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The Sopranos at 20: how the hit show changed the gangster genre

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Since the end of the landmark drama, big and small screen attempts to recreate the magic have struggled with a muddled understanding of what made Tony Soprano so impactful Two brief months separate the series premiere of The Sopranos on 10 January 1999 and the theatrical release of Analyze This on 5 March of the same year. So striking are the similarities between them that unwitting present-day viewers would be forgiven for assuming one influenced the other. Both focus on a made guy dealing with internal turmoil by going to consult a shrink at the possible cost of his alpha-dog standing within the capital-F Family, and both wedded humor with the ambient menace of the gangster genre.
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