Definitely not as intense as The Wire and Sopranos but few shows are. I think Treme is incredible. The whole timeline of season 1 depicting 3 months post-Katrina is very interesting. The music is OUTSTANDING without question and most of it is real guys being themselves. Jazz musicians and food...how can you go wrong! I personally know Lucia Micarelli, the violinist, on the show and I have a friend who has been coaching Rob Brown the last couple of years on how to appear credible playing trumpet.