the sopranos is the greatest television show in the history of television.
i, like several other million people watched the season premiere of the sopranos last night, and somehow came away convinced that the 2 and a half year wait was worth it. can a single episode of any other show inspire as much giddiness about the upcoming season?
there are plenty of shows that have come and gone and many good shows. but i have never been so engaged and so hooked on a show as i have the sopranos. i find myself replaying the episode in my head while taking a shower and trying to figure out what is going on inside tony's head. never has a show taken up so much of my time outside of actually watching the show. it's just that good. i know it has the advantage of being on cable so it can push the subject envelope a little bit, but the ensemble of actors is just so stellar, there's no other word for it than completly engrossing.
many of HBO's shows are like that: well written, great ensemble casts, and complicated story lines. however, as one of my watching mates remarked last night, HBO is good at creating shows that if you stick with it from the beginning, they get better over time because of your own investment in the character. but that's where the sopranos separates itself as the alpha male of this pack. i think that you can jump in whenever you want with the sopranos and instantly enjoy it.
so while i lament the fact that it is probably gonna take the full twenty episodes until i figure out how chrissy is going to get it, i think that people who have invested the time, should take a moment to appreciate this singular television show while it is still on the air. i'm not sure that we'll see anything like it for a long long time.
bob's top 10 television shows of all time
1. the sopranos
3. the cosby show
4. ally mcbeal (season 1 and 2)
5. diff'rent strokes
6. star trek the next generation
7. family ties
8. the andy griffith show
9. the real world
10. tie - three's company and late night with david letterman.