Michael Imperioli Says This is His Favorite Episode of 'The Sopranos'

Michael Imperioli has divulged which episode of The Sopranos is his favorite.

The 55-year-old actor starred as Christopher Moltisanti on the hit HBO crime drama.

The Sopranos followed the story of mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), who struggles to balance his family life with his criminal activities and as a result seeks professional counseling.

It first aired in 1999 and after six successful seasons, the show aired its final episode in 2007.

Fourteen years on from when the show wrapped, Imperioli explained that the episode "Whitecaps" takes the cake as his favorite episode.

"Whitecaps" sees Tony gearing up to purchase a house on the Jersey Shore, as his marriage to Carmela (Edie Falco) rapidly falls apart, with her becoming fed up with his infidelity.

Speaking to Dazed, the actor revealed that he watched the episode for the first time since it aired, as he intended to cover it as part of his Talking Sopranos podcast, which he hosts with former show co-star Steve Schirripa.

Imperioli said the episode could be "the best acting that's ever been on television."

"I watched it recently because we're going to be doing it on the podcast very soon, and I hadn't seen it since it aired, and it's even better than I remembered," he said. "It's so good, the two of them are just, I mean it's like watching two heavyweight champions go toe-to-toe in a 15-round boxing match, it's just tremendous."

The actor then hailed the unified atmosphere the show often had on set.

He explained that whilst he didn't feel there was anything more to extract from the story, he still has nostalgia for being around his friends every day.

"I always say it was like going down to the corner and hanging out with your friends every day, and it really wasn't ever like that, before or after, at least for me on television," he said.

Imperioli went on to say he is yet to experience anything similar on any other TV show.

The show saw mass success during its eight-year run, with it now being hailed by many as among the best TV shows of all time.

In 2000, The Sopranos was reported to have cost $2 million per episode to make.

Whilst a portion of the budget was said to have gone on the cast, the majority was spent shooting on location in New York.

At the time, the show was the most-watched original series on cable television, with 10 million people tuning in to watch the biggest episodes.

Michael Imperioli plays Christopher on "The Sopranos"
Michael Imperioli attends SCAD aTVfest 2020 - "Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt For The Bone Collector" Press Junket on February 29, 2020 in Atlanta. Imperioli played Christopher Moltisanti on "The Sopranos." Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SCAD aTVfest 2020