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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights how the strong and historically important music culture of New Orleans attempts to revive itself in a post-Katrina world. It also offers strong points of view about who is responsible for the city's devastation and slow recovery process. It also shows lifestyles that involve frequent alcohol, cigarette, and sometimes drug use.
Positive Role Models
The residents of Treme love their city and want to rebuild it. Many of the musicians smoke pot, womanize, and/or are divorced. Law enforcement and other agencies are shown attempting to cover up some of their inappropriate behavior.
Violence & Scariness
New Orleans police officers and military personnel are shown patrolling the city streets on foot; police helicopters are frequently heard at night as they protect the city. Scenes of the devastation left behind by Hurricane Katrina are frequent. There are discussions about escaped prisoners. As the series continues, look for occasional fighting and possible injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Contains some strong sexual innuendo. People are shown getting in and out of bed and in their underwear. Nudity (breasts and back sides) is occasionally visible.
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Words like "ass," "damn," "bitch," "p---y," "s--t," "f--k" are frequently audible. The N-word is occasionally heard, especially in contemporary song lyrics. Rude gestures are also visible.
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Products & Purchases
Budweiser beer labels, and occasional Apple computers visible. Musicians like Elvis Costello make cameo appearances.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Consumption of wine, beer, and hard liquor is frequently visible. Cigarette and cigar smoking also visible. People are occasionally shown smoking joints.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dramatic and mature series -- which features the residents of the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina -- includes potentially disturbing scenes of the storm's aftermath, including flood damage and military patrols. The HBO series contains lots of profanity ("ass," "damn," "bitch," "p---y," "s--t," "f--k"), and the N -word is occasionally audible. Expect occasional nudity (bare buttocks, breasts) and frequent consumption of wine, Budweiser beer, and hard liquor. There's also lots of cigarette, cigar, and pot smoking.
Is It Any Good?
The gritty show, which is set in the flood-ravaged New Orleans community of Treme, unfolds amidst the traditional brass band music for which the neighborhood is known. As a result, the music is as just as important as its ensemble cast. But the series' most significant character is the historic city itself, which acts as a visual reminder of the devastation that its residents continue to deal with.
The series' well-written storylines are mixed in with strong musical performances and lots of local flavor. While some may find this combination entertaining, others may find it difficult to balance against the strong messages it sends about the seemingly endless struggles the city's past and present residents continue to face, and about the fault of the politicians and various agencies that failed them. But to its credit, it succeeds in capturing the real voice and spirit of the city, and of the people who are rebuilding it.
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