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Musical Comedy Show on Fox

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Glee makes it easy to "open yourself up to joy"

  • May 25, 2009
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glee  n. 1. Jubilant delight; joy.

Cashing in on the popularity of movies like "High School Musical" and the American public's growing love of dramedies, Glee may be Fox Network's next big hit. And why not? With sky-rocketing unemployment rates, the economy in turmoil and continuing war throughout the world, we're jonesin' for some jubilant delight, even if it's just on television.

Glee brings a cast of characters that are interesting, vulnerable and have a ton of potential. A few of my favorites are: 

Will, the high school Spanish teacher/crusader for glee club, has hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. He heads a rag-tag bunch of primarily self-centered teenagers facing major competition with little support.

Finn, the jock turned singer, makes his own path and refuses to ignore his passion for singing even if it means being shunned by his teammates.

Rachel, the star child of a two men, carries on believing her talent and drive will bring her to stardom even while she faces the mocking hatred of virtually everyone in her school

While still somewhat under-developed, these are characters that are easy to root for. But the talent they showcase and the hilarious throw-away lines move this show into my must-see category. The brilliance of airing the family-friendly pilot episode (months ahead of time) right after American Idol can't be denied. The music-loving audience of AI clearly stuck around for Glee and probably accounted for a large portion of those who downloaded Glee ringtones in the days following the premier.

The music is solid, the acting is decent, the jokes are hilarious and there are catch-phrases galore ("You think this is hard? Try being water-boarded; that's hard.", "You're very talented, and I should know- I'm very talented, too."). Come Fall, you bet I'm going to be tuning in.

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July 11, 2011
There is a good description of the major characters.
February 13, 2010
This must have been out for a while because I have not heard of it, but it really sounds good. Great review
November 22, 2009
It's funny. I loathe musicals, but I'm digging GLEE. Love the mix of characters -- though a few border on the one-dimensional -- and, overall, I look forward to this show each week in a way different than I do any other program.
November 22, 2009
I agree. I think the show is still finding it's feet, but last week's episode ("Ballad") did a good job of fleshing out Quinn and Finn. Once they get the kids out of school and we see the rest of their lives, it really helps. I'm looking forward to seeing where this all goes.
September 18, 2009
I love the goofier characters like Will's wife who's got an hystercial pregnancy going on and won't tell him, the obcessive/compusive who's got the hots for him, the vicious top at nothing coach of the Cheerleading squad. These are great charcters. But there definitely IS too much singing.
September 15, 2009
This is my new Fall fave. I had heard @lyssachttr raving about the premiere when she caught it after American Idol and thought I'd give it a go- I had nothing better to do. I fell for it just as hard...I heard this one guy say, "I like it, there's just too much singing." Hello!?!?!? The name of the show is Glee...LOL
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review by . December 24, 2010
This isn't so much a review, as much as it is a ranting about a good tv show. I know this is somewhat out of place, Glee being a TV show and all, but I really do like this show, so I felt it necessary to review it. I'll include some stuff about the second season too, because the second season is much better. When I first watched the show, I thought it was mediocre, but it had just enough to keep me watching. As I kept watching, it kept getting better and better, and it transformed into one …
review by . January 12, 2010
Glee has a wonderful premise for a show, and it happily lives up to the promise of that premise much of the time. Its combination of wicked humor, talented performers, the fertile setting of a high school glee club should make a show that can't miss, right?      Well, mostly. When it plays for farcical laughs, Glee is great, and when it adds songs that play off that energy, it's fantastic. However, most of the time, it doesn't do that. Glee has a big problem: it can't decide …
review by . December 02, 2009
Singing the Praises of Glee
With a seemingly endless buffet of vacuous reality TV shows (Keeping up with the Kardashians is still on?!) and horrible remakes of old favorites, a la 90210 and Melrose Place, Glee provides a refreshing and needed change in TV land. If "American Idol" and "The Office" had a love child, its name would be Glee. Catchy, emotional song and dance numbers provide the thematic arcs for the show, which discusses REAL issues that teens face, unlike say Gossip Girl, where the latest struggle …
review by . October 15, 2009
I'm really torn about this show. I like the premise and love the singing and musical numbers (especially last week's mashups - Halo!), but wow, this show is really, really, REALLY problematic.      There is a lot of diversity in the cast, including the background characters, but all too often those characters (including those in the main cast) just serve as window dressing for the straight, white, (often male) ablebodied characters who are the show's focus. When I first started …
review by . October 13, 2009
I think it's partly the economic environment and partly the fact we've ploughed through the Netflix instant pile, but we've started watching an episode of Glee every night on Amazon Video on Demand. I really enjoy musicals but really hate American Idol and any other type of talent competition, so I wasn't sure what the expect out of this show.      It's centered around a fairly typical high school where the jocks beat up the nerds and the nerds all belong to a music club called …
review by . September 30, 2010
I watched my first episode of Glee this season. The first show was hysterical with Sue and Will trying to take down "The Beast." The second show was all about "Britney" - yet it was missing the humorous stuff. I convinced my husband to watch it with claims that it was a great show, only to find that we turned it off after about 10 minutes. Being a Jane Lynch Super Fan, I will probably watch it sporadically - assuming there is nothing else on. But, it won't be one of my "too …
Quick Tip by . October 09, 2010
Goofy and irreverent, this show is just plain fun.
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
I am a gleek- a glee, geek- and I just thought that it is similar to the concept of finding common ground. Although the methods are not always the best practices to be promoting, there are instances of revenge and blackmail, etc, in the end they always see the errors of their ways and it is the glee club that grounds them and brings them together despite all their other differences of interests and personalities.
Quick Tip by . May 12, 2010
The May 11, 2010 episode was strange. Probably one of my least favorite eps ever, though I enjoyed Kurt's showstopper.
Quick Tip by . April 01, 2010
They had me at the Thong Song!
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Glee, a one-hour musical comedy, follows the life of an optimistic high school teacher as he seeks to transform and inspire the schools Glee Club, a group of amateur performers, to compete in the National Competition.

Once at the top of show choir, McKinley High School's Glee club has lately become home to misfits, social outcasts and scandals. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison), a positive young professional takes on the heroic task of restoring the Glee Club to its former glory, alongside fellow teacher Emma Pillsbury (Ugly Betty).

Challenges to restoring the club include nerdy soprano Kurt (Chris Colfer), the diva Mercedes (Amber Riley), geeky guitarist Arty (Kevin McHale) and the awkward, stuttering Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz).

Will's only hope lies within the true talents of Rachel Berry (Lea Michele, "Spring Awakening"), a perfectionist who is confident in show choir being her ticket to stardom and Finn Hudson,  (Cory Monteith, "Kyle XY"), the popular high school quarterback with good looks and a perfect voice.

Throughout the story, Will is challenged with battling the negative influences in his life to prove that the Glee can beat out the competition. Produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, Glee features a soundtrack of hit songs from past and present.

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