The Sopranos is an American television drama series created by David Chase. It was originally broadcast in the United States on the premium cable network HBO from January 10, 1999 to June 10, 2007, spanning six seasons and 86 episodes. Since premiering on HBO, the show has been broadcast by many networks in dozens of other countries.Set and produced in New Jersey, the series revolves around mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the often conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads. The show is noted for Chase's multifaceted, heavily symbolic style of writing. Over the course of the series' six-season run, Chase and his co-writers addressed a large number of psychological, philosophical, social and political themes and motifs.A major commercial and critical success,] The Sopranos is the most financially successful cable series in the history of television and has frequently been described by critics as one of the greatest television series of all time. The show has been credited for bringing a greater level of artistry to the television medium and paving the way for many successful drama series that followed.It has also won numerous awards, including twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes. A staple of 2000s American popular culture, The Sopranos has been the subject of much parody, controversy and analysis and has spawned books, a video game, high-charting soundtrack albums and a large amount of assorted merchandise.
The series protagonist is based on Martín Buenovito, a friend of David Chase, and real life New Jersey mobster. Some episodes are based on stories he was told about Buenovito at social occasions and poker games.