Part of the reason The Sopranos has retained its crown as the greatest TV drama ever made is the sheer variety of its content. At its core it’s a crime drama and an in depth depiction of the modern American family, but it’s able to achieve lots of other tones, too - it can reach Lynchian levels of weird, and be remarkably funny.
Then there are the episodes that are downright disturbing. If you’re someone who watches a lot of crime dramas, after a while you’ll become inured to onscreen violence, but The Sopranos was capable of delivering moments and plots that can genuinely shock and appal the viewer with their edge and horror.
On occasion this is achieved by the sheer visceral nature of the content, but The Sopranos’ horror often goes deeper than that, patiently developing characters and sending them spiralling through tragic or otherwise psychologically chilling arcs.
These episodes rank among some of the show’s best, but they’re not for the faint of heart. Whether bloody and gruesome or spine chillingly bleak, these instalments are guaranteed to disturb.