The Sopranos Show

The Sopranos Show

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S5:E8 - Marco Polo
Dec 9 • 59 min
‘Marco Polo’ is the last of five scripts Michael Imperioli wrote for ‘The Sopranos,’ and he definitely ends his run on a high note. Gavin and Hannibal examine the factors that push Tony B past the point of no return, and Carmela and Tony S into the pool.…
S5:E7 - In Camelot
Dec 2 • 72 min
The past looms large ‘In Camelot.’ Gavin and Hannibal focus on Tony’s inability to forgive Livia, and Chris’ Tony-like Scorpion-Frog dynamic with a civilian. Featuring the creepiest rendition of ‘Happy Birthday Mr. President’ ever performed, and the most…
S5:E6 - Sentimental Education (Feat. Allen Coulter!)
Nov 25 • 117 min
It’s another special episode of ‘The Sopranos Show!’ Gavin and Hannibal have a fascinating chat about all things Sopranos with Allen Coulter, director of such legendary episodes as ‘College,’ ‘The Night in White Satin Armor,’ and many more! Plus your…
S5:E5 - Irregular Around The Margins
Nov 18 • 60 min
It’s easy to see why this one got both Michael Imperioli and Drea de Matteo Emmys. Writers Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess also shine with their first contribution to Season 5, the extremely intense, ‘Irregular Around the Margins.’ Gavin and Hannibal…
S5:E4 - All Happy Families…
Nov 11 • 68 min
‘All Happy Families…’ continues Season 5’s streak of near perfection. Gavin and Hannibal talk popularity contests, AJ at his worst, and share a ‘conspiracy theory’ about actor Robert Loggia. Also discussed is what The Sopranos has in common with other…
S5:E3 - Where’s Johnny?
Nov 4 • 59 min
Uncle Junior takes center stage in this, funny, tragic, and unexpectedly moving episode. Gavin and Hannibal spot the key callback to the series pilot and examine its outsized impact on Tony. Also discussed? Paulie’s hilarious application of ‘The Art of…
S5:E2 - Rat Pack
Oct 28 • 57 min
There are many ways to interpret the title of this episode, which focuses on the many rats employed by the Feds, to bring Tony down. Gavin and Hannibal discuss the series acting debut of Sopranos directing vet Steve Buscemi, and the highly emotional way…
S5:E1 - Two Tonys
Oct 21 • 57 min
‘Two Tonys’ arrived in 2004 after an extremely lengthy hiatus following the Season 4 finale. The creators of the show ensured the wait was worth it with an episode that wastes no time setting very high stakes. Gavin and Hannibal explore Tony’s…
Interview - Frank Renzulli (Writer/Producer)
Oct 14 • 87 min
Today, Gavin and Hannibal host a truly special episode of The Sopranos Show, in which they interview former Sopranos staff writer and executive producer, Frank Renzulli! Frank is responsible for penning some of the greatest episodes from the first three…
S4:E13 - Whitecaps
Oct 7 • 87 min
‘Whitecaps’ is the longest episode of The Sopranos. Is it the greatest episode of the series up to this point? Probably. Gavin and Hannibal focus on James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, whose Emmy winning performances in this Season 4 finale, raise the bar…
S4:E12 - Eloise
Sep 30 • 67 min
Gavin and Hannibal interpret this episode as a story of heartbreak… and its consequences. Carmela without warning loses the love of someone very close, and Paulie unexpectedly finds that a friendship he depended on isn’t quite what he thought it was. Your…
S4:E11 - Calling All Cars
Sep 23 • 55 min
‘Calling All Cars’ is bookended with ominous dream sequences that suggest Tony is in greater danger than he knows. Gavin and Hannibal examine the symbols in this tension heavy, occasionally hilarious, and somewhat spooky episode. Plus your hosts explain…
S4:E10 - The Strong, Silent Type
Sep 16 • 78 min
It’s not easy to be “the strong, silent type” if you’re Tony, Christopher or Furio. Gavin and Hannibal address Tony’s emotionally complex dynamic with cute animals, Chris at rock bottom, and Furio’s increasingly risky forbidden love. Plus your hosts get…
S4:E9 - Whoever Did This
Sep 9 • 68 min
‘Whoever Did This’ is one of the best episodes The Sopranos ever did. Of course, Gavin and Hannibal spend much of their time praising Joe Pantoliano’s Emmy winning performance, which convincingly reveals a side of Ralph Cifaretto never before displayed.…
S4:E8 - Mergers and Acquisitions
Sep 2 • 57 min
‘Mergers and Acquisitions’ is a great example of how The Sopranos often finds hilarity in unexpected places. The various funny dilemmas in this episode keep Gavin and Hannibal laughing - from Paulie’s response to senior citizen bullying, to Tony’s…
S4:E7 - Watching Too Much Television
Aug 26 • 59 min
Gavin and Hannibal tackle ‘Watching Too Much Television,’ discussing the desperation that leads Adriana to fast track her marriage for all the wrong reasons, and the unexpected emotional fallout that results when Tony and his business partners join forces…
S4:E6 - Everybody Hurts
Aug 19 • 74 min
Michael Imperioli once again pulls double duty, delivering what Gavin and Hannibal agree, is his best Sopranos script yet. In this episode, Tony, Artie, AJ and Carmela have plenty to be “hurt” about, and your hosts delve into the various sources of their…
S4:E5 - Pie-O-My (Featuring Maureen Van Zandt!)
Aug 12 • 65 min
Today, we literally interrupt your regularly scheduled The Sopranos Show to bring you Gavin and Hannibal’s quick chat with Maureen Van Zandt, who portrayed Silvio Dante’s wife Gabriella! A huge thank you to Mrs. Van Zandt for a fun, and fascinating…
S4:E4 - The Weight
Aug 5 • 78 min
Gavin and Hannibal view ‘The Weight’ as a highly entertaining return to the urgent and emotional high stakes storytelling that makes The Sopranos what it is. Terence Winter’s script convincingly depicts how the fallout from a single mean joke can escalate…
S4:E3 - Christopher
Jul 29 • 62 min
‘Christopher,’ is the widely agreed upon fan ‘least favorite,’ of the series. Gavin and Hannibal attempt to get to the root of just what exactly went wrong here. Low dramatic stakes, a misleading title, and a few too many cheesy jokes make ‘Christopher’…
S4:E2 - No-Show
Jul 22 • 70 min
Gavin and Hannibal examine the many well written and acted confrontations of “No Show,” an episode which culminates in one of the more powerful scenes ever performed between James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler. Your hosts also discuss the…
S4:E1 - For All Debts Public and Private
Jul 15 • 72 min
“Everything comes to an end,” Carmela declares in the fourth season premiere of The Sopranos. Gavin and Hannibal discuss the weighty implications of that statement, as well as the episode’s gripping focus on security and vengeance, in a post 9/11 America.…
S3:E13 - Army of One
Jul 8 • 71 min
Gavin and Hannibal arrive at the official midpoint of the series! The third season of The Sopranos concludes with some thoughtful commentary on parenthood, an intentionally anti climactic death, and some notably great acting by Robert Iler. Plus, Gavin…
S3:E12 - Amour Fou
Jul 1 • 77 min
In a trademark Sopranos move, the penultimate episode of the season comes fully loaded with thrilling moments of climax and catharsis. Gavin and Hannibal’s latest discussion centers on the incredibly well executed script by Frank Renzulli (his last for…
S3:E11 - Pine Barrens
Jun 24 • 76 min
Gavin and Hannibal almost get lost in the woods raving about ‘Pine Barrens,’ arguably the most popular episode of The Sopranos, and one that is a source of endless fascination to its fans. Flawlessly directed by Steve Buscemi, and featuring one of Tony…
S3:E10 - To Save Us All From Satan’s Power
Jun 17 • 58 min
In our first Yuletide set Sopranos episode, we get several revealing flashbacks in which Tony is haunted by ghosts of Christmas past. As Gavin and Hannibal observe, “To Save Us All From Satan’s Power” displays tremendous depth in its approach to…
S3:E9 - The Telltale Moozadell
Jun 10 • 56 min
With uncharacteristic use of broad comedy, awkward staging, and scenes that feel just a little too long, “The Telltale Moozadell” is not one of Season 3’s finest hours. Despite its shortcomings, Gavin and Hannibal agree that this episode still has…
S3:E8 - He Is Risen
Jun 3 • 52 min
At times, this one feels like an old Western, which it turns out, is the perfect way to frame the escalating conflict between Tony and Ralphie. Gavin and Hannibal examine the way “He is Risen” depicts the dangers of petty social insults in the mob world,…
S3:E7 - Second Opinion
May 27 • 64 min
Gavin and Hannibal agree that ‘Second Opinion’ is a welcome respite from the brutality depicted in the several episodes leading up to it. Driven largely by the always brilliant Edie Falco and Dominic Chianese, this midpoint of Season 3 is thematically…
S3:E6 - University
May 20 • 64 min
‘University,’ as Gavin and Hannibal point out, is brilliantly structured in the way it weaves together the contrasting experiences of the two young women central to its plot. Your hosts also bid good riddance to Noah (yeah he didn’t deserve Tony’s racism,…
S3:E5 - Another Toothpick
May 13 • 63 min
From its surprising opening to its enigmatic conclusion, ‘Another Toothpick’ is yet another well written, highly tragicomic, chapter of Season 3. Gavin and Hannibal praise the work of the solid character actors that put in guest appearances, discuss the…
S3:E4 - Employee Of The Month
May 6 • 89 min
This is a tough one to discuss, as it’s largely defined by a graphic depiction of sexual assault that’s difficult to shake. Gavin and Hannibal explain what make the pivotal scenes of this Emmy winning episode so challenging and impactful, and also…
S3:E3 - Fortunate Son
Apr 29 • 72 min
Don’t let all the pagers fool you, this episode is timeless, and represents a subtle evolution in craft for The Sopranos. As Gavin and Hannibal discover, it’s about several “fortunate sons” and profound in the way it insightfully weaves its themes of…
S3:E2 - Proshai, Livushka
Apr 22 • 70 min
Gavin and Hannibal reflect on the poignant yet unsentimental way that The Sopranos chooses to address the passing of Nancy Marchand. This episode is beautifully crafted from a number of angles, with further allusions to Shakespeare, hilarious observations…
S3:E1 - Mr. Ruggerio’s Neighborhood
Apr 15 • 46 min
Gavin and Hannibal deconstruct The Sopranos’ most unique season opener yet. Your hosts note how this episode balances genuine tension and unexpected hilarity as it views Tony’s two families almost purely from the Feds’ perspective. It’s another great…
S2:E13 - Funhouse
Apr 8 • 74 min
The fun never stops with Gavin and Hannibal’s take on this classic finale. Your hosts pull apart Tony’s eerie fever dreams rich with symbolism, and discuss the dramatic payoffs of several season long threads. One payoff in particular happens to occur at…
S2:E12 - The Knight In White Satin Armor
Apr 1 • 83 min
This legendary episode is a storytelling masterclass that should probably be in everyone’s top five. Gavin and Hannibal praise the excellent use of music in the opening and closing scenes, the show’s Shakespearean overtones, and the unpredictable twist in…
S2:E11 - House Arrest
Mar 25 • 69 min
Hannibal’s favorite Sopranos writer is back to deliver one of Gavin’s favorite Season 2 episodes. ‘House Arrest’ is very strong in the character arc department, taking Tony, Junior and Melfi on significant and at times subtle, emotional journeys. This one…
S2:E10 - Bust Out
Mar 18 • 74 min
This episode stands out in strange ways. Maybe, as Gavin and Hannibal observe, it’s the fact that we see Tony in a state of fear and desperation for the first time, or it could simply be that this is our first Green-Burgess penned episode without a proper…
S2:E9 - From Where To Eternity
Mar 11 • 71 min
Gavin and Hannibal journey down to the underworld with Chris, analyzing all the humor, terror and existential crises that cast regular (and first time Sopranos writer) Michael Imperioli, mines in this rollercoaster ride of an episode. Plus your hosts…
S2:E8 - Full Leather Jacket
Mar 4 • 75 min
The major developments in this hour of TV are so numerous, they’re almost hard to keep track of. Gavin and Hannibal share their takes on the least romantic marriage proposal of all time, Carmela in gangster mode, Sean’s disgusting burglary ritual, the…
S2:E7 - D-Girl
Feb 25 • 70 min
D-Girl is definitely one of the more intentionally silly Sopranos episodes. That doesn’t make it bad though! Gavin and Hannibal discuss this cameo rich sendup of Hollywood culture and the philosophical crossroads that greet AJ, Big Pussy, and Christopher.
S2:E6 - The Happy Wanderer
Feb 18 • 64 min
Escalating tensions between Tony and Richie and high stakes poker define this memorable chapter of Season 2. Your favorite Happy Wanderers, Gavin and Hannibal, discuss the series debut of actor Robert Patrick, Steven Van Zandt’s greatest performance yet,…
S2:E5 - Big Girls Don’t Cry
Feb 11 • 76 min
It’s debatable which character the title refers to and Chris’ acting subplot unfortunately prompts Gavin to relive unhappy memories of drama classes past. Still, this episode is another great one, filled with classic moments of rage, violence and tears.…
S2:E4 - Commendatori
Feb 4 • 70 min
Gavin and Hannibal travel to Italy with Tony, discussing “Commendatori’s” core themes of disappointment, culture shock and female empowerment. Things get lively as your hosts debate potential phallic symbolism (in shrimp) and Tony’s satisfaction (or lack…
S2:E3 - Toodle-F**king-Oo
Jan 28 • 61 min
It’s funny how a new character can alter the overall character of an entire series. The introduction of Richie Aprile presents Gavin and Hannibal with much to discuss as they analyze what makes him so extraordinarily terrifying. They also address Meadow’s…
S2:E2 - Do Not Resuscitate
Jan 21 • 62 min
This might be a relatively quiet episode, but it’s bookended by two pretty significant twists. Gavin and Hannibal discuss the ramifications of those twists, while also taking time to applaud the introduction of the great Steve Schirripa, the handling of…
S2:E1 - Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist’s Office
Jan 14 • 49 min
Gavin and Hannibal weigh in on the memorable new characters and dilemmas introduced in the Season 2 premiere! Though decidedly less intense than the finale which preceded it, this key episode plants the seeds for explosive confrontations to come.
S1:E13 - I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano
Jan 7 • 84 min
Gavin and Hannibal may have gone a little overboard with this one, as they bring you nearly 90 minutes of podcast glory talking about the spectacularly climactic Season 1 finale. So many questions! Is Livia genuinely going senile, or is this simply her…
S1:E12 - Isabella
Dec 31, 2017 • 60 min
‘Isabella’ has multiple levels of funny, emotional, and action packed brilliance. Like the breathtaking ‘girl next door’ it’s named after, this episode’s writing and performances are basically too good to be true. Gavin and Hannibal note how the series…
S1:E11 - Nobody Knows Anything
Dec 24, 2017 • 59 min
It’s the beginning of the end for Season 1! Gavin and Hannibal admire this well plotted episode which features a stand out performance from John Heard, a tense but funny showdown between Paulie and Pussy, and intriguing layers of ambiguity.
S1:E10 - A Hit is a Hit
Dec 17, 2017 • 56 min
‘A Hit is a Hit’ is a rare miss for The Sopranos. Nevertheless, Gavin and Hannibal have fun discussing what is easily their least favorite episode of Season 1. Though it has a few bright spots, Episode 10 is a real case study in how low stakes, plot holes…
S1:E9 - Boca
Dec 10, 2017 • 64 min
Join Gavin and Hannibal ‘south of the border,’ as they cover what is arguably Dominic Chianese’s finest hour in Season 1. This week’s podcast finds your hosts discussing the timely nature of the dilemma facing Meadow’s soccer team, the hilarious…
S1:E8 - The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti
Dec 3, 2017 • 60 min
In Episode 8 of The Sopranos Show, Gavin and Hannibal debate the fairness of Dr. Melfi’s cancellation policy, track Christopher as Christopher tracks his own arc and spot an unexpected bakery cameo and Goodfellas reference along the way.
The Sopranos Show Trailer
Dec 1, 2017 • 1 min
Hosts Gavin and Hannibal break down what their podcast is all about! Featuring sound bites ripped directly from the series, The Sopranos Show is the ultimate deep dive into Tony’s world.
S1:E7 - Down Neck
Nov 26, 2017 • 52 min
‘Down Neck’ finds Tony taking a trip down memory lane. Of course if you’re Tony Soprano ‘memory lane’ involves being 8 years old and witnessing your dad beating the crap out of a guy that owes money, your mom threatening to stick a fork in your eye, and a…
S1:E6 - Pax Soprana
Nov 19, 2017 • 59 min
In “Pax Soprana,” Tony’s having a hard time, (though not where it counts). His wife and mistress are unsatisfied with his performance in the bedroom, and his capos are unsatisfied with his uncle’s performance as boss. This episode gives Gavin and Hannibal…
S1:E5 - College
Nov 12, 2017 • 50 min
“College” is a landmark episode of The Sopranos. Probably the most adored chapter of Season 1, it received widespread acclaim from fans and critics and won the series its first Primetime Emmys. So what is it that makes “College” just so damned good? Gavin…
S1:E4 - Meadowlands
Nov 5, 2017 • 56 min
“Meadowlands” prompts Gavin and Hannibal’s first disagreement about The Sopranos! The fascinating fourth episode of the series features a dream (or two?), a significant transfer of power in the family, and the moment AJ Soprano realizes that his dad is a…
S1:E3 - Denial, Anger, Acceptance
Oct 29, 2017 • 57 min
There’s a lot to unpack in this one, as Tony grieves over the declining health of his friend, acting boss, Jackie Aprile. “Denial, Anger, Acceptance” features a number of good matchups: Silvio and Paulie vs. a Hasidic motel manager, Carmela vs. Charmaine,…
S1:E2 - 46 Long
Oct 22, 2017 • 51 min
Two down, eighty-four to go! In this episode, Gavin and Hannibal talk the second episode of Season 1, “46 Long.” The one and only episode of the series that features a pre credits teaser, sees Tony confronting his feelings of ambivalence towards Livia,…
S1:E1 - Pilot
Oct 15, 2017 • 73 min
From ducks, to depression, to degenerate gamblers, Gavin and Hannibal cover the themes, key scenes, best lines and notable creative choices that make the pilot such a fitting introduction to the world of The Sopranos.