3. TREME’S CHARACTERS ARE REAL

Or inspired by real-life NOLA citizens, anyway. Janette Desautel (Kim Dickens), the show’s resident restaurant owner who struggles to get her business back up and running post-Katrina is loosely based on well-known chef Susan Spicer of the Bayona restaurant.

John Goodman is Creighton Bernette, a Tulane University professor who takes no issue speaking just what’s on his mind in reference to the Katrina tragedy (“You mean the federally induced disaster? This is not a natural disaster. This is a manmade fucking catastrophe of epic proportions!”) is a clear reference to the late blogger Ashley Morris, who made a rep for similarly profane outbursts.