I didn't catch the premier of GLEE so when I watched a few shows later on, as much as I enjoyed the music, things didn't quite sync.
First of all, with the present economy, we know that one of the things that are being cut off in schools is Arts & Music, and that's unfortunate. So, are there really HS glee clubs at the present time? Wow, that would be great if GLEE has been inspiring schools to form glee clubs! I'd love to see that happen but is it happening? This is why I thought that GLEE was about the 60's or so. The characters are perfect for that! But the songs are current so it's confusing.
Casting is one of the most important ingredients... maybe the most important in film-making production. You can have the best story, gather the best directors, editors, costume designers, best staff and crew, but if the actors and characters don't match, there's no story. There's no movie to make. Hollywood knows that! Who am I to argue! BUT, that's what I feel about GLEE.
The music is great, though! Everything about it, the songs, arrangements, production, performance, everything fits - perfect HS Glee Club!