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.
Gene Pontecorvo makes a final break from the mob life, while Junior's paranoid delusions could be the end of Tony.
The family tries to cope with Tony's hospitalization and possibly impending death, while Tony begins to hallucinate a new life parallel to his own.
While the gang begins to turn on itself, Tony finds himself at the threshold.
Tony goes home and returns to business, perhaps with a new frame of mind. Paulie receives a shock about his mother.
Johnny Sack asks for permission to get out of jail for his daughters wedding; Tony's on the look out for personal protection.
Tony seeks guidance from overseas to solve a local problem; and decides whether a top earner deserves another chance.
Chris meets and beats the stars, while Artie turns violent after having his hospitality abused.
Vito considers starting a new life in New Hampshire, while Anthony continues his pursuit of revenge against Junior.
Paulie finds public opinion turned against him after an amusement ride accident, while Chris tries to start a new life as a husband and father.
Tony reflects on how growing up with Janice colors his attitudes now, while Vito tries to make a new life for himself in New Hampshire.
Phil takes out his revenge on Vito, while Tony grows frustrated with Anthony's lack of ambition or work ethic.
Phil Leotardo seeks to continue a cycle of retaliation between the New York and Jersey families. Christopher wrestles with his addictions. Tony decides keeping Carmela occupied with the spec house is for the best. A.J. gets a new girlfriend.
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.
Christopher's Cleaver premieres, showing Tony how he feels about him. Johnny Sack faces a health crisis. Phil Leotardo resents his family, and himself, for being weak and downtrodden. Silvio gets caught up in New York's power vacuum.
When Tony's first hit is about to be unearthed, he and Paulie flee to Florida, where Tony contemplates their friendship. Junior organizes a poker game at the institution. The New York power struggle continues.
Maria Spatafore requests help from Tony for Vito, Jr. Tony's bad luck puts a rift between he and Hesh. A.J. makes a major choice regarding his future.
The relationship between Christopher and Paulie's falters, while A.J. grows depressed over his break-up with Blanca.
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.
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.
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.
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.