The six seasons of The Sopranos defined the concept of prestigious television and represented a paradigm shift for the media. Each season of HBO Mafia Drama has been remarkable in its way, and there are good reasons why almost all of them are considered the best. However, this list reflects the opinion of professional critics for each of them, using the average of the overall ratings of Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.
Even though season 6 is considered a season on paper, it was produced and released in two separate halves. Therefore, they are classified separately as seasons 6A and 6B on this list. Without further ado, here are the results for each season of The Sopranos, according to critics.
7) Season 5
While this is the worst scoring record on this list, the penultimate season of The Sopranos is by no means omitted. With many years of public well-being behind it, the series has pushed further and further the boundaries of fictional storytelling and culminates in episodes that are discussed and debated to this day (“The Test Dream,” “Sentimental Education”). The plot is a bit slow in the first few episodes. Still, general conflicts, such as Adriana’s secret role as informant and Johnny Sack’s increasingly belligerent behavior, are masterfully worked through, resulting in unforgettable victories (“long-term parking,” “with all due respect”). Moreover, the symbolism of the bear in Carmela’s garden is perhaps one of the most underrated metaphors in the entire series.
6) Season 6B
Being the last half of a legendary show and reaching a satisfying milestone is a task, but what is known as season 6B does the best it can. At no point in the series is the family in a darker and more dangerous situation, exacerbated by family trauma (“The Second Coming”), death (“Kennedy and Heidi”), and a bloody mafia war (“The Blue Comet”). )). All unfortunate events can be challenging to see. Still, they also play right into the themes of existentialism and the endless conflict between the old and the new. Audiences may never really agree on the show’s ending. Still, the great thing is that showrunner David Chase just wanted to remember his boss.
5) Season 6A
After two years of preparation, the first half of the sixth season was so enchanting and dazzling that one critic compared it to Mozart’s opera. The series successfully created its brief invasion of dream sequences by immersing Tony in a multi-episode battle with his subconscious (“Mayham”) and ending the tragic stories of Johnny Sack (“Stage 5”) and Eugene Pontecorvo (“Members Only”) ) and also starred in a fun Ben Kingsley Como (“Luxury Lounge”). Now that we know the end of the series, it’s exciting to go back and think about how each domino that falls in these episodes gradually leads to the inevitable ending of The Sopranos.
4) Season 4
Critics have had a few minor complaints about the fourth season, considering it a bit “very carefully crafted.” Still, most of them couldn’t help but give it excellent marks. Emphasis is placed on the intensity of Tony and Carmela’s marriage, which allows Eddie Falco to play some of the best actors who have ever appeared on television (“Whitecaps”). On other fronts, Tony’s dissatisfaction with Ralphie is finally reaching a turning point (“Who Did It”), and there is a fine combination of humorous interventions, jokes, and non-sequences to create comic relief.
3) Season 2
Betrayal raises its head left and right in season 2; as Gatto is forced to work for the FBI, Janice sucks his brother with every step. Tony refuses to wear a jacket that ruins his relationship with Richie (“Full Leather Jacket”) . . Unlike the first season of the series, which by comparison seems innocent enough, the chaos caused by Richie’s release resulted in a host of narrative surprises (“The Knight in White Satin Armor”) and an apparent tone change. . Nowhere is this more evident than during the tense journey in which Tony, Paulie, and Silvio confront Sal about his infidelity and make a decision that will haunt the main character of the series for years to come.
2) Season 1
Surprisingly, the first season of The Sopranos is arguably the most consistent, creating a steady stream of winners, except for something that may be inappropriate (“A Hit Is a Hit”). Either way, the entire cast, and crew could not have imagined a better start. Most critics have focused on the series’ originality and praised Nancy Marchand and James Gandolfini’s cultivating a dynamic, unorthodox mother-child. Some episodes have since become counterparts in television history (“College”). In contrast, others have given clues as to what types of subconscious and dream (“Isabella”) narratives are awaited to arrive in the next few seasons.
1) Season 3
The best season of The Sopranos, at least according to critics, was a perfect storm of mature storytelling and seductive characters that peaked and rarely faded. The season includes not only what is considered by many to be the best episode of the series (“Pine Barrens”), but also one of Ralph Cifaretto’s most memorable villains (“University”), as Tony’s Freudian relationship with Gloria Trillo ( “Crazy” (Love “) fits perfectly with her mother’s death (” Proshai, “Livushka “). Even in his most controversial moments (” Employee of the Month “), the authors persuade Dr. to instill a deeply vulnerable complexity and risk that Melfi tells important stories.