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So as it is/ was Tuesday night, I watched Glee on Global and for that hour I was sucked in and wrapped up and then spit back out at the end.
I have loved this show from the very start. Have there been moments that I haven’t been nuts about? Sure there have. But over all, this is my favourite new show on TV and sits in my current top 5. And I watch a lot of TV.
Now, I understand that it might not be cool for a 28 year old dude to love Glee. But I don’t really care. I’ve been doing uncool stuff my whole life. Why stop now? Plus, that’s one of the show’s themes. It doesn’t matter how “cool” other people think you are, or what they think of your interests. Be you, be proud to be you and don’t ever apologize for it.
I applaud the show’s creators and writers for the job that they have done so far. They have developed adult and teenage characters, where most shows tend to focus on one group or the other. They have written about relationship issues that span age gaps. They have addressed human rights issues by bringing gay rights, disabled persons rights, racism, sexism, mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction problems and bullying to the spotlight. There has been no hesitation in finding lessons and morals for the audience (which is still growing) each and every week.
It’s also hilarious. And that’s never going to hurt a TV show’s chances with me. Sue Sylvester has become a deeper character as the season has progressed, but she has been funny since the pilot. I believe that I have laughed at every episode. The back and forth between Mr. Shuester and Ms. Sylvester has been amazing and smart which makes it even funnier as far as I’m concerned. Never mind the clever shots taken in song (if you didn’t notice Sue taking a shot at Will during her Vogue video, watch it again) to go with the traditional dialogue. It’s genius. I wish I was writing it.
I understand that I’m gushing right now. But again, I don’t care. I’m writing because I’m a fan.
I finally mentioned the music. And that leads me to what I may love more than anything else, the talent. The singing and dancing and stars that Glee has produced this season have blown my mind. Will, Rachael, Finn, Puck, Jesse, Mercedes, Kurt, Artie, Santana, Brittany, Quinn, Tina, Matt and Mike sing and dance their hearts out as the New Directions in every episode. And the guest vocal appearances by Sue, April Rhodes, Emma Pillsbury, Shelby Corcoran, Olivia Newton-John and Bryan Ryan have been fantastic. I like musicals, so it’s no stretch that I would enjoy the numbers in Glee. But it’s because they are well done that I like them, not just because they are there.
Like I said, it may not be super popular for me to say this, but I’m a fan. I tune in every week. Most weeks I rewatch the episode on demand. I have one of the soundtrack CDs on my shelf. I think a couple of the arrangements would be crazy fun to try at karaoke. I am very happy that the show has been picked up for another season. And most of all, loud and proud…
I’m a Gleek.
Now, I understand that it might not be cool for a 28 year old dude to love Glee. But I don’t really care. I’ve been doing uncool stuff my whole life. Why stop now?