Counting down the best TV in 2010
3. "Treme" (HBO)
This emotional portrait of New Orleans from David Simon of "The Wire," operates more like a Robert Altman movie — "Nashville," in particular — than most TV series. The characters are only loosely connected, the music is as important as the script, and the goal of the drama is to paint an image of a city and, by extension, of America. A lot of viewers never caught on to "Treme" because the storylines didn't join together across the season and build toward a climax; in fact, the show's climax occurred before the series began, when Hurricane Katrina tore an infrastructure and a culture apart. Instead of a traditional forward narrative, we got vivid characters wandering through a sad, fragmented aftermath.
Pictured: Michiel Huisman, left, and Lucia Micarelli.