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David Simon has followed-up his cult cop drama with a story of struggling musicians that celebrates the resilience of post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans

By Tom Streithorst   February 2011

Most television can be watched while washing the dishes. Not this time. It’s New Orleans, three months after Hurricane Katrina. We see lips working a reed, fingers fussing on a saxophone.

“Shit ain’t right.”

“Should be ten.”

“Price was twelve bro.”

“Say bro if twelve hundred for eight pieces, and you said you was going to have Shorty kicking it with you.”

Say what? Eventually we understand these are musicians negotiating their rate. In the first minutes of his new series, Treme, David Simon, creator of The Wire, tells us we had better pay attention.

The band breaks into…

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