What is Glee?

By: Courtney Harrington

            Glee has become an extremely popular television show that is captivating the nation. The T.V. show is a musical comedy that just entered its second season in mid September. However, there are those who have never watched Glee a day in their lives. What is Glee?

With having just begun its second season, Glee is becoming a "pop-culture phenomenon." Photo courtesty of Google images

            Glee takes place within the walls of McKinley High School. The main idea of the show revolves around a group of very talented singers, known as the Glee Club. All throughout the year, this group of students prepare to take on their “arch rivals,” Vocal Adrenaline, at Nationals. The main leader of the club is Will Schuester, played by Matthew Morrison. Schuester is a teacher at McKinley High and loves to sing and dance, but with every show comes romance and heartache. Schuester divorces his wife in the first season because of the strong feelings he encounters for the guidance counselor, Emma Pillsbury, played by Jayma Mays.

            With all television shows comes the not-so-good guy. In this case, Sue Sylvester, played by Jane Lynch, is Schuester’s “nemesis.” Sylvester is the cheerleading coach at the high school and is always getting in Schuester’s way of succeeding in sending his kids to Nationals. Some of the main students in Glee Club are Finn, played by Cory Monteith, Kurt, played by Chris Colfer and Rachel, played by Lea Michele. Finn is the kind of guy who has the girl, is the quarterback of the varsity football team and has a killer singing voice. Rachel, Finn’s girlfriend, is the main girl in the club. She thrives being in the spotlight of their performances and is eager to become popular. Kurt is known as the sassy boy on the show. He is very into fashion and looks.

            Each week of Glee is especially different with new themes and ideas. Throughout the first season and the upcoming shows, there are multiple guest appearances by famous talented performers such as Britney Spears and John Stamos. There are also weeks when the show is dedicated to artists, meaning the songs sung on the show will include songs recorded by that artist.

            Since Glee first aired, the show has done extremely well. Thus far, the show has had more than 10 million song downloads and 19 Emmy nominations. The show was also recognized by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The theme of Glee’s second show this season was based around Britney Spears. The show was such a hit, that it had 13.3 million viewers. What is to come in the future for Glee?


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