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This article is the conclusion of a critical experiment. For the first time in years, I watched an entire season of a David Simon series — Treme, season three — without writing about it while the show was in progress. I did this because of Simon’s much-debated insistence that the TV recap culture prizes the parts over the whole and does a disservice to shows that are meant to be considered in totality, like a novel. (Simon’s comments are here and here; my response is here.) “If television reviews could be done at the end of each season, they could say more and do more,” he told my fellow TV critic Alan Sepinwall. Was he right? I hope so. Here goes.Co-created by Simon and Eric Overmyer, Treme is one of the subtlest, most life-affirming, and defiantly life-size dramas on TV: a crazy quilt of modern urban life that’s »


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