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It started with a mobster going to his first appointment with a psychiatrist and telling her that he had a panic attack because some ducks left his backyard, and it ended when the screen suddenly went black, the most talked-about finale in television history. It’s been 20 years since The Sopranos – all the episodes of which are available on HOT VOD and YES VOD – debuted, and television has never been the same since. David Chase, the creator of the show, changed that unwritten rule that said TV was a poor cousin of the movies. The show’s 86 episodes – which were by turns fascinating, suspenseful, funny, repellent, ironic, bizarre, brilliant and surprising – raised the bar for television so high that every time we tune in today we are the beneficiaries of the standard Chase set.