On January 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office and changed TV history. By shattering preconceptions about the kinds of stories the medium should tell, The Sopranos launched our current age of prestige television, paving the way for such giants as Mad Men, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and Game of Thrones. As TV critics for Tony Soprano’s hometown paper, New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger, Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz were among the first to write about the series before it became a cultural phenomenon.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the show’s debut, Sepinwall and Seitz have reunited to produce The Sopranos Sessions, a collection of recaps, conversations, and critical essays covering every episode. Featuring a series of new long-form interviews with series creator David Chase, as well as selections from the authors’ archival writing on the series, The Sopranos Sessions explores the show’s artistry, themes, and legacy, examining its portrayal of Italian Americans, its graphic depictions of violence, and its deep connections to other cinematic and television classics.
About the Author
Matt Zoller Seitz is the editor in chief of RogerEbert.com; the TV critic for New York magazine; the author of The Wes Anderson Collection, The Wes Anderson Collection: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Oliver Stone Experience, and Mad Men Carousel; and the coauthor of The Sopranos Sessions. He is based in New York City.
Alan Sepinwall is currently the television critic for Uproxx. com. Prior to Uproxx and HitFix, Sepinwall spent 14 years as a columnist for the Star Ledger of Newark, New Jersey. His thoughts on television have appeared in the New York Times, Time magazine, and Variety. Slate has said Sepinwall “changed the nature of television criticism” and called him the “acknowledged king of the form.” Sepinwall lives in New Jersey.
"This amazing book by Alan Sepinwall and Matt Zoller Seitz has bigger twists than anything I could ever come up with. Highly suggest you pick up a copy ASAP!" — Sam Esmail
“A deep-dive read that fans can return to, each time gleaning new insights.” — Greg Fleming