) the advent of Ralphie, one of the most interestingly vile characters on the show; 5) Tony's relationship with Gloria takes a dark but familiar turn as Chris and Paulie almost die in the wilds of New Jersey – the perfect juxtaposition of emotional and physical danger. I could watch this season a dozen times and find some something new to love for each replay. Genius stuff, this.

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