Earlier this week, The Sopranos’ cast, crew and fans celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show’s pilot.
The HBO series about New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (played by the late James Gandolfini) ran from 9 January 1999 to 10 June 2007, and, in those eight years, it redefined what television drama could be.
On the day of the anniversary, the New York Times wrote, “By the time the writer and producer David Chase brought The Sopranos to a close on June 10, 2007, he had helped establish HBO as a cultural force and make literary symbolism, cinematic style, long-form storytelling and complicated antiheroes the norm for high-end TV dramas.”
This is the series that the Writers Guild of America named “the best written television series of all time”, and it won a massive total of 21 Emmy Awards during its run.
Even 20 years after its premiere, and 13 years after its dramatic finale, fans continue to debate what the show’s ending meant: “Humming Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is all it takes in certain circles to trigger a cascade of ferocious arguments over the show’s anti-ending,” says Vanity Fair.
“Humming Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ is all it takes in certain circles to trigger a cascade of ferocious arguments over the show’s anti-ending.”
Don’t have the 86 hours on your hands required to relive every moment of The Sopranos? These are eight of the best episodes to rewatch, according to the New York Times.
Every episode of the series is available to stream on Showmax.