“The Sopranos”

The Sopranos practically invented “prestige television,” and the God-like showrunner production process, and along the way won a billion Emmys. Creator David Chase pitched the show as “a mobster in therapy,” and the perfect casting of James Gandolfini as family head Tony Soprano, along with Edie Falco as his wife Carmela, formed the bedrock on which greatness was built. Most of the cast and crew stayed quiet after the controversial series finale, preferring to try to move past the roles of their life, but Vanity Fair gathered nearly everybody five years later for a very worthwhile oral history.

The Family Hour: An Oral History of The Sopranos

VanityFair.com, 3.15.12