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 Home Box Office (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.
After the pilot was ordered in 1997, the show premiered on the premium cable network Home Box Office (HBO) in the United States on January 10, 1999, and ran its six seasons with 86 episodes to June 10, 2007. The series then went through syndication and has been broadcast on A&E in the United States and internationally. The Sopranos was produced by HBO, Chase Films, and Brad Grey Television. It was primarily filmed at Silvercup Studios, New York City, and on location in New Jersey. The executive producers throughout the whole run were David Chase, Brad Grey, Robin Green,[Mitchell Burgess, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, and Matthew Weiner.
The Sopranos is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. The series also won a multitude of awards, including Peabody Awards for its first two seasons, 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Awards. A staple of 2000s American popular culture, the series has been the subject of critical analysis, controversy, and parody. It has spawned books, a video game, The Sopranos: Road to Respect, high-charting soundtrack albums, and a large amount of assorted merchandise. Several members of the show's cast and crew who were previously largely unknown to the public have had successful careers after The Sopranos. In 2013, the Writers Guild of America named The Sopranos the best-written TV series of all time, while TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time.
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.
- James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano
- Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi
- Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano
- Michael Imperioli as Christopher Moltisanti
- Dominic Chianese as Corrado "Junior" Soprano
- Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante
- Tony Sirico as Paulie Gualtieri
- Robert Iler as Anthony "Tony" Soprano, Jr.
- Jamie-Lynn Sigler as Meadow Soprano
- Drea de Matteo as Adriana La Cerva
- Aida Turturro as Janice Soprano Baccalieri
- Steven R. Schirripa as Bobby "Bacala" Baccalieri
- Vincent Pastore as Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero
- Joe Pantoliano as Ralph Cifaretto
- Vincent Curatola as Johnny Sack
- Nancy Marchand as Livia Soprano
- Frank Vincent as Phil Leotardo
- John Ventimiglia as Artie Bucco
- Federico Castelluccio as Furio Giunta
- Steve Buscemi as Tony Blundetto
- David Proval as Richie Aprile
- Joseph R. Gannascoli as Vito Spatafore
- Dan Grimaldi as Patsy Parisi
- ↑ Steinberg, Jacques. "Sopranos Undergoes Cosmetic Surgery for Basic Cable", The New York Times, May 9, 2006. Retrieved on December 6, 2013.
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- ↑ David vs. David vs. David; or Which Is the Greatest TV Drama Ever, Simon's The Wire, Milch's Deadwood, or Chase's The Sopranos?. Slant Magazine (March 5, 2008). Retrieved on March 31, 2014.
- ↑ Sheffield, Rob (September 21, 2016). 100 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on September 22, 2016.
- ↑ The Sopranos books at HBO Store. HBO. Archived from the original on September 13, 2007. Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
- ↑ The Sopranos: Road to Respect at IGN. IGN. Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
- ↑ HBO Store – The Sopranos. HBO. Retrieved on September 22, 2007.
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- ↑ Sepinwall, Alan (September 9, 2010). Interview: 'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter. HitFix. Retrieved on September 18, 2010.
- ↑ Adams, Taylor. "The Sopranos: Where are they now?", The Boston Globe, June 1, 2009. Retrieved on September 4, 2010.
- ↑ "The Sopranos: Where are they now?", The Daily News, March 23, 2009. Retrieved on September 4, 2010.
- ↑ '101 Best Written TV Series Of All Time' From WGA/TV Guide: Complete List. Deadline.com (June 2, 2013). Retrieved on July 15, 2013.
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