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TV Tonight: "The Sopranos" Series Finale

TV Tonight: "The Sopranos" Series Finale

One of TV's great institutions, "The Sopranos," will air its final episode on HBO tonight. The show has been credited with changing TV, not only inspiring a new generation of shows focusing on both sides of the law but also driving writers and producers to create multidimensional, complicated characters who give viewers something to talk about week after week.

In honor of the finale, I wanted to throw out a couple of questions for fans: What will you miss most about the show? Do you think it's changed television? And can you see anything else taking its place in TV's canon of must-watch shows?

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pidgeyoki pidgeyoki 9 years
cgmaetc, thanks for posting that article... great stuff!
cgmaetc cgmaetc 9 years
I don't have the words to explain how PERFECT this finale was, so I'll let Seth at say if for me:
dupreeblue dupreeblue 9 years
Similar to NEJulie, I've been a huge fan for years, but I'm ready to let go. It's not the powerhouse it was in its heyday, and the end really didn't do it for me. How can it be a successful series end if such a huge part of the viewing audience spent it sitting there screaming at our cable companies for glitching? Meh. The cat and Chris' picture was great though.
lindaloo lindaloo 9 years
I thought it was great, especially the more I thought about it. Kind of poetic. David Chase knew exactly what he was doing. I was sad last night hearing the opening song that we aren't going to have that anymore.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
When the screen went black for those long 10 seconds, I was screaming at the television and DVR and at my local cable provider for messing up yet once again. When I realized the black screen was intentional, I was first. But, now that I've thought about it, I'm not sure that Chase could or should have done anything differently. My husband's conclusion is that for eight seasons we've been invited to watch an extraordinary group of people engage in both outrageous--and ordinary--events. The "family gathering" last night was one of those ordinary moments. Life is seldom neatly tied up and so we're left to wonder what happens next. The final scenes seem to be filled with so many red herrings, all skillfully done to create tension--especially Meadow's repeated attempts to park her car and to cross the busy street. While I suspect that Tony lives , I do love pidgeyoki's reminder about Bobby's observations about what might happen when you die. And then there's that cat...
chutzpah chutzpah 9 years
I loved the scenes with the cat as well...being a cat lover myself I found it hysterical that they were so crazed over the cat staring at the photo of Chris...cats do what they want when they want to do it!!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
me too, i really hope it much to look forward too not the least of which are possible carrie's shoes (bit of a shoe junky!) i have to admit the cat and paulie was hilarious and it was pretty funny how carmela lit up at the sound of a 175k starting associate salary :)
uacosj uacosj 9 years
Sex and the City is much more light-hearted and fun, so I think it would be ok.
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
haha i totally want a SATC movie!
uacosj uacosj 9 years
yeah id leave it as it is, but I have to disagree with Sex in the City, I want a movie!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
i keep posting because i cant stop thinking about it :) i now think...well, phil living and tony dead would have pissed me off, actually showing tony and one or more of his family whacked would have not sit well with me, having tony hauled off by the feds would have been sorta predictable and cliche....i love love loooove how Phil died and the more i think about it, i love the ending. leave it as it is.
chutzpah chutzpah 9 years
OMG I thought I lost television power or that my Tivo didn't continue taping...but, that said, leave it alone and let our minds work...I vote for no movie...leave it alone just like they did for Sex in the City!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
me too uacosj...imagine it ending with tony and/or some of his family shot up at the diner? ugh terrible last scene(to me)! this is far far better...i love imagining all the possibilities.
uacosj uacosj 9 years
well im glad that it didnt end with tony getting shot at least. Id like to think he went out living
uacosj uacosj 9 years
that does make sense. I like that.
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
as much as i love the idea of a movie or tony living...the more i think about it the more i think it might be more relevant what bobby said at the lake....ah who knows!
pidgeyoki pidgeyoki 9 years
I disagree that it was a terrible ending, or that it was left open for the possibility of a movie. I think a) the show ended like it started - a slice of life type thing and b) it was left open as a service to viewers - that we can interpret it how we like. There are some, like me, who choose to believe that Tony lives on, and the family continues to have as normal a life as that family can have. And there are others who will hang on to Bobby's words a few episodes back - that when you die, it's probably silent, and things just go black. Maybe the last few minutes were Tony's last moments - just as he realizes what's important in life, his family, he dies. Or maybe he's just becoming paranoid that the next guy who tries to kill him is just around the corner, buying baked goods, or going to the bathroom. We can all go back and watch the DVDs and know that the way it ends will be up to us. I think it's pretty smart!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
i agree! it is perfect for a be disapponted if there is no movie though
Lorelei-Spirit Lorelei-Spirit 9 years
Like I said before, Chase has been in talks about doing a film. I was shocked for a minute at the way it ended, but it makes sense to leave a cliffhanger for the film.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 9 years
This was the worst ever ending possible for such a great show. Six Feet Under left me weeping and wistful. This truly ticked me off. I could SLAP David Chase. HARD!!! This is all we get after 8 years of loyalty??? It sucked, sucked, sucked!!! It wasn't even as good as a regular night in the series! Sad. Sad. Sad.
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
i would havebeen very satisfied with a happy ending but nooo david chase has to leave us wondering :) hbo message board crashing lol
uacosj uacosj 9 years
well maybe we are supposed to be satisifed that its a happy ending?!
lovekailua lovekailua 9 years
i am sooooooo excited for the possibility of a movie. for some reason, well, ive always loved tony but i really really want him to live. that guy in the bathroom better not end up doing something...though i guess that would not be a long movie if he did. whoops too many cannolis and mojitos for me :)
uacosj uacosj 9 years
they cant have it end this way!
uacosj uacosj 9 years
well that would be great if there was a movie b/c i need closure!
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