How to Watch GLEE with Your Tweens
One of my favorite benefits of being a blogger who reports on pop culture, is I have to carve out time for a proper binge. I’ll be honest, it’s been pure hell since cutting the cable cord 10 months ago, and don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise. They lie! But having permission to sit down and veg without the guilt is one of life’s simple pleasures.
Now, it’s also worth mentioning that it’s safe to say that I’m late to the GLEE party so I’ve earned an A+++ in binging. No doubt, 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.
But Why GLEE?
I chose GLEE because I really need to get wise to the tween rom-com sitch. Kiddo is growing up really quickly, but I’m reliving my tween years too because as a parent we need to be 10 steps ahead. We need to learn styles, terminology, and what’s it’s like to be a middle schooler these days. Parents actually need to study up on being cool, and up with the trends or we will be left in the dust. Basically, we need to be a bunch of Spicoli’s in a world of Brads.
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 Glee 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 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 past summer and a way for her 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 12-year-old :: eye roll :: so a good binge never hurt.
And now? I’m Officially a Total 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 groundbreaking album, 1984.
I was young, but my parents never censored music, MTV, or the radio which in hindsight I really appreciate. I think that’s why I took such a serious approach and carefully watched Glee season 1-6 before showing them to Kiddo. Quite frankly much of the content went completely over her 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
Kayne should take lessons because this is how to have fun. This is seriously a rad video and a great introduction to the students of GLEE.
Holy rad. You don’t have to be a fan of Lady Gaga or have a tweenager 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 discerning Van Halen fan can’t say they guys did a great job. Just push play…I dare you. I’ll be honest, I can’t watch without chuckling like a 12-year-old at Puck and Finn. They are such nerds and I love every second.
This very well could be my absolute favorite Glee scene. For even Glee, it was an absolute emotional 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 and I have no idea how these kids made it through this song. 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.
Are you a GLEEk?
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