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deep thought (re the Emmys)

Someday I must watch Glee



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  • …Preferably when Kristin Chenoweth is on…

    Though, to be fair, any show that gives Ms. Chenoweth the opportunity to sing one of my favorite songs from Cabaret doesn’t need too many other reasons to exist.;-)

  • amanohyo

    Someday, you must watch Jane Lynch in Glee… as for the rest…meh

  • did Robot Chicken win?

  • Hee! I love Glee, though the first season ‘break’ was a terrible thing.

  • RyanT

    …if only to see Neil Patrick Harris’ Emmy-winning role in the Joss Whedon-directed episode. Whew! That was a lot of awesome in that sentence just now.

  • J.

    Yeah, I’m not really sure that you do — it’s really only worth it for the occasional great music performance, and I’m sure you can find those online anyway.

  • Kris

    The episode that Ryan Murphy got the directing award for really us good one, and in general the first thirteen episodes are a great run, but the back nine are really uneven, with the Whedon/NPH episode being a high point that comes almost too late.

  • Kris

    Ugh. That should be “really is a good one.”

  • JoshDM

    I’ve tried. I just can’t sit through it.

  • I think you’d find it a little too heavy on the syrup and light on the snark. It’s portrayed as being balanced, but it’s more like High School Musical peppered with some great one-liner’s. I’m into it because I grew up on a steady diet of musical theatre and it caters to my demographic.

  • I mean one-liners. Yeesh. Punctuation much?

  • CoriAnn

    If you generally enjoy musicals, pop music, and snarky teenage drama, it’s awesome, but it is definitely one that you have to go into with all disbelief in suspension. I love it, but I fully acknowledge it is not for all.

    That being said, I’d love to see your reaction to it if you do watch. So if that happens, you should totally blog it for us!

  • Isobel

    I really can’t stand Glee, it’s just too much for me. Half of the ‘teens’ look like they’re played by actors older than the actors playing their teachers (this might be intentional?), and the singing and dancing is of the type that made me want to destroy my TV – really manic with forced voices (when the actors sound like they have great voices underneath, but they do something forced with them which I find horrible).

    I think the overacting is also intentional, but again it really gets on my nerves.

  • Rose

    Basically, it’s ‘Saved by the Bell’.

  • Keith

    I caught up on Glee in about two days. The musical numbers are great. Some of the characters are fairly likable, but some are pretty awful. Some of the drama plots seemed to drag on forever and were rather unevenly handled.

    Season one is really two parts. The first twelve episodes make up the initial story arc: mostly Will’s taking over the Glee club and getting it up and running, a couple of pregnancy story lines and the build-up to the club’s first big competition. Then it changes gears into the rest of the season where some new characters are introduced and some of the secondary characters get more development.

    I have mixed feelings about the show. I hope the drama gets a bit better in the second season, but I’ll probably endue it for the musical numbers if it is more like the first season.

  • Dokeo

    Glee is fantastic. Jane Lynch got me there for the first episode and I’ve been hooked ever since.

    My favorite thing about the show is that all the characters get developed, not just a few leads. And even though at first glance, it looks like you’ve got a collection of “types” – the football player, the talented nerd, the fabulous gay boy, the sassy black chick, the mean cheerleader – they all get to have actual personalities and stories that transcend those boxes.

    Oh, and then there are musical numbers. Lots of ’em, which is icing on the cake. I do love me some Journey!

  • Lisa

    I go between really enjoying it and finding it really annoying. Jane Lynch is brilliant in it but should be used sparingly. His hair is weird though.

    Ten was at the Emmies last night, too.

  • It’s candy floss for the soul, a life lived on autotune. If you ‘got’ Sally Sparrow saying that sad was happy for deep people, then run away!

    Ok ok, I did like it enough to buy the DVD in the states to watch it before it finished broadcasting in the uk, but I had a 15year old daughter to impress!

  • RyanT

    As you can see from the comments, it’s a fairly polarizing show which makes sense in a show that not only have a lot of high points, but low points as well. It IS wildly uneven, but I like the good stuff enough to get over the bad stuff. Maybe this will change in the future, but for now I am a fan.

    It’s still not the best comedy out there. It’s probably in the top 5, but for me… Modern Family, Community, How I Met Your Mother, Big Bang Theory and possibly 30 Rock, Parks & Rec, and Cougar Town may rate higher. Oh and of course the recently canceled Party Down. Sigh.

    I’m just glad I can write a list of my favorite comedies. There was a time when I would have to settle for 1-2 and then feel blue about the lack of comedy on the air.

  • Barb

    Gotta say don’t watch any of the shows that received the major wins. I so cannot get into the current comedies at all. Give me I Love Lucy any day for real laughs.

  • Muzz

    posted by amanohyo

    Someday, you must watch Jane Lynch in Glee… as for the rest…meh

    Hey she’s needlessly caustic and unpleasent in ways we all wish we could be some times. I bet she tempers with with being brilliant at her job (in ways we often wish we were) and having hidden depths from wounds glimpsed occasionally.
    She doesn’t use a cane though, so there’s that I guess.

  • KLW

    I react to Glee the same way I do to all the ‘reality’ talent contests [Am. Idol, Dancing WTS]: I like the part where someone is actually performing, but all the stuff in between is uninteresting to the point of tedium. And Jane Lynch plays her odius bitch brilliantly, but if, like me, you still find such a character repellant, then there isn’t much else about this HS melodrama to commend it.

  • D

    ” Someday I must watch Glee…”

    And Dexter, surely?

  • MaryAnn

    If you ‘got’ Sally Sparrow saying that sad was happy for deep people, then run away!

    Ah.

    I’m not gonna like *Glee,* then…

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