- Award Snub: Zig-zagged. While the show did receive a few nominations for it's music and directing, it's cast never received any nominations nor did the show itself get nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. Though it did get a Miniseries nod in its final season, finally breaking the snub curse that befell The Wire.
- The Scrappy: Sonny and Davis are both, to various degrees, intentionally dislikable at various points in the story.
- Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Sonny in season two, as he's forced to acknowledge that Annie is far better off without him, and matures enough that she's willing to let him play with her again.
- Davis too; by the end of Season Two his guitar playing is almost listenable. Then again, aside from his musical tastes and skill, he seems like (mostly) likable guy with a severe case of Honor Before Reason.
- Nelson Hidalgo in season 3.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Albert's story in the first season focuses on the public housing issue. National leaders continue to advocate demolishing all of New Orleans' public housing projects, public hospitals, and public schools, many of which are the only buildings that didn't flood, since they were the first public works projects of the New Deal, in order to ensure that certain elements stay away from the "new" New Orleans; Albert objects.
- The Woobie: Annie.
YMMV / Treme