I'm counting down the days until Tuesday, when my newest TV favorite, Glee, returns!
I'm sure you've heard all the hype about the show, but here's a quick summary: It follows a millenial Breakfast Club of sorts as they navigate their tumultous suburban high school experience by singing in their glee club, New Directions. The show's title captures not only its central premise, but how you feel when you watch it. It's a classic underdog, coming-of-age journey set to your best friend's iPod.
The cast performs multiple numbers in every episode depicting the theme of that week whether it be overcoming obstacles, unrequited love, finding yourself, and every other adolescent experience. Talented cannot begin to describe the glee club, as they provide a fresh interpretation of every Top 40, classic rock, and Broadway song you could think of. Their teacher, Will Schuester, acts as the understanding mentor you wish you had in high school who can carry a tune of his own.
Bringing the show full circle is the way the cast seems genuine and earnest, as in recent interviews by Oprah, Rolling Stone, and the like.
One of their many excellent performances, here is New Directions performing in their final competition thus far:
This performance (even better when seen in the episode) captures the heart of the show: Life may not be perfect, but when you're doing what you love, in the company that you care about most, it can be pretty great.
New episodes of Glee begin this Tuesday, April 13th, at 9:28 PM Eastern on FOX.