Mob Mentality

The SopranosIt’s nothing new to say that “The Sopranos” has got to be the best thing on television, but I have to addmy voice to the chorus nevertheless. Having recently caught up on the first three seasons via their DVD releases and watched the fourth season premiere at a friend’s earlier this evening, I have to say that almost everything written in praise of this show is actually true — it is a meticulously crafted dramatic tapestry, it is funnier and scarier than most anything ever seen on television, and it is just that good. What strikes me most about it is how perfectly balanced it is, how it’s constituted of exactly the right amounts of humor, pathos, drama and violence. Now, if only I had HBO.