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Old October 6th 10, 15:02   #5
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Re: HBO's "Boardwalk Empire"

Originally Posted by hypatia View Post
I never actually saw "The Sopranos". But didn't it have a far more serious tone?

I hadn't actually thought about HBO's double-edged sword. They have raised the bar several times over.
I don't know what you mean exactly by serious, but like all of the best hour-long dramas it was a mix of straight drama and intense moments and dark comedy and regular comedy, like the other shows mentioned, it's just that Sopranos was the first.

You really should check out the first two seasons of Sopranos, I think it'd still hold up well.
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