Documentary series described as ‘The real-life Sopranos’ coming to Netflix next week

Documentary series described as ‘The real-life Sopranos’ coming to Netflix next week

If it can live up to that description, then it’s going to be a must-watch.


13 years since the incredibly divisive finale aired, The Sopranos is still rightly acclaimed as one of the best TV series of all time.


So when a Netflix documentary series comes along that claims to be a ‘real-life’ version of David Chase’s masterpiece, you can guarantee we’re going to sit up and take notice.


Fear City: New York vs The Mafia, a three-part documentary series, examines how the FBI took down the five mafia empires of New York City at the height of their powers during the 1980s.


The five empires in question are the Italian-American families formed by organised crime figure Salvatore Maranzano in 1931, the same year of his death. The families later came to be known as the Bonanno, Colombo, Gambino, Genovese and Lucchese families.


The families reigned supreme in New York City in what is described in the trailer for the new documentary as “the golden era of the mob” in the 1970s and ‘80s, prompting the FBI to try and take down all five families, all at the same time.

The synopsis does a fine job of adding to the hype behind the documentary, as does the trailer below and the fact that it comes from the producers of Don’t F**k With Cats.


Keep an eye out for Fear City: New York vs The Mafia when it arrives on Netflix on 22 July.