Mommy issues. Gambling addictions. Drug and alcohol dependency. Depression. Suicide. Car wrecks. Guys who are released from prison only to realize they can't hack it in the outside world. Who knew the mob life was so boring?
Critics of the show often said that The Sopranos valued style over substance. When one views the show in a condensed setting—as opposed to over the span of eight years—those arguments gain some validity. The repetition of storylines becomes apparent.