Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
In the late 90’s and early 2000’s across 8 years there was really only one TV show that was the centre of conversation. A show with movie level violence, swearing and sex where adult themes were dealt with in adult ways and almost every episode was a high watermark. David Chase’s TV masterpiece helped cement HBO as THE network for original quality programming and made global superstars out of its seasoned cast. The late 99’s were a very different landscape for TV – a week between episodes, some times over a year and a half between seasons. No internet to spoil things. In fact it’s more than fair to say that without The Sopranos TV would not be what it is today – no Netflix, no Game Of Thrones, no Breaking bad. Nothing. It was (and still is) game changing television. But underneath all of this is a cast, crew and creators doing the best work of their lives. Gandolfini WAS Tony Soprano, Paulie, Silvio, Melfi, Junior, Chris, Carmela… they were more than just TV characters. There still isn’t a show before or since that delivered such consistency week after week, such characters you cared for (and hated often at the same time). And now, some 22 years later is just as powerful, just as relevant, just as compelling as it was back then. The Many Saints of Newark has a LOT too live up to! Simply put – essential.
Best Bit: For me its Gandolfini – his performance is sublime.
Binge, Watch, Skip: Binge. One of THE TV Greats
If You Liked this Try: Goodfellas, The Shield (TV), The Godfather , The Many Saints of Newark