At the end of the last blog, I wrote the following:
The Writers Guild of America came out with the best 50 written TV shows of all time and it's a great list. "The Sopranos" were #1 and it's hard to argue with any TV show that brought "Big Pussy" into the mainstream vernacular.http://www.wga.org/content/default.aspx?id=4925
It was prophetic for the WGA to recognize this piece of work before the centerpiece of this modern classic passed.
The Sopranos was as transcendent and groundbreaking of a television show as there has ever been. I was a loyal viewer of the show every Sunday night when it was on (there were some historically long hiatus'). I will never forget when it first came on and my roommate Jeff Berkman and I were hooked. The show somehow made us love the unloveable. Think Archie Bunker on steroids. Admittedly, I was disappointed in certain seasons and certain episodes I felt meandered a bit much. And that was before Steve Perry told us to "Don't Stop Believin'." But as time passed, I really appreciated the finale (and not just because my aunt Michou was in it).
I will tell you this, without Tony Soprano we may not have ever known Walter White (as Bryan Cranston tweeted earlier), Jack Bauer, Vic Mackey, Avon Barksdale and no Stringer Bell and of course no Don Draper (Matthew Weiner was co-executive producer). I would have missed out on 6 of my 7 favorite adulthood shows (Lost being the 6th). The show also transformed HBO, and to a large extent cable, into a home for daring shows willing to go against the broadcast standard.
David Chase was basically the Bill Walsh of modern television. He didn't invent it, but he planted the seeds that define what Mark Cuban now calls the "Golden Age of Television." No other medium can push the social commentary like television and it's not even close.
|Holsten's (the diner from the finale) and Satin Dolls (which was the Bada Bing in the show) paid there respects with the above tributes|
So we are going to do the rest of the blog as a tribute to the Sopranos. With all due respect of course.
David Hasselhoff/ Botox Division:
Grindhouse "houses" Flip Burger.
Flip Burger is like "Adriana La Cerva," Christopher Moltisanti's fiancee. Looks great on the outside, but not enough meat on the inside and they try to look to pretty. Sorry Richard Blais. I want my burger to be full size, not some pint size wannabe. I like your variations on the burger, but bulk it up. Look at Adriana, she ended up ratting the family out to the FBI until Silvio took her on a ride to the woods. She tried to be everything for everybody. That is often the undoing of both Mobster wives and burger joints.
|Just like Flip Burger Adriana, you tried to hard|
|“Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact. But maybe everything that dies someday comes back”- The Boss, Atlantic City|
|Just in case the burger doesn't get me, I'll order the chili cheese fries. Hello Lipitor|
|You never disrespect The Bing|
|Enter at your own risk|
My two favorite offerings they serve are the Four Horsemen and the Black Shroom. Just like Corrado "Junior" Soprano, they are the wily veterans that when you think they might be out of the game, they still have some moves left.
The Hippie Cow Division:
Boccado takes apart Farm Burger. FB is a decent burger, but like Yeah Burger, I do not know what sets it apart. It's not aesthetics either. They make a good product, but don't push the needle too hard towards excellence. Kind of like Robert "Bobby Bacala" Baccalieri, Jr. We all had a soft spot for him as he fumbled his way through Juniors supposed alzheimers and his stumbling up the family's ladder. He just never garnered the overall respect.
|The most underrated character on the show|
Unlike the double patty that can be overcooked the quality and width of their burger are what makes the "daily grind" stand apart.
|Johnny "Sack" Sacramoni was one of the consistent characters, mirroring the consistence of Miller Unions quality|
|Maybe one day kid|
So now we are down to Atlanta's 8 Best Burgers. It's time to go to the mattresses.
|Fade to Black|