With the sudden passing of James Gandolfini there has been a lot of discussion about the impact of THE SOPRANOS and just what an amazing show it is with some people declaring it the best TV show ever. This got me to thinking about how I am not one of those people who hold THE SOPRANOS at such a lofty position. Sure I recognize it’s importance in shaping the landscape of dramatic television but I honestly think that, as a show, THE SOPRANOS really wasn’t that great. To me the show was incredibly average in terms of storytelling but overcame all of that with great casting and acting. I defy anyone to point to one major storyline in the entire run of the show past Season 1 or 2 that was really all that amazing. Instead The SOPRANOS was wonderful at individual scenes featuring great acting performances that are very memorable but not in story arcs that elicit the same fond memories.
All of this is brought up because as I was coming up with my list of favorite HBO series I never once thought to put THE SOPRANOS in the top 5 (full disclosure, the show comes in it at #8 on my Top 10 list behind OZ and EASTBOUND & DOWN). So click onward to see my list and be prepared if you have yet to watch some of these shows because I am sure I spoil all sorts of stuff.
Not knowing is a trait Jon Snow has been tagged with by his lady love Ygritte on GAME OF THRONES and what better way to become knowledgeable than with an 80′s style musical montage especially when that musical montage is from the awesome BMX movie RAD.
Of all the cast members of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES the last one I would have pegged as being a DJ would be Hodor (Kristian Nairn in real life). But apparently he is not only a DJ in his home country of Ireland but a local DJing legend there to boot!
If that don’t Hodor the Hodor I’ll be Hodor.
Even knowing what was going to happen didn’t prepare me for what I watched in Episode 09 of GAME OF THRONES. The Red Wedding finally took place and House Stark took yet another massive loss that was right up there with Ned getting his body separated from his head. And what happened to Talisa was just brutal. They even did poor Grey Wind dirty!!!
My children. You’ve disgraced the Lannister name for far too long
There are stern fathers and then there are cold, authoritarian, self-esteem crushing fathers like one Lord Tywin Lannister from GAME OF THRONES. The patriarch of the Lannister clan is the anti-Cliff Huxtable. He rarely has a kind word for any of his kids and on the off chance that he does compliment them it is usually immediately followed by him cutting them down especially poor Tyrion who he routinely refers to as a “stump”. So in honor of the Westeros Father of the Year I put together a video of all of Tywin’s interactions with his 3 children so you too can marvel at the world class acting of Charles Dance in the role that I don’t think anyone could possibly play better..