4. The Sopranos (HBO)
The show that kicked off HBO's decade of dominance: a Mafia boss in present-day Jersey starts visiting a shrink when middle age begins to close in: an aging parent (that wants to off him), competition at work (that want to off him), a bratty kid (that makes him want to off himself). Paulie Walnuts, Meadow Soprano, and a typically unhinged Steve Buscemi cameo FTW. Bada bing bada bang bang!
YOU AUGHTA KNOW:
Paulie Walnuts' first name is Peter; Paul is his middle name. In fact, his given birth name is "Peter Paul Wall Nuts."