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The Best Episodes of The Sopranos

Every episode of The Sopranos ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Sopranos!

The story of New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads. Those difficulties are often highlighted through his ongoing professional relationship with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The show features Tony's family members and Mafia associates in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and his cousin and protégé Christopher Moltisanti.


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The best episode of "The Sopranos" is "Pine Barrens", rated 9.7/10 from 15635 user votes. It was directed by Steve Buscemi and written by Terence Winter. "Pine Barrens" aired on 5/6/2001 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Long Term Parking".

  • Pine Barrens
    9.7/10 15,635 votes

    #1 - Pine Barrens

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2001-05-06

    Paulie and Christopher are engulfed in a nightmarish journey into the South Jersey woods while trying to collect a debt from a Russian mobster. Meanwhile, Meadow is suspicious that Jackie Jr. is two-timing her, and Tony finds that family demands are jeopardizing his romance with Gloria.

    Director: Steve Buscemi

    Writer: Terence Winter

  • Long Term Parking
    9.7/10 10,650 votes

    #2 - Long Term Parking

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2004-05-23

    With the feds pulling a new trump card, Adriana ponders her options. Tony B. unloads some heavy baggage on Tony, and vice-versa. Johnny Sack makes Tony an offer he can refuse, and Tony offers Carmela a deal to make her real-estate dreams come true.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Terence Winter

  • The Blue Comet
    9.6/10 9,467 votes

    #3 - The Blue Comet

    Season 6 Episode 20 - Aired 2007-06-03

    The spectre of disloyalty among the crew hangs over Tony as Phil Leotardo decides how to handle recent issues with the Soprano crime family. A hit gone wrong comes at a huge cost. A.J.'s conquering of his depression is challenged.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: David Chase, Matthew Weiner

  • Funhouse
    9.4/10 9,791 votes

    #4 - Funhouse

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2000-04-09

    In the Season Two finale, Tony has a series of 'fever dreams' that help to shed light on some of his problems--particularly his troubles over Big Pussy.

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: Todd A. Kessler, David Chase

  • Made in America
    9.4/10 13,213 votes

    #5 - Made in America

    Season 6 Episode 21 - Aired 2007-06-10

    Tony seeks to find a peace with the Leotardo crew while dealing with rumors a member of his own crew may have flipped. A.J. makes a decision regarding his future and Junior's slide into dementia continues.

    Director: David Chase

    Writer: David Chase

  • The Knight in White Satin Armor
    9.3/10 8,949 votes

    #6 - The Knight in White Satin Armor

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2000-04-02

    Engaged lovebirds Richie and Janice have an explosive first quarrel. Meanwhile, Irina takes drastic measures to try to convince Tony to continue their affair.

    Director: Allen Coulter

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • Whoever Did This
    9.3/10 8,428 votes

    #7 - Whoever Did This

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2002-11-10

    After an aggressive team of reporters lowers the boom on Uncle Junior, his lawyers try a new strategy. Ralph has some fun at the expense of Paulie and his mother, but soon winds up with his own family problems. Meanwhile, Tony again finds refuge at the stables.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • Whitecaps
    9.3/10 8,720 votes

    #8 - Whitecaps

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2002-12-08

    In the Season Four finale, Tony and Carmela contemplate purchasing a shore house, but a voice from the past threatens the deal. While Uncle Junior breaks out the Hearty Burgundy, Little Paulie and Benny break in a new sound system on the Stugots. With Carmine apparently intent on putting the past behind him, Tony and Johnny Sack weigh their options, carefully.

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: David Chase, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • Irregular Around the Margins
    9.3/10 7,874 votes

    #9 - Irregular Around the Margins

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2004-04-04

    While Christopher is away, Tony gives Adriana a ride home that proves disastrous. Meanwhile, the Soprano crew plays a game of 'telephone' with the story that turns it into something far more sinister when an enraged Christopher gets wind of it.

    Director: Allen Coulter

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • All Due Respect
    9.3/10 7,429 votes

    #10 - All Due Respect

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2004-06-06

    In the Season Five finale, Tony's crew circles the wagons as Johnny Sack turns up the heat. Carmela counts her blessings. Christopher is freaked out by an unexpected visitor. Benny's connection to the plumber's union comes in handy. A.J. demonstrates his business acumen. Tony ponders whether to execute a 'sacrifice bunt.'

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: David Chase, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • The Second Coming
    9.3/10 7,602 votes

    #11 - The Second Coming

    Season 6 Episode 19 - Aired 2007-05-20

    Tony attempts to repair the rift between New Jersey and New York. A.J.'s depression struggle continues. A New York associate crosses the line with Meadow.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Terence Winter

  • I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano
    9.2/10 9,142 votes

    #12 - I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1999-04-04

    In the Season One finale, Tony is stunned to discover that the attempt on his life may have been ordered by someone very close to him. Later, he must deal with the fact that everyone knows he is seeing a shrink. Christopher is sent to take care of Jimmy Altieri.

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: David Chase

  • Amour Fou
    9.2/10 7,879 votes

    #13 - Amour Fou

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2001-05-13

    Inspired by a tale from Ralph about how his father got 'made,' Jackie Jr. decides to 'make his move' in organized crime by instigating a robbery caper at a local card game. Reminded by Melfi of the psychological parallels between his relationships with Gloria and with his mother, Tony finds it harder and harder to spend time with his 'crazy love.'

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: David Chase, Frank Renzulli

  • Members Only
    9.2/10 7,709 votes

    #14 - Members Only

    Season 6 Episode 1 - Aired 2006-03-12

    Gene Pontecorvo makes a final break from the mob life, while Junior's paranoid delusions could be the end of Tony.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Terence Winter

  • Isabella
    9.1/10 9,209 votes

    #15 - Isabella

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 1999-03-28

    Hit men are sent out to whack Tony, who comes out of his depression when he meets Isabella, an Italian exchange student staying next door.

    Director: Allen Coulter

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • Employee of the Month
    9.1/10 8,260 votes

    #16 - Employee of the Month

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2001-03-18

    Dr. Melfi's attempts to steer Tony into behavior-modification therapy take a detour when a personal crisis gets in the way. Meanwhile, Ralph Cifaretto finds a way to endear himself to Jackie Jr.--but not to Tony.

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • Soprano Home Movies
    9.1/10 7,565 votes

    #17 - Soprano Home Movies

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-04-08

    Bobby and Janice host a wild 47th birthday bash for Tony at their Adirondacks vacation home. Tony's actions following Johnny Sack's arrest come back to haunt him.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: David Chase, Diane Frolov, Andrew Schneider, Matthew Weiner

  • Kennedy and Heidi
    9.1/10 8,173 votes

    #18 - Kennedy and Heidi

    Season 6 Episode 18 - Aired 2007-05-13

    The Soprano and Lupertazzi crime families quarrel over asbestos removal. Tony deals with a problematic associate. Paulie suffers a devastating personal loss. A.J. questions his friendship with Jasons Parisi and Gervasi.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: David Chase, Matthew Weiner

  • Army of One
    9.0/10 7,654 votes

    #19 - Army of One

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2001-05-20

    Yet another academic misstep by A.J. forces his parents to contemplate military school. Tony orders Ralph to deal personally with the Jackie Jr. situation, and later seems to take Ralph's side in a money dispute with Paulie. Once again, the family gathers in Artie Bucco's restaurant, where Meadow reflects on being a Soprano.

    Director: John Patterson

    Writer: Lawrence Konner, David Chase

  • College
    8.9/10 10,524 votes

    #20 - College

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1999-02-07

    During a trip to Maine for Meadow's college interviews, Tony sees a man he believes is a relocated mob snitch. Back at home, Carmela receives comfort from Father Phil.

    Director: Allen Coulter

    Writer: James Manos, Jr., David Chase

  • The Strong, Silent Type
    8.9/10 6,980 votes

    #21 - The Strong, Silent Type

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2002-11-17

    At therapy, Tony likens himself to the 'sad clown,' but Melfi doesn't buy into his melancholy portrait. Meanwhile, Carmela drags A.J. with her to Furio's house to offer decorating tips and companionship; Paulie puts the finishing touches on some free artwork; and Christopher finds himself at a crossroads.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Terence Winter

  • Walk Like a Man
    8.9/10 6,816 votes

    #22 - Walk Like a Man

    Season 6 Episode 17 - Aired 2007-05-06

    The relationship between Christopher and Paulie's falters, while A.J. grows depressed over his break-up with Blanca.

    Director: Terence Winter

    Writer: Terence Winter

  • Nobody Knows Anything
    8.8/10 8,316 votes

    #23 - Nobody Knows Anything

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1999-03-21

    After Jimmy and Pussy are arrested in an FBI raid, Makazian tells a stunned Tony that Pussy may be wired for the Feds. Tony sends Paulie to find out for sure. Later, Tony learns that Makazian might be trying to frame Pussy to get out of his gambling debts.

    Director: Henry J. Bronchtein

    Writer: Frank Renzulli

  • Full Leather Jacket
    8.8/10 7,607 votes

    #24 - Full Leather Jacket

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2000-03-05

    Although Richie is miffed at Tony for forcing him to build a ramp for the pizza-parlor owner he paralyzed, he decides to make a peace offering. Unhappy with their lowly status as Christopher's lackeys, Sean and Matt decide to pledge their allegiance to Richie--through a violent, unexpected act.

    Director: Allen Coulter

    Writer: Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess

  • From Where to Eternity
    8.8/10 7,580 votes

    #25 - From Where to Eternity

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2000-03-12

    Christopher has an out-of-body experience that spooks Paulie to no end. Carmela urges Tony to have a vasectomy. Visiting her own psychiatrist, Melfi reveals the 'unholy alliance' she's made with Tony...as well as her growing dependence on pills and alcohol.

    Director: Henry J. Bronchtein

    Writer: Michael Imperioli