Glee Charms Critics Despite Clichés
Fox musical comedy tweaks old high school archetypes
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted May 18, 2009 3:41 PM CDT
Actor Cory Monteith arrives at the premiere screening of the television series "Glee" in Santa Monica, Calif., May 11, 2009.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Fox’s new attempt to capitalize on the TV mania surrounding amateur singing with its musical comedy series Glee will get test run tomorrow night before continuing in the fall, but has already swayed several critics with its fresh take on high-school stereotypes.

  • Rohin Guha, writing for BlackBook, applauds the show’s “bursts of moral relativism that enthrall.”

  • Tim Goodman, in the San Francisco Chronicle, gushes that Glee is already “the front-runner for next season's best fall show,” offering viewers “dead-on satire and an uplifting sweetness.”
  • Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack claims Glee is “honestly the most joyous, exhilarating, fresh new series I've seen in a long time.”
  • “You could watch for the musical numbers, which are beautifully rendered and likely to stick in your head far longer than most Idol performances,” writes Ellen Gray in the Philadelphia Daily News, noting Glee’s time slot after the reality titan. “But the irony that surrounds them is so thick at times it’s a wonder the gyrating singers aren’t bumping into it on stage.”