20 Things Clearly Wrong With 'Glee' That Most People Prefer Not To See
Although Glee may be over, the show’s fame hasn’t diminished since the series finale. Throughout six seasons, this group of musical oddballs and ruthless losers changed television's landscape and created multitudes of loyal fans all over the world in the process.
Glee was, and still is one of the most celebrated shows in TV history, and it had some pretty captivating arcs and characters. However, there were also some problems should have been fixed, but of course, for whatever reason we'll never know, were ignored by all the showrunners, writers, and even fans.
So, let's dig in deeper and look at these parts that we missed throughout the show.
20. Principal Figgins had no control over the school
Perhaps you've never noticed, but the William McKinley High School is a highly dysfunctional institution. Not only does the school employ a coach who seems like an evil James Bond brute, but the school’s head, Principal Figgins, has practically zero control over anything that happens in his school’s hallways.
If you think about it, there are a number of times that Principal Figgins has given out an order, stopped New Directions from doing something, or even barred them from using certain songs... only to have his ruling entirely disregarded by everyone else. The worst part is that there are unquestionably no repercussions for any of the individuals involved, even though they've snubbed his authority time and time again. Is this a bad school or an incompetent principal? We'll leave that decision up you to.
19. Mr. Schuester's drama
Will Schuester may have been seen as a role model and father figure to most of the characters on the show, but he’s a rather poor teacher if you actually think about it. Over the course of six seasons, Will’s ability to coach these kids has persisted controversial and often sloppy at best. Sounds like bad teacher skills to us.
He was thrown continuously into high school drama when he least expected it, even though a person of his age, let alone a teacher, shouldn't have been that profoundly involved with teenage drama. To make matters worse, his private problems continually crept up and influenced his decisions and ability to coach the club. His students also got wrapped up in his drama as well.
18. The graduates awkwardly hung around their old school
For a show that opens to the beat of Don’t Stop Believin, a lot of the star characters didn't seem to want to leave their small town and take "the midnight train going anywhere.” Except for Quinn Fabray, who left McKinley Highschool and never looked back, almost every single one of the leading members who graduated from William McKinley High School decided to linger around their old turf if you noticed awkwardly.
They either coached the new Glee club kids or felt nostalgic about, or something that had happened to them less than a year ago. We certainly don't know what happened to their motto of going out there and achieving your dreams... We guess the showrunners didn't want to see the show without them. Ironically, when it came to taking the spotlight, no one did it better than the ex-members of Glee who never left.
17. Continuity was never important
Now don't misunderstand us, the show certainly has some amazing writers and directors who have put out a lot of interesting content for the mainstream television. Some storylines were original and fantastic. However, no matter how many times we invested in a storyline or a specific character trait, it completely narrowed off before coming to any real resolution? Did you also notice this problem?
Here's an example... when Marley Rose poised to be the new lead at some point. It certainly seemed like she was about to take Rachel’s place. Marley came from a working-class family who earned a low-income, and was billed as a true loser. However, she was transferred to a supporting role as the show went on. By the time we got to the next season, her low-income status was all but erased.
16. Ryder Lynn broke his promise to quit Glee
On the topic of continuity, remember when Ryder Lynn said he’d quit the club for good? Well, to our surprise, he didn't keep his side of the bargain. A lot of the new members weren’t as popular with audiences, which is probably why the producers kept bringing previous characters back in absurd ways to help the new cast.
Ryder Lynn seemed to be one of the new characters who reached a favored status with viewers. After a complex storyline in which Ryder is catfished by Unique, Ryder promises to leave New Directions in a dramatic manner. Then let's fast forward to the post-winter break, and Ryder is still hanging around. The fact that he wanted to dump the club was never mentioned again after that.
15. The parents were never seen supporting their kids
Some of the stuff that happened on Glee should have involved parents, but it simply never did. Some of these things included teenage pregnancies, serious catfishing disasters, relationships that became way too complicated, and disciplinary dilemmas are just a few things that should have involved parents. However, it seemed like everyone at McKinley High School just fended for themselves, even in the worst of times.
You'd think that the school would notify a student's parents when they were going through a big problem that everyone knew about. Certainly sounds like bad schooling and guidance, and you hardly ever see anyone’s parents on the show. Due to the constant arguments between school authority and Will Schuester/the New Directions, it felt like the next-of-kin of these students didn't care enough to become involved.
14. Every character was either rich or poor
It seems like the showrunners of this production had a rather difficult time determining whether McKinley High School was a rich, well-funded school or a poor, struggling one that was strapped for cash. The same values were applied to many of the characters on the show. A lot of the kids in club mentioned coming from low-income families, only to display the exact opposite a few episodes later.
McKinley was billed as an average-at-best school early on, but it seemed to portray the opposite to those outside when putting on expensive, elaborate shows with epic stages, special effects, pyrotechnics, over the top costumes, and overall, a high production value. Where is all that money going to then? Makes you think.
13. The timeline
When you sync the show’s time together with the real-world's calendar, it helps to keep things more realistic. However, it seems like time and space in Glee are entirely different from that in the real world. Yes, this sounds weird, but when New Directions performed Katy Perry’s Roar shortly after Spring Formal, this would have meant that it was spring when the song first came out.
Roar was performed in season five, which ran from September 2013 to may 2014. So it makes total sense that they sang Roar if it came out on August 2013. This kind of shows normally takes place in the same year when they air. Though Think of that one for a minute, and let us know what theory you come up with.
12. Glee club members never attended class
The club is only a small club at McKinley High School. However, the club takes demands a lot of time from its members. Usually, students aren't allowed to spend the majority of their school day practicing dance choreographies and covering history’s all-time greatest hits just because there’s a competition coming up.
We certainly understand that the Sectionals are huge and need to perfect those dance numbers, as it was essential to each Glee member, but no average school should allow it, students, to skip class 90% of the time. Just imagine that! Not only did Will Schuester voluntarily let his students miss class to practice their dance and singing routines, no one else seemed to care that a group of teenagers rarely attended class for six years. This is indeed weird!
11. Puck and Mercedes' relationship
Like most soap operas on mainstream television, Glee relied on romance and relationships between characters to keep audiences glued from one season to the next. So, when you have an organized cast and one too many leading characters, some of them seem to get thrown into the same, random storyline, sadly.
This was exactly what happened in the case of Mercedes and Noah Puckerman (aka Puck), both of them, for whatever reason, had a so-called fling at one point in order to give them something to do. of course, the storyline didn’t go anywhere. In fact, it ended as abruptly as it started. Perhaps it was a bad idea to have started it in the first place. Especially with all the missing pieces.
10. Terri Schuester's backstory
Glee has always had disputes with Terri Schuester. She's a complicated adversary with plenty of issues and definitely has an obscure view of the world. These traits made her relationship with Will one of the most interesting factors on the show. However, what seemed to be a compelling look at how a couple that married very young learned how to deal with life quickly turned into a nightmare for Will Schuester.
In the beginning, Terri was shown as a sweetheart who got along perfectly with Will in high school. However, in later seasons, her backstory was altered entirely when Will unveiled that it was always difficult to deal with someone with a drinking problem. It seems like the show was too afraid to create a twisted character, so they removed all of Terri Schuester's positive traits. Now that was frustrating!
9. The outcasts had good fashion sense
Glee is a show about underdogs for the underdogs if you're looking at its very core. A lot of the characters were based on comparisons from the 80s and 90s teen shows like Freaks and Geeks and John Hughes movies. The series represented the outcasts and misfits in every school, and it showed us how loud and proud they could be. For most the part, they were successful at doing this.
There was one thing that stood out, and that was the fact that most of these supposed underdogs didn't quite look the part. Every member of the club had unbelievable style and was attractive by society's standards. In fact, it seemed like the only ones who don’t think that the members of New Directions were good enough, were themselves. That actually kinda makes sense.
8. Sue Sylvester was abusive
Half of the things that Sue Sylvester did to students was one step away from being abusive, and the rest of it was no doubt, illegal. If Sue Sylvester were ever a coach in the real world, she would soon be facing time for all of her crimes. It was definitely insane at how much abuse the crazy coach got away with. She was an ultimate bully and picked on specific students constantly on a daily basis.
Instead of the kids or parents or even other teachers taking a stand, no one seemed to care enough to do anything about it. Calling the cops five episodes into the first season would have been a bit anticlimactic, so there was no point. Instead, Sue Sylvester was allowed to run amok for six seasons. To top this ridiculous character off, she was even given a sort of victory in the end as well. What do you think about that?
7. Sugar Motta's terrible singing
Do you remember when Sugar Motta couldn’t sing? Well, we certainly do, but it seems like the writers and showrunners might have needed their combined concepts jogged because they soon forgot about the fact that Sugar Motta, a new addition to the Glee cast who debuted in the third season, came in with one defining trait: she wasn’t terrific on the mic. Way to go team!
Along with a long list of character qualities that were conveniently withdrawn from Glee either because they didn't serve a purpose or because writers didn't want to keep writing and got lazy, Sugar Motta's lousy singing was dropped entirely from the show. Now, couple that with her rotten attitude, and suddenly Sugar Motta became everyone's least favorite character.
6. Kurt and Blaine's toxic relationship
Many fans of Glee seemed stubborn about one thing: Blaine and Kurt needed to stick together. It was the show's most exceptional romantic relationship and instantly became a fan-favorite. This isn't surprising in shows like this either because audiences typically adore seeing tough romances work out in the end. Everyone has a soft spot in the end.
However, the only problem is that Blaine was a toxic person and Kurt was stuck in a terrible relationship. Throughout the show, Blaine was highly skeptical and commanding when it came to Kurt. Blaine was even unfaithful to Kurt and assumed that he would be forgiven. He also blamed Kurt for his weight gain. Wait... what? That is ridiculous!
5. Artie's mechanical legs
For some time, the showrunners wanted to give actor Kevin McHale, who is a skillful dancer in his own right, a chance to display some of his moves on the show, and in a Glee Christmas special a few years ago, they finally got the opportunity. Artie was gifted a pair of mechanical legs that were made by a company called ReWalk. Because of this, he finally had the chance to perform a dance number for the legions of fans worldwide.
However, the mechanical legs broke the very next day, and Artie was once again wheeling around in his chair. It seems odd that ReWalk provided Artie with such an unstable pair of legs that didn’t offer any warranty. Perhaps it may be on of their one-off Christmas specials, but on Glee, it seemed like miracles only lasted a day. Now that super sucked! Legs today, wheels tomorrow...
4. New directions gaining popularity
Glee was built on the premise that its leading cast members, at least the ones who made up New Directions, were not the most popular group of students at the school. However, throughout the show, it never really seemed like any of the members are topping unpopular, but they still seemed to believe that they were outcasts who didn’t belong with their peers. Maybe not that reality...
Despite this, they always seemed to have a pretty spirited crowd at every one of their notable performances, no matter what stage they got to, and their school always went to cheer them on, sometimes with a standing ovation. Apart from being slushied by the jocks, what do you think made New Directions assume that they were classed as the unpopular underdogs? It certainly seems like they were one of the most popular groups in school and everyone loved them.
3. Too many sign-ups, but no shortage of dancers
If you remember, each season started where we are made to believe that the Glee club was struggling to get new members to sign up. This was one of the running plots every season. Yes, every single season. The ongoing struggle of getting people to believe in music and the arts, leading their hidden talents to the club. Seeing as they were trendy at school, it's unclear why this was ever an issue.
However, no matter how unimportant their sign up rate was every year, they always seemed to have an endless supply of backup dancers during their performances. Now, that is rather strange considering no one bothered to sign up. These talented characters would never be seen during meetings or rehearsals, though. So, that leaves the question... where did they come from?
2. Finn and Pucks irreparable friendship
It became more evident with each season that Glee’s showrunners weren’t comfortable attaching any enduring negative traits to their leading characters. The love triangle between Puck, Finn, and Quinn should have killed those relationships for good, but even after Quinn was unfaithful to Finn with Puck and became pregnant with Puck’s baby, Finn seemed to become good friends with the two again.
If you're looking for unrealistic, this is the one for sure! The storyline makes no sense in this entire series. There is no heated rivalry with this amount of baggage that ends so quickly. Not to mention the friendships that are made and the love affairs that come to abrupt ends. Though some friendships are saved, others became way too toxic to salvage in the end.
1. Episode 2's reboot
Glee started as something completely different when it was first pitched as its premise to audiences and cable networks. The first episode of any series is crucial, as you well know, as it dictates whether the show will be successful or not. Will Schuester, with his newfound drive and passion for the school’s reformed club, discovered that his wife, Terri, was pregnant.
If you love cliffhangers, this was it! However, it was quickly flipped in the following episode when it was revealed that Terri was faking her pregnancy. What next? It was an easy way out for all of the roles involved. What could have been a journey of Will’s inner struggle quickly became an easy decision for him.
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