Eighteen years ago today, a television series premiered on HBO that explored the life of a man balancing his family and his criminal organization. That series was The Sopranos.
The Sopranos was created by David Chase and centered around Italian American mobster Tony Soprano (played by James Gandolfini) from New Jersey as he struggles to find a balance between his family life and his ties to organized crime. Tony discussed these issues with his psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). Viewers got to know Tony’s family as well his his mob associates and enemies. His wife Carmela (played by Edie Falco) was a strong figure in the series and had her own struggles.
The Sopranos aired from January 10, 1999 until June 10, 2007 for a total of 86 episodes. The series won numerous awards including Peabodys, Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes and is considered by many to be one of the greatest television series of all time. It was television’s answer to The Godfather.
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