The Sopranos

From left to right: Steven Van Zandt as Silvio Dante, James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano and Tony Sirico as Paulie Walnuts star in HBO's hit television series, "The Sopranos" (Year 3). (HBO/Getty Images)

We’re all the Sopranos now

Thirteen years after the TV show ended, the struggles it depicted have only intensified—the wealth gap more extreme, the abuse of our planet more obvious. In this time of crisis, The Sopranos reminds us how we got here. And what we don’t want to go back to.

How rocker Lou Reed inspired Michael Imperioli’s debut novel

The actor became friends with the singer, whose fearlessness as an artist and person impressed him

American crime writer Don Winslow on guns, politics, drugs, and the police

The author takes inspiration from The Sopranos, The Wire and—in his new book, The Force—hip-hop

Maclean’s pop culture panel: Tony Soprano lives, maybe! (So what?)

Jaime Weinman and Adrian Lee talk about the tyranny of the author and the nature of intent in TV

A Golden Age of Taking TV Seriously

Is television critical analysis taking the place of good old-fashioned fandom?


Someone give Glenn Close a hug

Today the popular shows, like ‘Parent­hood,’ are sweet and mushy, not mean like ‘Damages’


Is THE WIRE Backlash-Proof?

Myles McNutt is polling his readers on which show he should watch to fill a gap in his TV viewing experience. The unsurprising things about the poll are that a) Buffy/Angel is way out in front, and b) I voted for NewsRadio. What is surprising is that The Sopranos is dead last in the poll. Or maybe it shouldn’t be surprising: since the show went off the air, its reputation has not been in the best shape, or it seems that way from the many TV fans I encounter online — including big fans of the HBO approach that it helped popularize — who don’t care for it or feel it burned out early. That’s not a scientific poll of opinion or anything, but its cultural influence seems to have evaporated rather quickly.