1999 Saw the creation of what i consider one of the greatest television shows of all time, The Sopranos. Ground breaking in production and writing, Sopranos took an almost movie format, cramming 50 minutes of breath-taking acting and storytelling into a single episode. An all star cast, lead by the brilliance of James Gandolfini, for the first time presented a show that was realistic, showcasing humanity in all of its glorious flaws and triumphs. The Sopranos did not win over all viewers as some people still preferred a more sugar-coated approach to television, but what it did was bridge the gap between cinema and television. This has never been more evident then today as a number of celebrated cinema actors are starring in television shows, such as Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards and the recent Oscar award winner Matthew Mcconaughey in True Detective. The Sopranos paved the way for shows such as The Wire and Breaking bad, which are just as thought-provoking and brilliant.