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TV you should be watching: "Glee"

By by aprill brandon/abrandon@vicad.com
Oct. 5, 2010 at 5:05 a.m.
Updated Oct. 6, 2010 at 5:06 a.m.


WHEN"Glee" airs at 7 p.m. Tuesdays on FOX.

Just like most real high school glee clubs, the TV show "Glee" has a reputation among non-fans as being lame. Singing and dancing during prime time? The fact that fans call themselves "Gleeks?" An entire episode devoted to Britney Spears?

Yeah, it's not necessarily a recipe for ultimate coolness.

And yet, the show has much more depth than one would think. There's a reason it has resonated with so many people and is one of the most popular shows on TV today, even though the second season has barely gotten under way.

And so, for you diehard holdouts, I've highlighted below the top reasons why you should give being a "Gleek" a chance:

It's a double rainbow all the way!

While most shows on TV either feature an all-white cast, an all-black cast, an all-Hispanic cast or one of the above with the token "other ethnicity" friend, the cast of "Glee" features not only a rainbow cast, but also characters who are handicapped, gay, have Down syndrome, etc. And none of the characters are simply reduced to a stereotype.

'Don't Stop Believin'

I'm not going to lie. I realize not everyone sings selections from "RENT" at the top of their lungs while in the shower (don't you judge me). Broadway musicals aren't for everyone (re: 78 percent of the male population). But that's the great thing about "Glee." It features music from all over the map, from Kanye West to Madonna to Duffy to Journey (and who doesn't love Journey?). Rap, funk, Top 40, oldies, rhythm and blues, you name it. Of course, there's also some "Cabaret" thrown in and maybe some "Wicked" but overall, the music on the show is as diverse as the cast itself.

N.P.H. 'Nuff said

I don't know how they do it, but "Glee" attracts guest stars like flames attract moths. Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel, Lady Gaga, Neil Patrick Harris, Olivia Newton-John and Molly Shannon are just a few who have appeared in season one (and that's not taking into account all the guest stars slated to appear this season).

Talent out the wazoo

Considering it's a weekly show, how these kids bust out one incredible performance after another (often five Broadway-worthy, song-and-dance numbers per episode) is amazing. But more than that, this cast can sing at the goosebump level. They can even make Celine Dion songs bearable, which is a downright miracle.

Sue freakin' Sylvester

If for no other reason, you must tune in simply to see Jane Lynch as the perpetually snarky villain Sue Sylvester. As the cheerleading coach hell-bent on destroying the glee club, she delivers more hilarious one-liners in an hour than a roast of Chevy Chase.

For example:

"You wear more vests than the cast of 'Blossom.'"

"I'm secretly hoping it's a mid-life crisis, meaning you're halfway to an early death."

"A person that has to pump her naughties full of gravy to feel good about herself clearly doesn't have the self-esteem to be my head cheerleader."

"A female football coach, like a male nurse? Sin against nature."

"Even your breath stinks of mediocrity."

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