Since everyone is practically foaming about this show, I decided to take a peek when it popped up on our Watch Instantly.
I said to myself, “You like music! You were a big fan of your siblings’ show choir days! You have three days off to do little! You like to torture your boyfriend!”
So I fired it up … and regretted it.
As I suspected from viewing other popular shows regarding music and scanning past radio stations for kids these days, the term “music” is used very loosely. And the term “high school” has even more liberties.
My first gripe about this show is the singing is far from realistic. And while this is meant to be a sitcom, and admittedly not closely tied to reality, the fact that critics and fans are praising this show for the song quality and real-life show choir or glee club feel is laughable. Each time a song would get queued up, I would cringe–knowing a whine, whinny or wail was going to be coming at me. It’s depressing when you feel the need to literally shield your eyes or fast forward because the music routines are too painful. Furthermore, most schools are drastically cutting their music budgets, as is widely known, so the canned, artificial sound coming from these humble high schoolers is attributable to technology that is far above most institutions. Sound stages and auto tune does not go hand in hand with the ubiquitous sequined jackets and matching dance shoes of real show choirs — at least not with my experiences in the Midwest.
Secondly, instead of illuminating the real issues of high school, this show is cartoonishly mocking high school stereotypes in a way that makes you tire of the characters, instead of despise or root for them. The jocks who put the wheelchair kid in the port-a-pottie, the slushies thrown in the ambitious show choir girl’s face, or the cheerleading coach who hates the arts –it’s all been seen before. And perhaps this is just my bias from my personal experience in high school, but these are wild nonsense, not entertaining and counterproductive to the cause of giving a voice to the meek.
While I must admit I did laugh a few times (the ultrasound tech who claims the only thing the wife of the show choir director could be pregnant with was a chicken wing or the pining coach who longs to ask out the guidance counselor and claims job security because he is a minority), overall my viewing of two episodes was more than enough. If you want to experience real music, visit a local high school and watch a show choir that works hard and showcases raw talent (and terrible costumes). If you want to experience an unpleasant recollection of the worst of stereotypical high school and popular culture, watch “Glee.”