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David Simon’s “Treme,” the languorous, exactingly observed, perfectly scored drama set in post-Katrina New Orleans, “Treme” has not enjoyed the same fanatical devotion or critical praise as Simon’s “The Wire” (though what could), largely because of its willful lack of interest in obeying standard TV plot conventions, unfurling instead at its own idiosyncratic, leisurely pace.

Whole sections of the hour-long episodes are given over to club gigs, street busking, studio sessions and jamming of various kinds. Music isn’t used as aural wallpaper or scene setting; it is the end not the means. David Simon has always been uncompromising in his pursuit of authentic experience on the small screen, and Treme is no different. American popular culture began in New Orleans and music is at the heart of what the city is about. The most impressive thing about Treme to me is how, for a show focusing on such dour subject matter, nearly every episode leaves me in a better mood. No show on TV is filled with more humanity and empathy. In my opinion, this was the best of the three seasons. They made the edits a little crisper and kept the narrative pace up. This season improved on everything I love above the show. The characters are wonderful and avoid cliche. Every detail is painfully thought through yet it never feels overwrought. The cultural themes are accurate and enlightening. The music is consistently excellent. The last scene of Sunday’s episode was pure Simon, and just fantastic. I will miss this show greatly when it’s gone.

Theme Song/Intro Song

Treme Season 3: Trailer

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