Ahead of The Sopranos prequel release, fans inquired about UK video-on-demand services that host the series; here is an updated list of platforms to relive the magic.
There are very few consensually agreed upon television series that stand the test of time. One series that has managed to maintain its acclaim and prolific impact, despite the fact that its last episode aired in 2007, is The Sopranos. To date, it is arguably still regarded as the greatest television series.
Ahead of the then much-anticipated prequel to the original series, The Many Saints of Newark, fans wondered where they could binge watch the show before the release of the film. For United Kingdom (UK) residents looking to binge watch the show, there are numerous platforms to do so.
What was The Sopranos?
The Sopranos first aired in January 1999 and was immediately a hit with viewers. The story centred on mafia boss Tony Soprano, played by the late James Gandolfini, as he attempted to find the balance between his personal life and that of his role as a mafia boss.
Moreover, Soprano was also having an affair with his therapist. All this is told with New Jersey during the turn of the millennium as the backdrop where the story takes place. In its seven-year run, it would win a total of 120 awards including 21 Emmys, which affirms its critical acclaim status.
Sopranos: Where to watch in the UK
Considering how revered the television series is, The Sopranos has made it possible for its wide availability across multiple paid-subscription video-on-demand platforms and television streaming platforms.
The first option is getting a Hulu subscription if you are in the UK and looking to watch The Sopranos. Hulu has all six seasons and 86 episodes of the crime drama series. A subscription will cost on average, £8 for a subscription which will have commercials interrupting viewing. Alternatively, you can pay an average of £12 to have a subscription without advertisements.
Another viewing alternative is Amazon Prime Video. However, the difference is that you will be required to pay per episode watched or per season watched on the platform. For an episode, it will cost £2.49 in HD, and for season one it will cost £23.99.
How to watch The Sopranos anywhere
Another trick which enables you to have access to paid-subscription video-on-demand platforms from anywhere in the world, which might not be available in your geographical location is the use of a VPN address change.
Changing your VPN address allows you to create an account with platforms that are not available in your country, as it changes your IP address to a geographical location which will allow you to have access to the platform.
Therefore, even if you are in the UK and need access to a platform that is only available in the United States (US) and surrounding areas, changing your VPN address gives you access.
Why the resurgence in popularity of The Sopranos?
In 2021, there was a resurgence in the popularity of binge watching The Sopranos. The understanding was that it was due to the release of the trailer for the much-anticipated prequel to The Sopranos, titled The Many Saints of Newark.
Ahead of the release of the film, fans looked to re-watch The Sopranos in an effort to better understand the film when it was released, because The Many Saints of Newark was the origin story of how Anthony “Tony” Soprano came to be a mafia boss.
What is The Many Saints of Newark movie?
Written by The Sopranos’ creator, David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, The Many Saints of Newark was the October 2021 released prequel to The Sopranos, which showcased the origin story of Tony Soprano.
IMDb explains the premise of the film as, “Witness the making of Tony Soprano. The story that reveals the humanity behind Tony’s struggles and the influence his family – especially his uncle, Dickie Moltisanti – had over him becoming the most iconic mob boss of all time.”
The Sopranos’ impact is still one that carries resonance even in the 2020s. The hit and acclaimed crime drama series which told the struggles of mafia boss, Tony Soprano, and his attempt to balance his family life with that of his criminal activity, is still watched over two decades after its premiere in 1999.
Ahead of the premiere of the prequel film to the series, The Many Saints of Newark in October 2021, fans of the series in the UK looked to binge watch the series ahead of release of the film. The two most popular online options to do so were either on Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.