The HBO series The Sopranos has been on pretty much everyone’s minds this week after the untimely passing of its star James Gandolfini. The acclaimed actor won three Emmys for playing the patriarch of not one family but two: his mob family and his genetic family.
James Gandolfini gave such a wonderful, nuanced, and sensitive portrayal of what could have easily been a one-sided caricature, but he gave the character Tony Soprano so much depth and realness that it was nearly impossible to not have empathy for the man, even though he was a total womanizing, cheating, lying crook. One of the aspects that made his role, and The Sopranos series so different is that it didn’t just concentrate on just his mob family, but the family at home. And those story arcs – from dealing with Tony Jr.’s scholastic failings, to Meadow’s coming of age dramas, to the caring for and death of his mother were some of the most powerful and most relatable of the series.
We’ve collected some of the most poignant parenting moments and quotes from the show, lessons in parenting via Tony Soprano.
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