From David Simon, creator of The Wire and Generation Kill, and Eric Overmyer, writer- producer of Homicide and Law & Order, the debut series Treme is set in post-Katrina New Orleans, chronicling the rebuilding of a unique American culture after historic devastation. Treme refers to one of New Orleans' oldest neighbourhoods, an historically important source of African-American music and culture.
Treme begins in fall 2005, three months after Hurricane Katrina. The drama follows the interconnected stories of several struggling musicians and locals, including Antoine Batiste (Wendell Pierce), a smooth-talking trombonist. His ex-wife and bar owner, LaDonna Batiste-Williams (Khandi Alexander), concerned over the disappearance of her younger brother Daymo, turns to the local civil rights attorney Antoinette "Toni" Bernette (Melissa Leo) for help. Bernette's husband Creighton (John Goodman), a local professor, becomes an outspoken critic of the government's response to the devastation. Steve Zahn plays Davis McAlary, a rebellious local DJ and musician. McAlary's sometimes girlfriend, Chef Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens), struggles to regain momentum for her newly re-opened restaurant.
Elsewhere in the city, displaced Mardi Gras Indian chief Albert Lambreaux (Clarke Peters) returns to his devastated neighbourhood, determined to rebuild his way of life. His son Delmond a successful jazz musician, is torn between his family in New Orleans and his life in New York. And talented violinist Annie (Lucia Micarelli) and her boyfriend Sonny (Michiel Huisman), are street musicians in the Quarter looking for their big break. The series also features real-life musicians Kermit Ruffins, Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint, Dr. John and members of the Treme and Rebirth Brass Bands.
Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer; Treme is executive produced by David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble, Eric Overmyer and Carolyn Strauss. David Mills is co-executive producer; Anthony Hemingway is producer. Directed by Agnieszka Holland, Jim McKay, Ernest Dickerson, Anthony Hemingway, Christine Moore, Brad Anderson, Simon Cellan Jones, Dan Attias, the series is written by David Simon, Eric Overmyer, David Mills, George Pelecanos, Lolis Elie and Tom Piazza. Treme's consultants include notable New Orleanians Donald Harrison, Jr., Susan Spicer, Kermit Ruffins, Davis Rogan and Mary Howell.
01 - Knock With Me Rock With Me
Antoine Batiste flirts with martyrdom; Janette Desautel encounters her old nemesis, Enrico Brulard, and a new suitor; Delmond and Albert Lambreaux debut their Indian-jazz album; Toni Bernette meets L.P. Everett, a new ally in her investigation of post-Katrina killings; LaDonna Batiste-Williams finds living with in-laws is its own kind of hell; Sonny is in an in-law hell of his own, and he and Linh aren't even married; Nelson Hidalgo is barking up new money trees.
02 - Saints
Antoine's students show interest and Annie's demo hits the mark; Sonny and Linh show interest, but no marks are hit; L.P. Everett's new case has smoke and fire; heat at the in-laws' house forces LaDonna to move; Hidalgo discovers a new angle; Janette's resistance slips; Albert learns he has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
03 - Me Donkey Want Water
Janette, Aunt Mimi and Annie commit to new deals, with varying degrees of enthusiasm. Toni may have found the killer she seeks; Terry is still looking for his; L.P. Everett meets his victim's family; Batiste plays his bone in Texas; Sonny plays his music closer to home.
04 - The Greatest Love
Antoine Batiste does a good deed, and a homeowner suspects Nelson Hidalgo's deeds may not be so good. Davis McAlary fails to sign Sugar Boy Crawford for his opera, but Delmond Lambreaux gets his father to sign up for assistance from New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. L.P. Everett learns that his headless skeleton was not always so.
05 - I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
Antoine Batiste does the "Cupid Shuffle," as Desiree's mother's house collapses. Annie T's visiting parents learn about her record deal. Albert Lambreaux's kids learn about his lymphoma. Toni Berrnette learns about Sofia's boyfriend. When Sofia gets stopped by Officer Billy Wilson, it prompts a Toni Bernette appeal to NOPD captain Marcus Grayson. Janette Desautel has a reunion.
06 - Careless Love
Sonny rushes, but still misses the boat. Fats Domino tickles Davis McAlary's fancy and a few of the ivories. Antoine Batiste seeks reading help for Jennifer. Janette Desautel endures corporate hell. Toni Bernette and L.P. Everett get a witness. Desiree gets a new ally.