The Sopranos, 20 Years Later

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The Sopranos premiered on HBO 20 years ago today. The mob drama created the very idea of prestige TV and spawned a wave of series about anti-heroes. Books have been written about the show, which, I’m happy to say, still holds up today. If you’ve never seen it, go ahead and start right now. If you’ve already watched the series, know that it has repeat value—you can dive in at any point and enjoy the characters and dialogue.

To mark the anniversary, we’ve excerpted a conversation between the journalist Matt Zoller Seitz and Sopranos creator David Chase in the new book, The Sopranos Sessions. We also drew our focus on three characters we love: Bobby Bacala, Christopher Moltisanti, and the food. I hope you enjoy. — Michael Sebastian


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David Chase discusses the show’s most controversial scenes in this excerpt from The Sopranos Sessions.


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Steve Schirripa reflects on his iconic Sopranos character, the show’s legacy, and that dildo.


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Courtesy of the actor who played him, Steve Schirripa.


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Our resident Italian-American explains the mystery behind the meat.


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Are Justin Bieber and Pete Davidson taking their cues from him?


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Even major pop stars had to start somewhere.