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Unrestrained glee

You can’t doubt the popularity of American TV shows amongst English-speaking audiences and one of the better series in recent times is the musical, Glee.

tv Updated: Aug 09, 2010 14:27 IST
Luke Kenny
Luke Kenny
Hindustan Times

You can’t doubt the popularity of American TV shows amongst English-speaking audiences. There is a series in almost every genre of storytelling, be it drama (Six Feet Under), politics (West Wing), science fiction (Battlestar Galactica), crime thrillers (CSI and 24), survival dramas (Lost), the supernatural (Heroes), Hollywood (outstanding Entourage), vampires (True Blood) or serial killers (Dexter).

But one of the better series I’ve seen in recent times is the musical, Glee. It is many notches higher than the teenage blunder, High School Musical. A sensation on American television, the series revolves around the adventures of a glee club (a modern day school choir or musical performance group) in a typical American high school. The cast represents a mix of races and ethnicities.

GleeAs usual, the actors who have been pulled out of relative obscurity are amazingly talented. But the most impressive aspect of the show is how it effortlessly weaves popular music into its storyline. The show features a cross section of the best songs ever written, from classics like Queen’s Bohemian rhapsody, Chicago’s Can’t fight this feeling and Journey’s Don’t stop believing to songs by artists like Kanye West, Susan Boyle, Lady Gaga and even little-known songs like Safety dance by Men Without Hats. If that’s not all, there is a whole episode devoted to the songs of Madonna.

The first season has already begun on Indian television and the second starts next month in the US. This makes me sad for Indian television, where we have a dearth of programming with such variety and class. But then again, could that be a good thing?

First Published: Aug 09, 2010 12:58 IST