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Posted 13 November 2014 - 10:22 AM Edited by Mister Pink, 13 November 2014 - 10:24 AM.

I haven't yet started watching this show but i sure do plan on it. How would you guys say its ranked? Is it as good as the wire and breaking bad?

 

The Sopranos is my first love but the Wire is sort of smarter in a social, economic, political and philosophical way. However, the Sopranos is harrowing just like the Wire and the writing can be just as intelligent and beyond The Wire when it wants. The advantage The Sopranos has is the Italo-American Mafia banter which offers so many laughs throughout the show but it doesn't turn it in to a joke, it's still a drama drenched with funny moments. 

 

If you love The Wire, you wont be disappointing with The Sopranos. (I've watched both shows 3 times)

 

@feckyerlife: I don't see any similarities between Walter White and Tony Soprano. Please elaborate.

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Posted 13 November 2014 - 09:01 PM

if you love The Wire you'll love The Sopranos at least as much.

easily.

 

I think Sopranos achieves higher quality consistency (over so many years) while The Wire has a couple of weak seasons, but they're 2 of the best dramas ever made, hands down. if you've watched Wire and haven't seen Sopranos (or vise versa) you're seriously missing out.

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 07:57 AM Edited by SimsDaniel916, 15 November 2014 - 03:53 PM.

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 03:39 AM

Excellent show, but the ending was weird.

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Posted 20 November 2014 - 02:32 PM

Excellent show, but the ending was weird.

 

Ending was genius, it was constructed with immense thought and the editing apparently took a very long time. What did you find weird about it?


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 03:28 AM Edited by Banana, 21 November 2014 - 03:29 AM.

Yes, the ending is incredible. I can understand how someone would get confused after seeing the finale for the first time. I got my friend to watch the show and he's loving it as well. After seeing this topic I'm probably watch the series again. :^:
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Posted 21 November 2014 - 09:26 PM

For me the ending was pretty depressing, especially as I watched it of the first time soon after James Gandolfini's death.


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 01:00 AM

Just watched Pine Barrens

Holy sh*t that was a good episode

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 08:58 AM

if you love The Wire you'll love The Sopranos at least as much.

easily.

 

I think Sopranos achieves higher quality consistency (over so many years) while The Wire has a couple of weak seasons, but they're 2 of the best dramas ever made, hands down. if you've watched Wire and haven't seen Sopranos (or vise versa) you're seriously missing out.

I would like to add Deadwood to these two. Yes, it was canceled after 3 seasons and no it's not as contemporary as The Sopranos and The Wire. But I'll be damned if it's not even more brilliant.

 

I'm watching The Sopranos these days as well. But I had time only for the first 4 episodes so far. The funeral at the end of the 4th episode is so brilliant.

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 06:17 PM

Deadwood is at least as good as the Wire and Sopranos if not better, but it's so short, and a lot fewer people have actually seen all 3 seasons. I bring it up every time we talk about the best shows on TV but it usually gets passed over. I don't think a lot of people here on GTAF have even seen it.

 

they should... especially if they think they love Red Dead Redemption.


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Posted 19 June 2015 - 10:16 PM

I never actually sat down to watch Deadwood, but considering I love Western themes, I will definitely watch it.  I have HBO GO, so this should be easy.

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Posted 19 June 2015 - 11:22 PM

Deadwood is incredibly underrated to this day because it didn't have an 'all-star' cast and there wasn't a lot of Hollywood hype around the show during it's 3 seasons. there are several prominent actor names in the show but (at the time) they were not on the same level as James Gandolfini and his crew. and yeah, it didn't last more than 3 seasons but only because HBO had decided it was "too expensive" to maintain; nothing to do with ratings or reviews.

 

Deadwood was hailed by critics as a masterpiece almost universally.

but by the time they really started writing about it, the show was already coming to an end. but it's absolutely incredible and anyone who enjoys The Wire or Sopranos would absolutely love it.

 

Deadwood is like modern Shakespeare.

it's an amazing experience with some of the most memorable characters I've ever come to know.

 

 

now.

BEGIN!


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Posted 20 June 2015 - 07:55 AM

One of my all-time favorite shows, but I haven't seen it in awhile. 


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Posted 01 July 2015 - 11:03 AM

I'm at season 3 right now. This scene gets me every time. Junior is freakin' hilarious.

 

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Posted 30 August 2015 - 08:57 PM

Just nearing the end of Season 1 for the fourth time! Man, it just doesn't get old. Like others said, still picking up new stuff with each watching. Yeah, I remember story-lines and the how certain story-lines conclude but there's always the stuff you forget that can excite you again and again like a good Simpsons episode. So re-watchable!

 

The Sopranos is still king. It just has enough characters, enough comic relief but has the depth with all the symbolism ans subtext. For me it's the San Andreas of GTA. It has it all, the drama, the humour, the variety.

 

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 12:18 AM

I love the little things that happened early on, in seasons 1 and 2, which (especially in retrospect) began to shape and guide almost every nuance about the characters and their relationships thereafter.

 

 

scenes like this would essentially come to define both Tony Soprano as a legend of pop culture and James Gandolfini as an acting force without equal.

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 07:45 AM

Very true. That's why I enjoy re-watching some of the greater TV shows again. Seeing the foundation and eventual evolution of characters. You sort of take them at face-value the first time you see it because you're still working everyone out. The who thing is new to you. 

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Posted 31 August 2015 - 01:34 PM Edited by Banana, 31 August 2015 - 01:34 PM.

Its funny this topic got bumped, I just had a marathon watching of this show the past week. The directing/editing is outstanding and I love the little things they throw in there. Like, Christopher says he needs to head out for a smoke then it cuts to Johnny Sack (and this is towards the end of the show so people who've watched it get the significance). So subtle yet truly brilliant.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 12:02 AM

Just finished the series what a show man I mean I love the Wire and all but The Sopranos man I was almost in tears at the ending

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Posted 31 January 2017 - 12:37 AM

hell yeah.

this presents a golden opportunity for me to quote myself from elsewhere...


I'll say this much.
to this day - and there have been a lot of incredible shows over the years - the Sopranos is still tied with Deadwood as my favorite scripted series of all time. they each represent a degree of perfection and consistency that virtually no other shows have really lived up to since. although many come close, they're not in the same ballpark in terms of overall completeness. like Deadwood, the Sopranos was so complete in every aspect. not a single wasted line of dialogue. they had such a dominant and powerful identity. every attention to design was so immaculate that you lost all sense of the world outside of the screen. every character memorable. every scene progressive. every new season greater than the last. there's so many god damn layers you could watch the series on repeat for years and still not exhaust all of the most deliberate details; large and small, obvious and subtextual.
 
if you haven't seen The Sopranos or Deadwood yet, and if you just love good movies/drama/TV, then you're at a huge disadvantage in your life and need to begin catching up immediately. you'll actually be a wiser person for it. you can thank me later.
 

 

 
the writing and acting alone are masterclass.
not to mention the direction or cinematography or set decoration or wardrobe or stunts or special effects.
 
Spoiler

 
but don't watch more clips.
if you're remotely interested then start watching the show. I wouldn't want to spoil an ounce of anything significant for someone who hasn't seen them yet.
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Posted 31 January 2017 - 01:00 AM

Just finished the series what a show man I mean I love the Wire and all but The Sopranos man I was almost in tears at the ending

 

I was having a f*cking stroke watching the last episodes, I thought my heart would stop.

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 12:25 AM

something very particular that the The Sopranos did better than an almost any other show or movie I can think of was their supremely commanding method of implementing the soundtrack into the narrative structure of the story of the episode itself. when it comes to the soundtrack (not background music, or suspense music, or ambience) there's pretty much never a licensed song that is heard during the show without extremely specific choice behind it; to use the song and place it within the scene with great intention.

 

they might be highlighting the lyrics in comparison or contrast with the visuals. or the visuals in sync with the emotion of the song. but like everything else in every aspect of the series there was never a wasted track. whether famous or obscure. the writers and David Chase had an incredible talent for pairing music with story like fine wine with a great meal.

 

 

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Posted 01 February 2017 - 10:31 AM

The episode I watched last night when AJ and his friends had their fun at the school swimming pool. He was wearing a Pantera t-shirt when Carmela and Tony are asking him about it and it was obviously during this sort of rebellious phase. He didn't know why he did it, he just did. Any now when he's more mature and growing in to himself, he's enjoying Bobby Dylan. I think they did justice to the awkward teen growing up and the choice of music obviously helps. It just seems authentic.

 

Which also reminds me of one of the greatest and funniest scenes in The Sopranos.. I may have posted it before but here it goes.. 

 

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Posted 04 February 2017 - 08:21 PM

 

 

Fun fact, one of the girls by the poolside when AJ is messing around is young Lady Gaga.

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Posted 08 February 2017 - 12:45 PM

 

 

 

Fun fact, one of the girls by the poolside when AJ is messing around is young Lady Gaga.

 

 

Whaaat!? That's mental!

 

Also watched one or two episodes after that one and going back to what El_Diablo said the choice of music is great. Tony breaks up with Gloria Trillo and he arrives home one evening and to his family and AJ is watching the video to Coffee & TV by Blur. And despite some theories on Song Meanings I always thought Coffee & TV was a symbol of normality and the sane life and Tony's just quit this tumultuous relationship and now he wants to return to a "normal" family life,  AJ too as he's grounded for pool incident and he can't be out wrecking the place. Genius, I say. 

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Posted 19 February 2017 - 12:28 PM

Our cable television provider gives us access to a lot of television shows and we found out that all the seasons of The Sopranos is also available on our television. We have been watching The Sopranos daily now, usually during dinner and late at night. I really like The Sopranos, the story and the show is very good. I did know that Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, also known als Lady Gaga was on the show as well just like Arthur Fookin Shelby said but I probably missed that part but I will watch it later on Youtube. Right now we are at the fifth season so we are almost close to watch the final season.

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Posted 06 April 2017 - 11:44 PM

Since I haven't contributed on this topic let's just say what the others have said: this really is the best series ever created. Of course there is many other shows like The Wire, Breaking Bad or Mad Men that come close to it, but in my book The Sopranos takes the cake. Also it came first so it's fair to give it recognition it deserves. Anyway, after a few years break from watching the show it once again feels refreshing to watch it. Enhanced visuals (Blu-ray) also give it the extra boost, so experiencing it now feels really fulfilling. At the moment I'm watching the fourth season and it's kind of melancholic to see how the guys are slowly loosing their grip. In the fourth season they are still top of their game, but at the same time especially Christopher is losing his touch which of course later leads to his untimely death. And because this is the first time I watch the show after Gandolfini's death that also adds a special layer of sadness that wasn't there before.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 03:42 AM

I really liked the Minor characters even if they only appeared like once or only for like a couple of episodes

I loved Donnie and Brendan Filone

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:06 PM

Such a great scene. 


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 02:14 PM

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