“Glee”, even the title of this happy-hearted hour of television makes you want to grin like a Cheshire cat. If you don’t already love “Glee”, then you are probably living under a rock in a cave somewhere in the desert sands of Afghanistan; but in case you aren’t, here are the top 10 reasons to fall in love with “Glee” over and over again.
1. Sue Sylvester – The cantankerous head coach of the “Cheerios” for William McKinley High School brings with her a unique and pointed brand of comedy. If she isn’t constantly badgering our hunky leading man–Will Schuester–she is slithering in the background trying her best to sabotage our merry musicians. Of course, if Sue isn’t doing either one of those things, you will find her rambling on with tangents and observations either bashing Britney Spears or speculating on the sexual deviance of today’s teenage population on “Sue’s Corner”. Witty, funny, monotone and anything but charming, Sue brings something that “Glee” desperately needs…a formidable villain.
2. High School Stereotypes – Of course one would expect that a television show based on the life and times of today’s high school students to see the normal stereotypes: the jock, the cheerleader, the prep, the geek, and the gay teenage boy with impeccable fashion sense who recently came out to his dad. (Okay, maybe not so much that last one, but you get the idea).
“Glee” takes the bull by the proverbial horns, challenging the stereotypes of youth for ages past and present, showing that one truly motivated, and talented band of “Gleeks” can work together, sing together and get along. (Well, sort of.)
3. The Whimsy – I ask you, who doesn’t love being whisked away in a fleet of whimsy, imaging themselves as pop icon Britney Spears or as the vivacious Dr. Frankenfurter? Glee brings its audience a whimsical and sometimes-sardonic look at everything from rock legends to pop icons to musically inclined transvestites.
4. The Satire – “Glee” doesn’t subscribe to the over the top comedy (or drama for that matter) shared by its time slot counterparts. What “Glee” does bring to the table (in hearty helpings) is a mixture of sarcasm and satire, mixed in with some truly hilarious humor. From Sue’s snarky observations of Halloween and Kurt’s references to Linda Evangelista “circa 1983”, the writers of this television series keep us on our toes, and we love it.
5. The Wardrobe – No, we aren’t talking about Kurt’s love of all things hats, or Rachel’s button downed frocks or even Santana’s shorter than what it might need to be cheerleading get up. “Glee” has brought everything from Lady Gaga’s out of this world fashion sense to a “Rocky Horror Picture Show” tribute alive and aloud with impeccable costuming for the cast.
6. The Plots – “Glee” has tackled everything from divorce to teenage pregnancy to religion and even health issues, but the show never gives us the sense that all problems are solved and dissolved in a 60-minute time slot. The show goes deeper than that, keeping plot lines alive on an ongoing basis, without feeling like a soap opera. The problems that the “Glee” characters face are real, poignant, and appropriate for today’s versatile audiences.
7. The Sub-plots – Whether it’s Brittany trying to bag Artie for a duet (in the classroom and in the bedroom) or the longings of Mr. Schuester for the ever present object of his affection, Emma Pillsbury, or even Finn walking down the hallways in his skivvies (which we are all okay with writers if you’d like to repeat that) viewers of the show can always expect some rich and highly entertaining sub-plots that keep us tuning in week after week.
8. The Singing – What “Glee” list would be complete without mentioning the Billboard chart topping songs that the cast provides week after week. The singing really does speak for itself.
9. The Dancing – Not only can the students of McKinley High School pull at your heartstrings from tenor to soprano, but these kids can really bust a move. The songs of “Glee” are paired with carefully choreographed dances just as appealing, and jaw dropping as the last.
10.The Heart – “Glee”has heart, and a lot of it. The show will make you laugh; make you cry, and then make you laugh some more. There is purity exuded in the emotions of the cast that is unlike anything else on television. For example, when Kurt sang to his father, desperately trying to connect with him after a massive heart attack, there really wasn’t a dry eye in the house. The talent, the heart, the comedy and the emotion of this show will keep viewers tuning in to these “Gleeks” week after week.