June 4, 2010

Glee: Where Music and Sarcasm Meet to Make A Point

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I watch Glee. Go ahead, make fun of me if you want, but I won’t apologize for being totally sucked in to this show. I’m not normally one who can’t wait for a show to come on. This show, however, has become my TV crack. I need it. I want it.

What is it about this show, though, that has resonated with so many people? A show about supposed misfits that somehow always come out on top? A show about high school — a place most of us never want to go back to. And, well, a TV location that is often overplayed at least once a decade (see Beverly Hills 90210).

Glee has that ‘thing’, that elusive quality that has been able to attract a viewing audience of kids and grown-up. Maybe it’s because younger kids are enamored with the big kids of high school? Possibly many high school kids see themselves in the Glee kids? And adults, well, we harken back to the days of high school and either relive its glory or see this show as what could have been possible.

Sure, the show is full of stereotypes and trite story lines. This time around, though, it’s different. These kids in glee are popular among themselves, they’re fashionable, they’re smart, they’re actually talented. And the teacher, he totally cares. And, the glee teacher has a nemesis! Rather than relying on the interplay of just teacher and student or student and student, this show brings a new twist — something we adults can totally related to. Workplace angst!

Yes, workplace angst. If you’ve ever had a job certainly you’ve experienced some of the tension displayed in this show. However, unlike real life, these characters often say things we only wish we could say. Yes, there are negative consequences sometimes but all in all things are neatly tied up by the end of the show. Now so much in real life, but good for a show. Good for our psyche.

Like most sitcoms, there’s usually some underlying point to each show. With Glee though, it’s not underlying. It’s right there, out front and easy to see. The show is about empowerment, facing challenges and overcoming them, and standing up to those who say you can’t. Sure, with a sitcom it’s neatly packaged and usually ends perfectly. That’s not real life.

What is real life is the message. The point that hard work and belief in self will power you toward your goal. There may be people in the way trying to make you stumble or even flat out knocking you down. Friends may be there to pick you up, but ultimately you have to believe that you are deserving of these good things and pick yourself up and keep going!

One of the biggest road blocks we often face is ourselves. We’re not honest with ourselves, much less other people. This show mocks us. Not in a hurtful way, but with music and sarcasm. It takes the universality of music, mixes it like a One Hit Wonder, and makes us take notice. Only now we’re looking at ourselves, identifying with at least one character on this show. Singing along, wishing that we could be as brave. Hoping that if there is a ‘next time’ we’ll be more honest with ourselves. And really say and do what we know is right.

Do you watch Glee? Who is your favorite character? Do you identify with any of the situations? I know I sure do!

Sara

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