Deep in the bowels of The Spool Studios, there lies a chamber only the greatest TV characters can enter – the funniest, the grumpiest, the maddest masks the television medium has to offer. There, we honor the breakout comic relief, the magnetically flawed protagonist, the one-time guest character that defines an entire series. This is where we hoard TV’s most valuable visages. This… is the Hall of Faces.
Welcome to the Hall of Faces, The Spool’s monthly TV podcast! A spinoff of the short-lived Consequence of Sound podcast TV Party, Hall of Faces sees hosts and TV critics Allison Shoemaker and Clint Worthington build up a pantheon of television’s greatest characters, one show at a time.
Twenty years ago, a little mobster show by the name of The Sopranos premiered on
So much of The Sopranos‘ success can be laid on its absolutely stacked cast, which is what we’re here to discuss: of Chase’s carousel of incredible characters, which one deserves a spot in our vaunted hall of TV’s greatest characters? Is it Gandolfini’s iconic Tony Soprano? Edie Falco‘s tantalizingly conflicted matriarch Carmela? Nancy Marchand‘s scene-stealing villain Livia? Dr. Melfi? Paulie Walnuts? The show is an embarrassment of riches, which makes this one particularly difficult. However, Clint and Allison have some help in the form of perennial guest Kate Kulzick of The Televerse and noted Dudelander Noel Starbird to sort this one out among the families. Grab a glass of orange juice (not the pulp kind,