Fox’s hit Glee is a fun romp of a television series. It’s an Emmy winning musical mishmash full of young hopeful singers and musicians, enticing us with comedic romantic woes, dramatically magnified as only TV so neatly accomplishes. We watch to see Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) lead her ‘Cheerios’ to victory, and ogle kids mangle up their boring lives… and… Blah… Blah… Blah…
We watch Glee because it’s Karaoke TV. We watch for song and a chance to sing along.
This isn’t an indictment on Glee’s quality, nor clever conception to finally bringing Karaoke to TV – and no, American Idol doesn’t really qualify as Karaoke TV, but sure comes close! I love actress Jane Lynch, and I’m really thrilled to see her prosper on a big, mainstream pop culture franchise.
But the fact is the single most compelling reason why Glee snagged our attention is that it’s a show which takes some of the biggest songs and musical acts in pop history – like Madonna – or Journey with Don’t Stop Believin’ and Queen with Somebody To Love, and lets us Karaoke away with the bubbly cast. What’s most fun is that we warble along with a truly not so musical cast. Tone deaf? Maybe not. However, it’s highly unlikely anyone on Glee will become a serious singer of any note. This only fuels our own brazen vocal bravado.
Some of us out there may actually care about the cast’s life dilemmas. Though aside from heartily laughing at Sue Sylvester’s silly shenanigans, I highly doubt even the most geeky (gleeky?) Glee fan will remember anything other than prime musical moments. That must see Karaoke TV.
Be gleeful. Be gleeky. Enjoy Glee while it lasts. Savor the gripping “drama.” But remember, it’s Karaoke TV – at least to me. The music matters most. Like the most fun Glee episode so far reminds us – it’s all about The Power Of Madonna.