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The Sopranos
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The Sopranos

The Sopranos is a popular HBO drama created by David Chase. Over the past five years, the show has become a cultural phenomenon, gaining popularity and unparalleled critical acclaim for its groundbreaking approach to family and the mob, as well as for pushing the envelope of violence and strong language on television.

The series, which stars James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, highlights the difficulties faced by Tony Soprano, a Mafia boss in the New Jersey suburbs, as he tries to balance the often conflicting requirements of his real family and his crime "family".

The series begins with Tony collapsing after suffering an anxiety attack, which prompts him to begin therapy with Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Gradually, it is revealed that Tony's mother is manipulative and possibly psychotic; someone in his organization is talking to the FBI; his children have troubled futures; and his own superiors are plotting his death.

The Sopranos portrays the Mafia culture as an exaggerated version of the American nuclear family, in order to explore issues of class, sexuality, criminality, gender, family dynamics and generational conflict. It has been criticized by some for its supposed reinforcement of negative Italian-American stereotypes by focussing on organized crime. This same issue, however, has been addressed on the show several times, notably in the first season episode "The Legend Of Tennessee Moltisanti".

The series premiered on HBO on January 10, 1999. The Sopranos has also been broadcast uncut in Canada by CTV, in the UK by Channel 4 and in Australia by the Nine Network. As of 2004, five seasons of 13 episodes have been completed, and a sixth and final 10-episode season is planned.

The following is a partial listing of characters from the series:

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The Sopranos is also a novel by Alan Warner.