The popular musical comedy has been known world wide, and in the article below, you’ll find out why…
During 2009-2015, millions of young viewers would cuddle up to watch the fashionable tv show Glee every Thursday night. Watching contestants from American Idol belt out broadway classics, and perform embullent renditions of Funny Girl, Cabaret and more. Craig Zadan, co-producer of the new revival of ‘How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying’, stated that “Glee had a monumental impact in helping a show like ours,'.
Extending beyond American living rooms, during Season 1, the cast of Glee had travelled to Australia, where they were interviewed about what they thought regarding their fast paced success. The series was a blend of choir underdogs and popular cheerleaders, changing teens' views on the world. During Season 3, the sharp tongued cheerleader Santana Lopez (played by late Naya Rivera) came out as a lesbian, and inspired many others during the episode ‘I Kissed A Girl’ - Season 3 episode 7. Throughout this uplifting episode, Finn Hudson (played by late Cory Monteith) showed his support and love towards his friend, and dedicated a week of songs towards Santana - the group singing their personal interpretations of ‘Girls just want to Have Fun’, ‘Constant Craving’, ‘I’m the only One’ etc. This sent a powerful message that it’s ok to be you.
As the group competed for the National Show Choir Championship, the highschoolers also experienced a rollercoaster of heartthrobs and heartbreaks, this worldwide triumph of a TV show broadcasted almost globally, the voice of Glee reached Croatia to Fiji!
‘The New Directions’ - the name of their show choir group - finally won their well deserved National Championship during the second last episode of Season 3. Leaving fans to scream for the show choirs success. Just after that episode is ‘Goodbye’ where the power couple Finn and Rachel (Cory Monteith and Lea Michele) break the hearts of teens. Their breakup left fans wondering about the next step towards fame for Rachel and what seemed to be the army for Finn. The inspiring show battled bullies and allowed people to express themselves through the power of music. The talented actors and actresses represented the struggles and joys of highschool. One of the most powerful roles Kurt Hummel (played by Chris Colfer) truly inspired many with his powerful opinions and beliefs. The character didn’t shy from expressing himself, and didn’t think what others thought of him. This character taught viewers to keep battling on, because as long as you do, it can’t get worse.
A Little Bit About the Cast (My personal favourites):
Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester)
In the course of the show, the audience also witnessed a labyrinth of drama and secrets, as Jane Lynch - playing Sue Sylvester - made the crowd laugh with snarky comments and her quick wit. Way back in 1994, the talented actress auditioned for the role of Phoebe Buffay, - The iconic character from Friends - but did not get the role. Fifteen years later, Lynch was gladly handed the role of Sue Sylvester, and attained public recognition and fame.
Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel)
Chris Colfer did not only gain international recognition from his career as Kurt Hummel, but has introduced several books and is the author of ‘The Land of Stories’, Colfer has also been featured in ‘Struck by Lightning’. Mirroring his character on the show, Chris was also bullied in high school, however was the youngest actor on the show, he began Season 1 at the age of 19!
Cory Monteith and Lea Michele (Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson)
Due to Monteith’s fortuitous death on July 13th 2013, - due to drug and alcohol overdose - the actor wasn’t given a chance to spend all his net worth yet, however Cory’s name was still dealt across the world, and was still given the remembrance he deserved.
Cory’s pre-glee years were spent doing jobs such as a Walmart greeter, a taxi driver, a school bus driver etc. Although Monteith previously drove teens to school, Cory admitted to have been absent in highschool, skipping class to drink with his friends. In the year 2011 (whilst Glee was filming Season 3) Monteith got his highschool diploma.
During late July 2013 - the period of Monteith’s recent death - his off-screen girlfriend and co-star Lea Michel-, was handed the Teen Choice Award, and thanked her fans in her speech for all their support during this time, and the fact that they’ll get through this together. She has also recognised the anniversary of his death every year since, posting a picture of the couple onto social media to remember him by. Lea Michele and Cory Monteith began dating late 2011, however continued to squash rumours until summer 2012.
During season 4 of Glee (after Monteith’s tragic death), Ryan Murphy (Glee’s producer and Director) wrote a script for ‘The Quarterback’, to remember Finn/Cory. The episode warmed fans’ hearts, and resulted in tears. During the episode Chris’ Kurt Hummel stated “People keep on asking how he died. But what really matters is how he lived.” The episode broke hearts whilst Cory’s co-stars honoured him in song by singing: Make You Feel My Love, If I Die Young, Season of Love etc.
To conclude, the result Glee has had on our current generation has varied from new and matured opinions, preferences about rights and love, to the fact that you should not be recognised by your past. One of Glee’s most famous performances, and trademark songs is ‘Don’t Stop Believing’ by Journey. Click here to watch the performance that started it all! If you enjoyed it, start watching Glee on netflix.