I’ve been watching a lot of The Sopranos lately. Until Breaking Bad came along, I thought that the HBO series, which ran from 1999 to 2007, was probably the best TV show to ever come along.
For those of you who’ve never seen it, it’s the story about a big player in a fictional family in the North New Jersey chapter of La Cosa Nostra, better known as simply the Mafia. When Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini) starts having panic attacks, he’s advised to go see a psychiatrist (played by Lorriane Bracco), which he does secretly at first, eventually letting his life and mob families in on his treatments.
As great as Gandolfini was in the series, I always thought that Edie Falco’s work as Carmela Soprano, the often cheated upon and looked over wife of Tony’s, was superior in both acting range and ability to her on-screen husband’s work.
Another element of the show that always brought me back was the interactions Tony and Carmela had with their children, A.J. and Meadow, played by Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler, respectively. Their interactions on the show always seem to show the kids in awkward and cringe worthy moments, but it was a kind of awkwardness that worked because the kids knew that their father was in the Mafia.
If you haven’t seen it yet, give it a look. Well worth your time.