6. TREME IS SCRIPTED REALITY, FOR REAL

Unlike “reality” shows that are obviously orchestrated by producers to squeeze the most drama they can out of their stars (don’t worry, we still love you, Jersey Shore), Treme is a scripted show that manages to capture very real problems in a very real city, and nothing seems forced for the sake of plot.

Though the term “ripped from the headlines” is thrown around for mostly shows that have presented storylines for so-called shock factor, Treme seems to be the full embodiment of the phrase. This really happened.