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The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase (Almost Grown, Northern Exposure). Revolving around the fictional character and family of New Jersey-based Italian American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), the show portrays the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and his criminal organization. These are often highlighted during his therapy sessions with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco, Rizzoli & Isles). The series features Tony’s family members, mafia colleagues, and rivals in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela (Edie Falco, Oz, Nurse Jackie) and protégé Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli, Mad Dogs).
After the pilot was ordered in 1997, the show premiered on the premium cable network 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 show’s run were David Chase, Brad Grey (The Larry Sanders Show), Robin Green (Blue Bloods), Mitchell Burgess (Blue Bloods), Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, Vinyl), and Matthew Weiner (Mad Men).
The Sopranos is widely regarded as 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, 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.