I have literally been trying all day long to upload a video of Liam, but apparently Blogger hates me today. So I'll put that on hold right now and instead, in order to maintain my daily blogging goal, I give you....
Thursday Thirteen: 13 Reasons I Love "Glee"
(WARNING: much cheesiness is about to ensue. I know that some of this makes me sound like a pathetic, over-the-top devotee. I'm okay with that. It's been at least five years since I cared enough about any television show in order to watch it regularly, so I figure I'm definitely due for some fan-aticism.)
1. "Cheesy teen singing and dancing" and "cult classic" are both equally accurate descriptors of this show.
2. Variety. Nowhere else can you find Billy Joel, Aerosmith, the Crash Test Dummies, and Les Miserables existing side-by-side.
3. Even a skeptic like Ben has to get on board with the episode "Dream On," which guest starred Neil Patrick Harris (who I will always think of as Doogie Houser, but Ben loves as Dr. Horrible).
4. Speaking of "Dream On," it was directed by Joss Whedon, creator of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Angel," and "Firefly"..... which makes him sheer legend in our house.
5. Male vocals. I love male harmonizing, which is probably why I'm such a big fan of Butler's a capella group Out of the Dawg House. Glee's versions of "For a Girl" and "Beth" made me tear up a little.
6. The recent Rachel/Shelby duets. I usually feel lukewarm at best about female duets, but their voices are just perfection together. "On My Own" gave me chills, and "Poker Face" was even better.
7. Brittany's one-liners. "I'm pretty sure my cat is reading my diary."
8. I never know who to root for. Rachel, Finn, Puck, Quinn, and now Jesse... who should go with who? Not to mention Will, Emma, and Terry (who is an utterly hatable character, yet had a totally justified diatribe in "Vitamin C" last season). And Artie and Tina.
9. Quinn and Puck (and Brittany and Santana to a lesser extent) are set up as complete stereotypes at the beginning of the show, only to allow us to watch them evolve through the rest of the show.
10. Mike Chang. I have no idea why, but I really love this character. He rarely ever gets lines, and we have basically no backstory on him, but I just love him. He's a great dancer, and he has the best facial expressions in the background. I keep hoping that they will develop his character further.
11. Who remembered Madonna having so many great songs? While I could have done without the whole "Like A Virgin" montage (seriously, folks, my kids watch this show with me sometimes), all the outfits in the background during the "Borderline/Open Your Heart" mashup cracked me up.
12. As one who works in education in central Indiana, I'm obliged to love the references to Carmel High School as the big rival. Yes, this is actually a reference to the local Carmel HS.
13. The flash mob in "Dream On." Awesome.
You know what's notable absent from this list? Sue Sylvester. While she totally makes the show for some people, I'd be fine without her. Not really a fan.
As a former Performing Arts Center manager and show choir devotee, I love this show. Ben is predicting a surge of show choir participation and popularity a few years from now as a result, as the younger kids watching this show get into high school. I'm all for that.
For those of you who have sat through this little tribute with me even though you have no interest in the show, thank you.... I promise I will continue working on uploading that video of Liam. :)
For the rest of you adult "Glee" fans, weigh in on this. What are your favorites? Please tell me I'm not alone here....