The popular television musical comedy-drama show about a group of ambitious misfits who try to escape the harsh realities of high school by joining a glee club, where they find strength, acceptance and, ultimately, their voice, while working to pursue dreams of their own. Glee has been running on FOX since 2009 and opinions about it seem to be split…
When I first heard the Glee cover of Don’t Stop Believin’ by Journey, I cringed. I couldn’t stand what they had done to it, and at that very moment, I vowed I would never, ever, under any circumstances, watch such a travesty of a show that could take a classic rock ballad and sh*t all over it from a great height.
I am seldom so wrong!
In October 2014, I gave birth to our second son, and, as I did with our elder son, I was breastfeeding. This meant that I was up at all hours of the night and needed some entertainment. One night, while feeding our son, Glee came on, and I couldn’t reach the remote control without unsettling him, so I had no choice but to keep watching. I was very pleasantly surprised.
What I found were engaging characters, fun storylines, and some really great cover versions (and some not so great) of popular songs, old and new. I was pretty much blown away by their performances and I began to enjoy the show for the lighthearted piece of frippery it is. Night after night, I found myself tuning in as I fed our son, and inwardly cheering when his waking to feed coincided with an episode starting.
I’ve not seen all the episodes, not by a long shot, and I’ve not seen them all in order, but it doesn’t matter. I have come to love the kids of the Glee club, especially Kurt and Puck, and their trials and tribulations throughout high school. Some important topics have been covered – bullying, being yourself, alcohol abuse, gay and lesbian teenagers struggling with their sexuality, and with the death of one of the stars, Corey Monteith (who played Finn), the dangers of drug abuse and addiction have been highlighted for the young fans of the show. Hopefully his tragic death will make some of them think twice about dabbling.
Glee is one of those shows you can watch now and then without really losing the plot, and you can sing along to your favourite songs, many of which will have surprising new presentations or even be part of highly original mash-ups. The characters are quirky, the plots are fun, and the music is usually really, really good.
I have had to change my mind and decide Glee is a truly magnificent show!
I am proud to be a Gleek!
Where do I begin? I HATE Glee. The whole concept of Glee Club in American schools is completely foreign to me. To then make it into a series for television is beyond comprehension! I suppose you could call me the Sue Sylvester of our family with our mutual hatred for Glee Club.
The first thing that turned me against this monstrosity of a TV show was the absolutely awful version of a true classic rock ballad “Don’t Stop Believin’” that almost made me physically sick, in fact I think I did have a little bit of sick in my mouth. Secondly, it’s the utter unrealistic-ness of the storylines. I’m sorry, but the “cool, bad boy” kid of the school does NOT end up going out with the “ugly, fat girl” of the school – it JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN PEOPLE! Then we have just about every minority represented in one TV show, the oriental girl, the lesbian (who happens to be Latina), the gay guy, the fat chick, the Jewish girl, the guy in a wheelchair. It’s just utter tripe.
THEN!, it gets worse…they happen to burst into song any opportunity. More times in a single episode than Jacob Black takes his top off in a Twilight film. (yes I know that’s hard to believe!) And it is always a watered down poppy version of a good song, or a really watery version of a rubbish pop song and of course, all fitting in the “moral of the day”. Watching Glee is like being force-fed Aesop’s Fables one after the other while being waterboarded.
Finally, the thing I hate most about Glee, other than the fact that my wife adores it is Kurt. It’s not the fact that he’s gay, I have no problem with that. It is his whole persona. The campness, the crying at every single damn thing – can’t gay guys be manly? at all? EVER? I sure there are some butch gay guys out there, but they never get a look in on television. Yeah, OK I hear you all screaming, but what about the football player in Glee, Karofsky ? Yes I agree, but not a lot of screen time there now is there? Also, Kurt appears to have no teeth… sinister if you ask me.
Do I like Glee? It would appear not 😉
THE VERDICT: At loggerheads! It’s doubtful we will ever agree on Glee. Although Kell would like it noted that for a person who hates it so much, Dale seems to have a pretty good handle on who all the characters are.