The Sopranos (season 5)

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The Sopranos (season 5)
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Region 1 DVD cover art
Starring
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes13
Release
Original networkHBO
Original releaseMarch 7 (2004-03-07) –
June 6, 2004 (2004-06-06)
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List of The Sopranos episodes

The fifth season of The Sopranos aired on HBO from March 7 to June 6, 2004. The fifth season was released on DVD in region 1 on June 7, 2005.[1]

The story of season five focuses on the return of two prominent members of the DiMeo family, Tony Blundetto and Feech La Manna, who are released from lengthy stays in prison and struggle to reintegrate themselves back within the family and the life of crime. Several prominent members of the Lupertazzi family also return from prison, and the subsequent power vacuum caused by the death of Boss Carmine creates a growing rift between the New York and New Jersey crime families. Tony and Carmela adjust to their new lives and each other following their separation, which greatly affects their son, A.J. Uncle Junior's mental health continues to deteriorate, and Adriana's guilt over her role as an FBI informant grows.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
531"Two Tonys"Tim Van PattenTerence Winter and David ChaseMarch 7, 2004 (2004-03-07)12.14[2]
Tony tries to show Dr. Melfi his other side, but is rebuffed; Carmela and A.J. experience wildlife in their yard. Christopher and Paulie have a brief falling out when the "Pine Barrens incident" is re-mentioned. A possible power struggle within the New York Mafia arises.
542"Rat Pack"Alan TaylorMatthew WeinerMarch 14, 2004 (2004-03-14)9.97[3]
Mafiosi from both the New York and New Jersey crews imprisoned in the 80s are released. Among them is Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto; and a reunion party is thrown for them. Further unrest stirs for the New York Mafia after the untimely death of their powerful leader.
553"Where's Johnny?"John PattersonMichael CaleoMarch 21, 2004 (2004-03-21)10.11[4]
An ailing Uncle Junior goes looking for the deceased. Tony's powersharing plan for New York does not sit well with Johnny Sack. Paulie and Feech La Manna collide over territory for lawn mowing.
564"All Happy Families..."Rodrigo GarcíaToni KalemMarch 28, 2004 (2004-03-28)9.69[5]
A.J. has a night to remember in New York which causes Carmela to temporarily give Tony custody of A.J.; after a series of infractions, Tony handles the Feech La Manna problem. On orders from Johnny Sack, first blood is shed in New York.
575"Irregular Around the Margins"Allen CoulterRobin Green & Mitchell BurgessApril 4, 2004 (2004-04-04)N/A
While Christopher is away on business, a single-car accident involving Tony and Adriana causes members of the Soprano crew to play a game of telephone. Tensions mount until Tony Blundetto offers a solution that saves face for all involved.
586"Sentimental Education"Peter BogdanovichMatthew WeinerApril 11, 2004 (2004-04-11)9.93[6]
Carmela sets ground rules for A.J.'s return to her residence while starting a relationship with a school counselor, leading her to face some uncomfortable revelations; Tony Blundetto's attempt at going straight goes sour.
597"In Camelot"Steve BuscemiTerence WinterApril 18, 2004 (2004-04-18)9.08[7]
Tony meets his late father's mistress and learns some troublesome details about his father and a childhood pet. Uncle Junior slips into depression after attending several funerals while under house arrest. Christopher 'helps out' his AA sponsor, with predictable results.
608"Marco Polo"John PattersonMichael ImperioliApril 25, 2004 (2004-04-25)N/A
Carmela throws a 75th birthday party for her father, Hugh, and has a reunion with Tony; as the conflict in New York escalates, Tony Blundetto is courted by an old ally.
619"Unidentified Black Males"Tim Van PattenMatthew Weiner and Terence WinterMay 2, 2004 (2004-05-02)8.96[8]
Meadow lands her boyfriend a job which later backfires; Tony admits to Dr. Melfi the truth about his cousin's arrest. Tony and Carmela receive surprising news.
6210"Cold Cuts"Mike FiggisRobin Green & Mitchell BurgessMay 9, 2004 (2004-05-09)8.48[9]
Janice enters anger management after an incident with another parent at Sophia's soccer game. Tony Blundetto and Christopher visit their uncle's farm to dig up dead bodies, bringing back unwelcome childhood memories.
6311"The Test Dream"Allen CoulterDavid Chase and Matthew WeinerMay 16, 2004 (2004-05-16)9.53[10]
Tony checks into the Plaza Hotel for rest and relaxation but suffers from one of his recurring nightmares. Tony Blundetto heads off to avenge the death of his good friend, but his actions threaten to bring serious consequences.
6412"Long Term Parking"Tim Van PattenTerence WinterMay 23, 2004 (2004-05-23)9.50[11]
Adriana finally pays the ultimate price for becoming an FBI informant. Tony reconciles with Carmela. When calls for Tony Blundetto's blood are made, Tony makes a final stand for his now absent cousin.
6513"All Due Respect"John PattersonDavid Chase and Robin Green & Mitchell BurgessJune 6, 2004 (2004-06-06)10.98[12]
With pressure from within and without, Tony is forced to make a difficult decision in order to appease all involved. A.J. develops his business acumen. Carmela counts her blessings. The New York power struggle ends, but a surprise still awaits the victor.

Reception[edit]

Critical reviews[edit]

The show's fifth season has a 92% approval rating with an average score of 8.94/10 based on 12 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, with a critical consensus of, "The penultimate season of The Sopranos hurtles toward the series' climax without sacrificing the compelling stories and vibrant characters that made it an acknowledged television classic."[13]

Awards and nominations[edit]

56th Primetime Emmy Awards

  • Award for Outstanding Drama Series
  • Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (James Gandolfini) (Episode: "Where's Johnny?")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Edie Falco) (Episode: "All Happy Families")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Steve Buscemi) (Episodes: "Rat Pack" + "Marco Polo")
  • Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Michael Imperioli) (Episodes: "Irregular Around the Margins" + "Long Term Parking")
  • Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Drea de Matteo) (Episodes: "Irregular Around the Margins" + "Long Term Parking")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Allen Coulter) (Episode: "Irregular Around the Margins")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Timothy Van Patten) (Episode: "Long Term Parking")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Michael Caleo) (Episode: "Where's Johnny?")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess) (Episode: "Irregular Around the Margins")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Matthew Weiner, Terrence Winter) (Episode: "Unidentified Black Males")
  • Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Terrence Winter) (Episode: "Long Term Parking")

11th Screen Actors Guild Awards

  • Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series (James Gandolfini)
  • Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Edie Falco)
  • Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Drea de Matteo)
  • Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Entire Cast)

62nd Golden Globe Awards

  • Nomination for Best Drama Series
  • Nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series (Edie Falco)
  • Nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Michael Imperioli)
  • Nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film (Drea de Matteo)

Writers Guild of America Awards

  • Nomination for Best Drama Episode (Terrence Winter) (Episode: "Long Term Parking")

Directors Guild of America Awards

  • Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (John Patterson) (Episode: "All Due Respect")
  • Nomination for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Tim Van Patten) (Episode: "Long Term Parking")

20th TCA Awards

  • Nomination for Program of the Year
  • Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama
  • Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama (Edie Falco)
  • Nomination for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Drama (James Gandolfini)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Sopranos - The Complete 5th Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on September 10, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  2. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 10, 2004). "ABC spike from King spooker 'Hospital'". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on November 6, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  3. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 17, 2004). "Returning 'Crossing Jordan' delivers for NBC". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  4. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 24, 2004). "Midseason report card: Mostly Ds & Fs". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 31, 2004). "Growing pull of 'Two and a Half Men'". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  6. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 14, 2004). "Fox's 'Swan,' no ugly ducking". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  7. ^ Vasquez, Diego (March 28, 2004). "Rewarding homestretch for 'Friends'". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Vasquez, Diego (May 5, 2004). "Earth moves, giving NBC sweeps push". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  9. ^ Vasquez, Diego (May 19, 2004). "Out the door, and quietly, for 'Practice'". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  10. ^ Vasquez, Diego (May 26, 2004). "NBC takes 18-49s but CBS wins viewers". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on May 1, 2011. Retrieved July 9, 2015.
  11. ^ Hoheb, Marisa (June 1, 2004). "Pondering Adriana's bout with lead". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved July 9, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ Vasquez, Diego (June 16, 2004). "Great boost for ABC from NBA finals". Media Life Magazine. Retrieved July 9, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  13. ^ "The Sopranos: Season 5 (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 13, 2017.

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