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Who’s a Sopranos fan?


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Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Yes.

I don’t know how you can be a fan of quality TV and NOT be a fan of the Sopranos.

While there are other shows I have liked more, and even other performances that are close to Gandolfini’s, I don’t think any other show combines quality and importance like this one.
 

Hriston

Dungeon Master of Middle-earth
The chemistry between Gandolfini and Lorraine Bracco in the therapy scenes is wonderful. The whole cast is pretty amazing too.
 



BookTenTiger

He / Him
Ha! I was thinking of starting a Sopranos thread!

I'm watching it for the first time. Season 1 was basically flawless. Season 2 was weird, almost Twin Peaks-ish... But I really liked it! I'm at the beginning of Season 3 now. I loved the wacky FBI hijinks of the first episode.
 

payn

Legend
I was just thinking about one of my favorite scenes is where Tony gets told by a NY boss that, "The Don dont wear shorts". Tony's reaction is priceless. Essentially, he is being told to maintain a level of prestige and respect that his title expects. IT's also a dig from the NY families that see the New Jersey family as beneath them. These little nuances and scenes are so expertly executed throughout the series.

There is a Talking Sopranos podcast with Michael Imperioli (Christopher Maltsonti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobbie Boccola) where they talk about filming the series and some behind the scenes stories. One is about a strange middle of the night phone call James Gandolfini received. Some person, some how, got Gandolfini's phone number and called him in the middle of the night. All the person said was, "...The Don dont wear shorts..." and hung up. Gandolfini told Chase about it and they decided to write into the show. That little tid bit just makes the scene a whole other level of greatness.
 

Not only the show that started so-called prestige TV, the golden age of TV, etc., but still one of the absolute bests. Never gives you exactly what you want, and generally something much better.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I was just thinking about one of my favorite scenes is where Tony gets told by a NY boss that, "The Don dont wear shorts". Tony's reaction is priceless. Essentially, he is being told to maintain a level of prestige and respect that his title expects. IT's also a dig from the NY families that see the New Jersey family as beneath them. These little nuances and scenes are so expertly executed throughout the series.

There is a Talking Sopranos podcast with Michael Imperioli (Christopher Maltsonti) and Steve Schirripa (Bobbie Boccola) where they talk about filming the series and some behind the scenes stories. One is about a strange middle of the night phone call James Gandolfini received. Some person, some how, got Gandolfini's phone number and called him in the middle of the night. All the person said was, "...The Don dont wear shorts..." and hung up. Gandolfini told Chase about it and they decided to write into the show. That little tid bit just makes the scene a whole other level of greatness.
Yeah the podcast is accompanying my rewatch. Slows it down though as they’re twice as along as the actual episodes!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Not only the show that started so-called prestige TV, the golden age of TV, etc.,
I think this and the West Wing were on at the same time? IIRC. West Wing was the show which said "hey you can get movie stars to do TV!" They both had a role in changing the TV landscape.
 

I think this and the West Wing were on at the same time? IIRC. West Wing was the show which said "hey you can get movie stars to do TV!" They both had a role in changing the TV landscape.

Very true. Sopranos was the first of the TV-as-something-like-a-novel shows, where analysis wasn't necessary--it's a hugely entertaining and hilarious show no matter what--but actually rewarding. And nearly every prestige show since has adopted at least some of the Sopranos' tricks and rhythms, from antihero protagonists who really are antiheroes (not just "dark" or "complicated" heroes) to the storylines that push back on the idea of closure, like with the Pine Barrens episode in season 3.
 

wicked cool

Adventurer
currently rewatching as well. on season 5. Tony was was casted with perfection.

watching it and seeing the technology changes (televisions and phones) etc but other things staying the same
 

payn

Legend
currently rewatching as well. on season 5. Tony was was casted with perfection.

watching it and seeing the technology changes (televisions and phones) etc but other things staying the same
I heard that David Proval (Richie Aprile) was in the running to play Tony Soprano. Proval was a good actor, I loved his role in season 2, but man I dont think he could have done what James Gandolfini did.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I heard that David Proval (Richie Aprile) was in the running to play Tony Soprano. Proval was a good actor, I loved his role in season 2, but man I dont think he could have done what James Gandolfini did.
He'd be very different. Part of Gandolfini's performance was his size and physicality.
 


Hex08

Explorer
I really enjoyed it. I haven't seen it since it went off the air and I still haven't watched the new movie though.
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Watched it in it's entirety for the first time earlier this year. I enjoyed the first few seasons back in the day but didn't finish it.

Wife didn't want to watch it but rekented and loved it.

Great from start to finish an no real dud episodes or seasons.
 

Richards

Legend
I've never seen it, but the first that popped into my head when I read the title of this thread was, "You're a Sopranos fan! Oh yes you are! Oh yes you are!" - said in a baby-talk voice.

But maybe that's just me.

Johnathan
 

BookTenTiger

He / Him
He'd be very different. Part of Gandolfini's performance was his size and physicality.
He really is a fantastic actor, and you are right he uses his physicality as much as his voice or face. It's interesting that now his son is getting into acting, we will see if he develops a similar or different style.
 

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