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Dad Jokes & Fatherly Moments from Tony Soprano

Tony Soprano is one of the most beloved complicated characters in television history. The burly mob boss brought a ton of humanity to a role that could easily be a caricature. In a huge departure from old school TV drama, Tony's damaged psyche is a Sopranos character in and of itself. He struggles with anxiety and depression - and not just the symptoms. The perceived weakness of mental illness is antithetical to the machismo of made men. None of this is news. In fact, Soprano's flaws, and James Gandolfini's masterful portrayal of them, are widely celebrated 20 years after the show first aired. Less celebrated? Tony Soprano's fatherly side.  

Thanks to a thread from Miles Klee, however, we've been reminded that Tony's more than just an angsty gabbagool guzzling mob boss. He's a husband and a father of two, and there are some moments that really reflect that side of his character. From classic sprinkles of dad humor, to sweet little moments with AJ, there are plenty of instances where Tony reminds us of our own fathers, or our friends fathers, or just a goofy middle-aged man who's sense of humor has gone down a seemingly inevitable corny road. 

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Sopranos Trend Brings Out Every TikToker With A Mafioso In The Family

Anybody not living under a rock for the past year can see that we're in the middle of a Sopranos renaissance. It was the binge watch of choice for many in lockdown, and the impact of that is still being felt with numerous screenshots and memes being promoted online. 

It was only a matter of time before the iconic series got the TikTok treatment, as it has done recently. Inspired by the show, users have been asking questions about the specifics of their family members' jobs.

The format takes from a video made in 2019, which combines the famous scene in which Tony Soprano's daughter asks if he is in the mafia with a montage set to "Gangster's Paradise". The sound has been used by TikTokers to jokingly put parents, siblings and even pets on the spot about their professional activities.

As some have pointed out, certain people seem to have jumped on the trend to show off their wealth, in the form of their family's five star holidays or fancy cars. However, other examples seem to hit a bit too close to home. That Sicilian grandpa with a guy for everything? Great man to know, but maybe don't get on the wrong side of him.

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