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The Sopranos continues to fascinate and provoke. It centers on a New Jersey mob family, and it polarizes because we are suspended between horror and fascination, and wonder whether we should be wasting time watching a show that seems to glamorize and romanticize a very deviant, brutal, lawless lifestyle. Yes, we should.

The core of this drama is Tony Soprano and his family -- wife, son, daughter, mother, uncle, sister and a host of cousins; and Tony's surrogate family -- consigliore, lieutenants, made men and thugs. It exposes an underworld that may or may not coexist alongside our quotidian lives, and that intrigues us and also makes us uneasy. The writing and acting, the remarkable casting, all add to the verisimilitude. These are men who love their mothers and dote on their daughters, but who don't hesitate to beat a woman to death. They'll attend their kid's soccer game after calmly ordering a hit on a rival, and perhaps visit a mistress directly following the game. The show very finely showcases the meager humanity these men (and women) possess, and the contrasts between their work and home life can be quite jarring.

It's an intricate tale; the oedipal complex is not neglected! The most dysfunctional families in history might admire and learn from this extended clan -- the total disregard for any laws but their own, the brutality, often taking the home viewer aback in its wantonness, the multiple nexuses between characters, family (mothers, uncles) plotting against their own blood, adultery, corrupt politicians, profane language throughout. And you cannot take your eyes off of it.

The Sopranos is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (87 episodes). The series first aired on January 10, 1999.

Where do I stream The Sopranos online? The Sopranos is available for streaming on HBO, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Sopranos on demand at HBO Max, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, HBO NOW, Vudu, The Roku Channel, Google Play, Apple TV online.

6 Seasons, 87 Episodes
January 10, 1999
Cast: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Steve Buscemi, David Proval, John Ventimiglia
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The Sopranos Full Episode Guide

  • In the sixth and last series finale, Dr. Melfi has cut her ties, Silvio's in a coma, and Bobby has been derailed - now, there is no more hiding.

  • The disloyalty surrounding Tony reaches a breaking point within his crew. A mistaken identity during a hit has deadly consequences. A.J. continues to battle his depression.

  • Tony attempts to help settle differences between New York and Jersey, but his offer is rejected by Phil Leotardo. Meanwhile, A.J. continues to battle his depression and Meadow's father comes to her aide when a New York associate crosses the line.

  • A dispute over asbestos-disposal causes tensions to mount between New York and New Jersey families.

  • As A.J. struggles with depression over his break up with Blanca, the feud between Christopher and Paulie grows, with Kelli's dad as an unintentional catalyst.

  • Tony is asked for help by Maria Spatafore for Vito, Jr. Meanwhile, Tony's run of bad luck strains his relationship with Hesh and A.J. makes an important choice that will affect his future.

  • Tony and Paulie head south to Florida to get away from brewing situations in Jersey. While there, Tony reflects on his releationship with Paulie. Meanwhile, Junior sets up a poker game at the institution.

  • With the premiere of Christopher's Cleaver, Tony begins to think about his relationship with Christopher. Meanwhile, Johnny Sack has to deal with more bad news while in prison; Phil reflects on his family and himself; and Silvio and Gerry's dinner is interrupted.

  • A gun dropped by Tony 2 years earlier has turned up in the hands of a teenager. While the local Jersey DA tries to make headlines by going after Tony, him and Carmela leave for the weekend to visit Bobby and Janice. While there Bobby makes a confession to Tony about something he has never had to do while being in the mob.

  • Carmela begins to rethink her life after she goes out for a day with Rosalie. Meadow decides it's time to find a new place to live. Tony and the gang suddenly find themselves in a place they have never been before -- lacking funds.

  • Johnny Sack's loss could turn into Tony's gain on the home front.

  • Christopher has a surprise for everyone. Tony finds comfort in sticking with his traditions. An Italian street fair places Paulie in an awkward position.

  • Tony decides to mull on a real estate deal. A.J. decides that he wants to expand his horizons. Vito is in awe of an act of bravery.

  • Artie is none to happy when he discovers that a new restaurant is moving in on his turf. Vesuvio ends up facing a big scandal from the inside. Meanwhile, Christopher and Little Carmine end up going on a business trip together.

  • Johnny Sack seeks permission from the prison to be released long enough to attend his daughter's wedding. Meanwhile, Tony thinks it it time to be on the lookout for some personal protection.

  • No one is happy when it's revealed that Barone Sanitation has been put up for sale. Paulie has a family matter that turns his world upside down. Bobby decides to help out a hopeful rapper by helping him pad his résumé. Tony ends up having a conversation with an evangelical about religion and of all things, dinosaurs.

  • Silvio decides to divide up Paulie's latest score and has to head off a territorial impasse between Vito and Bobby. Christopher turns to his old writing acquaintance, J.T. Dolan for help in a new venture he has planned. Meanwhile, Carmela turns to an unexpected source for help with AJ.

  • Tony debates on an associate's proposal to move on as he wonders how Johnny Sack's RICO trial will affect on the New York and New Jersey crime families. Meanwhile, Junior searches for some hidden treasure and Hesh decides to intervene on his son's behalf.

  • When Adriana tries to cover up a murder, the FBI continues to follow her, this time with tragic consequences. Meanwhile, Tony and Carmela reconcile; and Tony must take a stand for his cousin.

  • Tony heads to the Plaza Hotel for some rest, but continues to have nightmares. Meanwhile, Tony Blundetto threatens to have Jersey get involved in the New York conflicts.

  • Janice agrees to anger management classes after she has a run-in with a parent at Sophia's soccer game. Meanwhile, Blundetto and Christopher head to their uncle's farm to find dead bodies.

  • Family and friends gather for a birthday party for Carmela's father; Johnny Sack gets a new car; Tony B. considers accepting a side job.

  • Tony learns about lingering emotional and financial mysteries from his father's mistress, Junior sees the benefit of attending funerals; Christopher enables a friend's addiction.

  • Carmela puts in some extra time with A.J.'s college adviser; Tony B. realizes that it is hard doing business with strangers.

  • While Christopher is away on business, the Sopranos crew discusses a rumor involving Adriana.

  • Tony and Carmela argue about A.J. when he heads to New York for a wild night on the town. Feech continues to cross the line concerning Paulie's landscaping business, forcing Tony to make a decision about him. Meanwhile, a spark arises between Carmela and A.J.'s guidance counselor.

  • Feech crosses the line by closing in on Paulie's landscaping deals. In New York, the hostility escalates, which forces Johnny Sack to send the Leotardo brothers to Little Carmine to deliver a message. Tony begins to worry about Uncle Junior after he finds him searching his old neighborhood for his dead brother.

  • Now that Carmela and Tony are separated, Tony begins to have romantic interest in Dr. Melfi. However, Tony and Carmela cross paths when she's forced to call him after a wild bear arrives at their home. Johnny Sack sees an opportunity to move up when Carmine has a stroke. Meanwhile, Janice adjusts to life married to Bobby, and Christopher and Paulie butt heads when Christopher always has to pay for dinner at restaurants.

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