James Gandolfini's Legacy: Tony Soprano, Everyman Gangster

Good guys couldn’t be ugly, but they were allowed darker sides, and by the end of the 20th century, the bad guys could become the heroes. Tony Soprano was one of the worst guys everybody loved.

In the past, television and movies were in black and white, and so were the morals they preached. Good guys were handsome and bad guys shot first. However, as technology advanced and social mores changed, complexity developed. Black and white took on a moral grey zone as plots took twists. Good guys still couldn’t be ugly, but they were allowed darker sides, and by the end of the 20th century, the bad guys could...