NEW YORK (AP) - "The Sopranos" is back, and all is wrong with the world.
The TV drama every other drama series is measured against is returning to face the ultimate challenge: getting measured against its own past.
Great news! It measures up - especially after last season, which didn't.
Sunday's episode begins with a scene recalling previous season openers: the morning newspaper in the Soprano driveway. But Tony, no longer living there, isn't fetching it.
No wonder Tony - who now bunks in, of all places, the shabby house of his despicable late mother - drifts back home on any pretext. There he scraps with Carmela, barks at sullen son A.J. (Robert Iler), chugs orange juice out of the carton as if he still ruled the roost, and pretends none of the fault is his.
It's all part of a scramble for some sense of normality, for getting back a world that's familiar and reliable. Happily for viewers, the search on "The Sopranos" this season could come with many new pitfalls.