5 Best TV Shows About The Mafia
What are the best television series about the mafia? For years a fan favorite of the movies and television has involved America’s fascination with the mafia. Is it because it is a secret shadow organization? Is it the violence or the illegal activities? We may not know for sure, but it is still compelling to watch. If you are a fan of the Godfather movies or Goodfellas, then here are five TV shows about the mafia that you don’t want to miss. Which ones would you choose for this list?
(HBO 1999-2007) The Sopranos followed the lives of a New Jersey mob boss, named Tony Soprano and his family as they dealt with personal and professional problems at home and with the “family business”. The series was a huge hit, winning five Golden Globe awards and 21 Emmy Awards. It starred James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, Lorraine Bracco as Dr. Jennifer Melfi, and Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano.
(HBO 2010-current) Another HBO series, Boardwalk Empire is a loosely historical television drama about the life of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the ruler of 1920s Atlantic City, New Jersey during the Prohibition. He was half politician and half gangster as he dealt with controlling America’s getaway city. The show, which just finished its second season, has won 2 Golden Globe Awards and 8 Emmy Awards.
(ABC 1959-1963) A product of Desilu Productions, The Untouchables was a loosely historical-based series that followed the life of Treasury Agent Eliot Ness (played by Robert Stack) and his band of federal agents who brought down the gangster, Al Capone (played by Neville Brand who is only seen in 5 out of 119 episodes). It takes place in Chicago during the 1930s at a time when criminals ruled the streets. The series was narrated by famed newsman, Walter Winchell. It won 2 Emmys.
(CBS 1987-1990) This television series followed the life of Vinnie Terranova (Ken Wahl) who was an undercover cop for the Organized Crime Bureau (OCB). After serving time in prison to establish his alibi, he goes out and becomes part of the mob where they turn him into an enforcer. He struggles with all sorts of illicit scenarios including: international arms dealers, protection rackets, white supremacists, and even government conspiracies. The show was given 1 Golden Globe Award for best actor to Ken Wahl.
(NBC 1986-1988) This short-lived series takes place in 1960s Chicago where a police detective (Dennis Farina) tries to stop a young criminal (Anthony John Denison) as he rises in the ranks of organized crime. Farina follows his career and tries to take him down, but is always one step behind him. The show only lasted two seasons, but had some very interesting plot lines.