Show to Check Out: Treme

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Show to Check Out: Treme

April 22nd, 2010 by Jamie D

If you ever watched the show The Wire on HBO post season 3, Treme is just for you. Hell, if you watched any of The Wire, I am pretty positive that you would enjoy Treme because it looks and feels similar to the way The Wire felt. It is those who have no knowledge of The Wire, David Simon, or the show Homicide from way back that might feel a bit lost. Just like The Wire, this show isn’t particularly easy for the casual HBO viewer to get hooked onto, the first two episodes are mostly there to build characters and little action happens. So for those who might say, O man this show is moving so slow, why should i bother tuning in? Just wait. Simon is doing the same thing he did with The Wire, building these characters detail by detail so that the audience can completely connect with them.

Treme is set post Katrina and seems to be working it’s way towards the first Mardi Gras celebration the following Spring. The cast is unbelievable: John Goodman plays a great pissed off, conspiracy theory, die hard new orleans lover/english professor, Rob Brown, from Finding Forrester, plays a good succesful Jazz musician who seems torn between furthering his career or staying back in New Orleans, and of course Bunk and Lester Freman from The Wire are back with Bunk playing a struggling trombone player and Lester playing a mardi gras indian tribe chief.

The second must see thing about this show is the music. No show in recent memory has ever put such a heavy emphasis on music in such a raw, free-flowing way. The music never seems like it is a forced number that the artist or band had to practice over and over, but more like the camera just happened to be in the room while this great local band took the stage. If you watch in the video above, the attention to detail by having a plethora of actual local musicians in the show truly makes all the difference.

The Wire season 4 is the season that solidified that TV series as legendary, it went from a cop/drug drama to something new; the story of Baltimore, and the fall of an American city. Treme seems to be attempting the same storyline but working from the opposite direction. New Orleans had fallen, but Treme documents how it is getting back up and they are doing it through these characters stories and their own conflicts with post Katrina life.

Watch the clip above, watch the first episode, watch the whole season. I promise you will not only be entertained but you will learn about the strength of the human spirit as well.

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