I want to talk about what is, in my opinion, one of the greatest shows on television, but I don’t want you to stop reading this post just because that show is Glee. Glee is a show that I normally don’t admit to liking in public because it is for a few different very particular audiences, and a lot of people think it is really dumb. And I get that. There is not a lot of continuity, and a lot of things happen that aren’t really plausible. How one of Rachel’s dads was black in season one and now he’s white? How did they get a spotlight in the choir room and trees in the auditorium? Ridiculous things happen, and it makes no sense, but that’s not the point.
What I love about Glee is that in the five seasons it’s had so far, it has touched on so many important topics. We’ve had teen pregnancy, eating disorders, LGBTQ issues, bullying, relationships, and things that don’t really fit into a category, like not knowing what to do with your life, a bad self-esteem, and just being lost. Every single character has something that they’re dealing with that is brought out, explained, and healed, so that anyone can find someone to relate to. Being centered around a show choir is not exactly what the show is about. It’s more about people coming from different places and finding something in common, which, for these characters, happens to be singing. It’s about showing young people how to express their anger, their sadness, or whatever they’re feeling.
My absolute favourite character on Glee is Rachel Berry, who is one of the more prominent characters on the show. What I love about her is the fact that people don’t like her. She is kind of obnoxious, and she’s confident to the point of being self-centered. But the point is that she knows those things, and she never apologizes for them. She makes her life about her own success, and the only difference between her and anyone else is that she is vocal about it, and she shrugs her shoulders in the face of bullying. Yet, she is so kind, and she has so much love in her. She just doesn’t let anything get in her way of being a star. She knows she has the talent, and she’s not going to act like she doesn’t just to be humble. And for me, she’s inspiring because she reminds me that I don’t need to make everyone like me. First of all, it’s impossible, and second, it doesn’t matter. I will find success entirely on my own.
You might relate to Quinn, who has to handle having a baby in high school while trying to get into an Ivy League school. Maybe you identify with Kurt or Santana, who are struggling with being gay. Maybe you saw yourself in Finn, not feeling like you’re good enough, and not knowing where you want to go in life.
I suffered through high school with these characters, and so did a lot of other people. And a lot of people think their showtunes are stupid, or they claim that they “ruined the originals” of the songs that they cover. But this show is important, because it has let so many people know that they are not alone. I saw the Glee cast sing live during their tour, and my dad said it was the happiest he had ever seen me. Looking back, I can’t disagree with him, and that’s what Glee is about.