The Sopranos The Greatest Show Ever

Why The Sopranos is the Greatest Show Ever

junior soprano is telling livia she's got alot of sense for an old gal.
Season 1, Episode 3, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance"

The Sopranos is in the eye of the beholder, like our own litle Rorschach (or “Korshach”) Test. For me personally, part of digesting the show is being on an indefinite re-watch. And through these ongoing re-watches, I find myself processing certain emotions and discussing certain subjects I’d otherwise be too timid to address. Sometimes it takes the form of writing about characters and episodes, and other times I find I can express myself best through creating Sopranos memes, gifs, crossword puzzles and themed quizzes. On that note, and speaking of writing, here’s a little more detail on why The Sopranos is the greatest show ever.

The Greatest Characters Ever Are In The Sopranos.

tony and carmela soprano are both peering into empty hourses.
S4, E11, "Calling All Cars" & S4, E12, "Eloise"

First, The Sopranos is the greatest show ever because of the characters. Their lives are ugly, messy, and simultaneously beautiful. In other words, to one degree or another, they’re just like us! Instead of a clear line in the sand dividing good and evil, so much rests in that murky grey area. And my feelings about different characters change over time, just as they often do for those in real life. As I touched on earlier, The Sopranos helps me articulate various thoughts on human nature that would be harder to discuss if referenced in a personal fashion. 

Characters (continued): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Carmela has her face in her hands crying while tony stands in the background behind her.
Season 4, Episode 13, "Whitecaps"

Naturally, while most of The Sopranos characters are corrupt to one extent or another, we know that at least there are rules. There are certain lines they will not cross and boundaries they do respect. And that’s key for me, anyway, in terms of feeling that common human connection.

Little Carmine talking to the guys at a sitdown about certain events that have expired lately that could have adverse impacts on their bottom lines.
Season 6, Episode 12. "Kaisha"

Additionally, I love how each character has a unique set of mannerisms, idiosyncrasies, and pet peeves. It often makes them more relatable, though certainly there are exceptions. All in all, sometimes the characters make me laugh, sometimes they make me cry, but they always make me think. 

The Sopranos is Timeless

Dr. Melfi is telling Tony that young people today are bombarded with so much information.

Besides the characters, another reason why The Sopranos is the greatest show ever is its timelessness. Whether you’ve been watching since 1999 or only discovered The Sopranos a few days ago, if you simply hear Tony expressing his frustrations in Dr. Melfi’s office, you could easily think they’re in the year 2022. All of this agita and frustration that Tony Soprano expresses feels pretty similar, huh? Well, okay, maybe it’s just me then, but I think you see where I’m going with this.

The Sopranos Quotes

" Schrödinger's equation. Well, think of the two boxers as ocean waves or currents of air. Two tornadoes, say. They appear to be two things, right? Two separate things? But they're not. The tornadoes are just wind, the wind stirred up in different directions. The fact is, nothing is separate. Everything is connected."
John Schwinn, the physicist, is telling Tony, Paulie, and another hospital patient about physics and how everything is connected.
-John Schwinn
The Fleshy Part of The Thigh (S6, E4)

The Sopranos Themes Are Also The Greatest

tony soprano's face up close while at vesuvio.

Furthermore, The Sopranos is the greatest show ever because it forces us to consider the complicated question of “Who am I? Where am I going?” that draws me in to The Sopranos time and time again. What fascinates me is how the answer can and does change, both on the show and in our own lives. For example, it’s 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.

The Sopranos Music

Season 6, Episode 14, "Stage 5"

What’s more, the brilliant mix of themes and characters on The Sopranos is accompanied by an equally brilliant musical selection. Featuring nearly every musical genre, the music often conveys the feelings that are simply too hard to put into words. I mean, how could we possibly describe those goosebumps and that shiver that races down your spine when Phil says “No more, Butchie. No more of this,” followed by Tony and Christopher’s solemn hug at Caitlin’s christening. Evidently Chickentown by John Cooper Clarke does a pretty good job, in my opinion.

The Sopranos Ending

tony soprano and dwight harris are sitting in the car near an airport on a cold and snowy night.
The Sopranos Series Finale, "Made in America"

Finally, The Sopranos series finale always leaves me with questions that I know will forever remain unanswered. Bringing it back to the indefinite Sopranos rewatch concept, it’s part of an everlasting search for my own answers on life, death. closure, or lack thereof. And just as there’s no one correct interpretation of “Made in America,” there’s no one-size-fits-all answer on life, death, or all of the challenges and milestones in between. We all have our unique blueprint, including a Sopranos Blueprint.

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