The official series premiere of “Glee” took place on September 9, 2009. In an effort to promote the show, there was a director’s cut of the preview episode of “Glee”, which aired a week before the premiere. The preview episode was first aired in May following an episode of “American Idol” in order to generate more buzz for the show.
I found the series premiere of “Glee” to be just as enjoyable as the preview episode and in my opinion there is still a lot of potential for the show to grow a bigger audience. According to the LA Times, the series premiere of “Glee” brought in 7.3 million viewers! According to Entertainment Weekly, the show has now been picked up for a full season.
Essentially this show is like a musical for the small screen. I wouldn’t put “Glee” in the same category of Disney’s “High School Musical”, although I can see how some people may think that. “Glee” is a dramedy (drama + comedy) focusing on the students and the teachers. In my opinion the song choices/performances in the episodes help drive the story line or at least provide some comedic relief.
So what is “Glee” about? Well, there are your common High School cliques on the show: jocks, cheerleaders, individualists, etc. However, at the bottom of the High School social food chain is the Glee club. Although at one time in the school’s history the Glee Club was the coolest group to be part of. As the glee club funds hang on by a thread and are in danger of being cut, there is one teacher, Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) who believes he can make the glee club as great as it once was. There aren’t many people behind Mr. Schuester’s vision except for a guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury (Jayma Mays), who happens to have a crush on Mr. Schuester who isn’t exactly happily married. None would want the glee club to fail more than the cheerleader coach, Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch), who continually schemes for the demise of the glee club. As for the glee club members, the group is quirky but together they are trying to prove that their talent transcends their social status.
So far I really like what the show tries to touch upon. High School is awkward time and sometimes it isn’t as easy as it is for some people. I’m not just talking about academically, but more of social acceptance. I like how the show is exploring real topics that are prevalent in today’s youth(s) including: sexuality, acceptance, etc. Although I feel the overall message that music brings these youths together for a greater purpose is something everybody can relate to. If only some of that optimism would spill into reality, who knows what can be accomplished. It makes me think about the Olympics. Two weeks out of the year, the countries of the world are united as the world watches. It’s an amazing thing if you think about it. 🙂
For more information on Glee and/or watch full episodes visit the Glee official website.