The Sopranos

Shows With Unlikeable Lead Characters Sopranos
James Gandolfini on HBO’s The Sopranos.

Tony Soprano opened the door to countless modern antiheroes, from Walter White to his HBO companions on Curb, Veep and Girls. He’s selfish, violent, and disloyal to his friends, family and mistresses.

But he’s also fascinating. Are his occasional bouts of generosity and good sense examples of his better self shining through? Or just a sociopath’s attempt to seem like a normal person? We’ll never know.

James Gandolfini did a magnificent job of presenting a character who was oddly sympathetic and reprehensible at the same time — all the time.