Episodes: 86 (hour)
Show dates: January 10, 1999 — June 10, 2007
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Nicole Burdette, Lorraine Bracco, Steve Buscemi, Federico Castelluccio, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Curatola, Danielle Di Vecchio, Drea deMatteo, Edie Falco, James Gandolfini, Robert Iler, Michael Imperioli, Nancy Marchand, Joe Pantoliano, Vincent Pastore, Steven R. Schirripa, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Sirico, Aida Turturro, John Ventimiglia, Frank Vincent, and Steven Van Zandt.
The drama revolves around the life of New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and the challenges he faces balancing his home life with his work.
At home, he has strong-willed wife Carmela (Edie Falco), spirited daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and underachiever son Anthony Jr. “A.J.” (Robert Iler). His extended family includes sisters Janice (Aida Turturro) and Barbara (Nicole Burdette and Danielle Di Vecchio), Uncle Corrado “Junior” Soprano (Dominic Chianese), and cousins Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi) and Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).
He also works with characters like Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt), Paul “Paulie Walnuts” Gualtieri (Tony Sirico) and Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero (Vincent Pastore).
With all this, it’s no doubt that he has panic attacks and visits therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco).
Episode 86 – Made in America
Tony wakes up in the safehouse (Uncle Junior’s old house) and the surviving members of the crew are also there. Later, the FBI observes Bobby Baccalieri’s funeral.
Tony receives disappointing payments from his crew and Agent Harris gives him a tip as to Leotardo’s whereabouts. Tony’s crew searches for Phil but can’t find him. Butch refuses to help but tells Tony “do what you have to do.” Tony asks for reparations for the killing of Bobby and Butch agrees to a future monetary payment for Janice.
Tony comes out of hiding and life begins to return to normal for Tony, his family and his crew. AJ wants to join the army but his parents and his girlfriend are against it. After discussing it with AJ’s therapist, Tony and Carmela distract AJ by getting him involved in producing a movie and replacing his burnt SUV with a BMW M3.
Phil is shot and killed at a gas station. Phil’s wife runs out of her Ford Expedition screaming, and the car is accidentally left in drive and rolls over Phil’s head.
Tony visits the still-comatose Silvio. Tony’s lawyer tells Tony someone is testifying to a grand jury and that Tony is likely to be indicted. Tony offers the leadership of the Aprile crew to Paulie and he ultimately accepts.
Separately, Janice and Tony visit Uncle Junior in the state mental hospital. His dementia is so advanced that he doesn’t recognize either of them.
Tony meets his family at a restaurant. He arrives first and selects Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” from the tabletop jukebox. Various suspicious-looking people enter and populate the diner. Meadow is late and has difficulty parallel parking her Lexus outside. She finally parks and rushes across the street, approaching the door. Tony hears the bell on the door ring and glances up. The screen abruptly cuts to black and the music stops. After several seconds, the credits roll in silence.
First aired: June 10, 2007.
Although many suspected the series ended the way that it did to allow for a spin-off feature film, there’s been no news of any plans to revive the series or characters.
Behind the Scenes
|•||The series finale attracted over 12 million viewers which was the show’s largest audience since the fifth season premiere.|
|•||The ending of the episode has been the topic of a lot of discussion and debate. It was spoofed in a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign spot just a few days after the Sopranos finale aired.|