A preview of Fox's musical dramedy Glee aired the evening of May 19, 2009 following the penultimate telecast of American Idol (the next night Kris Allen won in an upset over Adam Lambert). I was on vacation in Yosemite National Park that week and watched both shows from my hotel room.
I've written in a previous post of my affection for Disney's High School Musical, but I never became a fan of Glee. While I liked HSM for being a happy fantasy land in bright colors, I found Glee's angst-filled storylines annoying. Furthermore, too much attention was paid to Jane Lynch's villainous Sue Sylvester, who became more of a comical character. She became a tiresome presence, not unlike Fonzie on Happy Days, Kramer on Seinfeld and Mimi on Drew Carey. Also, as blasphemous as it is for me to admit, the gay character Kurt made my skin crawl.
Despite my lack of overall enthusiasm, props go to Glee creator Ryan Murphy for writing plenty of thought-provoking gay storylines. And I did like quite a few of the show's song "mash ups", twenty of which are on my iPod, especially Marry You, Halo/Walking on Sunshine, Cherish and Let's Have a Kiki. Oh, and Darren Criss was a scrumptious addition during Season Two.
Of course the show wasn't produced for my demographic and it became a ratings success. However, since its first season it has lost a sizable portion of its audience. Some speculate the fall-off was due to its emphasis on gay storylines. The show will air for at least one more season, which will be its fifth. Whenever the show finally goes off the air, perhaps a fitting last episode might have a Wizard of Oz theme with a tornado striking McKinley High.