Treme: Season 1 (2010)

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Treme's spicy mix of interesting characters, great music, dense plotting, and a unique milieu make for one of the most original shows on television.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2010

In the premiere of a drama that unfolds in New Orleans three months after Hurricane Katrina, residents and musicians, including a hard-luck trombonist (Wendell Pierce), revel in their first neighborhood parade since the storm. Meanwhile, a college professor (John Goodman) fumes at the government's role in the disaster; a chef (Kim Dickens) tries to keep her restaurant up and running; and a bar owner (Khandi Alexander) worries about her missing brother.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2010

Davis is forced to find new work after making the wrong kind of radio history, but a hotel job allows him to show some tourists from Wisconsin another side of New Orleans. Meanwhile, Antoine swallows his pride to play a gig on Bourbon Street; Albert searches for a tool thief; Creighton considers finishing his novel; and LaDonna finally gets some good news about her brother.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2010

Sonny makes plans for Annie's birthday but gets jealous when a well-known jazz pianist solicits her to accompany him at a swanky party. Meanwhile, Davis repays Toni for bailing him out of jail with piano lessons for Sofia; Antoine has an unfortunate encounter with the local police; LaDonna asks her brother-in-law for help in finding her brother; and Albert makes a gruesome discovery in the Lower Ninth Ward.

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Air date: May 2, 2010

Antoine visits his sons in Baton Rouge for the holidays; Albert and his Indians lay their Wild Man to rest; LaDonna and Toni investigate a case of mistaken identity; Sonny goes to a gig in Texas without Annie; Delmond contemplates going on tour; Davis and Creighton air their grievances.

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Air date: May 9, 2010

A second-line parade welcomes back displaced residents; Janette cooks for a group of celebrity chefs; Albert urges a politician to make housing projects a priority; Davis organizes local musicians for a political cause; Antoine gets a boost from a jazz fan from Japan; Sonny's houseguest doesn't make a good impression on Annie.

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Air date: May 16, 2010

Toni taps a new source for information about Daymo; Janette mulls the future of her restaurant; the Bernettes are prominent figures at the Krewe du Vieux parade; Albert is frustrated by the lack of lodging for the tribe; Davis increases his exposure.

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Air date: May 23, 2010

'Smoke My Peace Pipe.' (Season One) A judge's ultimatum gives hope to LaDonna and Toni; Albert makes a stand and pays the price. Ends 12/30

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Air date: Jun 6, 2010

'All on a Mardi Gras Day.' (Season One) New Orleans preps for its first Fat Tuesday since Katrina; Albert is sent a message by the NOPD. Ends 12/30

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Air date: Jun 13, 2010

'Wish Someone Would Care.' (Season One) Davis concocts a remedy for the post-Mardi Gras blues; Annie makes a decision that Sonny dislikes. Ends 12/30

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Air date: Jun 20, 2010

In the first-season finale, Toni's frustration with Creighton reaches the boiling point; Antoine's vices get the best of him; Davis tries to persuade Janette to stay in town; Albert goes all out for St. Joseph's night; and Annie mulls her future plans.

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"The Wire" creator David Simon pens a love letter to New Orleans in this music-fueled drama that follows its citizens as they attempt to put their lives back together three months after Hurricane Katrina. On hand are "Wire" vets Wendell Pierce and Clarke Peters, as, respectively, star-crossed trombonist Antoine Batiste, who revels in the first neighborhood parade since the storm, and Mardi Gras Indian chief Albert Lambreaux, who sets out to repair the local bar where his tribe practices. Meanwhile, college professor Creighton Bernette (John Goodman) fumes at the government's role in the disaster, and his attorney wife, Toni (Melissa Leo), helps tavern owner LaDonna (Khandi Alexander) try to find her missing brother; chef Janette (Kim Dickens) struggles to keep her restaurant open; street musicians Sonny (Michiel Huisman) and Annie (Lucia Micarelli) entertain tourists as they trickle back into town; and DJ Davis McAlary (Steve Zahn) wages a one-man campaign to resurrect the city's soul.

Critic Reviews for Treme Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (23)

Sometimes we want to slap some of these folks, but more than that we want them to succeed, and their determination to get back on their feet gives "Treme" the potential to show us both the storm and the sun.

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…

A smart, engaging, moving and funny series, one that in many ways is more accessible than its predecessor [The Wire].

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…

This is the kind of TV that viewers ask for but rarely get, driven by characters who are more than the sum of one or two qualities and who harbor depths that are revealed slowly, subtly, and authentically.

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…

This is a spectacular new series, with some stunning performances and gorgeous music. You'll become hooked.

Apr 11, 2010 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

[David] Simon is exquisitely sensitive to the signifiers of insiderness and outsiderness that separate the authentic from the fake, the native from the poseur.

May 25, 2018 | Full Review…

There aren't many shows that have significant cultural importance, and Tremé is among the best of them.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Treme would seem to be quite similar to The Wire: a synoptic portrait of a poor, old, troubled, black-majority American city, expressed through the intertwined unfolding stories of a group of characters. But there are several important differences...

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Is "Treme" worth watching? As a history lesson in post-Katrina New Orleans, it absolutely is. It's as good a historical artifact of a certain time and place as you are likely to see.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It was, rather, a subtle, searching appreciation for The City That Care Forgot, mournful and merry in equal measure...

Jun 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Like The Wire, Treme bravely, deftly and accurately tackled social and economic issues and institutions, such as the city's criminal-justice system, political corruption and public housing...

May 31, 2018 | Full Review…

The kind of television you eventually relax and sink into, enjoying it the way you might enjoy a live concert featuring a line-up of bands you don't recognize but playing in a genre you love.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

The series' well-written storylines are mixed in with strong musical performances and lots of local flavor.

May 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Treme: Season 1

  • Nov 18, 2020
    The Goodman turn is a little unearned
  • Nov 09, 2020
    Treme is a great snapshot of a tragic time in one of America's iconic cities. I appreciated it even more, having been to NOLA myself. My only critiques would be that it is a little slow and the characters were hard to like.

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