In January 1999, the landscape of television was forever changed. HBO premiered a new series, The Sopranos, which was pitched to the world as “so a gangster walks into a therapist’s office.” What the series ended up being in its six seasons is a crash course in what the next two decades of television could be. Mixing humor, violence, and an eye for high art, The Sopranos is the bullet-ridden Bible to series like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and anything else flying under the “Peak TV” umbrella.
Since then, things have gotten interesting for the series. On October 1, 2021, Warner Bros. will be releasing The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel to The Sopranos focusing on young Tony Soprano (portrayed by the late James Gandolfini’s son, Michael) and Dickie Moltisanti, the father of Michael Imperioli’s character Christopher. It’s set in Newark, New Jersey during the 1960s and ‘70s, giving us a peak into the world we’d heard so much about during six seasons of The Sopranos. It’d make sense that, prior to diving into the story before The Sopranos, we take a look at the scenes from The Sopranos that we hold so dear, right?
Being one of the biggest Sopranos fans that I know, I looked over the 86 episodes of this iconic series on HBO Max and carved out 10 moments that I felt were heads above the rest. A definitive look at what stands out the most from this series. Here are the 10 best moments from The Sopranos.
[Ed. Note: Spoiler alert for any of you who have played yourselves by not being up on The Sopranos.]