Now, this is not meant to take anything away from the fact that “Modern Family” (the winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series) as it is a well written and clever sitcom. But it is just exactly that. It is a sitcom which has been a tried and true TV formula since Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were Hollywood’s power couple.
“Glee” on the other hand is a drama/comedy/musical that has truly been a game changer for TV as a creative medium. Never before has there been a TV show like it that actually worked. It appeals to people from every age group and demographic proving itself to be a true pop culture phenomenon. People don’t just like “Glee,” they fall in love with it.
I am a card carrying hardcore “Gleek” as most everyone who knows me is well aware. This is not just a show I watch once a week but it also has a special place in my heart. When I watch it I feel better about the world afterwards. I have watched “Modern Family” a few times and while I got some chuckles from it, nothing about it really rocked my world.
So in honor of my totally dorky adoration of all things “Glee,” here are five reasons I think it should have won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Although I shouldn’t be surprised it didn’t win considering how much the Emmy awards used to love the lowest common denominator comedic stylings of “Everybody Loves Raymond.”
“Glee” Tackles Controversial Issues Sensitively yet Honestly
Whether it is dealing with the issue of teen pregnancy or telling the story of a teenager coming out, “Glee” manages to deal with the repercussions of these real life experiences without being preachy. These are stories that resonate with adults but that the way they are presented on the show doesn’t preclude it from being appropriate for young kids. Exhibit A: President Barack Obama’s two young girls are huge “Glee” fans and never miss an episode.
“Glee” mixes Singing, Dancing, Acting and Comedy
Never before has a television show mixed the Broadway-esque elements of singing, dancing and acting so successfully. Sure, there have been attempts before like “Cop Rock” but no one ever watched that horrible show. It takes a lot more hard work to create an episode of “Glee” than it does to make a sitcom.
“Glee” has reinvigorated the Music Industry
Last year “Glee” tied the Beatles previous record for the number of singles to chart in the Billboard Hot 100. Considering “Glee” was only on for half of last year the show will probably break the Beatles record this year. Never before has a television show managed to make such a huge impact on the record industry not only with sales of its own songs, but
“Glee” is Hilariously Funny
Whether it is one of Brittany’s hilarious one-liners or the crazy antics of Kristen Chenowith’s April Rhodes, “Glee” is never anything less than hilariously funny. Add in the use of some cheesy one-hit wonders like “U Can’t Touch This” performed in baggy MC Hammer Pants or a rousing rendition of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice Baby,” this show also uses music to weave humorous story lines. What sitcom does that?
As portrayed by Jane Lynch (who rightfully did win an Emmy), Sue Sylvester is the greatest comedic villain in the history of television. Need I say more?