Often hailed as one of the greatest television series of all time, The Sopras is a product of its time, firmly embedded in the problems of post-industrial, post-ethnic America. In The Sopras: Born under a Bad Sign, Franco Ricci examines the groundbreaking HBO series and its impact as a cultural phemen. Ricci demonstrates an encyclopedic kwledge of the series, the genre, and their social context in his analysis of the show's complex themes and characters. He explores The Sopras' deep engagement with problems of race, class, gender, and identity, specifically in its portrayal of the Italian-American experience, consumer and media-driven society, and contemporary psychosocial issues. The series' protagonist, Mafia boss and patriarch Tony Sopra, in many ways embodies the anxieties of our age. Focusing on Tony's internal struggles and interactions with his therapist, family, and associates, Ricci traces this archetypal character's existential conflicts and sheds light on his search for self, connection, and meaning. Comprehensive in scope and sophisticated in approach, The Sopras: Born under a Bad Sign is richly rewarding reading for anyone with an interest in the popular television drama, both as entertainment and social commentary.
Franco Ricci is a professor of Italian Studies at the University of Ottawa.