Believe it or not, The Sopranos made its debut on HBO over 15 years ago, on January 10th, 1999. The Sopranos cemented HBO’s reputation as a haven for quality programming and top-notch storytelling. Without Tony Soprano, played by the late and truly great James Gandolfini, the television landscape might be a very different, and less interesting, place. Welcome Sopranos Fans!
From the very beginning of the series, Tony was never what anyone would describe as a model husband. He lied. He cheated on his wife. He committed countless crimes to provide his family with the luxuries they craved. But in his culture, that’s all to be expected. But for a wife to cheat on her husband? That’s unthinkable.
The simmering tensions between Tony and Carmela (Edie Falco) finally boiled over in the Season 4 finale after Tony’s former mistress Irina called the Soprano household. Carmela revealing her own emotional affair with Furio sent Tony over the edge, and he came as close as he ever would to physically striking his wife. Instead, he took his rage out on the wall. It was a scary glimpse into the monster within, and it cause a lasting rift between the two that only began to heal in the years that followed. As seen in: “Whitecaps” (Season 4).