Thick with Thieves

Meet Tony Soprano's extended family. Having aired plenty of cop shows, TV is now giving the robbers--and other perps--star treatment

Before taking a bullet in the first episode of this season of The Sopranos, mob boss Tony Soprano was at the top of his game: secure in his business, flush with income, gorging on expensive sushi. When it comes to the TV-crime business, Tony has largely been the unchallenged boss too. Television has occasionally featured wrongfully accused men (The Fugitive) or misunderstood rogues (The Dukes of Hazzard), but TV has mainly been a good guys' zone. Now there are people gunning for Tony in the TV biz as well; the medium is in the middle of a full-blown love affair with crooks....

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