‘Treme,’ on HBO, Begins Its Fourth Season

November 29, 2013 10:18 PM

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‘Treme,’ on HBO, Begins Its Fourth Season

Then there’s the contradiction that can make watching the show a slightly queasy, off-putting experience. Created as a celebration of American authenticity, it often feels like the sort of theme park drive-by it is supposedly condemning. Here’s a bounce club, here’s a second line, here’s Mardi Gras, here’s Cajun Mardi Gras. Extra credit if you know that Toni the lawyer holds all her meetings at Li’l Dizzy’s. With its earnest ethnography and hipster aspirations, the show can seem like a video guidebook for Japanese or German tourists.

The news — good news if, like me, you’re a fan of the show, despite its foibles — is that those tendencies have receded almost completely into the background as “Treme” begins its fourth and final season on Sunday night. In these last episodes, there’s a noticeable decline in the lecturing and hecto...

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