“The Sopranos” has been given the ultimate seal of approval by the Writers Guild of America after the show was named best-written show in television history.
The HBO original series topped the WGA’s first ever list of 101 greatest TV shows of all time, beating out popular sitcoms and series such as “Seinfeld,” “The Simpsons,” “Breaking Bad,” “All in the Family,” and many others.
“This list is not only a tribute to great TV, it is a dedication to all writers who devote their hearts and minds to advancing their craft,” the WGA said in a joint statement.
Starring James Gandolfini as New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the popular series was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in every year it was eligible, and is the first cable TV series to receive a nomination for the award as it won twice for the category in 2004 and 2007. Gandolfini and Edie Falco, who played Tony Soprano’s wife Carmella, were each nominated six times for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress, respectively, both winning a total of three awards.
The show premiered in 1998 and ran for a total of six seasons. While the show’s finale aired in June 2007, the question of whether Tony Soprano was killed in the final episode is one of the most talked about cliffhangers in television history. The mystery has single-handedly fueled the rumor mill, provoking many fans to come up with their own interpretations of what the ending means.
One popular theory is that the big mystery leaves the possibility of a movie open for discussion.
While no cast member has commented officially on whether a “Sopranos” movie would ever be made, TMZ recently caught up with Gandolfini outside a Hollywood restaurant where he was quoted as saying that the movie will get made “when David Chase [‘Sopranos’ creator] goes broke.”
“The Sopranos” is just one of several HBO programs that made the list. In addition to the award-winning gangster show, the Writers Guild of America also recognized “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “Sex and the City.”
Check below for the WGA’s full list of 101 greatest TV shows of all time.
1. “The Sopranos” (HBO) Created by David Chase
2. “Seinfeld” (NBC) Created by Larry David & Jerry Seinfeld
3. “The Twilight Zone” (1959) CBS Season One writers: Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson, Robert Presnell, Jr., Rod Serling
4. “All in the Family” (CBS) Developed for Television by Norman Lear, Based on "Till Death Do Us Part," Created by Johnny Speight
5. “M*A*S*H” (CBS) Developed for Television by Larry Gelbart
6. “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” (CBS) Created by James L. Brooks and Allan Burns
7. “Mad Men” (AMC) Created by Matthew Weiner
8. “Cheers” (NBC) Created by Glen Charles & Les Charles and James Burrows
9. “The Wire” (HBO) Created by David Simon
10. “The West Wing” NBC Created by Aaron Sorkin
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