Last Night’s TV – Glee

by Lynn Connolly

Glee is being widely hailed as the new comedic messiah, but I’m afraid I won’t be becoming a follower.

I realise it’s supposed to be clichéd and it’s supposed to be a parody of the ‘earnest’ shows upon which it’s basing its humour – Fame, High School the Musical et al – but anything clichéd is, predictably, predictable.

You can pretty much know exactly what’s going to happen at any given moment and what everybody’s about to say. Not verbatim, but more or less. And it’s just a bit too juvenile and OTT for my tastes.

And, though I nearly get verbally shot for saying so in our house, I feel the same way about other American shows such as Scrubs. My sons think it’s the best thing to come out of America since Pamela Anderson’s chest, but again, I find it too frenetic and I feel it’s trying too hard.

That’s not to say there aren’t some funny moments in Scrubs, or indeed in the subject of this review; there are, but not enough to make me ensure I watch it every week.

And I know this might be a bit of PC madness, but I don’t like the humourising of Kurt who’s repeatedly bullied. Bullying is never funny, and few people who’ve experienced it look back fondly at it years later. It sucks, and it blights lives, so I don’t personally think it should be made ‘funny’.

However, I have to say, I do find Mr Figgins, the couldn’t-care-less Head quite amusing. He’s got apathy off to a fine art, and Terri’s delightfully shallow too, which makes her quite a good character.

But other than that, I’m afraid Glee is far from gleeful for me and I won’t be one of its many loyal viewers.

What do you think of it?

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.