10 Reasons Why You Should Binge Watch “The Sopranos”

  • Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) – Flawed, cruel, caring, loving, and selfish just start to describe Tony Soprano. Following him through his daily life of trials and tribulations both at home and as a mafia capo, we see that he is just an average guy, trying to make it through the day. His days just happen to involve life and death decisions, as well as big “scores”, and dodging the Feds.
  • Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) – Carmela knows how her husband makes their money, but chooses to turn a blind eye. In doing so, she feels guilty and worries about their future. She strong, smart, and beautiful, and after years of a just being a homemaker and mother, she’s ready to do something more, but Tony doesn’t like the thought of a career interfering with his comfort. Carmela is the perfect mate for Tony Soprano.
  • Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri (Tony Sirico) – The awesome silver wings in his hair, his slight lisp, his surety that everything should work out to his benefit.
  • Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) – Everybody will want a therapist like Dr. Melfi. Beautiful, smart, and able to sit and take the verbal, and sometimes almost physical, abuse that Tony throws at her, she is trying to help Tony see all the things in his past that have shaped him into the man his is today.
  • Steven Van Zandt – It blew my mind when I realized that Silvio “Sil” Dante was being played by Bruce Springsteen’s longtime friend and guitarist. And then I realized he also played Frank Tagliano in Lillyhammer. Come on! Spread the talent around a little.
  • The Stugots and The Stugots II – Tony’s boat, both a pleasure craft and a necessary work item (where else would they get rid of all the dead bodies?), The Stugots I & II play an important role in Tony’s life. Not being Italian-American, I had to search for the word Stugots to learn what it means. It means testicles or balls and would be used like this…Paulie: Hey Tony, you still owe me 5Gs from that card game last week.Tony: I owe you stugots!
  • Christopher Moltisanti’s (Michael Imperioli) Dream of Being a Screen Writer – Christopher really believes he can write the next Godfather or Scarface movie script. As we watch him try to write the script, we realize he has the writing and spelling ability of a 4th Not being one to give up easily, he keeps the dream alive by making a professional screenwriter work for him to pay off his gambling debts. This dream just won’t die and we could definitely take lessons on following your dreams, yada, yada.
  • Bada Bing! – It’s fun to say. It’s a strip club where the guys take care of business. Also known as “da Bing”
  • Those Jersey/Italian Accents – The character’s accents are pronounced and unique to the New Jersey/New York area. The way Adriana La Cerva (Drea de Matteo) says Christopher is stuck in my head and is the defining “accent” moment for me.
  • OOOOOoooooooo – Say something funny, mean, or start a fight and it’ll get an OOOOOoooooooo from the guys. You get to hear this in every episode, multiple times! Every now and then you get an AAAAAaaaaaaa instead of an OOOOOooooooo, but you will soon learn slight differences between the two.

Just about anyone can relate to the issues the characters face on a daily basis: addiction, depression, homosexuality, anxiety, health scares, worry, and loving a family you wish you could just kill – to name a few.

Even though all the “made” guys fear Tony, his family give him no respect. His teenage kids are just what you would expect: spoiled, selfish, thoughtless, and totally disrespectful. His wife is not completely happy with her life and is constantly bugging him to help her find ways to do something outside of her current role as wife and homemaker. His mom is a psycho and just be thankful she’s not your mother. His sister Janice is one of the most manipulative people you’ve ever seen and she’s always gaming the system and anybody else that she can and no matter what she gets, it’s never enough.

If you like mob movies, or shows like “The Wire”, “Dexter”, “Oz”, Six Feet Under”, or “Boardwalk Empire”, you’ll love “The Sopranos”. It’s definitely worth watching and binge watching it is even better! It’s available on instant streaming and it’s free if you have an Amazon Prime membership!

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