David Chase is the creator of the American criminal drama television series The Sopranos. The focus of the narrative is New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), who struggles to strike a balance between his family life and his position as the head of a criminal enterprise. In his counselling sessions with psychologist Jennifer Melfi, they are discussed (Lorraine Bracco). The series prominently involves members of Tony’s family, mafia associates, and rivals—most notably his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his protege/distant cousin Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli).
HBO’s premiere of the programme occurred on January 10, 1999, and the pilot was ordered in 1997. Up till June 10, 2007, the show had 86 episodes in six seasons. Then came broadcast syndication in the US and other countries. HBO, Chase Films, and Brad Grey Television created The Sopranos. The majority of the scenes were shot at Silvercup Studios in Queens’ Long Island City as well as on location in New Jersey. David Chase, Brad Grey, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Ilene S. Landress, Terence Winter, and Matthew Weiner served as the show’s executive producers for the duration of its run.
Contains The Sopranos spoilers
One of the shows that helped to bring in the new golden age of television was “The Sopranos,” which ended in 2007 after six dazzling seasons. It’s no wonder that it came out on top in a Rolling Stone survey as its jet-black brand of humour anticipates that of “Breaking Bad” and its excellent structuring rivals that of another 2000s classic, “The Wire,” thanks to its narrative complexity and Shakespearean grandeur.
The conversation in “The Sopranos” is more cinematic, whereas “The Wire” is stylistically far more realist than its predecessor. There are also no talking fish or fictitious women to be found in “The Wire.” But that doesn’t mean that “The Sopranos” portrays organised crime any less realistically.
The FBI apparently heard what the show’s executive producer Terence Winter told Vanity Fair in 2012 “Mob people discussing “The Sopranos,” always from the opposite perspective, and always in the same conversation. We would learn that real intelligent guys once believed that we had an insider. They were astonished by how precise the programme was.”
The protagonist of the television programme, Tony Soprano, was reputedly modelled on a real-life criminal named Vincent “Vinny Ocean” Palermo, whose many parallels to the fictitious mobster are counterbalanced by some stunning discrepancies.
Story behind the real ‘Sopranos’
If you’ve ever wondered how David Chase came up with all those fantastic ideas for “The Sopranos,” it’s possible that he, like the government, had his own mob informants. Or perhaps he was an informant for the government. The growth and collapse of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante criminal family, New Jersey gangsters who remarkably resemble “The Sops,” is the subject of tonight’s special edition of “American Greed,” “Mob Money.”
By mob standards at least, the DeCavalcantes were never major players in the estimated $50 to $90 billion per year, er, industry. In actuality, the five families of New York referred to them as “the farmers” and regarded them as simpletons. Hardly. In fact, the DeCavalcantes seized charge when the NY families began to fall apart.
However, a want tobe named Ralph Guarino robbed Bank of America of $1.6M in 1998 in broad daylight in an effort – impress the DeCavalcantes. The idiot and his criminal accomplices, however, committed two grave errors: they stole the wrong bags from the bank and obtained foreign currency. They also neglected to include the security cameras that recorded the entire event.
How Alike Are Vincent Palermo and Tony Soprano?
Like Tony Soprano, Vincent Palermo was a mafia boss for the DeCavalcante family and was situated in New Jersey. Palermo, who owned and ran the Wiggles strip club, which is eerily similar to the Bada Bing! where Tony and his group hang out in the show, was widely known in gangland circles just like Tony (per The Infographics Show).
Palermo’s crime family was upended by members of his crew “turning snitch” and giving up incriminating testimony to avoid receiving harsh jail sentences, much like his fictitious “Sopranos” counterpart. Palermo also resembled Tony in that he was prepared to use force to preserve the honour of his illicit enterprise and his place within it. While juggling the needs of his otherwise average New Jersey household, he was responsible for several deaths.
But whereas Tony Soprano chose to stick with his crew and avoided turning into a federal informant, Palermo chose a different course. Palermo turned informant and provided information about his previous crime family in exchange for a spot in the witness protection programme when investigators put pressure on him as a result of information the FBI obtained from one of his former soldiers. The former gangster was discovered to be residing in Houston, Texas, where he was once more running strip clubs that served as gathering places for organised criminal organisations that were later busted (per NJ.com). Houston Press claims that Palermo declared bankruptcy in 2013.
HBO’s premiere of the programme occurred on January 10, 1999, and the pilot was ordered in 1997. Up till June 10, 2007, the show had 86 episodes in six seasons. Its jet-black brand of humour anticipates that of “Breaking Bad” and its structuring rivals that of another 2000s classic, “The Wire”. He owned and ran the Wiggles strip club, which is eerily similar to the Bada Bing! where Tony hangs out in the show.