I have to admit it. I’m a GLEEk (a fan of the show GLEE on Fox).
Yes, it’s a show about high school Glee clubs.
Yes, I probably did make fun of those same kids back in High School.
Yes, I bought the first season on DVD for my wife for Christmas, but secretly wanted it myself. (Whoops! Hope she doesn’t read this…)
My first time my wife and I watched GLEE, we actually weren’t impressed. We were hearing great things about the show, and caught the second or third episode of Season 1, but was severely disappointed. In the episode, it had the Spanish teacher and Glee coach, Will Schuster starting some boy band with the other male teachers of the school. It didn’t have much of the students singing that episode, and I distinctly remember the “Bad Boy Teachers” singing Color Me Badd’s “I Wanna Sex You Up”… (horrible memory, please delete this from my brain).
It left such a bad impression that we held off for a couple of weeks, thinking our friends who told us this show was great were all insane. We gave it another chance when it returned from their mid-season break and loved it.
As a musician and singer, I appreciate good music in any form. The GLEE writers are taking already great songs, and performing them in fresh way that makes it impressive. Sure, they use the same formula for songs and highlighting certain singers (and they’ve also made fun of that on the show), but it works.
Love it? Hate it? Let me know in the comments below.