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Has Glee Lost It’s Charm? [Review/Poll]

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I might catch flack for this from some people, but I have to say, I don’t think that Glee is the show it used to be.

When the show started in 2009, it got a lot of attention for being an uplifting show about a bunch of talented underdog teenagers banding together to rise above adversity. The first season focused on the glee club at an Ohio high school as they practiced, rehearsed, and competed. In between, the diverse group dealt with bullies, stereotypes, and of course scheming cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester.

For the first season or two, I found the show to be charming and fun to watch. Every now and again an episode would come across as an “after school special” show with a serious message. Which I think is ok on occasion.

But where Glee has lost me lately, is the fact that it feels like every episode for the past season or two has been A Very Special Episode. It just doesn’t seem like the kids are really having fun anymore. It feels like the students at William McKinley High deal with more adversity on a daily basis than most of us did our whole high school careers.

While I think it’s admirable that the show’s producers and writers deal with such hot button issues as teen pregnancy, gay bullying, and texting while driving, I honestly enjoyed the show as a whole more when the serious episodes were more spread out.

News stories have gone back and forth about whether some of the core cast members will “graduate” or not. Maybe it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing for the show to have a bit of a shakeup (if I’m being honest, I’ve never found Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry to be a very likeable character and I wouldn’t be too sad to see her “graduate”). The way things are now though, I just don’t find the show to be the “appointment TV” that it was at first.

So what do you think? Has Glee lost some of it’s charm, or are you enjoying it as much as when it started? Feel free to vote, and then leave a comment and let us know what you think!


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