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The Sopranos - More Than Just Another Mobster Series

Updated on October 20, 2014

I did not start watching The Sopranos until after the series started. My husband was serving in Iraq in 2003. He kept calling home talking about Soprano night. He was worried he and his guys would miss shows, so I signed up for HBO and started recording them. I caught a marathon one Saturday and taped all the shows and sent them to him. Needless to say, I was THE favorite wife in the whole brigade.

Some of the guys e-mailed me "Thank You Notes," and some wives teased me saying I was trying to "one up" them. It was all in good fun, and it made our husbands happy.

I see the connection the guys in the military make with the Soprano Crime Family. That may seem like a strange comparison, but there is a comradeship in both groups - a brotherhood with a code of honor. Of course, the codes of honor are different in many ways, but it is all about covering your "brothers" backs.

The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco
The Sopranos Family Cookbook: As Compiled by Artie Bucco

If you love to cook, this is the cookbook for you. Carmella Soprano made the most wonderful Italian dishes.

 

Of course, I had to find out what all the hooplah was about, so I started watching the show, too. I was hooked. An Italian New Jersey crime boss, Tony Soprano, going to a psychiatrist because of issues he had with his mother while running his organized crime family and his personal family... Fascinating! Of course, he did not want anyone to know he was seeing a psychiatrist because that would be seen as a weakness in The Boss.

I connected with Tony's Italian wife Carmella. Like her, I was often left alone while my husband was gone, but my husband was not out committing crimes. She raised the kids and cooked the most amazing meals. She had resentments and times of loneliness, but she loved her husband and was, for the most part, loyal to him. It is an HBO series after all.

The Sopranos - Music from The HBO Original Series
The Sopranos - Music from The HBO Original Series

The music for THE SOPRANO series takes you back to great classic rock and the age of the Rat Pack

 

The series is full of edge-of-your-seat-story-lines. It made you want to tune in to find out what was going to happen next. I ended up buying the entire series. We watch it when we are bored with TV or because we miss the characters. Yes, we are in love with the characters of this well-written series.

James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano was amazing. His death in June 2013 came as quite a blow to all of us who were his fans. He was an amazing actor and the complete antithesis of his sociopathic character, Tony. He was kind, gentle, and a loyal family man. Gandolfini shows us the human side of a crime boss. His character, Tony, was a family man who loved his kids and usually his wife. His main loyalties belonged to his crime family, which caused problems with his son who wanted to be a "gansta" but couldn't pull it off. Tony could empathize with his son because of his own issues.

It is a wonder Tony, and men like him, can be sane. He could be wrapping a body up in plastic in the middle of the night then be home having dinner with the family - being the husband and father you would see in most families at the dinner table.

The Soprano family (not crime family) were like many families, especially the stereotypical Italian families, who have great passion in every word and action. The Sopranos is definitely not a family show, though. Too much inappropriate language, sex, and violence.

With that being said, The Soprano Complete Box Series would make a wonderful gift or an awesome addition to your video library. The show paved the way for many HBO series that have become extremely successful.

Sopranos: The Book: The Complete Collector's Edition
Sopranos: The Book: The Complete Collector's Edition

I found this book in the top floor of THE STRAND book store autographed by the cast members. I had to get it for my husband. He has enjoyed reading the behind the scenes and the thoughts of the actors from THE SOPRANOS. Great gift and coffee table book.

 

Be sure to check out The Soprano Season Trailers

The Sopranos Season 1 Trailer

The Sopranos Season 2 Trailer

The Sopranos Season 3 Trailer

The Sopranos Season 4 Trailer

The Sopranos Season 5 Trailer

The Sopranos 6th and Final Season Trailer

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @chrisilouwho: I think you will like it... It is not family friendly, though. :-) Thanks for commenting!

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      What an interesting perspective, I kind of wish I had watched this show while it was still on tv. Might have to pick up a copy of season one on dvd. Thanks!

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @dellgirl: Thank you, dellgirl! :-)

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Merrci: Thank you, Merrci! :-)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Great review! Thanks for sharing it.

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      dellgirl 3 years ago

      This is a really nice review for The Sopranos. I watched the show and I liked it a lot. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @Susan Zutautas: I know! I was sad, too. I am glad we have the DVD's to watch anytime. :-)

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was so sad when The sopranos ended. I have been watching it over again on Rogers on Demand though.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @PriyabrataSingh: Thank you for the nice comment! :-)

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      PriyabrataSingh 3 years ago

      You are making me curious to watch this show with your helpful review. I will definitely find a way to come back to this show. Thanks for this nice review.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @SBO614Athedrakes: Thank you! I appreciate you dropping by to check it out. :-)

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      SBO614Athedrakes 3 years ago

      Very nice review for a great show

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @susanholland10: Oh, and we miss JG, too. I was in Chicago airport when I heard. I cried.

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      sharon-smith-58958 3 years ago

      Great review! Definitely makes me want to watch.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @RealHousewife: You are awesome! Theme night!! Gee, I hope you don't watch THE WALKING DEAD... LOL D and have watched from the first show to the last two or three times. I have to say, it gets better each time because I catch little things I missed before. Thanks for commenting!! :-)

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      RealHousewife 3 years ago

      Dave and I absolutely loved that show! We have one show that we watch together each week and I make a production out of it. When it was Sporanos, I'd make a great big Italian meal for that night! Lol. Awesome review...I miss JG.

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @sharon-smith-58958: Thanks, Sharon!! It is "new" each time!

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @esmonaco: Thanks so much, esmonoco! It is a series that can be watched over and over. :-)

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      Susan Holland 3 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      @aka-rms: Thanks for commenting rms! We have watched the entire series at least twice since it ended. Our son is in Afghanistan, so he and his friends are having Soprano night, just like his dad.

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      Robin S 3 years ago from USA

      The Sopranos is one of my all-time favorite shows!

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 3 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Yes I've watched the Sopranos, and loved it. This was a great review. Thanks