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.
I've had the fortune or misfortune to have been involved with lots of car wrecks. I've always felt great sympathy and pity for those involved. The guys in the Sopranos spend their time destroying other lives in as foul a manner as possible. They deserve no sympathy at all. Why would anyone want to immerse themselves in watching ugliness?
I can't lie: my son and I used to watch the show and found it absorbing.
That said, when my son once asked what I thought of Tony, I replied, "He's a thug."
He began to say, "But he's seeing an analyst, he's got family problems with his mother, his wife and kids..."
I responded, "Well, what did you expect? Even thugs have families and family problems. They're still thugs though."
I recall reading an anecdote from the very beginning of the series where Tony hosted a BBQ for his "business associates" and wore shorts. Apparently "someone in NJ" - an admirer of the show - is said to have contacted James Gandolfino and quietly noted to him, "We don't wear shorts."
I always thought the late Nancy Marchand, who played Tony's mother, did a superb job in her brief stint in that role. Quite a contrast from the patrician WASP "Katherine Graham" type character she played in Lou Grant!