Glee

While pretty much absent from the silver screen, the musical genre has had some of a renaissance in television thanks to the High School Musical TV movies and now Glee. This show doesn’t look a lot like the Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly classics, though - with its pop rock sensibility and academic enviroment, it’s more related to more modern works like Fame, and it mostly uses tried and tested musical hits as a resource to appeal to the audience. The story starts when Will Schuester, a high-school spanish teacher, receives the assignment to direct the school’s Glee club, which is far from its best moments. Only a lot of talent and enthusiasm from the newly-recruited members will save it. And Glee has enthusiasm. Many of its performers were complete unknowns before joining the show, some of them with no previous acting experience, allowing them a rare spontaneity. Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch balance the cast as the adult figures. As mentioned, there are lots of popular songs, some of them from a couple of decades ago, like Michael Jakson’s “Man in the mirror” and some as recent as Carly Rae Jansen’s “Call me maybe”, generally in quite competent and likable versions. The producers must certainly have spent in song rights. The young cast does a good vocal and dancing work. The script constantly touches upon typical ‘young people’ themes, such as be yourself, go with your beliefs, etc. There’s also a conscious effort to make the cast as varied as possible in terms of ethnicities and personalities. The whole affair has a decidedly lighthearted spirit, very appreciated by the show’s fans. As in High School Musical, there’s somebody trying to prevent the protagonists’ success (the cheer leader coach played by Jane Lynch), but she hasn’t been very succesful so far. Visually, the show can be commended for its good photography and colorfulness, which assure that, at the very least, viewers will always have something pretty to look at.

Rating: 7.1 | Year: 2009 | Network: FOX | Episodes Online: 121
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19 May 2009 - Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot
09 September 2009 - Season 1, Episode 2: Showmance
23 September 2009 - Season 1, Episode 4: Preggers
16 September 2009 - Season 1, Episode 3: Acafellas
30 September 2009 - Season 1, Episode 5: The Rhodes Not Taken
07 October 2009 - Season 1, Episode 6: Vitamin D
21 October 2009 - Season 1, Episode 8: Mash-Up
18 November 2009 - Season 1, Episode 10: Ballad
25 November 2009 - Season 1, Episode 11: Hairography
02 December 2009 - Season 1, Episode 12: Mattress
14 October 2009 - Season 1, Episode 7: Throwdown
11 November 2009 - Season 1, Episode 9: Wheels
09 December 2009 - Season 1, Episode 13: Sectionals
13 April 2010 - Season 1, Episode 14: Hell-O
20 April 2010 - Season 1, Episode 15: The Power of Madonna
04 May 2010 - Season 1, Episode 17: Bad Reputation
11 May 2010 - Season 1, Episode 18: Laryngitis
27 April 2010 - Season 1, Episode 16: Home
01 June 2010 - Season 1, Episode 21: Funk
18 May 2010 - Season 1, Episode 19: Dream On
25 May 2010 - Season 1, Episode 20: Theatricality
08 June 2010 - Season 1, Episode 22: Journey to Regionals
21 September 2010 - Season 2, Episode 1: Audition
28 September 2010 - Season 2, Episode 2: Britney/Brittany
05 October 2010 - Season 2, Episode 3: Grilled Cheesus
12 October 2010 - Season 2, Episode 4: Duets
26 October 2010 - Season 2, Episode 5: The Rocky Horror Glee Show
09 November 2010 - Season 2, Episode 6: Never Been Kissed
16 November 2010 - Season 2, Episode 7: The Substitute
23 November 2010 - Season 2, Episode 8: Furt
30 November 2010 - Season 2, Episode 9: Special Education
07 December 2010 - Season 2, Episode 10: A Very Glee Christmas
06 February 2011 - Season 2, Episode 11: The Sue Sylvester Shuffle
08 February 2011 - Season 2, Episode 12: Silly Love Songs
15 February 2011 - Season 2, Episode 13: Comeback
22 February 2011 - Season 2, Episode 14: Blame It on the Alcohol
08 March 2011 - Season 2, Episode 15: Sexy
15 March 2011 - Season 2, Episode 16: Original Song
19 April 2011 - Season 2, Episode 17: A Night of Neglect
26 April 2011 - Season 2, Episode 18: Born This Way
03 May 2011 - Season 2, Episode 19: Rumours
10 May 2011 - Season 2, Episode 20: Prom Queen
17 May 2011 - Season 2, Episode 21: Funeral
24 May 2011 - Season 2, Episode 22: New York
20 September 2011 - Season 3, Episode 1: The Purple Piano Project
27 September 2011 - Season 3, Episode 2: I Am Unicorn
04 October 2011 - Season 3, Episode 3: Asian F
01 November 2011 - Season 3, Episode 4: Pot O' Gold
08 November 2011 - Season 3, Episode 5: The First Time
15 November 2011 - Season 3, Episode 6: Mash Off
29 November 2011 - Season 3, Episode 7: I Kissed A Girl
06 December 2011 - Season 3, Episode 8: Hold On To Sixteen
13 December 2011 - Season 3, Episode 9: Extraordinary Merry Christmas
17 January 2012 - Season 3, Episode 10: Yes/No
31 January 2012 - Season 3, Episode 11: Michael
07 February 2012 - Season 3, Episode 12: The Spanish Teacher
14 February 2012 - Season 3, Episode 13: Heart
21 February 2012 - Season 3, Episode 14: On My Way
10 April 2012 - Season 3, Episode 15: Big Brother
17 April 2012 - Season 3, Episode 16: Saturday Night Glee-ver
24 April 2012 - Season 3, Episode 17: Dance with Somebody
01 May 2012 - Season 3, Episode 18: Choke
08 May 2012 - Season 3, Episode 19: Prom-asaurus
15 May 2012 - Season 3, Episode 20: Props
15 May 2012 - Season 3, Episode 21: Nationals
22 May 2012 - Season 3, Episode 22: Goodbye
13 September 2012 - Season 4, Episode 1: The New Rachel
20 September 2012 - Season 4, Episode 2: Britney 2.0
27 September 2012 - Season 4, Episode 3: Makeover
04 October 2012 - Season 4, Episode 4: The Break-Up
08 November 2012 - Season 4, Episode 5: The Role You Were Born to Play
15 November 2012 - Season 4, Episode 6: Glease
22 November 2012 - Season 4, Episode 7: Dynamic Duets
29 November 2012 - Season 4, Episode 8: Thanksgiving
06 December 2012 - Season 4, Episode 9: Swan Song
13 December 2012 - Season 4, Episode 10: Glee, Actually
24 January 2013 - Season 4, Episode 11: Sadie Hawkins
31 January 2013 - Season 4, Episode 12: Naked
07 February 2013 - Season 4, Episode 13: Diva
26 September 2013 - Season 5, Episode 1: Love, Love, Love
14 February 2013 - Season 4, Episode 14: I Do
07 March 2013 - Season 4, Episode 15: Girls (and Boys) on Film
14 March 2013 - Season 4, Episode 16: Feud
21 March 2013 - Season 4, Episode 17: Guilty Pleasures
11 April 2013 - Season 4, Episode 18: Shooting Star
18 April 2013 - Season 4, Episode 19: Sweet Dreams
25 April 2013 - Season 4, Episode 20: Lights Out
02 May 2013 - Season 4, Episode 21: Wonder-ful
09 May 2013 - Season 4, Episode 22: All or Nothing
03 October 2013 - Season 5, Episode 2: Tina in the Sky With Diamonds
10 October 2013 - Season 5, Episode 3: The Quarterback
07 November 2013 - Season 5, Episode 4: A Katy or A Gaga
14 November 2013 - Season 5, Episode 5: The End of Twerk
21 November 2013 - Season 5, Episode 6: Movin' Out
28 November 2013 - Season 5, Episode 7: Puppet Master
05 December 2013 - Season 5, Episode 8: Previously Unaired Christmas
25 February 2014 - Season 5, Episode 9: Frenemies
06 February 2015 - Season 6, Episode 6: What the World Needs Now
13 February 2015 - Season 6, Episode 7: Transitioning
09 January 2015 - Season 6, Episode 1: Loser Like Me
09 January 2015 - Season 6, Episode 2: Homecoming
16 January 2015 - Season 6, Episode 3: Jagged Little Tapestry
23 January 2015 - Season 6, Episode 4: The Hurt Locker, Part One
30 January 2015 - Season 6, Episode 5: The Hurt Locker, Part Two
20 February 2015 - Season 6, Episode 8: A Wedding
27 February 2015 - Season 6, Episode 9: Child Star
06 March 2015 - Season 6, Episode 10: The Rise and Fall of Sue Sylvester
04 March 2014 - Season 5, Episode 10: Trio
11 March 2014 - Season 5, Episode 11: City Of Angels
18 March 2014 - Season 5, Episode 12: 100
25 March 2014 - Season 5, Episode 13: New Directions
01 April 2014 - Season 5, Episode 14: New New York
08 April 2014 - Season 5, Episode 15: Bash
15 April 2014 - Season 5, Episode 16: Tested
22 April 2014 - Season 5, Episode 17: Opening Night
29 April 2014 - Season 5, Episode 18: Back-Up Plan
06 May 2014 - Season 5, Episode 19: Old Dog, New Tricks
13 May 2014 - Season 5, Episode 20: The Untitled Rachel Berry Project
20 March 2015 - Season 6, Episode 13: Dreams Come True
20 March 2015 - Season 6, Episode 12: 2009
13 Mar 2015 - Season 6, Episode 11: We Built This Glee Club