I started watching The Sopranos yesterday (after trying the pilot a few months back and not getting drawn in). I like it fine enough so far, but one major problem is that I can’t stand 90% of the characters. Even the ones I like right now - Tony, Carmela, and Christopher - are more a case of hating them less than everyone else, rather than actually enjoying them. I’m also watching Justified right now, and I realized that I would absolutely love The Bennetts, a show focused on the villainous family from Season 2. Mags Bennett would make for an amazing character study, and I can always use more Jeremy Davies in my life.
Going back to The Sopranos, I started to wonder about why I can hate the awful people in that show, but love characters like Gus Fring, Ben Linus, Al Swearengen, the Paddy’s Pub crew, and most people on The Wire. Expect more on this when I get farther in and can comment on more of the nuances in the characters on The Sopranos.