We’ve been glued to the TV since the 50’s and throughout the decades, there have been many notable shows. Who haven’t seen or heard references to I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Friends, Game of Thrones, or what’s known as one of the greatest TV series of all time, The Sopranos? The series finale of The Sopranos aired in 2007 and the last scene was one of the most talked about moments in TV history. What happened at the diner? Is Tony alive? The abrupt cut to black had fans scrambling to uncover the truth. Questions still remain today and 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the show’s pilot. A new book in celebration of that milestone offers insight into one of the best crime dramas in history.
The brains behind the book
The Sopranos Sessions by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz features a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering all 86 episodes of the show’s six-season run. The book brings new insight and context to each episode and the entire series. Sepinwall and Seitz were TV critics for Tony Soprano’s hometown paper, New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger, and were among the first to write about the series before it exploded in popularity.
Seitz is the TV critic for New York Magazine, creative director of the Split Screens Festival, and editor in chief of RogerEbert.com. He has also authored Mad Men Carousel and The Wes Anderson Collection. Sepinwall is the chief TV critic for Rolling Stone and the author of Breaking Bad 101. His thoughts on television have been featured in the New York Times, Time, and Variety. Seitz and Sepinwall both credit The Sopranos as a large part of their writing and TV critic careers. Laura Lippman, a New York Times bestselling novelist, wrote the foreword for The Sopranos Sessions. She has won every major mystery-writing prize in the U.S.
An in depth look into The Sopranos
The book also features new long-form interviews with series creator David Chase. Select pieces from the authors’ archival writing on the show are also shown. Dig deep into The Sopranos universe reading Sepinwall’s post-finale interview with Chase, Seitz’s profile of James Gandolfini, who played Tony Soprano, and Chase’s eulogy for the series star. The 464 pages explore the show’s artistry, themes, and legacy.
The book also examines how Italian Americans were portrayed, something the show was often criticized for. At the end of the series, a poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind showed that 61% of a group that watched the show regularly did not think it portrayed Italian Americans in a negative way. However, many argue that the show perpetuates stereotypical ideas of Italian Americans, such as involvement in criminal organizations. Another hot topic is the show’s graphic depictions of violence, which is also addressed. The Sopranos Sessions digs into the series’ connections to other cinematic and television classics as well. This book is a great way to revisit one of the greatest and most influential shows ever made. It may even open your eyes and mind to things you never knew or thought about The Sopranos. Buy Here