This is not to say that the show was without significance. I know from personal experience talking about it with high-school groups around the country that it advanced the public youth dialogue on LGBT issues in a significant way, and that it forwarded the momentum started by High School Musical in popularizing, and bringing attention to the importance of, the performing arts in school curricula. It also succeeded in providing parents and kids something from which they could derive joy—together, and often for the same reasons. And it granted a prominent stage to a group of terrific performers. I could not be happier about getting to know the actors I met through covering the show, all of whom are incredibly talented and generous people who use their platform to create positive change in the world. I very much look forward to following them in their future ventures. I just can’t bear watching, promoting, and writing about this one anymore.
Or, possibly: Why do you still watch?
I still watch Glee and plan to still watch Glee for a while. Yes, it is not as strong, well thought out, and creative as its first season, but I still enjoy it more than it frustrates me (and, really, there are much worse high school centered dramas on TV, I would rather watch this one out of all of them). Granted, I am a person who goes down with a TV show… watched Gilmore Girls through its character destroying sixth and seventh seasons, watched Heroes past season one– which was the only season worth watching– just because I liked Zachary Quinto as Sylar, and am still watching Supernatural, although it has not been the worth it since the epic conclusion to season five (in fact, I still watch Supernatural and it gives me not much excitement or joy, like it used to, which I still get from Glee).
Even in Glee episodes I overall do not like, I still find moments, song performances, quick one-liners and background jokes in said episodes that make it at least semi-enjoyable. I am a character person, when it comes to anything (books, tv, moves, etc.) that I enjoy. Glee still has many characters that I like (Kurt, Blaine, Rachel, Artie, Becky, Santana, Mike, Sam, Brittany, Burt, Puck), characters I am apathetic to or have mixed feelings about (Tina, Mercedes, Sue, Rory, Emma), characters I love to hate– which is a way of saying that I like them as villians– (Jesse, Sebastian) and characters that the writers of Glee have made me hate (Will, Quinn, and Finn depending on the episode). The likes still outway the dislikes. Honestly, if Glee somehow makes it to a season five (because season four is still going to have Rachel, Kurt, and Finn as well the as junior characters) and all the characters I like have graduated and are no longer on the show, and they do not come up with any characters that engage my interest… that is probably when I will stop watching… that, or when there is no more Kurt.
I don’t think there’s anything that would make me “stop” watching. I may not watch (I haven’t yet bought the latest episode on iTunes, which is a first for me since discovering the show) at some point, but it would never be some big, dramatic moment of rejecting Glee.
I am still ACTIVELY watching Glee in spite of a lot: character incongruity, boring plotlines, failure to pick up loose ends that I find important or interesting, and general Glee sloppiness. “But it’s Glee” is the mantra most of us watch by, I think.
But love for a character (Kurt, Burt, Dave, Santana) doesn’t just go away if you’re bored or horrified by their story arc. I believe a character is written, and since I’m not on staff at Glee, it’s necessarily going to be written by someone else. They have ownership, control, and maternal rights, so to speak: this is their baby, not mine.
I’ll also ALWAYS tune in to anything Chris Colfer is doing. Just can’t NOT watch him if I have the chance.
A romantic Kurtofsky relationship… I don’t mind if Karofksy has feelings for Kurt,..or Kurt confuses pity with love…but no real romantic relationship…
Oh wait.. maybe I will still watch Glee for Rachel, Quinn, Sam Evans , Joe Hart and Artie..
but fastorward through romantic Kartofsky
I’m really on the fence about what might turn me completely off watching Glee. Half way through season three, I began debating if I would continue watching the show, but I am curious about how the writers will pull off their “show within a show” concept without diminishing the story arcs even further than what they’ve done during Season 3. More character arcs means less time per character and if you ask me, they show needs to do a purge.
As it turns out, I’m emotionally invested in most of the cast that has been around since Season One, some characters more than others. My interest lies more in the LGBT characters on the show and Kurt is a favourite. His departure from the show would be a deciding factor in how much longer I will continue to watch Glee. Yes, I know he’s supposed to return for Season 4, but will he, along with Rachel and Finn and the other graduates this year, fade away into the background come Season 5? If so, I’ll probably stop watching. I have no interest in watching a musical version of Degrassi. Once I’m invested in characters, whether I like them or not, I want to stick with them even if their plot lines get a little weak or mundane at times.
I’m also incredibly disappointed by the absence of Dave Karofsky. While I had hoped his rock bottom would have been bullying Kurt and he would begin his turn around then, the writers went right to the very pit of despair and depicted him attempting suicide. While I appreciate the writers taking that risk, I don’t appreciate their abandonment of the character afterward. Dave had more appearances in Season One before they developed his character than in Season Three. Even in Season Two (about 13 appearances I think) he was present even when it was just a cameo to briefly remind us of the bullying theme. Season Three? 3 powerful appearances and an absence so overt that “Where’s Karofsky?” has become a frustrating echo in my mind. Too many questions have been left unanswered, and this particular story arc has been the most unsatisfying of the story arcs on the show. If the writers were to do this again with another character, I will abandon the show whole-heartedly. There’s nothing worse than untrustworthy storytellers.
For the meantime, I keep watching because I’m hopeful. Even though I’ve stopped trusting what Ryan Murphy tells the media, I’m hopeful his statement that the show will be more mature is truthful. The later time slot for Season 4 seems promising. I’m hopeful his statement about returning to focusing just on 4 or 5 characters is also truthful. Perhaps the story arcs will be meatier. I’m hopeful for Season 4, but unless they re-invent the format of the show by somehow extracting the high school setting all together beyond Season 4, I probably won’t continue watching. I have no idea if Glee clubs are exclusively supported by academic organizations or not. If large businesses have softball teams, why not glee clubs too? Any one person could sponsor any kind of club, right? It would be interesting if Season 4 turned out to be a transitioning from one setting to another, i.e. McKinley to Manhattan, so that by Season 5, the setting would be entirely in Manhattan, if not with everyone from the regular cast, at least a good portion of it.
There are a few specific issues that would make me stop watching Glee, but I don’t think they will be addressed fully until Season 4 begins to air.