The show makes a point to never underestimate the audience’s intelligence, which is refreshing in a world of predictable melodramas and soapy reality shows. Treme’s pace and lengthy performances ask the viewer to attend to the action in a different way than we’re used to. There’s a difference between boring and slow. Slow demands the kind of concentration that makes for a more satisfyingly immersive experience.

And honestly, if you don’t like the music, which runs the gamut from jazz to bounce, that’s not the show’s problem—it’s your problem. The performances are integral to the show. It’s like complaining about a musical because you don’t buy characters spontaneously bursting into song. It’s part of the form.