The Sopranos: Season 5 (2004)

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.



Critic Ratings: 13


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Air date: Mar 7, 2004

In the fifth season opener, AJ and Carmela are shocked to encounter a ferocious bear in the backyard. Meanwhile, Tony attempts to court Dr. Melfi.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2004

After a long prison sentence, Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto is paroled and finds the world a changed place.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2004

Stricken with dementia, Uncle Junior wanders out on his own. Meanwhile, Feech La Manna becomes a potential liability.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2004

While Carmela loses control of AJ, Tony looks for a way to deal with the aging Feech La Manna.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2004

An auto accident involving Tony and Adriana leads to rampant suspicion that the two are having an affair.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2004

While Carmela re-enters the dating scene, the recently paroled Tony Blundetto tries his hand at a civilian job.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2004

While Tony meets his father's old comare who reveals some surprising things about the elder Soprano, Junior grapples with his own mortality.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2004

The recently paroled Tony Blundetto is offered some work by the New York family, while the Soprano household plays host to a big party in honor of Carmela's father's 75th birthday.

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Air date: May 2, 2004

Tony Soprano learns of a misdeed committed by Tony Blundetto and attempts to cover for his cousin. Meanwhile, Finn gets a construction job and learns a shocking secret about Vito.

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Air date: May 9, 2004

Christopher and Tony Blundetto visit a rural farm to move some corpses, while back in New Jersey, Janice's temper gets the best of her.

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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 & Crew

Jamie-Lynn DiScala
Meadow Soprano
John Ventimiglia
Artie Bucco
Drea de Matteo
Adriana La Cerva
Steve Buscemi
Tony Blundetto
Katherine Narducci
Charmaine Bucco
Tony Sirico
Paulie "Walnuts" Gualtieri
Dominic Chianese
Corrado "Uncle Junior" Soprano
Robert Iler
Anthony "A.J." Soprano
Aida Turturro
Janice Soprano
Edie Falco
Carmela Soprano
Steven R. Schirripa
Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri
Michael Imperioli
Christopher Moltisanti
Lorraine Bracco
Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Frank Vincent
Phil Leotardo
Vincent Curatola
Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni
Dan Grimaldi
Patsy Parisi
David Chase
Executive Producer
Rodrigo Garcia
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News & Interviews for The Sopranos: Season 5

Critic Reviews for The Sopranos Season 5

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (10)

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…

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.
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  • 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
  • Mar 28, 2021
    Eeeeew you married your mommy.
  • Sep 04, 2020
    Another good season with some amazing episodes and scenes.
  • 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".

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