I am a big fan of the Sopranos. However, Dutch television fails to broadcast the show on prime time so it never made it really popular in the NL. That leaves me nothing but SOBT (Stealing over BitTorrent) or waiting for the DVD series to come and pay 60 Euro.
Anyway, I am watching series 6 and the first episode started with a long scene, with a William S. Burroughs track accompagnying the images, that introduced in what state of life the family and their friends are. The William S. Burroughs track I didn't know but it sounded remarkably like the work he did with the "The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy" (Michael Franti's old band). A plesant goosebump experience.
I try to understand why I like the Sopranos so much, one of the reasons is that the show is pure commedy. For instance, I couldn't stop laughing when one therapist, Eliot, was talking to the other, Melfi, and said, without a trace of cynicism: "This Omerta concept comes from a pre-therapeutic culture".
I fail to understand why the broadcast of the last episode made the Dutch news. They had to first explain that the Sopranos is a popular series in the US and then broadcasted the plot spoiler!