Glee, the US musical comedy-drama television series, is one of those shows that prove that television still can be innovative and groundbreaking. It’s absolutely entertaining, but it’s serious television as well as it also deals with all the ups and down of teenage life, and at the same time is spot-on on many social issues. Glee focuses on a group teenager in a high school singing group, a so-called Glee club.
Aimed at teenagers this show might not be something grownups want to watch, but you old folks out there should tune in sometime to see what young people are offered on television these days (especially if you have kids)! It’s not bad at all! And they sing! All the time! Various contemporary and classic pop songs, as well as classic musical numbers are integrated into the storyline in quite a clever way.
Two of the main characters are Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) and Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). I’ve just read a brilliant analysis of these characters from a vocal and sociological perspective: “Glee: The Countertenor and The Crooner”. Highly recommended! Read it here: part 1 part 2 part 3.
SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched the series and want to do so, clicking on the links above or below will spoil the fun! Because it tell you things that happens in the series! These links will also want you to watch the series, so you decide what to do!
A bird called Pavarotti also appears in the second season. Pavarotti the bird is vital to the story that season and especially for Kurt and Blaine. Say no more! Once again this shows the power of Pavarotti as a cultural reference point! As you’ve understood by now Pavarotti the bird is the only reason I’m writing this post on this blog! And to point out that Glee is, for many reasons, worth watching, even for grownups.
Glee is now in its third season, but older seasons will pop up on a screen near you depending on where in the world you live. Glee is already a classic and will probably be shown on television for many years to come! Season 1 and 2 is already out on DVD and Blu-ray.
So look out for the Glee generation! And don’t forget Pavarotti the bird! 🙂
Below is Chris Colfer accepting a Golden Globe award for his role as Kurt in the series. His speech echoes the spirit of Glee and why it has become so popular. You go Kurt! 🙂