The Sopranos: Season 5 (2004)

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Season 5
The Sopranos

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The penultimate season of The Sopranos hurtles toward the series' climax without sacrificing the compelling stories and vibrant characters that made it an acknowledged television classic.

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Critic Ratings: 13

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User Ratings: 348

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 7, 2004
2
Air date: Mar 14, 2004
3
Air date: Mar 21, 2004
4
Air date: Mar 28, 2004
5
Air date: Apr 4, 2004
6
Air date: Apr 11, 2004
7
Air date: Apr 18, 2004
8
Air date: Apr 25, 2004
9
Air date: May 2, 2004
10
Air date: May 9, 2004
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Series five of The Sopranos introduces lots of new characters including Tony Soprano's cousin Tony Blundetto, former DiMeo Crime family capo Michele 'Feech' La Manna, and Lupertazzi family capo Phil Leotardo. War begins between Johnny Sack and Crime Jr after Johnny arranges a hit, as well as Adriania being arrested by the FBI after covering up a murder.

Cast

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
Steve Buscemi
as Tony Blundetto
Tony Sirico
as Paulie `Walnuts' Gualtieri
Drea de Matteo
as Adriana La Cerva
Vincent Curatola
as Johnny `Johnny Sack' Sacramoni
Aida Turturro
as Janice Soprano
Steve Schirripa
as Bobby `Bacala' Baccalieri
Robert Loggia
as Michele `Feech' La Manna
Frank Vincent
as Phil Leotardo
Patti D'Arbanville
as Lorraine Colluzzo
David Strathairn
as Robert Wegler
Ray Abruzzo
as Little Carmine Lupertazzi
Joe Santos
as Angelo Garepe
Jerry Adler
as Herman `Hesh' Rabkin
Robert Desiderio
as Jack Massarone
Polly Bergen
as Fran Felstein
Sharon Angela
as Rosalie Aprile
Maureen Van Zandt
as Gabriella Dante
Frankie Valli
as Rusty Millio
Leslie Bega
as Valentina
Tony Lip
as Carmine Lupertazzi
Joseph R. Gannascoli
as Vito Spatafore
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News & Interviews for The Sopranos: Season 5

Critic Reviews for The Sopranos Season 5

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

Overall, there were a focus and a consistency to this season that we haven't seen since the first year.

Aug 15, 2014 | Full Review…

It was as rich an hour as fans could expect.

Aug 11, 2014 | Full Review…

... there isn't is a compelling reason to spend any more time among wiseguys with a chemical dependency on olive oil, roadkill, and Frank Sinatra.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

A not-unintentional legacy of The Sopranos' refusal to signpost is a sense of dread that never once lifts.

Oct 18, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Worthy of most accolades showered upon it (which is saying something), the long layoff between seasons hasn't dimmed the show's status as one of TV's gems - a family drama like no other, imitated but unlikely to be equaled.

Aug 18, 2014 | Full Review…
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For viewers, the good news is that this new story allows for an unusually strong influx of new Sopranos characters.

Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

What makes The Sopranos an oasis in today's climate of declining entertainment standards from reality TV to theatrical features is that Chase's drama has never been tempted by complacency.

Aug 18, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Season five of The Sopranos just might be my favorite. It combines the terrific character explorations of seasons two and four with the more thoroughly plotted arcs of seasons one and three.

Jul 15, 2014 | Full Review…

No, The Sopranos isn't the constant shock-of-the-new it once was; even its moments of abrupt, crazy violence are easily spotted. But there are still many scenes that are touching and devastatingly sincere.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

A look at a mistifing figure of a gangster in the contemporary times. A necessary look to ourselves. [full review in Spanish]

Nov 26, 2019 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Like any good soap opera, the series thrives on the pulsating polyrhythms of its multiple storylines.

Aug 15, 2014 | Full Review…

There's Sopranos black comedy at its best.

Jul 11, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Sopranos: Season 5

  • Sep 09, 2015
    New characters were introduced and there were many interesting story-lines and character development. Not to mention the shocking deaths.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2015
    Season 5 is probably the best of the bunch. It's just overwhelmingly great at every turn. Our characters are constantly under pressure and finally move out of their comfort zone with unexpected results. Featuring some of the best episodes and scenes of the show, The Sopranos could've easily ended here and it would still be great. Buscemi is a worthy addition to the show, that kinda feels like a resume of everything that came before, culminating into directions that the characters will never truly recover from. Top-notch dialogue at every turn, though a bit darker than previous outings without some of the great dark humor, this is as solid as it gets.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 03, 2020
    The Tony B and Adriana plots makes this the best season.
  • Jan 28, 2020
    The Sopranos is the best show on televison of all time.
  • Sep 05, 2018
    As well as being my favorite, I consider this season to be the best of the series. Many great actors were added, including Steve Buscemi, Frank Vincent, Robbert Loggia, and Frankie Valli. On top of that, the overall story in season 5 is the most connected in the show, the episodes don't feel as stand alone as hey have in the past. Great season to a great show.
  • Nov 23, 2014
    This masterpiece of a television series continues with its complexity and unpredictability as the series is close to coming to an end and therefore the pace of the show picks up in unbelievable, but amazing ways.
  • Oct 20, 2014
    This is a return to season 1 and 2 glory. A seriously amazing and wholly satisfying season of TV. A classic.
  • May 11, 2014
    Second only to "The Wire".
  • Mar 29, 2014
    I couldn't rave enough about this season given 10 years. After a bit of meandering for a few seasons, it comes back around. It's essential viewing.
  • Feb 16, 2014
    Some call it the show's weakest season (if not the one where they all out jumped the shark), but season 5 has some of the series most shocking moments in it's later half.

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