One of my favorite benefits of being a part of Netflix’s Official #StreamTeam is I have to carve out time to binge. Having permission to sit down and veg without the guilt is one of life’s simple pleasures. It’s safe to say that I’m late to the GLEE party and I’m earning an A+++ in binging. Ryan Murphy would be proud. I have moved on from my torrid affair with The Underwoods once fiction started to closely resemble reality and things got creepy. It was during this time I made the decision to leave politics and D.C. behind for something a little more breezy. I relocated to William McKinley High School for Kurt, Puck, Finn, and my fave, Coach Sue Sylvester.
During GLEE’s initial inception I was on a television break, running around after a 2.5 year old and focusing on this blog. Just a few episodes in I realized somewhere during that time I forgot what it’s like being a teen. I’m not sure when the cast iron adulthood pan smacked me upside the head, but I can hear the “Parents just don’t understand” express train coming for me. And she’ll be right, I clearly don’t remember what’s being a teenager is like, but I’m hoping GLEE will plant a few reminders and give me a glimpse of what it’s like being a teen in today’s age.
Cheat Sheet: Parenting 101
It’s funny how one day you can completely recall, relate, and validate every feeling your child is experiencing, and the next morning not have a clue. I am not trying to be that parent. So I’m submerging myself deep into every John Hughes, Cameron Crowe, and GLEE-type coming of age piece I can keep my exhausted eyes open for.
As much as I would love to pass the Netflix marathoning torch to Junior, GLEE’s content is still too mature for my tween. But that hasn’t stopped us from bonding over episodes because I found a shortcut. I watch the episodes first to decide which ones are OK for us to watch together. Most of the time we fast forward through the deep stuff to get to what matters, the musical numbers, but I’m not afraid to use these characters and their storylines as learning opportunities and a chance to have meaningful discussions with Kiddo. It’s become our little ritual this summer and a way for er to cuddle up and unwind after a long, hot day of fun. She’s never been one to be a couch potato, but these long days can be oh, so draining on a 10 year old :: eye roll :: so a good binge never hurt.
I’m Officially a GLEEk
I’m taking the liberty to share some of my favorite GLEE performances. OK, so maybe Van Halen’s “Hot For Teacher” is not the most appropriate, but it’s sooooooo good! And Puck’s smile is priceless. The first time I saw David Lee Roth in that video I was 9 and Van Halen just released the ground breaking album, 1984. I was young, but my parents never censored music, MTV, or the radio which in hindsight I really appreciate. Quite frankly much of the content went completely over my head and I still don’t listen to the lyrics. I just love music, all kinds, and most of all I love seeing people enjoy it together as a community. I hope the same for Kiddo.
Top 10 Favorite GLEE Performances
Holy rad. You don’t have to be a fan of Lady Gaga to fall head over heels for this performance of Bad Romance. From the costumes to Kurt’s “‘Cause I’m a freak baby!” to everything about this production is pure AWESOME. If you want a real treat, sit back and push play.
The Rocky Horror GLEE Show
This episode totally made me want to join the GLEE club. Kurt steals the show as Riff-Raff and Santana’s opening lips were spot on. The modern-day Brad and Janet played by Finn and Rachel was spot on, but John Stamos guest staring as RHPS’s Cousin Eddie singing “Hot Pattootie” rules. Kiddo and I are big John Stamos fans and I will never think of him as Uncle Jessie again.
Hot For Teacher
I can understand if this is not your jam, but even the most disconcerting Van Halen fan can’t say they guys did a great job. Just push play…I dare you.
This scene in GLEE was an absolute gut punch, but Blane’s performance is so incredibly gorgeous it’s hard to ignore and not place on my list of favorites. It was really hard just a list a few, but I wanted to feature ones that really showcased how talented this group was.
Fire and Rain
In season 5, the cast and the world lost Cory Monteith who played Finn on GLEE. During the episode, The Quarterback, not only did they deal with losing one of their own face on, but the choice of songs were very well thought out. This is a really difficult episode to watch. You don’t need to be a fan of GLEE to connect with the loss of this major character making it hard to decipher between real life and fiction.
Kayne should take lessons because this is how to have fun.
Are you a GLEEk?
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