A couple of weeks ago we had a staff meeting at Nationwide and prior to our meeting almost everyone in the room was discussing a new show on Fox called Glee. Most of our staff are in their thirties, forties or fifties and it kinda surprised me that people of this age bracket would be watching what I thought was a show for teenage girls.
Based on the discussion Glee sounded like an entertaining show so I asked my niece Brittany if I could borrow her Season 1 DVD package that she got for Christmas to see for myself what the show was all about. Brittany reluctantly obliged saying “Uncle Jim you need to get it back to me as soon as you can cause it is so good and I can’t go more than a few days without watching it”.
So I embarked on a Glee marathon watching fourteen hours of the show in a period of four days and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The premise of the show is Will Schuester the Spanish teacher becomes director of the Glee Club which has become basically non-existent and hopes to restore it to its former glory days. Mr Schu is confronted by Sue Sylvester (she’s my favorite character because without her the show would have no point) who is the coach of the cheerleading squad and she wants Glee Club to fail because if Glee succeeds her cheerleading squad will have to share school funding with them.
As this article points out the show has a diverse cast, with several white characters, an Asian American, a black, a gay, a paraplegic and a student of Jewish descent. Glee is an uplifting series with some interesting story lines, in fact one of my favorite episodes was one where Mr Schu had each of the Glee members ride around in wheelchairs during school hours so they would better understand the hurdles that Arty (my niece Amy’s favorite character), the paraplegic has to overcome on a daily basis.
The show often features hit music from the past. Here’s a clip of one of the songs Quinn the head cheerleader and her friends did in their try out for Mr Schu.
Glee probably isn’t for everyone, but I liked it and I know my nieces love it.