Glee: The Complete First Season (Television Show)

Show Info
Glee: The Complete First Season
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
20th Century Fox
Rated [not rated]
974 minutes

Plot Summary
The first season of the hit Fox Television show Glee introduces us to the lovable group of outcasts that make up New Directions show choir. The members of the choir are a very outwardly diverse group of students, but they are united by their love of music and performance. Each episode features a number of musical performances of both popular and classic songs, sung by the show’s actors themselves and often deals with tough, if not controversial issues such as sex, teen pregnancy, homosexuality and racism.

Reader’s Annotation
Glee has been rather accurately described as “a biting comedy for the underdog in all of us,” Join the New Directions on their journey to sectionals as they sing and dance their hearts out.

Critical Evaluation
Glee is a fantastic new show that combines hilarious comedy with musical interludes of the hits of today and yesterday. In this show, the underdogs are the heroes we fall in love with and follow as they struggle for acceptance, popularity and even fame. The Glee club, New Directions is made up of a random mix of outcasts, jocks and cheerleaders, but somehow it all works. The show has used its popularity to tackle some heavy issues such as homosexuality, teen sex, and racism, nearly always through song. I absolutely adore this show and love that with such a diverse cast, there’s at least one person for any given person to relate to. The characters are likeable and the storylines will have you laughing out loud and in tears over the course of one hour long episode.

Television Comedy
Musical Comedy

Curriculum Ties

Booktalking Ideas
Take any episode and discuss the major themes/issues it covers.

Interpret the lyrics to your favorite song.

Reading Level/ Interest Age

Challenge Issues

  • Homosexuality
  • Teen Pregnancy
  • Racism

Defense options

  • Be aware of your library’s collection development policy.
  • Be familiar with the material in question, and the context of the questionable content.
  • Assert the principles of the ALA Library Bill of Rights, and standards of intellectual freedom.
  • Consult online reviews, and others who are familiar with the material.

Why Included?
Glee is sort of an updated take on the concept of The Breakfast Club, but set across the course of a television series. The show is fun and takes on relevant issues to teen life.


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