Glee: Season 1
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Join the club and bring home the fun with Glee Karaoke and Glee Jukebox— available only on DVD! A talented group of high school misfits transforms into a performing sensation with the help of a dedicated teacher. Through laughter, tears, irreverent humor and unforgettable music, they learn to follow their hearts and chase their dreams.
It was a choral rendition of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" that first put Glee on the map, the thrilling end to an intriguing pilot episode that aired after American Idol in May 2009. After the full season began airing that fall, Glee became the most talked about show on TV, a musical-comedy-drama of colorful characters and soaring production numbers. Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) is a teacher at an Ohio high school who decides to coach the glee club (or show choir) that he belonged to when he was a student. The initial members are a ragtag bunch of social outcasts: born-for-Broadway diva Rachel (Leah Michele), big-voiced Mercedes (Amber Riley), wheelchair-bound Artie (Kevin McHale), stuttering goth girl Tina (Jenn Ushkowitz), and closeted gay Kurt (Chris Colfer). But things get interesting when the club starts to prepare for the sectional competition and manages to add some of the school's popular kids: quarterback Finn (Cory Monteith), his bullying teammate Puck (Mark Salling), and cheerleaders Quinn (Dianna Agron), Santana (Naya Rivera), and Brittany (Heather Morris), the final three planted as spies by Schuester's rival, internationally acclaimed cheerleading coach Sue (Jane Lynch). Meanwhile, a triangle develops among Will, his wife (Jessalyn Gilsig), and the school's obsessive-compulsive guidance counselor, Emma (Jayma Mays). Other relationships get tangled, faces are slushied, and Sue plots the club's destruction while tossing out plenty of zingers. (Note that parental discretion is advised due to some mature themes.)
Through the course of its initial 13 episodes and another 9 that aired in the spring of 2010, Glee transfixed its audiences with its offbeat combination of humor and drama and its musical numbers, ranging from Broadway to classic rock to rap, or even merging them together in the show's famous "mash-ups." Michele and Morrison, both with Broadway résumés, get the biggest credits (check Michele's roof-raising "Don't Rain on My Parade" or her "Defying Gravity" duel with Colfer), but the whole cast sings and dances with skill and heart. It didn't take long for entertainment powerhouses of all stripes to take an interest in Glee, either as contributors (such as Madonna, who lent her music to a full episode) or as guest stars. Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth makes numerous appearances as glee-club alumna April Rhodes (none better than her duet with Morrison of "One Less Bell to Answer" and "A House Is Not a Home"), and in the season's best episode, "Dream" (directed by Joss Whedon), Neil Patrick Harris and Idina Menzel (Chenoweth's Wicked costar) sing terrific duets with Morrison and Michele, respectively. Other guest stars, to often-humorous effect, include Josh Groban, Molly Shannon, Eve, and Olivia Newton-John. At the end of the season, well-deserved Emmy wins went to director-creator Ryan Murphy (Nip/Tuck), Lynch, and Harris, and Morrison, Michele, Colfer, and Chenoweth also earned nominations. --David Horiuchi
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In the cast is the principal who is a penny pinching, bean counting administrator that is looking to cut costs anywhere he can and wants to slash the glee club from existence. There is the rival cheer leading squad coach who does everything she can to gain more power for her cheer leader and wants the budget of the glee club added to her domain. The teacher who runs the glee club and is trying to recapture the glory of his youth when he was in the glee club. His wife is a narcissistic wench trying to manipulate him by faking a pregnancy to maintain there failing marriage and get her own way.
Each episode has a theme in the music which leads to a life lesson. Season 1 is a tad bit repetitive in some of the memes: the prima donna singer who storms out whenever she does not get her way, the glee club being the lowest form of high school life, the jocks torturing the glee club, and the evil cheer leading coach. The first season relies too much on the main male and female singers who are socially mismatched but have a mutual attraction. The series really starts to branch out in season 2 with more show time being given to the lesser members of the glee club who are really just as talented as the main characters.
This was not the normal type of show for me. Having seen the pilot episode I found myself really enjoying the episodes and binge watching season 1. Give a couple of episodes a try. If you like show tunes, Dancing with the Stars, musicals, and really hated high school, you will probably like this series.
Hard to watch Glee nowadays. Puck in real life collected kiddy porn and is going to jail. Finn died in real life and Naya Rivera is in the news Bc she beat up her husband. Ugh
And to the haters, please note that I'm 66 and a profound lover of all that is music.
For me, the story line is a carrier for the music which is the fundamental reason why Glee even exists.
Everyone involved is obviously brilliantly creative and kudos to their talents.
So, regarding this review, the reality is that I don't care about high school drama but the music is AWESOME!
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