If you have some free time over this long weekend, I suggest that you spend it in New Jersey -- specifically, North Caldwell, New Jersey, longtime home of Anthony and Carmela Soprano. This summer marked the 10th anniversary of the show’s infamous “blank screen” ending, and so, not having tuned in for a while, I set myself the task of watching the entire series, in order. What began as a project swiftly became a labor of love, and then I had to force myself to slow down, lest I finish too fast. I had forgotten what a truly magnificent work of art showrunner David Chase achieved. “The Sopranos” is widely credited with kicking off the era of “prestige television.” It’s easy to see why. The writing was witty yet earthy (really, really earthy), the characters were believable, the acting was uniformly outstanding, and the narrative itself began as engrossing and swiftly became compelling. With its central tale of a troubled mob boss seeing a psychiatrist to understand why he suffered pani...

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