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(Today)   Do you like Dexter? Walter White? Don Draper? Well, thank James Gandolfini, because he's the one who made them possible   (today.com) divider line 58
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2013-06-20 07:26:58 PM  

mechgreg: What I think the Sopranos did was make popular the concept that the lead in your show can be a totally selfish evil bastard (as opposed to the standard evil bastard with a heart of gold or the even bastard who wants redemption) and still be popular.


The Sopranos didn't simply popularize darkness in the lead character, it opened the door to a show being an almost pure character study. Most one-hour dramas prior tended to be ensemble pieces with a few main stars. Not the Sopranos. Though other characters became popular in their own right, The Sopranos was from the start to the finish a character study on one man. Had a great supporting cast, but this show was all about getting under the skin of one guy.  That is what it has in common with shows that followed like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Dexter.
 
2013-06-20 07:33:59 PM  

solokumba: [img.fark.net image 500x370]




shiat.

I was going to go with Rockford but damnit!
 
2013-06-20 08:13:26 PM  
Bit of a streeetch, I think.

But then again, I've only ever managed to watch the first episode of The Sopranos and have never bothered to keep going.
 
2013-06-20 08:25:30 PM  

shoegaze99: I think it's generally safe to safe that The Sopranos is widely seen as the start of the modern television drama era.


I would say Oz was the start.
 
2013-06-20 10:06:57 PM  

mechgreg: I would say Oz was the start.


Every "mayhem" Allstate insurance commercial I see reminds me of that great show... Also thought what's-his-face from Law and Order SVU was great in it. cheers
 
2013-06-20 10:11:05 PM  

wjllope: mechgreg: I would say Oz was the start.

Every "mayhem" Allstate insurance commercial I see reminds me of that great show... Also thought what's-his-face from Law and Order SVU was great in it. cheers


For the longest time I saw him as Ryan O'Reilly until he showed up on 30 Rock, then he was Dennis "Beeper King" Duffy.
 
2013-06-20 11:37:44 PM  
Please, tell me more of your obsession with unredeemable main characters.

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2013-06-21 12:14:56 AM  

mechgreg: wjllope: mechgreg: I would say Oz was the start.

Every "mayhem" Allstate insurance commercial I see reminds me of that great show... Also thought what's-his-face from Law and Order SVU was great in it. cheers

For the longest time I saw him as Ryan O'Reilly until he showed up on 30 Rock, then he was Dennis "Beeper King" Duffy.


I only got around to watching Oz earlier this year, so hell always be Johnny Gavin to me.

Also.
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