On January 10th, 1999, America was introduced to two families that would make history: The Soprano family headed by Tony Soprano, and the Soprano "family" headed by... Tony Soprano. ' 'Four Stars! The first gotta-watch, gotta love, Gotti-like TV series of 1999. Across the board it's an A-plus.' ' - the New York Post ' 'Achieves a fresh tone to match it's irresistibly winning concept.' ' - the New York Times.