Some suburban households have two cars. Some have two houses. But Tony Soprano has two families. This could be why the FBI is going to such lengths to wiretap his home. Why the son of his dear late friend Jackie Aprile is causing him such agita. Why a Russian housekeeper is searching for her missing leg. Why his son is vandalising school property and his daughter is getting her heart broken. Why his wife is both consulting a psychiatrist and confessing to a priest. And it's also why Tony Soprano is still seeing Dr. Melfi for his anxiety attacks. It isn't easy heading up the mob in New Jersey. But that's what puts dinner on the table for the two families of Tony Soprano.
Yet more excellent, compelling TV
- The Sopranos: Series 3 review by RP
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When 'The Sopranos' was first shown on TV I only saw a couple of episodes but have been catching up and recently watched both Season 1 and Season 2 - and liked them so much that I've just watched Season 3.
If you're reading this you'll already be familiar with the somewhat bizarre scenario of an Italian-American mobster (Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini) visiting a psychiatrist to resolve his problems, the focus on Tony's friends / associates and his family rather than crimes and criminal investigation.
It's great TV - but I didn't find this Season as compelling as the first two. The characters have settled well into their roles, but here the emphasis is too much on Tony's family - his daughter Meadow's time at college and boyfriends, son Anthony Junior's troubles at school, his wife Carmela joining in the therapy sessions, Tony's obnoxious sister, Uncle Junior's cancer, and a couple of deaths, notably his mother, in real life the loss of actress Nancy Marchand.
There wasn't enough emphasis on Tony's 'day job' - his mobster activities, crime and violence. Yes, they're all present, but de-emphasised so that at times we lose sight of the fact that frankly, he's not a nice man. And once again, the series ending seemed a bit rushed.
But these are minor quibbles - it really is excellent, compelling TV. 5/5 stars - and yes, I will be watching the further series.