The writing is superb, the acting is note perfect. If you like slow burning intelligent dramas like Mad Men and The Wire then you're in for a treat. It's not patronizing spoon-fed drama and will often have you playing catch up but that's what brains are for. It's beautifully shot and the script keeps that modern Dickensian feel that David Simon established in his earlier works like The Corner, The Wire etc. The dignity bestowed upon the characters, the denizens of the city and New Orleans is heart-warming and the occasionally maligned soundtrack adds so much atmosphere that you could almost believe you were there whilst you watch it. Jazz aficionados will lap up the live performances;those who aren't may well find it irksome but, if you have warmed to the characters as I did, you will come to accept it as part of the character of the piece as a whole. Whilst ratings were modest - to say the least - the quality of the finished product has allowed for it to be renewed for a second season. I hope, as with Mad Men, that positive word of mouth brings this drama to a wider audience.