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Cool Television Series: The Sopranos

Named the ‘best television series ever’ several times over, The Sopranos broke new ground in how characters, and life, are portrayed on the box

Described as more morality tale than TV program, The Sorpranos is based around seemingly normal family from New Jersey on the East Coast of the US, with all the regular problems that every household encounters. However, the head of the house, Tony Soprano, has a few more issues to contend with than just the kids acting up.

Tony has another family he has to take care of - a crew of Italian-American hoodlums, which Tony, along with his Uncle Junior, are in charge of keeping in line, and making sure enough money is earned to keep his wife happy and send the kids to private school.

And there’s one more thing, Tony suffers from panic attacks, and is therefore also seeing a rather attractive shrink call Dr Melfi for his ‘condition’.

Add all this up and you get a complicated life…on many levels.

From the rich characters, on both sides of the law, to the superb script, which touches on life’s issues, from the cradle to the grave, The Sopranos is the study of the modern family like you’ve never seen before, yet is always worryingly familiar.



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