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The Best Episodes of Treme

Every episode of Treme ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Treme!

Tremé takes its name from a neighborhood of New Orleans and portrays life in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. Beginning three months after Hurricane Katrina, the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs, Mardi Gras Indians, and other New Orleanians struggle to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture.


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The best episode of "Treme" is "Do Watcha Wanna", rated 8.8/10 from 242 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by David Simon, Anthony Bourdain. "Do Watcha Wanna" aired on 7/3/2011 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "...To Miss New Orleans".

  • Do Watcha Wanna
    8.8/10 242 votes

    #1 - Do Watcha Wanna

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2011-07-03

    Jazz Fest takes center stage in New Orleans, giving Treme residents a welcome respite from a challenging year.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David Simon, Anthony Bourdain

  • ...To Miss New Orleans
    8.8/10 200 votes

    #2 - ...To Miss New Orleans

    Season 4 Episode 5 - Aired 2013-12-29

    Davis gets a "job, job"; Colson gets his transfer too little too late. Batiste runs into a couple of old Mardi Gras friends; LaDonna and the boys do Mardi Gras day; Bernette and Sofia salute Creighton and carry out their Mardi Gras tradition; LP Everett experiences his second Mardi Gras in a row. Annie butts heads with Marvin Frey in the studio. Hidalgo cashes out -- but pays it forward.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • I'll Fly Away
    8.7/10 342 votes

    #3 - I'll Fly Away

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-06-20

    Toni's concerns about Creighton turn to anger; Albert and the Indians suit up for St. Joseph's night; Antoine gambles away a big payday; Davis tries to convince Janette to stay put; Annie weighs her future options. A funeral procession offers its mourners a chance to reflect on the events of the last year in New Orleans.

    Director: Agnieszka Holland

    Writer: David Simon

  • All on a Mardi Gras Day
    8.5/10 288 votes

    #4 - All on a Mardi Gras Day

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2010-06-06

    As New Orleans gears up for its first Fat Tuesday since Katrina, Albert is sent a less-than-celebratory message by the NOPD. Sonny leaves Annie to her own devices; LaDonna puts her bad news on hold; the Bernettes make a Mardi Gras appearance, though Creighton’s heart isn’t really in it.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Eric Overmyer

  • What is New Orleans?
    8.5/10 212 votes

    #5 - What is New Orleans?

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2011-06-19

    Davis is upstaged by an up-and-coming rapper; Albert's attention to detail irks Delmond; Nelson makes the best of a frustrating situation; Toni questions murder witnesses; Colson moves to the homicide division; LaDonna faces a difficult choice; Annie experiences the good and bad of New Orleans; Antoine changes his tune on his teaching gig. Cowritten by George Pelecanos and David Simon.

    Director: Adam Davidson

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • Tipitina
    8.5/10 183 votes

    #6 - Tipitina

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2012-11-25

    Davis and Cheeky Blakk go “full ghetto” on Davis’ goodbye to the musician’s life. Tim Feeny reveals himself and his intentions to Janette when he finds out that she’s throwing an unauthorized benefit for Gigi’s. Delmond parts ways with the powers that be. Toni sees hope that Joey Abreu’s killer may be prosecuted.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Shame, Shame, Shame
    8.4/10 292 votes

    #7 - Shame, Shame, Shame

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-05-09

    As the city celebrates the return of many displaced residents with another second line parade, Albert presses a Councilman to reopen housing projects and Davis recruits some local musicians to put out a campaign CD.

    Director: Christine Moore

    Writer: N/A

  • Smoke My Peace Pipe
    8.4/10 279 votes

    #8 - Smoke My Peace Pipe

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-05-23

    While Janette hits the road with her cooking skills, LaDonna and Toni are given hope by a judge's sudden ultimatum and Antoine loses a mentor but gains a job.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Eric Overmyer, David Mills

  • On Your Way Down
    8.4/10 242 votes

    #9 - On Your Way Down

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2011-05-08

    Toni's investigation of a post-Katrina casualty gets more confusing at every turn; a routine closing at the bar for LaDonna becomes a disaster; Janette is forced to make a quick trip back to New Orleans to tend to a housing crisis; Nelson ups the ante in his business deal with Robinette; Antoine practices with his new band; Sonny turns to another musician for help when his home is vandalized.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sunset on Louisianne
    8.4/10 170 votes

    #10 - Sunset on Louisianne

    Season 4 Episode 4 - Aired 2013-12-22

    Batiste receives bad news in the band room; Bernette receives a surprise but helpful package; Lambreaux receives a blessing. Davis reaches a mid-life milestone; Delmond plays a song for his Daddy; Annie gives in to her manager. Colson pays a visit to his boys on their home turf; Hidalgo does some digging on McAlary's behalf. L.P. Everett returns to New Orleans and finds he has fans in unexpected places.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Wish Someone Would Care
    8.3/10 281 votes

    #11 - Wish Someone Would Care

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-06-13

    Davis concocts a remedy for the post-Mardi Gras blues; Annie makes a decision that Sonny takes personally; Janette’s latest chef’s gig gets bogged down; Antoine becomes LaDonna’s unexpected benefactor; Colson warns Albert to avoid trouble on St. Joseph’s night; Creighton is inspired by a classic novel set in old New Orleans.

    Director: Daniel Attias

    Writer: George Pelecanos, David Simon

  • Carnival Time
    8.3/10 214 votes

    #12 - Carnival Time

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2011-06-05

    As Carnival arrives in New Orleans, Albert unveils his new plumage, and Delmond discovers a new sound; Annie heads to a rural celebration with Harley, while Davis looks for an alibi to party in town; Hidalgo combines business with pleasure on a Zulu float; Toni and Sofia struggle with their memories of Creighton; Antoine club-hops with his sons, while LaDonna avoids the fracas; and Cornell offers Sonny a second chance away from all the revelry; in New York, Chef Ripert gives Janette time off to attend to personal business and Fat Tuesday

    Director: Brad Anderson

    Writer: Eric Overmyer, David Simon

  • Yes We Can
    8.3/10 179 votes

    #13 - Yes We Can

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 2013-12-01

    Batiste helps a student in a sticky situation. Lambreaux teaches LaDonna the true meaning of "Mighty Kootie Fiyo." Hidalgo meets musician turned activist Davis McAlary. Sonny goes to "see a man about a horse," instead finds trouble. Manager Marvin Frey questions Annie's ambitions; she questions his intentions. Delmond gigs with the great Ellis Marsalis. No longer on the Avenue, Desautel is stumped about what to call her new restaurant. Colson asks to be transferred to a new district. Sofia votes yes to her mother's new living arrangement. Bernette bails out a friend. Obama is elected.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • That's What Lovers Do
    8.2/10 203 votes

    #14 - That's What Lovers Do

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2011-06-26

    Janette gets a new nickname; Toni relies on Colson for another favor; Sonny finds an unlikely reason to go to the docks; Antoine pays a price for his on-stage antics; Albert and Delmond travel to make their record.

    Director: Agnieszka Holland

    Writer: Eric Overmyer

  • Promised Land
    8.2/10 192 votes

    #15 - Promised Land

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-11-04

    It’s Carnival time: Toni finds Judge Gatling dispensing judicial orders and potables at Galatoire’s. Janette seeks counsel from Emeril Lagasse and deconstructs crawfish etouffée with Al Roker. Sonny falls on the wagon. As Nelson schmoozes, Annie sits in with the Neville Brothers at the Washington, D.C. Mardi Gras Ball.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • This City
    8.2/10 167 votes

    #16 - This City

    Season 4 Episode 2 - Aired 2013-12-08

    Lambreaux takes Davina on a tour of his old neighborhood. Violence in the streets finds its way into Batiste's classroom. Desautel learns the hard way what's in a name; Bernette learns all is not as it should be at Orleans Parish Prison when she meets the parents of a deceased inmate. Annie takes in a show at One Eyed Jacks; takes home the lead singer. Delmond turns down a gig to be close to home and family. Tensions at work translate to tensions at home for Colson and Bernette. Hidalgo takes McAlary on a dinner date to talk business; LaDonna has a dinner date of her own with Lambreaux.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Dippermouth Blues
    8.2/10 163 votes

    #17 - Dippermouth Blues

    Season 4 Episode 3 - Aired 2013-12-15

    Desautel brings in the New Year with Davis and Jacques; Davis embarks on a mission to bring music back to Rampart St. Batiste gets a taste of Hollywood South; Annie gets the message "loud and clear" from her manager Marvin Frey. Delmond is inspired to work on a new piece. Lambreaux goes for a night out and over does it. LaDonna takes Alcide and Randall to visit her momma in Baton Rouge. Bernette wants to proceed with a case against Orleans Parish Prison; Colson wants to tell all that he knows.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Meet De Boys on the Battlefront
    8.1/10 367 votes

    #18 - Meet De Boys on the Battlefront

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-04-18

    LaDonna finally receives news about her brother, who is missing. Albert is forced to take the law into his own hands.

    Director: Jim McKay

    Writer: Eric Overmyer, David Simon

  • Can I Change My Mind?
    8.1/10 211 votes

    #19 - Can I Change My Mind?

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2011-06-12

    Davis' band debuts, but Annie is hesitant to perform her new song. Meanwhile, Delmond runs his fusion sound by Dr. John; Nelson makes a deal with the city; Sofia falls in with the wrong crowd; and Janette mulls moving to a less intense job. Performers include Susan Cowsill and Leroy Jones.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Eric Overmyer

  • The Greatest Love
    8.1/10 175 votes

    #20 - The Greatest Love

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2012-10-14

    Antoine does a good deed, and a homeowner suspects Nelson’s deeds may not be so good. Davis fails to sign “Sugar Boy” Crawford for his opera, but Delmond gets his father to sign up for assistance from New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. L.P. learns that his headless skeleton wasn’t always so.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say
    8.1/10 187 votes

    #21 - I Thought I Heard Buddy Bolden Say

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-10-21

    Antoine does the “Cupid Shuffle,” as Desiree’s mother’s house collapses. Annie’s visiting parents learn about her record deal. Albert’s kids learn about his lymphoma. Toni learns about Sofia’s boyfriend. Sofia gets stopped by Officer Billy Wilson, prompting Toni to appeal to NOPD captain Marcus Grayson. Janette has a reunion.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Poor Man's Paradise
    8.1/10 176 votes

    #22 - Poor Man's Paradise

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2012-11-18

    Janette’s restaurant is the talk of the town, but the popularity of a signature dish has her chefs feeling the heat in the kitchen. Meanwhile, Colson’s strained relationship with the rest of the police department comes with a personal risk; Desiree confronts Nelson about his demolition contracts; Annie begins to tire of Davis’ sulky attitude; Albert meets the jazz center’s benefactors; and LaDonna finally finds out what’s behind all the threats she’s been getting.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Do You Know What It Means
    8.0/10 512 votes

    #23 - Do You Know What It Means

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-04-11

    In the small New Orleans neighborhood of Treme, they are about to celebrate the first "second-line parade" since the town was struck by Katrina and many of the local musicians and residents are reunited, but even more have not yet returned.

    Director: Agnieszka Holland

    Writer: Eric Overmyer, David Simon

  • Right Place, Wrong Time
    8.0/10 308 votes

    #24 - Right Place, Wrong Time

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-04-25

    While Davis trades piano lessons for his freedom, Albert makes an unnerving discovery and Annie gets a gig on her birthday.

    Director: Ernest R. Dickerson

    Writer: David Simon, David Mills

  • At the Foot of Canal Street
    8.0/10 286 votes

    #25 - At the Foot of Canal Street

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-05-02

    Antoine holidays with his kids in Baton Rouge while LaDonna and Toni look into a local case of mistaken identity. Davis and Creighton decide to take their pain to the masses, while Sonnie leaves Annie for a gig in Texas and Albert accepts an invitation for dinner.

    Director: Anthony Hemingway

    Writer: George Pelecanos, Eric Overmyer