Skip navigation! Story from TV Shows. The story of Tony Soprano James Gandolfini and his Family both literal and figurative has become so ubiquitous to our culture that it feels both banal and daunting to first-time viewers.
Meadow, suffering from the flu, invites Jackie to visit her at her dorm, where she makes him play … Scrabble. Scrabble is a stupid game, in my humble opinion, and if my boyfriend suggested we play Scrabble instead of watching a movie or fooling around I would strongly consider ending our relationship. As in, how about giving me some?
The show was a true game-changer, pioneering the golden age of television that we still enjoy today. It also featured one of the all-time great TV characters in Tony Soprano, a conflicted family man torn between his two lives, played to perfection by James Gandolfini. The Sopranos was an intricately plotted epic, filled with faultless performances and gripping drama.
But 20 years later, it remains the most famous narrative construct in television, with a punchline that still tests the limits of critical hyperbole. As with most legends, time blurs the facts in favor of hyperbole. What often gets overlooked, even by the ecstatic and exacting fans, however, is that there was a psychiatrist in that office, and that psychiatrist was a woman.
There is very little doubt in my mind that The Sopranos is the greatest TV show of all time. Every aspect of the show was absolutely perfect; the cast, the acting, the dialogue, the ever-evolving plots, the beautiful subtleties, the humour, the music, hell, even the violence was awesome. However, all of these wonderful qualities would have been in vain if it was not for the most crucial aspect of all — the characters.
In the summer ofan American mafia drama called The Sopranos aired for the first time. It's only now, 20 years on, that we're able to fully assess the impact it has had on our cultural landscape, this TV show that changed TV for the better. Obviously, it paved the way for Walter White, Don Draper, Stringer Bell and all the other flawed examples of masculinity we came to expect as standard from our heavy hitting TV dramas.
Tony B tells his cousin he has to take his twin sons to their mother early, and Tony leaves. Tony immediately tries to call Tony B, who is already on the move and not answering his phone. The prostitute arrives and, at some point, Tony falls asleep.
The game of Marco Polo, like a lot of childhood games, is both about finding a home and about catching prey. Really, the two are all bound up in each other in any good kids game. Fittingly, in the game of Marco Polo that comes toward the end of the episode of the same name, we see Tony Soprano taking part as one of those hiding from Artie, the blind man trying to find his prey.
He and Carmela have taken the kids to the beach house they're planning to buy, in part to "help keep the family together" as the kids get older, when Tony indulges in this particular moment of mawkish self-satisfaction. Tony has always been a sentimental guy, given to big gestures that fail to make up for his constant slip-ups. And he has always savored the idea of the legacy he will leave to his kids as though it were a snifter of fine cognac, instead of the murky stew it really is.