The Sopranos, and the Gangster Genre.

•March 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Gangster films show the side of hidden society that in the early twentieth century was swept under the carpet and not acknowledged. The Sopranos carries this further, by mixing hidden crime with every day life, portraying the genre as something very real and relevant, rather than an unseen world of abuse, violence and deception, of which carry no moral consequence.

The Sopranos is an American television drama series created and produced by David Chase, and premiered on HBO in the United States. Set in New Jersey, where it also was produced, the series revolves around mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organisation he heads.

The Sopranos is the most financially successful cable series in the history of television and is acknowledged as one of the greatest television series of all time. It won numerous awards, including twenty-one Emmys and five Golden Globes, often critically acclaimed for the shows writing, high level of production in all areas, and the enchanting performances of the main cast.

I have created this website to critically analyse The Sopranos in relation to the Gangster Genre. I have written reports on my research, stating how and why the sopranos have sustained, adapted and changed so many different conventions of the gangster genre and to see what impact this has had on the industry as a whole.