Top 30 Best Episodes of The Sopranos

by Zabon | created - 29 Feb 2012 | updated - 17 Dec 2013 | Public

This is a listing of my favorite episodes of the Sopranos series, respectively.

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1. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (1999)

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama

Tony encourages an unwanted son-in-law to divorce, Carmela learns another secret of Tony's, Meadow experiments with speed to study for the SATs, and Chris and Brendan find out the price of disrespecting Junior.

Director: Nick Gomez | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,373

Primary Story: So Chris and Brendan return the hijacked truck but Junior still isn't happy as he hasn't punished anyone yet. Mikey keeps encouraging him to take action and Junior ends up agreeing with him. But man, "Take it easy! We're not making a Western here!" was a great comeback.

Additionally, Meadow and Hunter ask Chris and Brendan for speed just so they can stay awake and study for the SAT exams. Brendan has a nice remark here, "Kids, ya think ya can protect 'em, well you can't!" This holds a strong moral complexity as it's a reference to how kids will always find a way to get what they want. Though hesitant at first, Chris is convinced by Adriana to give them some as it's preferable to acquire the drugs from them as opposed to street dealers from Jefferson Ave, who as Chris puts it, would have "robbed them, raped them, and left them on the side of the road." ends up giving them a little but wants to avoid getting in trouble with Tony for doing this. And after Eventually, at the end of the episode, after Livia ends up giving her piece of advice to Junior, the old yet deadly puppet-master ends up agreeing with her mentality; so he decides to dish out the punishment; a mock execution for Chris laid down by Russian gangsters and a real one for Brendan via Mikey Palmice's swift and extremely climactic punishment.

Secondary Story: A Hasidic Jewish fellow approaches Tony for a quick job; pretty much beating up on his son-in-law Ariel until he agrees to a divorce. The interrogation doesn't go too well as he's a hard one to crack and he references Masada, the site of a long siege between a small number of Jews and the legions of Roman soldiers which eventually ended in the mass suicide of these same Jews who chose death over enslavement, and then Ariel goes on to say, "Where are the Romans now..." and Tony's comeback is one of the best... "You're lookin' at 'em a$$hole..." That was some beautiful writing there.

Tertiary Story: Jackie Aprile, Sr. is in the hospital and his condition worsens as Tony discusses the cancer diagnosis with his psychiatrist, Jennifer Melfi. He also deliberates whether or not he's seen as a "Frankenstein" figure... someone who lacks emotions and feelings.

Music: Best music in the end of the episode. "All Through the Night" intercut with vicious brutality and scenes whilst depicting the gentle nature of Meadow's choir performance makes this the most memorable scene in the series.

Characters: Brendan Filone is and always will be my #1 most favorite character in The Sopranos due to the method in which he is executed. Brendan was Christopher Moltisanti's friend and partner in crime as we witnessed in the previous episode entitled "46 Long." Due to his addiction to drugs and his overall unplanned hijacking gone awry, he is silenced for his actions, sending a message to the rest of Tony Soprano's crew.

This scene is perfectly depicted in "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" and is the most important climax in the entire first season. Brendan was shot to death in his bathtub, clean through the eye, by Junior's trigger man, Mikey Palmice. The method of execution is known as the "Moe Greene Special", a specific form of Mafia killing based on Moe Greene, who also happens to be my favorite character from The Godfather trilogy.

The scene is also my most favorite in the history of The Sopranos, since Brendan's method of demise is unparalleled throughout the series. The scene was so memorable in its Godfather-like ending that it shall always remain a part of me; always my favorite moment in television/film history.

The sheer brutality and ferocity is heightened in this instant, where a lullaby plays in the background as Brendan smokes his final cigarette. Mikey Palmice walks in, startles Brendan, and says "Hijack! Bye Jack!" before silencing him with a glock aimed at his eye; a message job. As the montage buildup of the musical choir "All Through the Night" sounds in the background, Filone looks up and fear strikes his face; his dreams shattered in that instant! He dies in that terrifying moment as the bullet pierces his eye, redefining a bloodbath! The blood fills the tub as Filone remains still, no longer quivering. However, through death, he is immortalized forevermore, a fragment of magnificent brilliance defined.

Brendan will always be my favorite character in the history of film and television, forevermore. I love Brendan Filone.

Overall: Hands down the best episode of the series as it incorporates my favorite character being killed in the most memorable fashion, a very brutal and swift punishment coated with tender lullaby accents and warrants the perfect ending and writing overall as a concept and genuinely brilliant reference to The Godfather.

2. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: 46 Long (1999)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

Tony is getting fed up with his mother. Brendan Filone acts against Tony's wishes. Salvatore and Paulie try to track down A.J.'s teacher's stolen car.

Director: Daniel Attias | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,482

3. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Meadowlands (1999)

TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama

Jackie's death leaves a power vacuum, Brendan's death leaves Chris fearing for his life, and Anthony's discovery of what his father really does leaves him confused.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,216

4. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: From Where to Eternity (2000)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama

Chris awakens from his coma with a message for Tony and Paulie. Carmela, meanwhile, wants Tony to take a cut.

Director: Henry Bronchtein | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,514

5. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Full Leather Jacket (2000)

TV-MA | 43 min | Crime, Drama

Rebellion by some of the lower soldiers ends in bloodshed, while Carmela starts intimidating her neighbors to help Meadow's chances at Georgetown.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,558

6. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Amour Fou (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Gloria grows increasingly demanding until Tony realizes who she is, and Jackie Jr. ends up in very serious trouble when Chris realizes who he is.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,541

7. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Long Term Parking (2004)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

Tony makes a request to Johnny Sack on behalf of his cousin, and Adriana makes a request to the FBI, followed by one to Chris.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,185

8. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Cold Stones (2006)

TV-MA | 57 min | Crime, Drama

Phil takes out his revenge on Vito, while Tony grows frustrated with Anthony's lack of ambition or work ethic.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,098

9. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: The Second Coming (2007)

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

Tony fails to reason with Phil as more problems increase with Anthony Jr as his depression worsens.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,523

10. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Kennedy and Heidi (2007)

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

Tony travels to Las Vegas, after a tragedy occurs.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,739

11. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama

The FBI begins closing in on the DiMeo family. Tony and Carmela are angry over all the attention Italians get from the authorities, while Chris fumes that he's not getting enough attention.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,943

12. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1999)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Tony starts cleaning house, while Artie feels torn between keeping the peace in his household, and getting even with Tony for destroying his restaurant.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,065

13. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Funhouse (2000)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Tony gets sick from food poisoning and blames Artie's restaurant. Pussy, meanwhile, reaches the end of the line.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,182

14. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Members Only (2006)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama

Gene Pontecorvo makes a final break from the mob life, while Junior's paranoid delusions could be the end of Tony.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,457

15. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Marco Polo (2004)

TV-MA | 54 min | Crime, Drama

An uncomfortable party leads Tony and Carmela to a partial reconciliation, while cousin Tony gets an offer he decides not to refuse.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,106

16. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Irregular Around the Margins (2004)

TV-MA | 52 min | Crime, Drama

A car crash puts Tony and Adriana in a compromising position, and Cousin Tony tries to keep Chris from getting wrong the impression and wrong information.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,404

17. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Army of One (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Ralphie issues his final decision on the fate of Jackie Jr., Anthony Jr., faces military school after getting expelled, Paulie and Ralphie have a financial conflict while the FBI assigns Adriana a new "friend."

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,469

18. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Another Toothpick (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Tony and Carmela try a therapy session together, which ends in an angry dispute. Artie, meanwhile, tries to move in on Adriana.

Director: Jack Bender | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,351

19. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pine Barrens (2001)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

While Silvio has the flu, Chris and Paulie run his collections for him, which results in the pair getting lost in the woods and nearly freezing to death while Tony's affair with Gloria goes sour as does Meadow's relationship with Jackie Jr.

Director: Steve Buscemi | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 5,536

20. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Employee of the Month (2001)

TV-MA | 53 min | Crime, Drama

Dr. Melfi is brutally attacked, and when the justice system lets her down, she must consider asking Tony for help.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,720

21. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Bust-Out (2000)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama

Tony continues putting the squeeze on David, while Richie discusses the possibility with Junior of removing some competition while 'Big Pussy' Bonpensiero continues to be an informant.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,368

22. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: The Knight in White Satin Armor (2000)

TV-MA | 61 min | Crime, Drama

Richie and Janice get engaged, but Richie's violent temper finally takes him too far. Tony, meanwhile, breaks up with Irina, much to her dismay.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,821

23. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: The Blue Comet (2007)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama

The Beginning of the End. Phil finally puts the hits on the Soprano clan and Tony puts a hit on Phil which results in mistaken identity making everyone think its safe when its not and it ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,225

24. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: All Due Respect (2004)

TV-MA | 56 min | Crime, Drama

Tony realizes that he must take care of family messes himself in order to keep the peace within his own clan.

Director: John Patterson | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,343

25. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Soprano Home Movies (2007)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

Carmela and Tony go away for Tony's birthday up to Janice's and Bobby's where a fight emerges between Tony and Bobby over Janice. Meanwhile A.J. is throwing a party at the Soprano home.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,495

26. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Stage 5 (2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

Johnny Sac finds out he only has 3 months to live. Meanwhile, 'Cleaver' premieres and is a hit, while Carmela has mixed emotions about it, saying too much of it is based on Tony.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,260

27. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Luxury Lounge (2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

Christopher and Carmine travel to Hollywood to take the next step in making their movie but quickly realize they're out of their depth. Artie's restaurant falls prey to one of Tony's scams that was ran by Benny.

Director: Danny Leiner | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,078

28. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Unidentified Black Males (2004)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama

Tony finds out that his cousin wants a bigger share of responsibilities, while Finn makes an embarrassing discovery about Vito.

Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 2,100

29. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Pax Soprana (1999)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

Tony tries to balance Junior against the other capos, while Carmela reasserts herself as the woman in Tony's life.

Director: Alan Taylor | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,001

30. The Sopranos (1999–2007)
Episode: Isabella (1999)

TV-MA | 48 min | Crime, Drama

The stress Tony is going through begins to take its toll, and the hit Junior has ordered doesn't help.

Director: Allen Coulter | Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 3,085



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