On Jan. 10, 1999, a mobster walked into a psychiatrist’s office. It sounds like the start of a joke, but it was the start of television history. On this night 20 years ago, “The Sopranos” premiered on HBO. The show that changed the television landscape, proving that people would embrace a well written, gripping TV serial, paving the way for shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Deadwood".
This week in New York, cast members reunited for the anniversary and to reminisce about the late James Gandolfini. Edie Falco (Carmela Soprano) and Lorraine Bracco (Dr. Jennifer Melfi) greeted each other with a huge hug and kiss on the red carpet. They were joined by Jamie-Lynn Sigler and Robert Iler, who played Carmela and Tony Soprano's children, Meadow and AJ., fittingly, Tony Sirico (Paulie Walnuts) jokingly flashed the middle finger to the paparazzi.
They're working on a Sopranos movie called, "The Many Saints of Newark", and Page Six reports they'll be shooting scenes at New Jersey’s Holsten’s ice cream parlor and eatery, the location of the final scene of “The Sopranos'' finale, where Tony started noshing on onion rings before everything went black...
My favorite episode was "The Pine Barrens", with Paulie famously saying, "Try the relish...", as he and Christopher are hopelessly lost in the woods.
RollingStone.com has compiled a list of the top ten episodes of "The Sopranos", and "The Pine Barrens" comes in at number 5. Check out their list and see where your favorite episode comes in.