Season 5 of The Sopranos takes a darkly humorous look at the members of a New Jersey crime family, whose boss has been recently separated from his wife and continues to turn to a psychiatrist for therapy and he hopes perhaps something more. 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.
No, The Sopranos isn't the constant shock-of-the-new it once was; even its moments of abrupt, crazy violence are easily spotted. But there are still many scenes that are touching and devastatingly sincere.
Worthy of most accolades showered upon it (which is saying something), the long layoff between seasons hasn't dimmed the show's status as one of TV's gems - a family drama like no other, imitated but unlikely to be equaled.