If you’re familiar with Cameron Crowe’s work, you know it’s all about the music and his new Showtime series “Roadies” is no exception. The fictional series is an ode to the people whose hard work behind the scenes make arena tours possible. The problem with a show that is essentially a musical love letter is that it can mean a lot more to the person who wrote it than to those who exist outside the passion that inspired it. “Roadies” has a very specific point of view and how much you enjoy the show depends on how much you share Crowe’s passion.

The action follows the crew members who set up the tour venues for the fictional Staton-House Band. Led by Shelli (Carla Gugino), the production manager and Bill (Luke Wilson), the tour manager, who exist in a will they or won’t they type of “work marriage,” the group is a caring, dysfunctional family who exist on the fringes of their band’s fame and are united by their shared love for the music. As Shelli puts it, they live by a code: “Protect the band. Understand the band. Forgive the band.” It’s a code that promises action but rarely delivers any.

There are no big, narrative moments in “Roadies” or really very much at stake. When one of the band members whose addictions are becoming an issue goes missing, Shelli and Bill spend their day off trying to find him. Not knowing much about the band member, it’s hard to feel anything about his problems, which is maybe the point but the storyline — written as a way for Shelli and Bill to try and discuss their complicated feelings for one another — has little excitement. Part of the problem may be with Wilson’s sleepy approach to delivering his lines but another part is that the chemistry between him and Gugino is less than red hot.

The other roadies are outsiders with awkward social skills. Much of the focus is on Kelly Ann (Imogen Poots), a young electrician who gives up film school to stay with the crew. Kelly Ann is a quintessential Crowe character in that she has small moments of clarity, mostly about what music means, that in turn affect other characters and lead to deep reflection. How authentic you find these scenes, depends on how much you buy into Crowe’s vision that music and life are intertwined.

Not immediately embraced by the group is Reg Whitehead (Rafe Spall), a British money manager sent on tour to control the band’s expenses. Spall plays him as likeably quirky. His romantic interest in Kelly Ann is believable because he is as much of an outsider as she is but it’s also rather dull.

In each new city, the roadies gather in a circle and listen to the stories of the great musicians who made their mark where they are now standing while each episode features a “song of the day.” As I made my way through the season, I looked forward to these scenes more than I did to the characters’ storylines. This is either a problem or just as the music lover in Crowe intended.

Either way, it’s not enough to get me to join these roadies for season two.

“Roadies” is on Sundays at 10 p.m. EDT on Showtime.

— Melissa Crawley is the author of “Mr. Sorkin Goes to Washington: Shaping the President on Television’s ‘The West Wing.’” She has a Ph.D. in media studies and is a member of the Television Critics Association. To comment on Stay Tuned, email her at staytuned@outlook.com or follow her on Twitter at @MelissaCrawley.