16 “Groundbreaking” Series That Are Actually Problematic TV Shows

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The Sopranos

There is absolutely no denying that this is one of the most influential drama series to ever be on television. But, if we’re being honest, it’s also one of the most problematic TV shows. This is for one huge reason: how Italian Americans are represented. While creator David Chase asserts that he wasn’t trying to make sweeping claims about all Italian Americans being mafioso criminals, many people weren’t buying it. Plenty of Italian American associations and coalitions boycotted the show and even excluded them from parades and events. So, while the show changed TV forever it didn’t do much for Italian American image! Furthermore, looking back, the homophobia was blatant.

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