You’ll have to move through the 13 episodes quickly, though. They’ll go back behind the paywall on October 8. HBO Max offers several pilot episodes of other shows for free, including “Titans,” “The Flight Attendant,” “Game of Thrones,” “Euphoria,” and “Doom Patrol.”
HBO is allowing the free binge ahead of the “Sopranos” feature film prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark,” which hits the service on October 1.
“The Sopranos” was a cultural phenomenon when it hit HBO in 1999. It won Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Golden Globe Awards. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time, while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time. In 2016, the series ranked first in the Rolling Stone list of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time. In short, it’s really, really good.
If you’ve never seen it, “The Sopranos” is on the Mount Rushmore of gangster entertainment properties alongside “Goodfellas” and “The Godfather.” Amusingly, actors from those films do have substantial roles in the series.
The show tells the story of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a boss in a New Jersey crime family. When he begins collapsing with panic attacks, he seeks out the help of a psychiatrist. While keeping his therapy a secret, he continues his life of crime while also dealing with his aging, toxic mother (the brilliant Nancy Marchand), his complicit, dissatisfied wife (the great Edie Falco), and his young son and daughter (the, uh, okay-ish Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler).
It’s got sex and drugs and guns and blood and violence. It’s funny and sweet and terrifying and complex. The characters are well-written. And it all culminates in one of the most controversial TV show endings of all time. While real-time viewers had to wait eight years to see the series to conclusion, you could binge the entire thing in a couple of months.
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Los Soprano (The Sopranos) es una serie de televisión estadounidense creada y producida por David Chase. La serie se estrenó en Estados Unidos el 10 de enero de 1999 por el canal de televisión por cable HBO, que la emitió ininterrumpidamente hasta su desenlace, el 10 de junio de 2007. La trama de la serie gira en torno al mafioso de Nueva Jersey Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) y las dificultades que enfrenta tanto en su hogar como en la organización criminal que dirige. A su vez, la serie también se centra en la historia de los personajes cercanos a Tony, especialmente su esposa Carmela (Edie Falco) y su sobrino y protegido Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).