See, I'm the opposite. *finds my hipster glasses* I was there day 1. When I heard the dude who made Nip/Tuck
was doing a high school show?
....just give me a date and time and I'm giving it a shot.
And it was amazing to you the truth. It was this dark fairy tale of high school, that happened to have singing. And it had such a mean streak in it, and hid the bitterness under all the cheery lights and polished visuals. It felt like this awesome mix of Malcolm in the Middle
and Boston Public
tbh. Sue Sylvester was working on becoming an all-time great TV character. Sometimes it'd get a little too cheery for its own good, but it went from guilty pleasure, to me being this close to putting my boys onto it...
...for the first batch of episodes. Cuz see it stopped right at Sectionals and went on a long *** break. And yeah it had some TV-head buzz, but this was before all the Gleeks and the hype and all of that. That first half was made in a bubble. And then the show blew up over Xmas. And when it came back it felt like the writers must've let all that smoke from the broadway/karaoke fangirls blow right up their ***, cuz it came back different.
Immediately the show was a little dumber...more forced...less self aware...more big theme episodes and guests...less good jokes and good character stuff...more fangirl-bait, than it ever had before. And it just kept doubling down on that ish...and I didn't even finish the first season. It felt like when Frank Darabont got fired from Walking Dead
. Think I've caught/been made to watch a few over the years. It really is an awful show.
And don't get me wrong, if it's your thing...wasn't anything else on TV like it. But the writing was on the wall when it came back, that they lost track of what made it so good.
Had it stayed what it was in those first 13 or however many...people would be calling it one of the great network shows, you never expected to resonate...like FNL
But it didn't.
But hey...some of the girls on that show were top shelf.