In the 20 times since The Sopranos premiered on HBO, TV has never been the same. With the secrete of The Many Saints of Newark on HBO Max, we’re looking back at the bequest of the Sopranos and how the birth of binge-watching supercharged the show’s success and facilitated jumpstart a brand-new golden age of TV.

When David Chase formed Tony Soprano and his North Jersey families, he had no idea he was paving the space for shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and The Wire to become some of the best TV shows to binge watch. And that’s all thanks to serialized shows’ abilities to create complex references like Tony Soprano, Walter White, and Don Draper.

But it wasn’t ever that room. In the early 1990 ’s, TV networks were very hesitant to procreate complex serialized dramata like The Sopranos, because it was difficult to ensure spectators tuned in every week to watch brand-new incidents as they air. If sees didn’t keep watching the pictures live, the only way they’d be able to catch up is if they recorded it with their VCR- which wasn’t the easiest thing in the world to do.

Shortly after The Sopranos premiere, DVDs and other technologies like TiVo and On-Demand cable started to make it easier for people to watch the shows they craved at times that were more convenient to them. Binge-Watching TV Shows didn’t hit its heyday until Netflix initiated the streaming subscription in the late aughts, but DVDs were an early harbinger of the change in viewing habits.

Thanks to DVD’s ability to put totality seasons on exactly a couple of discs, audiences could very easily catch up on TV demo before the brand-new seasons aired. So if publics needed to catch up on “The Sopranos best scenes” from season 2 or The Sopranos best minutes from season 4, all they had to do is pop in the DVD collection and binge watch apart.

If there’s anything to take away from this video is that courages like Tony Soprano( and the performance of James Gandolfini) were helped by the advent of technologies that allowed beings to watch narratively complex demonstrates on their own time. And that newfound flexible in viewing behaviors permitted Tv to create some of the most beloved complex fictional characters in all of pop culture.

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