“I’m going to try to be honest with you, it’s not the best show I’ve ever seen,” Mr. Pardo said.
“And it wasn’t the best TV show I had ever seen.
It’s not even close.”
Mr. Zalewski and Mr. Alpert, in a conversation on the telephone, said that the show was “truly one of the most powerful television shows that I have ever seen.”
The show, “The Soprano,” aired from 1975 to 1979, and it was produced by the Warner Bros. Television production studio in Burbank, Calif., and directed by John Landis, whose credits include “The Simpsons” and “Fatal Attraction.”
Mr.-Landis had previously directed the animated series “Dance Moms,” starring Amy Poehler, in which she played a young girl who must learn to dance to stay alive.
Mr. Landis directed the show “The Dukes of Hazzard” (1981) and the animated feature “Fantastic Four,” in which a trio of superheroes battle against an evil empire.
The series had a strong following, and the production was nominated for three Emmys, including the best original comedy series award.
In one scene, the two characters have been living together for three years, and they are trying to make a plan to move on.
“I know what you want to say,” the father of one character says.
“But you can’t get married.”
The father of the other says: “What?
You think this is about love?”
Mr. Kallen, who had written and directed the pilot, said Mr. Fadiman “really made it his own show.”
“It’s very much his life,” Mr Kallens said.
In the pilot episode, the father is upset that his wife has been spending more time with the man she loves, and he wants to move away, but is being ignored by his wife, who insists on living with him.
He wants to try again in three years.
In a subsequent episode, a young woman asks the father, “Why can’t we just go on living together?”
The father replies, “It won’t change anything.
It’ll just take time.”
Mr Kalens, who was working on “The Golden Girls” at the time, was struck by the depth of their love for each other, he said.
But the show ended on a note of drama, with the father and the mother moving to different states to avoid being married.
The father and mother divorced in 1980, and Mr Fadmans marriage to another woman ended in divorce.
In 1987, Mr Faddiman married another woman, this time an actress named Debra Messing.
After marrying Messing, Mr. Messing was diagnosed with breast cancer, which was later cured, and she became pregnant.
Mr Fads marriage to Messing had been a “bipartisan thing,” Mr Alpert said.
Mr Alert, who worked on “Lost,” a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” that ran from 1993 to 1995, said the show, which starred a young man named Donal Logue, “really was the beginning of a new era.”
“I think the show is really good,” Mr Zalens said of the pilot.
“It really is.
I think it was the first time I saw a young, female, straight man, so that was really the first thing that really caught me.”
Mr Landis and Mr Albert said Mr Faden and Messing were “the first people who really brought it to life.”
Mr Almanet, now an actor in New York, said he and his wife were “overjoyed” to work on the show.
“The only problem was we had to be careful not to be in any way provocative or too dark,” he said, adding that he “never thought it would go to that point.”
“The first season, I was a little bit surprised that the first episode was like that,” he added.
Mr Landes said he was “so glad to have come back to it” and that the cast, which included “the wonderful, wonderful, lovely Joan Cusack, who I worked with on ‘The Golden Girl,’ ” were “incredibly nice.”
The pilot was “a very, very, tender, tender time,” he recalled.
“As you know, the show really had to do something, and this was really a way of doing that.”
The producers of “Sopranos” were “so, so lucky to be able to come back, to work with the same people,” Mr Lands said.
And he said he believes that “Sops show was an important turning point in the history of television.”
The “Sos” cast, he added, “couldn’t have been more excited to work again.” “You