On Sunday evening, January 10, 1999, a New Jersey mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office and changed television history. “The Sopranos,” whose 86 episodes over six HBO seasons garnered critical accolades and audience devotion, launched the age of prestige television, paving the way for such giants as “Mad Men”, “The Wire,” Breaking Bad,” and “Game of Thrones.”
As TV critics for Tony Soprano’s hometown newspaper, the Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut of “The Sopranos,” they reunite to discuss the show’s artistry, themes, and legacy, as well as its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics.
Copies of their book The Sopranos Sessions (Abrams Press), a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode, are available for purchase and signing.