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I Don't Like Glee, so Stop Trying

Posted on August 30, 2010 at 7:18 PM


People love themselves some Glee, don’t they? I’ve tried on many occasions to actually sit and watch it, and I just can’t get into it. Perhaps it’s my lack of love towards musicals, but in reality I think that a show like that could be far better written and less pandering than what it is. What’s strange, is that the fanbase for Glee is insanely rabid. If you don’t like Glee, they seem to become personally offended and think there’s something wrong with you. In many cases they tell me "just go watch it" and "


I guess there’s something wrong with me, then.


What's interesting is that if I break down certain scenes or plot or how everything is done outside the show, in other words don't fall into the passive nature when you sit and watch a television show or film and tend to turn your brain off, I often have them saying "yeah...you actually have a point there." I know I won't change their minds into not liking Glee by doing so, but many often try and change my mind to actually liking it. That's just not going to happen.


Now there’s a subset of Glee fans, however, that will admit that it’s bad, but in that guilty-pleasure kind of way. Sure, I’ll buy that and can actually see it. You’re having goofy fun with pop music (some questionable choices) and melodramatic writing with forced musical numbers that often doesn’t mesh well; but at least it has you singing along. Sure. Sold.


Then there’s the other set of fans that think it’s the greatest show on earth (and we’re talking adults, not fourteen year old girls here). These are people hurt that it didn’t win the Emmy this past year (rightfully gone to Modern Family as far as I’m concerned) and feel that anyone who doesn’t like Glee just “doesn’t get it.”


No, I get it...and it’s awful.


There’s quite a few reasons to my thinking on this, starting first at the script level. The writing feels completely dependent on how they can write a song within the show, causing for some pretty cringe-worth plots because the music pretty much dictates everything that happens no matter how dissociated to anything important it might seem (the acting doesn’t help, but I do like Jane Lynch) and the acting is too busy being not much better than an actual high school Glee club effort. I think it’s because I don’t like the “theme of the week” approach as well and, I’m sorry, anything that’s going to try and validate Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch or Britney Spears is not worth my time. I know when someone sits and tries to explain why they like Glee, it’s usually boiled down to “it’s just fun.” Is that the excuse? I don’t think it’s fun with some of the most sappy, heavy-handed writing out there that, if it weren't’ for the musical numbers, people would be calling out left and right. All I’m saying is that if Glee was on Nickelodeon or some Disney Channel, nobody would notice or care. It would fit right perfectly in next to Hannah Montana and I Carly or whatever other awful show kids watch these days. That’s all.


Signing Off

JC


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Reply toosmartforbond2
8:19 AM on September 2, 2010 
I can't even believe that the show exists. It as an affront to my soul. TV has sucked so badly these days, I've taken to watching old 70's and 80's shows on Netflix.