The Sopranos [has] sustained itself through sex, violence and some very effective, at times Luis Bunuel-ish black humor,” says N.Y. Press and Newark Star-Ledger critic Matt Zoller Seitz on his “A House Next Door” blog. “More a curdled social satire than a straightforward gangster story, it is arguably the most cynical long-running series of all time, a show in which nearly every scene depicts characters being confronted with the choice between selfish expediency and a higher good, and invariably choosing Option A. From Tony and Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) to Carmela and the kids to the FBI agents investigating the family and the various politicians and business people swirling around them, Chase’s characters rarely make choices out of altruism, a sense of cosmic rightness or simple kindness.”