“You f*** up once, you lose two teeth.” Anthony ‘Tony’ Soprano Sr.

And much more than teeth, obviously.

Ten years, two days have passed since the premiere of the final episode of one of the best TV shows in the modern American television. It’s HBO’s “The Sopranos“.

6 seasons and 86 episodes and not a single miss. A greatly written, directed and acted drama about Italian Mafia family, presented not romantically, like in “The Godfather”, but in all its realistic glory. Blood, teeth and guts. And language. Something like Scorsese. And what a cast this show had – James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco (nod to “Goodfellas”), Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli (“Goodfellas” yet again), Dominic Chianese (“The Godfather”), Steven Van Zandt (musician and actor, performed with Bruce Springsteen), Tony Sirico (“Goodfellas”, you got the pattern by now), Aida Turturro, even Nancy Sinatra and Martin Scorsese in cameo roles.

But the man who steals the show is late James Gandolfini. His portrayal of the mentally unstable boss of Mafia family is absolutely brilliant. Tony Soprano is not a hero. He is even not an anti-hero. He is a man, with all his flaws and qualities. And all the other actors deliver with their respective roles. No weak links, the production was great, the writing was stellar. What more could you ask from a TV show?

It wouldn’t be fair not to mention superb soundtrack: Elvis Costello, Morphine, Jefferson Airplane, Ella Fitzgerald, Los Lobos, Journey, Eurythmics, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Apex Twin, Radiohead, Tindersticks and much, much more. An all-star soundtrack indeed.

A complete series box set was released on Blu-ray, so I don’t know why are you still reading this. Go watch The Sopranos.

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