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Gavin and Hannibal are best friends since Kindergarten who really love The Sopranos. Join them as they recap all 86 classic episodes in order, on a weekly podcast which salutes and celebrates the greatest TV drama of all time.

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Gavin and Hannibal are best friends since Kindergarten who really love The Sopranos. Join them as they recap all 86 classic episodes in order, on a weekly podcast which salutes and celebrates the greatest TV drama of all time.

iTunes Ratings

288 Ratings
Average Ratings
265
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7

Great pod!!

By adrum1000 - Jul 13 2019
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Intelligent analysis and the guys have a fun and engaging rapport.

Love the podcast.

By GQ1221 - Jun 18 2019
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Super fan of the podcast and Sopranos. You guys did a great job with the show

iTunes Ratings

288 Ratings
Average Ratings
265
8
5
3
7

Great pod!!

By adrum1000 - Jul 13 2019
Read more
Intelligent analysis and the guys have a fun and engaging rapport.

Love the podcast.

By GQ1221 - Jun 18 2019
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Super fan of the podcast and Sopranos. You guys did a great job with the show
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The Sopranos Show

Latest release on Aug 22, 2019

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Gavin and Hannibal are best friends since Kindergarten who really love The Sopranos. Join them as they recap all 86 classic episodes in order, on a weekly podcast which salutes and celebrates the greatest TV drama of all time.

Rank #1: S2:E13 - Funhouse

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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 sea, in what is probably one of the most complex, suspenseful, and emotional “goodbye” scenes ever filmed for a TV show.

Apr 08 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #2: S1:E3 - Denial, Anger, Acceptance

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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, and Meadow vs. high stakes academic pressure. Gavin and Hannibal explore it all and much more in Episode 3 of The Sopranos Show!

Oct 29 2017

57mins

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Rank #3: S1:E4 - Meadowlands

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"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 gangster. G & H also get into the coolness of the show's costume choices, and the legendary heavy breathing of James Gandolfini. 

Nov 05 2017

56mins

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Rank #4: S3:E11 - Pine Barrens

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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 Sirico’s all time great performances as Paulie, this is a landmark chapter of the series filled with tension, hilarity, mystery, and a Russian that just won’t die... or did he?

Jun 24 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #5: S4:E13 - Whitecaps

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‘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 for what can be achieved in the medium of television. ‘Whitecaps’ also displays once again, the writers’ sophisticated understanding of psychology and mastery of storytelling. Plot points quietly set up throughout the season are decisively paid off in this episode, resulting in an epic climax that delivers on all levels.

Oct 07 2018

1hr 27mins

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Rank #6: S5:E12 - Long Term Parking

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Gavin and Hannibal work their way through an episode that no true ‘Sopranos’ fan will ever forget. This is the one where they get back together. This is the one where a new King of New York is crowned. This is the one where she dies. This is ‘Long Term Parking,’ and it’s the ultimate penultimate season chapter. Your hosts break down the rapid fire plot developments that lead to Chris and Ade’s moment of truth, and how that moment is a conclusive statement on our main characters’ twisted pursuit of the American dream.

Jan 06 2019

1hr 12mins

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Rank #7: S5:E13 - All Due Respect

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Gavin and Hannibal agree that ‘All Due Respect’ is a fitting and fulfilling conclusion to Season 5. This finale manages to do an incredible job of bringing Season 5 full circle, and in typically understated fashion, sets up the climactic seasons to come. Your hosts describe how this episode presents a fresh examination of Tony’s role as a leader, as well as a couple surprising twists, and the establishment of a potential new Mafia supervillain.

Jan 13 2019

1hr 10mins

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Rank #8: S5:E6 - Sentimental Education (Feat. Allen Coulter!)

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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 hosts delve into ‘Sentimental Education’ which takes Carmela and Tony B on tragic yet thematically linked journeys. Gavin and Hannibal address the episode’s fable like qualities, and how it manages to quietly shift Season 5 into a whole new gear.

Nov 25 2018

1hr 57mins

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Rank #9: S4:E4 - The Weight

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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 to a near bloodbath, while giving Vincent Curatola the opportunity to take full ownership of the character Johnny Sack, with a performance that is both chilling and sympathetic.

Aug 05 2018

1hr 18mins

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Rank #10: S6A:E1 - Members Only

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The premiere of Season Six throws a LOT at the audience and climaxes with one of the most shocking moments in series history. It can’t be a surprise then, that it takes Gavin and Hannibal nearly 90 minutes to unpack it all. Your hosts hone in on the themes of health, aging and misplaced trust that dominate this episode, and describe how it places Tony and Carmela in a position to embark on journeys more complex and dangerous than ever before.

Jan 20 2019

1hr 26mins

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Rank #11: S1:E5 - College

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"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 and Hannibal will try to break it down...

Nov 12 2017

50mins

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Rank #12: S5:E1 - Two Tonys

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‘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 difficulties with facing rejection, the evolution of Christopher Moltisanti, and the symbolic significance of the bear in the back yard.

Oct 21 2018

57mins

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Rank #13: S1:E6 - Pax Soprana

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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 A LOT to talk about as it does an excellent job setting the stage for the remainder of Season 1, includes some killer lines from Livia and Irina (NOT to be confused), the first appearance of Johnny Sack, and Tony’s declaration of love for Dr. Melfi… 

Nov 19 2017

59mins

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Rank #14: S6A:E7 - Luxury Lounge

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Gavin and Hannibal agree that ‘Luxury Lounge’ ranks very high on the ‘funniest Sopranos episodes’ list. It makes hilarious use of cameos (‘Sir Ben’ Kingsley, ‘Betty’ Bacall) to lampoon Hollywood culture, and does a great job updating dilemmas previously established in Seasons 2 & 4. Plus, Gavin points out that Tony, for the first time, correctly deploys the Ojibwe saying, and Hannibal defends his love of Charmaine Bucco from unjust attacks!

Mar 03 2019

1hr 21mins

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Rank #15: S2:E12 - The Knight In White Satin Armor

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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 the closing act which offers this simple tip: “don’t hit Janice.”

Apr 01 2018

1hr 23mins

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Rank #16: S6A:E3 - Mayham (feat. Maureen Van Zandt!)

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The intentionally misspelled title is a hint that this laugh filled episode is a wild ride. Gavin and Hannibal point out what makes the explosive ‘Scarface’ style opening such an entertaining change of pace, and describe how this relatively Tony-light story depicts what the show might have been like without James Gandolfini. Plus Maureen Van Zandt (Gabriella Dante) returns! ‘Mayham’ shows us the Dantes as we’ve never seen them before, and Mrs. Van Zandt shares her perspective on shooting scenes with her husband, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere, and the upcoming Sopranos movie.

Feb 03 2019

1hr 40mins

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Rank #17: S6A:E8 - Johnny Cakes

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Your hosts have mixed feelings about ‘Johnny Cakes.’ On one hand it contains profound and powerful scenes that rank amongst the series’ best. On the other hand, are several scenes so cliche ridden and implausible, they’re unintentionally hilarious. Gavin and Hannibal discuss the unsavory nature of Julianna Skiff, AJ’s sad and misguided attempts to live up to the family name, and how Jim could ever question whether or not Vito wants the tall stack.

Mar 10 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #18: S4:E9 - Whoever Did This

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‘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. Plus, Burgess and Green’s flawless script delivers surprises large and small, culminating in some of the most unanticipated and graphic violence the series has ever depicted. Ultimately, a fitting and unforgettable exit for one of the series’ most memorable characters, in a story that still has the power to shock, years after its initial airing.

Sep 09 2018

1hr 8mins

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Rank #19: S3:E12 - Amour Fou

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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 the series), which contains scenes that specifically give actors James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Joe Pantoliano and Annabella Sciorra, ample opportunity to put the full breadth of their talents on display.

Jul 01 2018

1hr 17mins

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Rank #20: S2:E3 - Toodle-F**king-Oo

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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 powers of manipulation and of course, whether or not “toodle-oo” is an acceptable form of “goodbye.”

Jan 28 2018

1hr 1min

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Bonus - Our Favorite Lines

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Gavin and Hannibal share their all time favorite lines of Sopranos dialogue, in a special bonus episode of ‘The Sopranos Show!’ Going season by season, your hosts break down the reasons for their picks, and relive some of the series’ greatest moments.

Aug 22 2019

43mins

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S6B:E21 - Made In America

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The series finale of The Sopranos keeps things pretty simple... until it doesn’t. Gavin and Hannibal (and Maureen Van Zandt) explain what they think did or did not happen in the diner and why. Though ‘Made in America’ is the final episode of The Sopranos, this is probably not the final episode of ‘The Sopranos Show.’ There’s a movie coming in September 2020 after all! Until then, Don’t Stop-

Jun 16 2019

1hr 39mins

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S6B:E20 - The Blue Comet

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Gavin and Hannibal agree that ‘The Blue Comet’ truly is the ‘ultimate penultimate’ Sopranos story. Your hosts discuss the deeply troubling yet decisive showdown between Tony and Melfi, Baccala’s operatic and unforgettable final scene, and the many ways in which the episode perfectly positions all characters to play (or not play), a unique and impactful role in the series finale.

Jun 09 2019

1hr

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S6B:E19 - The Second Coming

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With just a couple episodes until the end of the series, things are getting emotionally apocalyptic on The Sopranos. Gavin and Hannibal talk Livia callbacks, gut wrenching suicide attempts, and the guilty pleasures of watching a well earned curb stomping. ‘The Second Coming’ dramatically ups the stakes for the final season, with Gandolfini and Iler in particular, delivering deeply moving performances.

Jun 02 2019

1hr 2mins

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S6B:E18 - Kennedy and Heidi

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With ‘Kennedy and Heidi,’ the makers of The Sopranos pull off one of the most shocking and memorable major character death scenes ever devised for television. Gavin and Hannibal explain what makes the scene in question quintessential ‘David Chase,’ and how the episode as a whole offers rich insight into the Tony and Christopher dynamic (especially as it relates to Adriana), as well as the fully justifiable reasons for AJ’s descent into true despair.

May 26 2019

1hr 8mins

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S6B:E17 - Walk Like A Man

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Writer Terence Winter directs his first and only episode of ‘The Sopranos,’ further proving why he’s one of the series’ greatest storytellers. Gavin and Hannibal consider ‘Walk Like a Man’ to be yet another masterful final season episode. The highly emotional Melfi session, the arcs of Chris and A.J, and J.T. Dolan’s climactic scene, are just a few of the memorable and surprising highlights.

May 19 2019

58mins

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S6B:E16 - Chasing It

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As far as Gavin and Hannibal are concerned, this is maybe the weirdest episode of The Sopranos ever. Not bad... just weird. Your hosts explain how odd it is that the filmmakers for one episode only, decided to go fully handheld with the camera, resulting in lens and composition choices that are pretty jarring. Plus, Tony suddenly is a frothing at the mouth, out of control, degenerate gambler? Though ‘Chasing It’ definitely has its strengths, it’s not hard to see why it’s the least loved chapter of Season 6B.

May 12 2019

1hr 3mins

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S6B:E15 - Remember When

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This is the second Season 6B episode in a row that makes use of a single, overriding, theme to an all encompassing and ultimately tragic effect. ‘Remember When’ is about the pain of the past. Gavin and Hannibal note how that theme is woven into the arc of Junior’s ill-fated new friendship, as well as Tony and Paulie’s trip to Miami, and down memory lane.

Apr 28 2019

1hr 3mins

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S6B:E14 - Stage 5

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Gavin and Hannibal bid a fond farewell to Johnny Sack in their discussion of the magnificent ‘Stage 5.’ Your hosts agree that everything about this episode works: from Vincent Curatola’s beautiful performance, to the surprisingly consequential fallout of the ‘Cleaver’ screening, to the story’s thematic statements on the downsides of being a leader. ‘Stage 5’ is another great script from Terence Winter, with high levels of comedy and drama, providing a prime example of ‘The Sopranos’ doing what it does best.

Apr 21 2019

58mins

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S6B:E13 - Soprano Home Movies

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Gavin and Hannibal arrive at the beginning of the end! ‘Soprano Home Movies’ is one of the greats, blending flashbacks, callbacks, bad karaoke, and the most unexpected fist fight of all time, from a script that would make Edward Albee proud. Your hosts examine the ways in which Livia manages to haunt this episode, and the events that compel Tony to take what is arguably his darkest act of vengeance yet.

Apr 14 2019

54mins

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S6A:E12 - Kaisha

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Once you realize what the title of this episode references, it’s hard not to see it as the funniest title of the series. Gavin and Hannibal wrap up Season 6A with a discussion that touches upon the successes and failures of the season overall, the plausibility of AJ’s new romance, and why Tony’s “every day is a gift” philosophy is difficult to maintain when one is part of the mob.

Apr 07 2019

1hr 14mins

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S6A:E11 - Cold Stones

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‘Cold Stones’ is a fitting penultimate chapter for Season 6A which is both great, and at times, not so great. Gavin and Hannibal explain what makes the traditional late season main character death not all that surprising, and dig into the intriguing subtext of Carmela’s Paris trip. Your hosts also discuss Phil’s terrifying wife, Tony ‘back in black,’ and the right and wrong time to point out production goofs.

Mar 31 2019

1hr 10mins

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S6A:E10 - Moe n' Joe

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Moe n’ Joe has Gavin n’ Hannibal confused about a couple things... like the meaning of the title itself, or what Jim sees in Vito. Still, the episode has its high points: Chris’ sole scene is hilarious, Melfi does a great job leading Tony to an important epiphany about Janice, and a snowy murder towards the end channels ‘Fargo’ in all the right ways. Your hosts also discuss the latest news out of ‘Newark.’

Mar 24 2019

1hr 18mins

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S6A:E9 - The Ride

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There are many rides in ‘The Ride,’ both literal and metaphorical. Gavin and Hannibal examine Chris’ reasons for falling off the wagon yet again, Tony’s war against boredom, and the events that push Paulie to look deep into himself as never before. Plus Gavin explains why he now views this episode more favorably than he did in the past, and your hosts discuss why many fans (themselves included) tend to have issues with Season 6A.

Mar 17 2019

59mins

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S6A:E8 - Johnny Cakes

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Your hosts have mixed feelings about ‘Johnny Cakes.’ On one hand it contains profound and powerful scenes that rank amongst the series’ best. On the other hand, are several scenes so cliche ridden and implausible, they’re unintentionally hilarious. Gavin and Hannibal discuss the unsavory nature of Julianna Skiff, AJ’s sad and misguided attempts to live up to the family name, and how Jim could ever question whether or not Vito wants the tall stack.

Mar 10 2019

1hr 13mins

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S6A:E7 - Luxury Lounge

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Gavin and Hannibal agree that ‘Luxury Lounge’ ranks very high on the ‘funniest Sopranos episodes’ list. It makes hilarious use of cameos (‘Sir Ben’ Kingsley, ‘Betty’ Bacall) to lampoon Hollywood culture, and does a great job updating dilemmas previously established in Seasons 2 & 4. Plus, Gavin points out that Tony, for the first time, correctly deploys the Ojibwe saying, and Hannibal defends his love of Charmaine Bucco from unjust attacks!

Mar 03 2019

1hr 21mins

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S6A:E6 - Live Free or Die

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Gavin and Hannibal can’t quite figure out how a Chase-Winter-Green-Burgess script directed by Tim Van Patten, winds up being one of the more mediocre Sopranos episodes, but they have some theories. Though ‘Live Free or Die’ just never quite comes together, your hosts single out the quality moments of humor that keep it entertaining.

Feb 24 2019

58mins

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S6A:E5 - Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...

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In honor of this nuptially inclined episode, Gavin and Hannibal grapple with the age old question; when is it ok for a grown man to cry? From Johnny Sack’s tears, to Vito’s outing, to Tony’s fear of being thought weak, mob society’s rigid definition of masculinity presents major dilemmas for the main men of “Mr. and Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request...” Your hosts also explain why they agree with Johnny when he calls the Feds “heartless pricks,” and decode the thought process that leads Tony to make an example of Perry.

Feb 17 2019

1hr

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S6A:E4 - The Fleshy Part Of The Thigh

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Though this episode has its faults, (one too many philosophical discussions, an implausible Bobby Baccala subplot), Gavin and Hannibal agree that Tony Sirico is in top form, impressively revealing a vulnerable new side of Paulie Walnuts. Your hosts also point out how ‘The Fleshy Part of the Thigh’ links to an episode from the first season (with some improvements), and comment on how this story painfully teaches several of its central characters that life just isn’t fair.

Feb 10 2019

1hr 5mins

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S6A:E3 - Mayham (feat. Maureen Van Zandt!)

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The intentionally misspelled title is a hint that this laugh filled episode is a wild ride. Gavin and Hannibal point out what makes the explosive ‘Scarface’ style opening such an entertaining change of pace, and describe how this relatively Tony-light story depicts what the show might have been like without James Gandolfini. Plus Maureen Van Zandt (Gabriella Dante) returns! ‘Mayham’ shows us the Dantes as we’ve never seen them before, and Mrs. Van Zandt shares her perspective on shooting scenes with her husband, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the premiere, and the upcoming Sopranos movie.

Feb 03 2019

1hr 40mins

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iTunes Ratings

288 Ratings
Average Ratings
265
8
5
3
7

Great pod!!

By adrum1000 - Jul 13 2019
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Intelligent analysis and the guys have a fun and engaging rapport.

Love the podcast.

By GQ1221 - Jun 18 2019
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Super fan of the podcast and Sopranos. You guys did a great job with the show