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The Sopranos: The Sopranos

Tony Soprano leads two lives, one where he is a good family man to his wife, two children, and his widowed mother and the other as part of the New Jersey mafia. He soon begins suffering from panic attacks and he begins seeing a female psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi, which he knows if members of the "family" find out, he will be killed. Meanwhile, Tony's Uncle Junior wants to use Tony's childhood friend, Artie's, restaurant to whack a guy by the name of Pussy Malenga.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: S101
Airdate: Sunday January 10th, 1999

Director: David Chase
Writer: David Chase

  • Currently 9.2/10
9.2/10 (5 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Bruce Smolanoff
As Emil Kolar
Drea de Matteo
As Adriana La Cerva
Jerry Adler (1)
As Hesh Rabkin
Joe Lisi
As Dick Barone
Joe Pucillo
As Beppy
John Ventimiglia
As Artie Bucco
Katherine Narducci
As Charmaine Bucco
Michele de Cesare
As Hunter Scangarelo
Philip Coccioletti
As Nils Borglund
Alton Clinton
As MRI Technician
Elaine del Valle
As Sandrine
Giuseppe Delipiano
As Restaurant Owner
Justine Miceli
As Nursing Home Director
Michael Gaston
As Mahaffey
Michael Santoro (1)
As Father Phil Intintola
Main Cast
James Gandolfini
As Tony Soprano
Edie Falco
As Carmela Soprano
Jamie-Lynn Sigler
As Meadow Soprano
Michael Imperioli
As Christopher Moltisanti
Robert Iler
As Anthony Soprano, Jr.
Lorraine Bracco
As Dr. Jennifer Melfi
Dominic Chianese
As Corrado "Junior" Soprano
Tony Sirico
As Paulie 'Walnuts' Gualtieri
Aida Turturro
As Janice Soprano
Steve Schirripa
As Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri
Jonny V
As Artie Bucco
Steve Van Zandt
As Silvio Dante
Vincent Pastore
As Salvatore "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
Nancy Marchand
As Livia Soprano
Episode Notes
This is only one of two episodes throughout the series directed by series creator, David Chase. The second episode is the series finale, "Made in America."

During the premiere airing of the episode, it was referred to as the "Pilot" instead of "The Sopranos." The title was changed on the DVD release.

Series star James Gandolfini (Tony Soprano) had to gain 60 pounds for his role.

This is the only appearances of Siberia Federico (Irina) and Michael Santoro (Father Phil). In subsequent episodes, the roles are played by Oksana Babiy and Paul Schulze, respectively.

Deaths: Emil Kolar, a Czech mobster (shot by Christopher)

Tony's insistance on calling Green Grove a "retirement community" becomes a running gag throughout the entire series.

This episode was filmed in 1997, two years prior to it airing on HBO.

This episode won the 1999 Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Series.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Annie LennoxNo More I Love You's 
Bo DiddleyI'm a Man 
Booker T. and the MG'sCan't Be Still 
Connie FrancisWho's Sorry Now 
Dion & The BelmontsI Wonder Why 
The ElegantsLittle Star 
Funky Green DogsFired Up! 
Jefferson AirplaneThe Other Side of This Life 
Joan OsborneLumina 
Land of the LoopsWelcome Back 
Link WrayRumble 
Mike PostThe Rockford Files 
MorcheebaWho Can You Trust 
Nick LoweThe Beast In Me 
Shirley & CompanyShame, Shame, Shame 
StingI'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying 

Episode Quotes
Tony: (to Dr. Melfi) Let me tell you something. Nowadays, everybody's got to go to shrinks and counselors and go on Sally Jesse Raphael and talk about their problems. Whatever happened to Gary Cooper, the strong silent type? That was an American. He wasn't in touch with his feelings. He just did what he had to do. See what they didn't know was once they got Gary Cooper in touch with his feelings was that they wouldn't be able to shut him up and then it's dysfunction this and dysfunction that and dysfunction va fa culo!

Dr. Melfi: Have you ever had a prostate exam?
Tony: Are you kidding? I don't let anyone wag their finger in my face.

(after learning his grandmother won't be at the party)
A.J.: So what, no fucking ziti now?

Big Pussy: (to Mahaffey) That's a shame. A medication comes along after your gambling gets your fucking hip busted to shit.

Hesh: I hear Junior wants to whack Pussy Bonpensiero.
Tony: Pussy Malanga.
Hesh: Oh, Little Pussy.
Tony: Yeah, Little Pussy. You think he's going to fuck with Big Pussy? My Pussy?

Tony: Ma, I'll never understand that. The phone is an auditory thing, dark is an eye thing. I can understand not going out after dark. You get jumped in the shadows, whatever, but not answering the phone after dark?

Tony: The morning of the day I got sick I've been thinking it's good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that, I know. But lately I've been gettin' the feelin' that I come in at the end. The best is over.
Dr. Melfi: Many Americans I think feel that way.
Tony: I think about my father, he never reached the heights like me. But a lot of way he had it better. He had his people, they had their standards, and pride. Today, what have we got?

Dr. Melfi: What line of work are you in?
Tony: Waste management consultant.

Livia: Well, all I know is daughters are better at taking care of their mothers than sons.
Tony: Yeah, and I bought CDs for a broken record.

Uncle Junior: (to Tony) You may run North Jersey but you don't run your Uncle Junior. How many fucking hours did I spend playing catch with you?

Warning: The Sopranos season 1 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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