On June 10, The Sopranos will end after 86 incredibly successful episodes. It's no exaggeration to say that the show helped make HBO a leader in original content, and many consider it the best show in TV history. Here's a look at some of the show's most important moments alongside notable technology world events that took place around the time the related episodes' first aired:
Episode 1, January 10, 1999: The Sopranos premieres, Tony Soprano visits Dr. Melfi for the first time.
Tech world, January, 12, 1999: Just days after setting new highs, , presaging the dot-com crash of the next year.
Episode 13, April 4, 1999: Tony is informed by the FBI that his mother and uncle were behind an assassination attempt on him.
Tech world, February 2, 1999: The person considered the main suspect behind the hugely damaging .
Episode 18, February 13, 2000: Now firmly ensconced as boss of the family, Tony promotes Silvio Dante to consigliere and Paulie Walnuts to captain.
Tech world, February 2, 2000: Microsoft head Bill Gates .
Episode 30, March 18, 2001: Tony's psychiatrist, Dr. Melfi, is raped, and she fantasizes about having Tony kill her attacker.
Tech world, March 21, 2001: Apple .
Episode 40, September 15, 2002: Christopher Moltisanti's girlfriend, Adriana La Cerva, learns her friend is an undercover FBI agent.
Tech world, September, 13, 2002: Researchers report discovering the
Episode 54, March 14, 2004: New York boss Carmine Lupertazzi dies, setting off a power struggle between the New York and New Jersey families that will play out the rest of the series.
Tech world, March 9, 2004: Yahoo adds .
Episode 64, May 23, 2004: Silvio kills Adriana after Christopher tells Tony that she tried to get him to be a government informant.
Tech world, May 18, 2004: A group of Silicon Valley tech execs announce their .
Episode 66, March 12, 2006: Phil Leotardo is named acting boss of the Lupertazzi family, and Junior Soprano shoots Tony, sending him into a coma.
Tech world, March 1, 2006: Hackers play a using a modified Roomba vacuum cleaner on the streets of Austin, Texas.
Episode 68, March 26, 2006: Christopher extorts his former AA sponsor, J.T. Dolan, to write "Cleaver," a slasher/mob movie.
Tech world, March 28, 2006: Apple Computer .
Episode 83, May 13, 2007: Tony suffocates Christopher after the two have a car accident; Tony is angry at Christopher for resuming his drug and alcohol use.
Tech world, May 9, 2007: A House panel approves legislation for all voters by the next presidential election.
Episode 85, June 3, 2007: In the penultimate episode, Phil Leotardo's Lupertazzi family begins a war against Tony and his crew, killing his No. 3, Bobby Bacala, and gravely wounding Silvio.
Tech world, May 29, 2007: Google Maps unveils its , showing street-level photographs in several American cities.