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View Poll Results: Was Tony Soprano likeable?
Yes 28 54.90%
No 23 45.10%
Voters: 51. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-27-2019, 01:05 PM
 
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IMHO, most of the characters in the show were narcissistic and entitled. Very few of them had any issue with taking something that belonged to somebody else just because they wanted it and their worlds revolved mainly around themselves.
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:18 PM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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IMHO, most of the characters in the show were narcissistic and entitled. Very few of them had any issue with taking something that belonged to somebody else just because they wanted it and their worlds revolved mainly around themselves.
Well, it was a show about career criminals who were part of a multi-generational criminal enterprise that operates internationally.
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:50 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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You were ok with Livia putting out a hit on her son?
LOL it was so over the top. Amazing to me that Nancy Marchand was able to portray such a force of nature while she was dying IRL. A great swan song for a great actress.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Maine
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"Likeable?" Depends on what you mean by this.

It's the difference between empathy and sympathy. I can totally empathize with Tony Soprano in almost every episode. And Walter White. And Michael Corleone. And other great anti-heroes.

But sympathize? No. Not so much. By their story arcs' end, all sympathy was gone.

Stories like these are anti-redemption stories. The traditional redemption story is about a character who has dug himself into a deep hole and struggles to get out. Stories like THE SOPRANOS, BREAKING BAD, THE GODFATHER, etc. are about how a decent guy becomes a monster.
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I voted "no" but maybe with an asterisk. As a character in the show I found him likeable at times and very unlikable at others.
But I sort of ask myself if he was real and my nextdoor neighbor would I be afraid of him?
I think the answer is yes. Maybe not day to day but say I had a beautiful giant Oak Tree in my yard I loved. But the prevailing winds had my trees leaves end up in Tony's yard and suppose he said it was a problem that needed a solution. I'd probably cut down the tree out of fear...so that's not a very likeable guy.
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:49 AM
 
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I would never call Tony Soprano likeable. He's an antihero--way too dysfunctional and sociopathic. But he was a very compelling character. While I hated much of what he did, I found the situations he got into intriguing.

TV series I would recommend:
Ray Donovan
Billions
The Americans
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Old 01-28-2019, 09:59 AM
 
Location: Ann Arbor MI
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I would never call Tony Soprano likeable. He's an antihero--way too dysfunctional and sociopathic. But he was a very compelling character. While I hated much of what he did, I found the situations he got into intriguing.

TV series I would recommend:
Ray Donovan
Billions
The Americans
Love/loved all 3 of those. We just got hip to Billions a few weeks ago but should be caught up for the start of season 4.
I thought the ending for the Americans was well done.
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Old 01-28-2019, 11:11 AM
 
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I just gave you rep points. Then I read what you wrote about Livia, and I wish I could take them back. She is the worst character on this show, plotting to have her own son offed. You don't have to wonder how Tony turned the way he did, given those two parents.

I clicked "no" for Tony's likeability, too, btw (hence the rep points).

This is so hard to answer.. I liked the character of Tony Soprano, but was Tony Soprano a 'nice' guy? no. Same with Livia. I appreciate and like the character so far as how it was portrayed, but she was a worthless human being. Nancy Marchand did a great job.
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Old 01-28-2019, 01:15 PM
 
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More interesting than likable
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Old 02-03-2019, 02:15 PM
 
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After watching The Sopranos, I noticed how they went for an ending where the criminals get away with it in the end. I found this to be very unusual, cause other shows and movies end with them being caught, like Breaking Bad, or Goodfellas, etc. So I was wondering what if they went for the ending where Tony Soprano went down in the end?

Would that have been worse or better?
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