Why The Sopranos is the Greatest Show Ever
The Sopranos Blueprint: “What the f**k was that?” (Do I sound like someone we know?) It’s about anything and everything related to the classic HBO series, “The Sopranos.” For me, one component of digesting the show and processing my feelings is being on an indefinite re-watch. The other part is writing about it through both articles and Sopranos-themed quizzes.
The Greatest Characters Ever Are In The Sopranos.
Firstly, what can I say about The Sopranos characters? We love to hate them, hate to love them, and feel just about everything in between. In many ways, they’re just like us. Love, loyalty, debt, mental health, family dysfunction, and everything else under the sun. Unless you’re in season 6, in which case you’ll find a much darker tint.
Secondly, whether you watched it from the beginning or discovered it yesterday, The Sopranos characters are a manifestation of humanity in all of its forms. Their lives are ugly, messy, and simultaneously beautiful. Instead of a clear line in the sand dividing good and evil, so much lies just below the surface in that murky grey area.
At the end of the day, while most of The Sopranos characters are corrupt to one extent or another, we know that at least there are rules. They all have moments of clarity and lines they won’t cross.
Though, as with many things, good and evil flow along a spectrum. I think it’s safe to say we could place the Richie Apriles and the Ralph Cifarettos near one end, but where do the others go? In terms of the made guys, I’d place Bobby Bacalla closer to the other side, with Tony, Sil, and Paulie hanging out at midfield.
The Sopranos Quotes Are Priceless...
Similarly, I found that many quotes, idiosyncrasies, and mannerisms of certain characters made them even more unique. Sometimes they made you laugh, sometimes they made you cry, but they always made you think. Here are just a few examples:
The Sopranos Themes Are Also The Greatest
Next, speaking of physics, nowhere are the competing forces of good and evil more connected than on The Sopranos. It’s not always obvious which is which, whether on the show or in our own lives. For example, it is often on our best days that we feel like impostors and don’t give ourselves enough credit, while we also hope with all our might that we’re not the person from our worst days.
Also at the core of my fascination is a bizarre sense of nostalgia: The Sopranos premiered during the “growing pains” phase of my life, otherwise known as my transition from an oblivious elementary school student into an awkward, only slightly less oblivious preteen/teenager.
To be sure, I could write multiple blog posts about the blatant display of bigotry, misogyny, and homophobia displayed throughout the series, but I think that kind of goes without saying. Rather than reinvent the wheel, I’ll post some spot-on language I found in another article:
The Sopranos Ending
Above all, the finale blackout (and really season 6 as a whole) left me with so many questions that will forever be left unanswered. I think my re-watching is a way for me to grasp a little bit more of the characters and my own answers. Though at a certain point, you come to the realization that you’re not supposed to figure it out, and that’s true for many Sopranos situations.
Finally, as if to add heartbreaking real life insult to television show injury, James Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013, in Italy of all places. That hit me particularly hard, especially given the eerie similarity to maladies he had suffered on the show. It’s almost too real, in a warped, Sopranos-like fashion. But to leave on a slightly higher note, let’s chat about The Sopranos! Find me on social media, subscribe to my blog, and check out the Sopranos Wall of Memes & dozens of Sopranos quizzes!