The Sopranos is hailed as “one of the greatest TV series of all time”. Here's how to watch it for free anywhere in the world
The Sopranos is an American crime drama TV series – created by David Chase, starring the late James Gandolfini – that premiered in 1999, with its finale six seasons and 86 episodes later in 2007.
You can now watch all six seasons of this Golden Globe-award winning TV show on Sky TV in the UK and on Hulu in the UK and US (free trial for new customers). If you’re travelling abroad, you’ll be happy to know that you can access Hulu using a good VPN service, like ExpressVPN.
Do a simple search for the best TV series of all time and The Sopranos is most likely to feature high up on that list. The series follows Tony Soprano (Gandolfini) as he juggles family life mundanity and the mafia, against the backdrop of gritty turn-of-the-century New Jersey.
The Sopranos is hailed as the best television series of all time by TV Guide and Vanity Fair, with Rolling Stone awarding it first place in its 2016 roundup of the 100 greatest TV shows of all time. It’s also the recipient of 21 Emmys and five Golden Globes. Talk about credentials!
When does The Sopranos movie release?
The series was so compelling that it has inspired a prequel film detailing the Sopranos background story, set during the Newark riots of 1967. The film – titled The Many Saints of Newark – is written by Sopranos creator David Chase and directed by Alan Taylor, who directed episodes of the series.
The series is set to release on 1 October, 2021, in theatres with a simultaneous release on streaming service, HBO Max. Michael Gandolfini (James Gandolfini’s son) plays a young Tony Soprano in the movie. The film also boasts a stellar star cast including Vera Farmiga, Ray Liotta, John Bernthal and Billy Magnussen.
If you haven’t watched The Sopranos yet, this gives you more than enough time to see for yourself why it’s hailed as one of the greatest television series of all time. Thankfully, for you, we’ve rounded up all the best ways to watch The Sopranos for free no matter where you are in the world, so read on to find out how.
How to watch The Sopranos for free in the UK: Sky and Now TV
Sky TV has made every episode of The Sopranos available via its Sky TV Box Sets package. Sky TV costs £25/mnth with Sky Q and Netflix included. This gives you access to over 300 Box Sets including award-winning series like Game of Thrones, The Wire and more. All Sky TV contracts usually tie you down for a minimum of 18 months and new customers will also incur a one-time setup fee.
The best way to watch every episode of The Sopranos for free without incurring any of these charges is to subscribe to a NOW Entertainment Pass. This pass lets you watch every Box Set available on Sky TV for just £9.99/mnth, but new customers can avail of a seven-day trial, which might just be enough of time to binge-watch all 86 episodes provided you’re quick.
How to watch The Sopranos for free in the UK and US: Hulu
Similar to Now TV, UK and US residents have a free option to watch all six seasons of The Sopranos on the popular global streaming platform, Hulu. The service comes with a much longer one-month free trial, after which customers can either cancel or continue using the service for $5.99/mnth. You can pay for the service using any international credit card if you live in the UK, or even PayPal if you prefer.
Apart from all six seasons of The Sopranos, Hulu has an enviable catalogue of movies (including The Devil Wears Prada, Mission Impossible, The Silence of the Lambs) and TV shows (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Mindy Project, and more).
How to watch The Sopranos in the UK: Amazon Prime Video
The Sopranos isn’t currently available to stream for free on Amazon Prime. However, you can purchase individual episodes of The Sopranos for £2.49 per episode, or entire seasons starting from £24 per season, which works out cheaper.
How to watch The Sopranos in the UK: Buy a box set
A cheaper alternative for UK residents to ensure that you always have your fix of the David Chase crime drama series is the old-fashioned way: buy the DVD or Blu-ray box set. Boxsets are available on Amazon; a veritable steal at £50 for the complete DVD box set and £60 for its Blu-ray counterpart.
How to watch The Sopranos abroad: Use a good VPN service
If you want to watch The Sopranos via Amazon Prime US or Hulu from abroad, then a virtual private network is your way to do this. This is great, for example, if you’re travelling and want to keep up with the show abroad. A VPN creates a secure connection between your device and the internet so that no one – not your ISP or even your company – can see anything that you do online.
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ExpressVPN: Fast and reliable, this VPN is a tad more expensive than most, but worth it for the high performance, 24/7 customer service and no-frills 30-day money-back guarantee. It’s the fastest among the VPNs we’ve tested and you can use on five devices at the same time, making it ideal for your family or a group of friends.
NordVPN: A great all-rounder, we gave Nord five stars in our original review, lauding its strict no-logs policy and military-grade encryption. What’s more, NordVPN boasts an enormous network of over 5,000 servers spread across more than 60 countries, which means you can simply switch to any US server to watch The Sopranos via Amazon Prime or Hulu.