And the world was instantly united in its love for Tony and the gang

By Alex Heigl
Updated January 12, 2014 04:00 PM
Credit: Julio Cortez/AP

The Golden Globes may be receiving the lion’s share of attention right now, but we’d be remiss in our duties if we didn’t point out another milestone: The Sopranos premiered 15 years ago this weekend.

The show was an immediate critical hit: The New York Times said the show “just may be the greatest work of American popular culture of the last quarter century” after the first season. Writing at PopMatters, Roger Holland called the first season of The Sopranos “the crowning achievement of American television.”

(Of course, while we’re on the Golden Globes, it’s worth noting that The Sopranos was nominated multiple times, eventually winning best drama series in 2000.)

And while the Internet Movie Database has an extensive listing of trivia about the show, here’s the top-rated nugget:

“Four members of northern New Jersey’s only real-life mob family, the DeCavalcantes, were secretly taped in 1999 by federal investigators talking about their similarity to the fictional DiMeo/Soprano crime family. On the tape, one NJ mobster asks another, ‘Is this supposed to be us?'” His friend replied, “You are in there. They mentioned your name in there.”

So bask in the warm glow of both the Bada Bing’s neon lights and nostalgia as you reflect on the January evening 15 years ago when The Sopranos came into your life.

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