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But I don’t get it.
I don’t just mean I dislike it, though I do, I really have no idea what the hell it is supposed to be.
Is it inspirational? A musical? A comedy? If you’d agree with any of the above, we must be watching different shows.
I’ve heard the writing described as “smart” and “funny.” Jane Lynch is funny, but Jane Lynch is the only one who knows she’s on a comedy. And because Lynch’s character is so over the top, everyone else is just underwhelming.
If you look at a show like The Office or Parks and Recreation, you see a cast full of weirdos, being really weird. They’re hilarious and really well done.
But Glee feels like an after school special. I am half expecting them to suggest “Hugs Not Drugs” – or at least I would be if they weren’t so preoccupied with trying to cover pop songs.
I don’t hate musicals like The Guardian’s Stuart Hedge. In fact, I really like good musicals (Grease, Wicked, Chicago, The Sound of Music, and Mama Mia even). But Glee isn’t really a musical, it’s a karaoke show based on a bunch of kids who are supposed to be misfits… or losers… or something (they’re no Breakfast Club). I guess I’m supposed to be able to identify with them, but I don’t.
And yet, with the exception of the general musical haters, I seem to be mostly on my own on this.
Needless to say, I was pleased to see the dissent starting from gossip blogger Lainey:
They just sing at each other. And look really great doing it. But when you break it down, really, it’s just one long music video with Sue Sylvester occasionally flinging a zinger. . . . what’s stopping me from listening to the original versions of every song and saving an hour of tv time in the process?
The masses might not have been with me at the beginning, but at this rate they’ll be with me in the end!