On January 10, 1999, America witnessed the premiere of a groundbreaking new TV series: The Sopranos. Never had there been a crime series as gritty and intense — it’s no wonder the show aired on cable. Taking an intimate look at the intertwined professional and personal lives of New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, the series treated its subject matter in a way we’d never seen outside a movie theater, and there were episodes that nearly matched the genre’s gold standard — The Godfather — in intensity. The late James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano so masterfully, once told us the series may have been about the mafia, but managed to tell its stories in a way where its main characters may have been sympathetic at times, but they were never glorified for their evil deeds. (Click on the media bar below to hear James Gandolfini)
For those who have never stopped believing, The Sopranos is still streaming on the HBO GO app.