101 Best Written TV Series

Aired: HBO, 1999-2007

“A mobster in therapy, having problems with his mother," was how The Sopranos initially sparked, according to creator David Chase, though he was thinking about the premise for a feature film. Though The Sopranos did indeed become a show about a mob boss with mother problems, it quickly sprawled to comment upon, or observe, innumerable aspects of American life, from the efficacy of psychotherapy to the ways in which a family-run business, even the Mafia, was dying out to a corporatizing culture. For Chase, The Sopranos was a reaction away from everything he had done as a television writer until then. “I was so tired of episodic television. Did I want to make a grand statement? No. But I did want to make films in which the audience had to pay attention.”

Creator David Chase chats with Tom Fontana about the origins of The Sopranos

Credited Writers

Joe Bosso
Mitchell Burgess
Jason Cahill
Michael Caleo
David Chase
David Flebotte
Diane Frolov
Robin Green
Michael Imperioli
James Manos, Jr.
Toni Kalem
Todd A. Kessler
Lawrence Konner
Maria Laurino
Tim Van Patten
Frank Renzulli
Nick Santora
Mark Saraceni
Andrew Schneider
Salvatore J. Stabile
Matthew Weiner
Terence Winter