Editors' Note: The Mob Family We Love

By David Savona , Marvin R. Shanken | From The Sopranos | 20th Anniversary, March/April 2019
Editors' Note: The Mob Family We Love
Photo/David Yellen
Twenty years ago, we met a man named Tony Soprano as he lit up a dark robusto and drove his SUV out of the shadows of the Lincoln Tunnel, heading for his home in the New Jersey suburbs. Television would never again be the same. This was a new kind of TV character, one we had never seen before. Here was a man capable of unleashing brutal, savage violence one moment and sitting down to a friendly family dinner the next. He could show his daughter around a college campus in the morning, and strangle the life out of an old associate that evening. In the course of six seasons on HBO, we saw him cheat, lie and steal, with perhaps his most cold-blooded moment coming the night …
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