“The Sopranos” is many things, food being one of the main things. The late actor James Gandolfini's character of Tony Soprano is one of the most beloved characters ever on TV, as is James Gandolfini as an actor who everybody loved. Does it also portray violent organized crime? Yes, it does. Quite a lot actually. However, the crime aspect is a just canvas for the show’s other aspects. The center of the show is Tony Soprano struggling with his family relations and his frequent panic and anxiety attacks, which he is battling with his psychiatrist Dr. Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco. It is in these therapy sessions we learn that Tony is not really a waste-management consultant, but running the New Jersey mafia.
With his upbringing inside the rough underworld of the New Jersey and New York crime syndicate, steeped in Italian-American views and concepts of what is masculinity and what it takes to be a leader, he has a very hard time accepting needing help and medication for his mental health and does his hardest to hide it from his colleagues and family, afraid his crime family would think he is not fit for the role as a leader.
Nevertheless, it is very understandable you might feel empty after you finish The Sopranos, and might be eating one too many cannoli and sfogliatella. After all, you spend many hours with the Soprano family, the “other” family, and many, many other people of varying degrees of law-obedience, likeability and moral and ethicality.
That is why we at FILMANDTV.com have created this list, an attempt to fill that baked ziti sized hole in your heart with the best TV series in the same vain or that share similarities with 'Sopranos'. These series will be available for streaming on the only the best online streaming platforms. With just a simple click on the titles page, you will be taken to the site! So simple! If it is not currently available anywhere, save the title on your profile to get notified the instant you can stream it.
You also want to save the prequel movie on your profile coming in 2021, "The Many Saint of Newark", which is of course causing a lot of excitement among Sopranos fans. It will follow a young Tony Soprano played by James Gandolfini's son Michael growing up and becoming the gangster he is in the TV series.
Although it has been over a decade since the final episode aired for the crime-drama dark comedy, people are still gobbling down this defining TV series for the 21st Century by the handful on a regular basis. Beginning in 1999 and coming to an end in 2007, it shed new light on both TV series as a medium and the crime genre. Tackling family drama, gender roles, several topics of racism, showing a more realistic view of modern organized crime, coming-of-age, mother-son relations, and more.
As the TV series topics are many, we have gathered many different TV series we think can grab ahold of something that can be found in The Sopranos, a theme, character drama, or other.
Matthew Weiner both wrote and produced The Sopranos until its end in 2007. The same year a new show he created aired its first episode, "Mad Men". Not as much violent crime, it has instead amazing character developments and drama, some might say the peak of a character-driven drama in modern television.
Set in 1960s New York City, it follows the enigmatic man of Don Draper, played by actor Jon Hamm. Like Tony Soprano, he has seemingly two lives. While having a wife and two kids in the suburbs, he spends most of, if not more, time at the advertising firm of which he is a creative director and later a co-founder, and nights with other women.
Except for the characters' development, it keeps following the different events and moods of the 1960's America and brings up many issues of the time. The most obvious time indicator is of course the heavy smoking and drinking during work hours, but also the views on feminism and women in an office, antisemitism, racism, and homophobia.
Combining the elements of organized crime and a period drama like "Mad Men", you find "Boardwalk Empire". Set in Atlantic City, it follows crime boss Nucky Thompson played by Steve Buscemi. He is on paper an influential politician, adored by the citizens, although equally corrupt.
Set during the Prohibition Era, the show depicts the times of bootlegging and smuggling, 1920s speak-easy bars, and government agents investigating the area and Nucky for possible ties with organized crime groups.
We are sure you will find the 'what-to-watch' titles below to comfort you after Sopranos ended. If a series is not currently available, save it on your profile and you will get notified when you can stream it! But don't worry, we have found enough TV series to occupy you for a long time. Make sure to share the FILMANDTV.com list with your friends who are in a similar position as you.