Review: 'Glee' on Fox
The musical set at a high school has its dark side, but these students with a song in their hearts are fun to watch
The only real problem with "Glee," Fox's new musical comedy, which premieres tonight, is that viewers will have to wait four whole months for the next episode.
That's a long time but wait we will because wait we must: "Glee" is the first show in a long time that's just plain full-throttle, no guilty-pleasure-rationalizations-necessary fun.
Heaven knows why it took a network so long to cash in on the "High School Musical"-generated frenzy. Nickelodeon took its shot earlier this year with "Spectacular!" and "Glee" unabashedly holds the best of both shows up to the dark mirror that is the mind of creator Ryan Murphy ("Nip/Tuck," "Popular")..
His McKinley High is real high school, a place where moments of shining exultation are surrounded by pits of despair, tripwires of petty rivalries and pathetic hierarchies -- a place that leaves such a permanent imprint on the collective psyche that "high school" has become an adjective and its own genre.
-- Mary McNamara