The Sopranos: Five Years Later

Great article from Grantland about the impact of The Sopranos series finale five years later.

The Sopranos had such a seismic impact on television that it essentially wiped all remnants of TV history that existed before 1999 (at least in the realm of one-hour TV dramas) out of the popular consciousness. Hard-core students of television still watch Hill Street Blues and Homicide: Life on the Street, but for the most part the best dramas according to both fans and critics tend to date from the last 10 years or so. Again, this would seem insane in movies or pop music; There Will Be Blood and My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy are masterpieces, but nobody outside of the darkest, dankest corners of Internet message boards are calling them the absolute pinnacles of their respective forms.

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