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By LouisianaTravel.com Staff

Tremé TV Series by HBO is set in New Orleans' historic Tremé neighborhood. ©HBO

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You can bring Louisiana into your living room anytime with these binge-worthy TV shows. Louisiana has earned the nickname “Hollywood South” over the past few years, thanks in part to the numerous award-winning television shows shot here. And now, thanks to streaming services, you can see many of them — no matter where you are!

True Blood

Available via HBO Go and Amazon Prime

What it is: A paranormal mystery set in the fictional Cajun Country town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is a telepathic waitress whose encounters with vampires and anti-vampiric forces made True Blood (2008-2014) a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning television series.

Where it is: All over the state. Portions of True Blood’s pilot episode were shot in the tiny northwest Louisiana town of Mansfield, as well as the region’s largest city, Shreveport. Baton Rouge and Doyline also make appearances. 

Swamp People

Available via Hulu and Amazon Prime

What it is: A reality show based in south Louisiana, focused on the lives of alligator hunters who live in the Atchafalaya Basin swamps. Since the show premiered in 2010 it has gained a massive following, due in no small part to the depictions of life (and wildlife) in the bayous. At times intense — alligator hunting is not for the squeamish, after all — Swamp People is a testimony to the resilience of the men and women who call the region home.

Where it is: Throughout rural central and south Louisiana. Pierre Part, a village a few miles due south of Baton Rouge, is among the primary filming locations. Others include Houma, Hammond, Bayou Sorrel, Thibodaux and Zwolle

NCIS: New Orleans

Available via CBS All Access and Amazon Prime

What it is: A spinoff of the enormously successful CBS network show NCIS. NCIS: New Orleans stars Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, whose investigations into crimes involving military personnel has made for captivating, edge-of-your-seat viewing since it premiered in 2014. While NCIS: New Orleans shows off the talent of Golden Globe winner Bakula and a large roster of actors, the real star may be New Orleans itself, with each episode showcasing the city’s unique architecture and unconventional characters.

Where it is: Iconic locations throughout New Orleans. Bourbon Street, Louis Armstrong Park, Café Du Monde, Jackson Square, Plaza Tower and New Orleans Motorsports Park (in Avondale) all make appearances.

Tremé

Available via HBO Go, Hulu and Amazon Prime

What it is: An Emmy Award-winning HBO drama (2010-2013) set in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Co-created by David Simon — best known for blockbuster television drama The Wire — Wendell Pierce (a native New Orleanian) and a cast of costars work on rebuilding their lives in the wake of one of the nation’s largest natural disasters. The series’ name refers to a New Orleans neighborhood that is the historical heart of the city’s African American community, though Tremé was filmed throughout the Crescent City.

Where it is: All over New Orleans, including numerous bars and restaurants (Vaughn’s Lounge, Liuzza’s By the Track), the French Quarter and historical shotgun-style homes that are central to New Orleans’ architectural distinctiveness.

Southern Charm: New Orleans

Available via Bravo Now and Amazon Prime

What it is: A reality television show that brings viewers into the lives of several successful New Orleanians and the challenges (and successes) of maintaining families, relationships and careers in the Crescent City.

Where it is: Opulent homes in New Orleans (of course), and some of the finest restaurants in the city. Among them are Amici Ristorante & Bar, Brennan’s, CellarDoor and Dickie Brennan’s Tableau. Outside of New Orleans, you can see Louisiana locations including Myrtles Plantation and The Bluffs on Thompson Creek, and Hot Tails Restaurant in New Roads — which also happens to be one of the settings of another reality show, Cajun Aces.

Cajun Aces

Available via Amazon Prime

What it is: A popular Food Network reality series that focuses on the daily lives of celebrity Louisiana chefs Sam and Cody Carroll. The young duo founded a famous Cajun restaurant, Hot Tails, in the small town of New Roads, as well as New Orleans restaurant Sac-A-Lait (now closed). Episodes bring viewers into Sam and Cody’s day-to-day activities, including the challenges of running restaurants and raising a young family. But the real “meat” of the show is the cooking: Among many other dishes, watch the Carrolls prepare Cajun filet marinated beef tenderloin, pimento deviled eggs (with eggs harvested from Cody’s family’s henhouse), and smoked sausage gumbo with Creole potato salad.

Where it is: Hot Tails in New Roads (just north of Baton Rouge) is the main filming location of Cajun Aces.

Breakout Kings

Available via Hulu and Amazon Prime

What it is: An A&E drama-action television series, in which a task force put together by U.S. marshals team up with ex-fugitives to catch prison escapees in exchange for leniency and reduced sentences. The catch: If any of those ex-cons tried to escape themselves, they would be returned to prison with even lengthier sentences what they’d originally received. Though the show only lasted two seasons (2011 and 2012), it was a “breakout” hit, garnering a devoted following. 

Where it is: Portions of the show were filmed in Louisiana’s capital city, Baton Rouge.

True Detective (season one)

Available via Hulu, HBO Go and Amazon Prime

What it is: An Emmy Award-winning paranormal crime thriller that was a massive hit for HBO. Its three seasons are set in different locations. The first, starring A-listers Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson,  prominently featured south Louisiana. To say “featured south Louisiana” is a bit of an understatement, actually — True Detective’s first season is filled with images of the swamps, offbeat characters and, in some of its most intense scenes, a historical 1822 brick fort that was once occupied by Confederate forces.

Where it is: Fort Macomb (located between New Orleans and Slidell), Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, the Cajun Country town of Eunice (home of the Cajun Music Hall of Fame) and the Creole Nature Trail All-American Road on the outskirts of Lake Charles.

Queen Sugar

Available via Hulu

What it is: A drama series that tells the tales of three siblings who return home after the death of their father to reclaim ownership of their family’s plantation. The series’ executive producers are legendary director Ana DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey, whose OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network debuted the show in 2016.

Where it is: Edgard and Vacherie — towns on the Great River Road famous for its plantation museums. Vacherie’s best-known attraction is Oak Alley Plantation, Restaurant & Inn. New Orleans also served as the backdrop for many of Queen Sugar’s scenes.

 

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