TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Edgy-but-quirky comedy's music, message will win teens over.

Fox Comedy 2009

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 196 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 726 reviews

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age 13+

Simply Outstanding Show!

Say what you want about Glee, but it truly is a life changing show that many teens will enjoy. So first let's start off with the whole idea of the show in general. It's about a bunch of completely different kids who join their high school glee club and soon see that they may not be so different after all. From an annoying, ambitious show girl, to a mean cheerleader, having something in common seems like quite a stretch, but that's not the case here. One thing that all these kids have in common is their love for music. Let me just start off by saying that everyone in the show is super talented. The vocals of the characters are absolutely amazing! Along with that, the show teaches good lessons, and portrays real life situations. Let's start with some of the important lessons Glee teaches us: First off, Glee has a common theme of Acceptance. This is a big one and it has always been a key subject throughout the show. They portray the type of environment where it does not matter if you're black, white, gay, straight, popular, an outcast, super smart, or average, etc. All that mattered to them is that they were a family, and family accepts you for who you are. Next, Perseverance. Many of the characters overcame many obstacles that came their way. One of the main characters, Kurt Hummel, was bullied horribly at school. The bullies would call him hurtful slurs and push him into lockers just because of his sexual orientation. It got so bad that he had to move schools. One of the bullies threatened to kill him. A few seasons later he was the subject of a hate crime and was horribly beat up and hospitalized. You know what he did after all this? He stood up for himself, he stood up for others, he became a stronger person from this all and that is something many people need to see. There are other characters who show perseverance too, but let's move on for now. Next is parent communication. Many teens do not talk to their parents about important issues and Glee shows that it's okay to do that. Another one is to follow your dreams. Rachel Berry, known as the main character of the show, portrays this the most. She kept trying and trying, and say what you want about Rachel but she had just the right ambition and she was very determined. She worked very hard for her dream to come true, and it did at the end. She never stopped believing that she could do it. Next is, don't let others define you. Brittany S. Pierce was called stupid all her life, and yes there were some moments where we all questioned her. She was nit the brightest in the beginning, but she turned out to be a genius. She became a mathematician, as stated in a later season. She didn't listen to what others said about her. She kept telling herself that she was smart and with the help of others, she realized she was a true genius. Another one is that there's always tomorrow. Just because today sucked doesn't mean tomorrow will. Last but not least, don't let your past define you. People make mistakes, and those little mistakes you make don't define you. Here are some quotes from the show before I move on: 1) It's what I love to do. It's never going to be a waste of time." -Mike Chang 2) "You can't change your past, but you can let go and start your future." - Quinn Fabray 3) "When you really believe in yourself, you don't have to bring other people down." -Quinn Fabray 4) "Being a part of something special does not make you special, somethings special because you're a part of it." - Rachel Berry 5) "See the world not as it is, but as it should be." - Finn Hudson 6) "I swear to you I will never change, I'm proud to be different, it's the best thing about me." - Kurt Hummel There's many more! The show is super inspirational and heartwarming. It's also very funny and just overall great. Let's talk about the music now! Glee has some very amazing musical numbers, some of the songs they sing are even better than the originals! Some great one's are "Valerie" , "Don't Rain On My Parade" , "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "Shake it out" , and more! The singers are truly amazing, so talented! I really enjoy watching all the performances, they can range from being fun and upbeat, to sad, to heartwarming, to romantic. Glee let's your teens discover new music, and artists. The show plays a lot of oldies! They had two whole episodes dedicated to The Beatles, where the only sang Beatles songs throughout the episodes! They also sang many other old artists, like Whitney Huston, Micheal Jackson, Carole King, etc. They also sang many musical songs, which is so fun! Let's move onto the relationships! Glee portrays a of different relationships and I'm all here for it. First off: Romantic relationships. What I really respect about Glee is that the relationships don't rely on sex, a lot of the couples really loved each other. There were some very romantic scenes throughout the show, whether the romance was expressed through song, or normally, it was adorable. I loved how they showed what a real life relationship looks like, it was very realistic. It's really nice to see a tv show where relationships aren't just sunshine and rainbows all the time. Next: Friendships/Sibling relations. The friendships in the show were amazing, she teach us to always be there for our friends, no matter what. There was one friendship/sibling relation that I really adored: Kurt and Finn. Kurt did have a crush on Finn at the beginning but they soon became step brothers and they loved each other so much, and looked out for each other all the time, they were best friends. Another sibling relation was Mason and Madison in season six. Yes, they had their differences, and yes, they were not shown a lot, but you could tell that they loved each other dearly. Finally: Parental relations. Mostly, this dealt with Kurt and his dad, Burt. When Kurt first came out, his dad wasn't too happy with the idea, but he still loved him. Later, he accepted Kurt fully, for who he was. I loved their relationship, they were always super close. His dad even talked to him bout something passed his dads comfort zone. Finn and his mom Carole were very close along with Finn being close to Burt too, it's nice seeing a good relationship between a step parent and their new addition. Santana's mom also helped her, Mike's mom too, etc. THINGS TO WATCH OUT FOR: - Swearing: word like b*tch, hell, f*g, and ass are used sometimes. - Sex: There are absolutely no explicit sex scenes. They do imply it sometimes and talk about it, but it's nothing too explicit and should be totally okay for 13 and up. There is no nudity, except for shirtless guys occasionally. There is some sexy stuff sometimes in performances like "Cell Block Tango", "Push It," etc. You can always skip those scenes, and they aren't even that bad! - Drugs/Drinking/Smoking: There was one whole episode dedicated to teaching the kids the dangers of alcohol, and they all got drunk! The episode itself taught viewers the hazards of drinking, but not the kids. They drank alcohol sometimes and at the beginning, there was some brief drug dealing going around, but they were only like two second clips anyway. There is brief smoking in one episode. Violence: There is nothing gory or graphic in Glee. There is some violence though, like hitting/beating up, etc. Consumerism: There is some consumerism but nothing bad. All in all, Glee is an amazing show that any musical teen would enjoy! Thank you so much for reading!

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Great role models
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age 16+

Fun show for the right maturity level

This is in no way appropriate for kids under 16 yo. Here is just a handful of topics: ejaculation, cheating, beating up marginalized students, teachers doing strip dancing with students, student who's goal is to have sex with every football player, Ke$ha routine to tick tock where the entire glee club is drunk after doing shots before going on, teachers say incredibly innapropriate and sexual things to the kids and about them. A teacher tells two girls who are part of a celibacy group that they are boring and prude. Yes, a teacher. In one episode where they perform Rocky Horror Picture Show two boys are told they have to be in their underwear and pressured into it for the show. Sue's character says horrible things about students and staff that are just shocking at times if viewed through the lens of a small kid. I could go on and on with how completely wrong it would be to let a child watch this show. Just because it has a gay teen, a bi teen, a pansexual teen, and POC does not mean the positive representation outweighs the bad. Honestly, I am truly horrified that there are parents that watch this show with their young children. For teens that are older it is a fun show with an amazing amount of talented singers and dancer. The storylines are raw and interesting. I still believe even for teens, parents should watch it so they can talk about any topics that come up that may need further clarification.

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Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
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