Max, the streaming platform formerly known as HBO Max, is hosting a tribute to The Sopranos as the show celebrates its 25th anniversary.
The nod to the mafia on Max starts with the launch of The Sopranos: 25th Anniversary collection, which includes 15 deleted scenes, three of which have never been released. The collection includes more than five hours of behind-the-scenes featurettes showcasing the cast.
Following the anniversary special, the cast will reunite for an invitation-only Family Dinner in a Sopranos-themed setting, complete with series references throughout the restaurant and a curated menu inspired by the show. Additionally, fans in New York and Los Angeles can taste Satriale’s pop-up restaurant, which will offer patrons an authentic Sopranos-inspired Italian sandwich from Ggiata in Los Angeles and Regia’s in New York City, delivered by Postmates.
Da Nico’s, a renowned Italian restaurant in New York City, will feature a special menu of Soprano’s inspired dishes, such as Carmela’s Baked Ziti and Satriale’s Special Caprese.
The Sopranos was a mega-hit with audiences and helped launch HBO Originals to new heights. The show’s central theme is mobsters – Tony Soprano was modeled loosely after Vincent “Vinny Ocean” Palermo of New Jersey’s DeCavalcante family – however, the series goes much deeper than this. It’s known for its realistic depiction of the mafia and exposes a side of the mob not explored before at that time.
Show creator David Chase’s attention to detail makes the series groundbreaking. The Sopranos explores topics such as mental health, philosophy, a sense of duty, and family responsibility. The series debuted with a non-traditional format, breaking the fourth wall more than Benny’s face and straying far from the traditional TV series format.
The violence and shocking plot twists made audiences certain no character was truly safe.
“The Sopranos left an indelible imprint on the global entertainment culture and was instrumental in defining HBO as the destination for groundbreaking, award-winning programming,” said Zach Enterlin, executive vice president of brand, content, and creative and streaming marketing at HBO and Max. “The many ways we will honor this 25-year milestone will allow fans to celebrate the Soprano legacy and pay tribute to the characters that have had such an enduring impact.”
The show stars James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Steven Van Zandt, Robert Iler, Tony Sirico, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Dominic Chianese, Aida Turturro, Steve Schirripa, Drea de Matteo, and John Ventimiglia, to name a few.
In addition to exclusive footage, a special reunion, and tasty treats, Max partnered with the Alamo Drafthouse to host Family Reunion screenings in New York and Los Angeles on January 10, the anniversary of The Sopranos premiere. The theater will also show the pilot episode on the big screen.
The Sopranos can be sampled through select cable partners’ free on-demand platforms. The first two episodes from season one stream on Max’s YouTube channel, and @TheSopranos will launch its official TikTok, where fans can catch “Sopranos in :25”, each episode in 25 seconds.
Max also partnered with Robert Iler and Jamie-Lynn Sigler for a 25th-anniversary edition of their podcast, Not Today, Pal, where they’ll reminisce about their parts as Meadow and AJ on The Sopranos and take questions from fans. Catch the full episode on the HBO YouTube Channel and all major podcast platforms starting January 18.
The HBO Shop and New York Escapewear brand Tombolo will partner to sell special edition merchandise for the 25th anniversary. Items are available now, and new ones will launch throughout 2024.
All episodes of The Sopranos are available on Max.