We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Cable fees are obscene here, especially for sports and HBO, so I don't get it either.
But I realized many years ago that I could pick the better cable shows up on DVD, used yearly sets could be had cheaply.
The Sopranos was one of the first cable series I followed that way. James Gandolfini was an intense actor, I enjoyed The Sopranos greatly.
Try your local library, they (unfortunately) have become video rental stores.
You're right. The local library has them. Seems worth investigating: the two minute intro video shown here is very well done. It almost makes New Jersey attractive- which is very hard to do.
I suppose another attraction for the Sopranos show for me would be that like a lot of people growing up in the Northeast, I knew some people with Mafia stories of their own to tell. Not that they told them to me, mind you: people don't like to advertise their Mafia connections. What the hell, I knew a Red Diaper baby, too. Again, this was not a connection that was shouted from the rooftops. I only found out as an adult about the Red connection, from print and/or Internet resources
Never saw the show, I'll take everyone's word for what a fine actor he was. I am a poor judge of such things anyway.
But while pounding the treadmill this morning I found the news coverage of this preposterous. It is a shame that the man died, especially so young. But I actually heard a prominent talking head (pretty sure it was the show Stephanopolis does and it was the woman who had cancer or whatever) refer to his death as "an incalculable loss."
The world is coming apart at the seams. Our government is in open warfare with We The People, and all they can talk about on the news is the death of an actor, the return to court of that lunatic woman who shot and stabbed her husband a zillion times, and some other nonsense even less important.