The first reason: for the music. I just love the way that those highly talented kids introduce generations to a music they might not discover otherwise, while paying respect to their own. Many of the songs that are high on the charts I wouldn’t know if it wasn’t for this show, and there’s no style or era that they can’t do.
I’ve laughed, cried and shaken my head about the show and the discussions it sparked in fandom alike, but I commend it for not being afraid to touch subjects that are relevant. To me, the scene of the closeted gay kid attempting suicide was probably hardest to watch--but it’s important to show this in a popular TV. It matters, because things like that don’t just happen on TV, and fiction can get a message across in a powerful way.
Most of all, Glee makes me so happy that my high school days are long over.
This was recommended by a friend. I was skeptical at first, because there are how many variations on this theme? It turned out to be my favorite so far. There are many shows that have a ‘strong woman’ character, fewer who have archetypal heroines. Showing women on TV doesn’t always mean that you can find a portrayal of female friendship that is realistic. It’s rare. Since with very few exceptions, these characters are straight, there’s always the precarious balance of trying not to overshadow the friendship by romance.
Another big plus is humor at the right time, and appropriately dosed.
Fans asked for a third season in a trending topic on twitter, and rightly so.
The Good Wife
I am stunned that a show I like is actually coming back for a fourth season, because frankly, that has never happened before. This show is so perfect it intimidates me as a writer, and viewer. The characters are so well defined and complex you appreciate even those you don’t like. You change your mind back and forth on them.
To me, the heart of the show is the friendship of Alicia and Kalinda. It’s told in such a smart and understated way that The Good Wife made it past the
Hollywood glass ceiling for stories of women
conspiring together. It’s incredibly clever marketing. I’m also glad that on
occasion it brings back women from shows I’ve loved and that have been
If it’s rare to see women in power in good, scripted TV, it’s even rarer for women of color. Aside from the political, feminist aspect here, the character of Olivia Pope is as badass as they come and just delightful to watch.