Top 5 Best Episodes From The Sopranos

By on June 20, 2013

The Sopranos is one of the best television series to have ever been made. It had a great story line, excellent writing and a wonderful list of main characters. The best of these was without doubt the late James Gandolfini who played Tony Soprano. He made the show and rightly won many awards for his efforts. Unsurprisingly he features in each of our top 5 best episodes from The Sopranos.

1. College

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College was the fifth episode in the very first season of The Sopranos so it was first shown on television in 1999. It captures one of the main themes that ran through every episode of the show – the contrast of Tony Soprano the gangster and Tony Soprano the family man. In this episode he takes his daughter Meadow to New England for a tour of a potential college – something thousands of good fathers do every year. But while there he spots a man who turned against the mafia and then went into witness protection. Tony kills the man while keeping his daughter blissfully oblivious to the type of man he really is.


2. Whitecaps

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Whitecaps was the final episode of the fourth series. It is the one where Tony and Carmela finally break up after Carmela gets sick of Tony’s womanizing ways. It is a deeply uncomfortable but mesmerizing glimpse into marital breakdown performed by two actors – James Gandolfini and Edie Falco – at the peak of their abilities.

3. Employee of the Month

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Employee of the Month was the fourth episode of season three. The story revolves around Tony’s psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, played by Lorraine Bracco. She is an ever present voice of reason throughout the various shows and series, but in this she is suffering after a brutal rape. It presents her – and us, the viewers – with an intriguing and disturbing moral dilemma. Should she tell Tony knowing he will deliver justice to her attacker in his own way?

4. Whoever Did This

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In this episode Tony kills a former colleague Ralph Cifaretto over the death of his beloved racehorse, Pie-Oh-My. So what you say? Well, this particular murder gives us an ever deeper insight into the moral vacuum that exists within Tony. While he is killing Ralph he equates the death of his horse to the life of Ralph’s son. And the most chilling thing about that – I bet you still like Tony Soprano.

5. Funhouse

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Funhouse is the final episode of the second series. It is the one where Tony kills his very close friend Salvatore “Big Pussy” Bonpensiero, played by Vincent Pastore. It is yet another example of the complexity of the character as he combines ruthlessness, friendship and sorrow in one captivating moment.

About Damien McGinley

Damien is a professional writer, qualified journalist, father, husband, expert jam-on-toast spreader, rugby fan, and experienced player of games involving dressing up like a knight and building forts. Hails from Belfast.

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