How Breaking A Secret TV Rule Helped The Sopranos’ Success
David Chase set out to break the rules of US TV drama when he created The Sopranos, banning one particular trope to make the show feel more real.
David Chase’s refusal to adhere to an unspoken rule in TV helped to secure the success of The Sopranos. HBO’s gangster drama is still lauded as one of the greatest American TV dramas of all time, and it has lost little of its power in the years since it concluded its run. Its focus on complex, morally compromised characters was relatively new ground for US television in the late 1990s, and the success of how David Chase and his writing team handled those characters continues to influence creators to this day.