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Mon 8 Feb, 2010
By Robert Ingham

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This show made me feel like a big kid again so I will be tuning in to the kids of McKinley High School for my weekly musical fix

Glee - The Review: Words:- Robert Ingham

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One of my guilty pleasures at the moment is the rather fabulous comedy/drama Glee, showing on E4 on Mondays at 9pm. This phenomenon from the US has cult written all over it, thanks to its smart and witty script from Nip/Tuck creator Ryan Murphy and strong performances from all characters.

Glee is about a group of high school oddballs brought together by the school’s Spanish teacher, Will, who wants to reform the school’s show choir and transform them from underdogs into a world-class vocal ensemble. No mean feat when the choir, called Glee, are just 5 students who just don’t fit in.

The club comprises of Rachel, diva in the making; Mercedes, who believes she is the next Aretha Franklin (and has the lungs to be such); Tina, a punk rocker; Kurt, who thinks fashion is just as important as singing and Artie, who is the guitar playing geek. Together, they are ready to take on the world, except Rachel feels they won’t succeed because they don’t have a strong enough male lead. Enter Finn, the school’s quarterback, torn between his love for singing and his popularity. He is the Renato to Rachel’s Renee and at last the group is complete.

However, their success is set to be eclipsed by the Cheerleaders’ coach, Sue, played by Jane Lynch who won’t suffer fools gladly and will do anything in her power to shut the club down, even if it resorts to dastardly actions.

Throw in unrequited love, a phantom pregnancy and wonderfully bitchy one-liners and you are set for a fabulous Monday night in with this High School Musical/Grease/Popular/MTV music video-esque hybrid . This series is already two episodes in and is a real joy to watch with its superb music selections. Don’t Stop Believing, the closer to episode one shows what we should expect and I for one cannot wait for the next instalment. Will love blossom? Will the cheerleaders take centre stage and destroy Rachel’s chances? And will Kurt ever not be thrown into the dumpster at the start of each episode?

This series sets the tone by Rachel in the first episode, stating that “in order to be special, you have to be special at something” before suffering at the hands of bullies. It made me realise that nothing has changed in the 15 years or so since I left school; kids are still experiencing the same issues and problems – ranging from the unhappiness of being bullied to the sheer happiness at discovering your talents, something you can excel at. After all, didn’t we all try to find whatever it was that made us an individual?

This show made me feel like a big kid again so I will be tuning in to the kids of McKinley High School for my weekly musical fix, I mean, to follow the trials and tribulations of these 6 pupils as they vie for acceptance for who they are. I certainly won’t stop believing


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