Treme

Treme

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2011
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Amid the ruins of New Orleans, ordinary people--musicians, chefs, residents--find themselves clinging to a unique culture and wondering if the city that gave birth to that culture still has a future.

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elSev3n
Dec 15, 2015

Great music

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sugahara
Jan 27, 2015

First of this Post Katrina HBO Series. It's an excellent portrayal of some of the people of New Orleans who stayed in their homes after Katrina.

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BrendanRogers
Dec 11, 2014

The series is a love song to the City of New Orleans. It is beautiful and tragic. They did a fine job conveying the specialness of this place in America. A city not east, not west, in the south but not, an in-between place between America, Europe and the Caribbean, past and present.

The series is set post Katrina and follows a community attempting to rebuild. Shot on location, one of the wonderful things about this series is that it features local musicians and cultural icons. Singer John Boutte' and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins are supreme on screen. They are even better live and can found playing in in the local bars any given week in New Orleans. Treme = a neighborhood in New Orleans.

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BloomFree
Mar 23, 2014

Kudos for the shining performance of John Goodman ( 15 year local of New Orleans) who portrays Creighton. Respectful admiration extended for Creighton’s wife -- a woman who courageously strove for truth and justice in a non-ideal, energy exhausting world. Everyone involved in Hurricane Katrina was damaged in some way. Some people became broken and decided that life was not worth living (the suicide rate in New Orleans tripled after Hurricane Katrina). In the case of Creighton – the damage was not obvious but lingered in his inner depths – expressed in writing anxiety and a feeling of being “done.” In this series, many consequences of Katrina and aspects of New Orleans culture are explored. Watching a second line dancing funeral was one of the highlights showing spirit and a desire to keep on keeping on with life as is. Being a very “visual” person, I wish I could have learned the majority of history in school this way by seeing and hearing of the emotions, challenges and lives of other (instead of reading about them in flat black and white writing). I strongly recommend this series for learning about recent history and human nature. There are many mini-dramas in the episodes. Like anyone, I can relate to and like some characters more than others.

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sallyneary
Feb 19, 2014

I tried to watch this after finishing all 5 seasons of The Wire, and I couldn't get into it. Tried again recently and I am glad I did because I love it and can't wait for the season 3 set that I have on hold. I dance and sing while loading each disk, and I am learning so much. I now want to visit New Orleans at Mardi Gras, something I never thought I would like before.

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lukasevansherman
Nov 15, 2013

I loved "The Wire," but found this slow, pretentious and rambling. A serious disappointment.

ericasigmon Apr 02, 2013

Amazing show!
Opposite from cmaigret, we just returned from an amazing visit to NOLA so we knew / understood all the local jargon, customs, references, places, etc. so watching us allows us to continue to feel the N.O. vibe.

Long live NOLA and kudos to the cast and crew, and creators of Treme!!

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Catwriter
Oct 25, 2012

Beyond the ruins left in Katrina's trail, there survives a visceral love of music that courses through the veins of the people who remain and attempt to rebuid the areas they love and live in. I enjoy the accurate depiction of the people and society but would watch the show for the music alone. It stirs the blood as it has done for so many decades. Fantastic series Treme- well worth the time to savour.

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Christinezlatko123
Jun 02, 2012

An absolutely acurate portrayed show with so much detail of the customs, life and history of New Orleans. We experienced the charm and intrigue of this great city and all the effects of Katrina in our trip and relived the details and followed the city through the show when we got home. It was being filmed in front of the apartment we rented down of frenchman street and we were pleased with the quality of the program.

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bstudent
May 05, 2012

Although this is my extent of experiences in or about New Orleans outside of the news, this is a really good show with lots of music (jazz/blues) and some cultural exchange into a once thriving demographic now on the mend.

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BloomFree
Mar 01, 2014

DVD 4 - Episode 9
Professor Bernette discusses Kate Chopin’s book The Awakening with his young students (some of them mildly interested – most of them focused on other concerns of a younger life). In answer to a male student’s question of what the protagonist is looking for Professor Bernette responds: So what’s Edna looking for? (pause -- as if he’s pulling out his response from deep inside) Edna’s journey is (second deep pause) She’s looking for truth or some kind of peace (overheard giggle from a young girl who doesn’t get it). Female student with deer-like eyes: Professor Bernette, I know that class participation is 10% of our grade, but are the discussions themselves going to be on the test too? Groan from Professor Bernette and affectionate glance. Gwyneth my dear everything will be on the test and the test will be everything. But fear not, for in the end, every one of us will be tested and every one of us will be found wanting.

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