Let's go back to: Glee 1x01, "Pilot"
A cultural phenomenon that started in 2008, riding the coattails of a little Disney Channel Movie called High School Musical, this show followed a group of outcasts with nothing in common who try to escape high school archetypes by joining their glee club. It is within the walls of the choir room that they are able to come out of their shells and find who they really are while working to pursue their dreams.
Why it means something to you or this podcast: Tomorrow night, the show comes to an end with a two-hour series finale after six seasons and 121 episodes. This show means something to me because it started right around the time I met someone named Christina in the dorms at our university. I even remember the first night that Christina watched the pilot episode right after Kris Allen had won American Idol season 8. I know that this show has gone significantly downhill in the recent years, but something must be said for the show that helped revive musicals for everyone. Glee has been a platform for people like Chris Colfer, Lea Michele, and Darren Criss to become household names. They've had concert tours, books, and over 700 musical numbers performed on the show. It has also brought Broadway stars like Jonathan Groff, Kristin Chenoweth, and Idina Menzel onto the show, displaying the truly amazing talent that Broadway has to offer. Two years ago, the cast and crew of the show suffered a devastating loss when one of their stars, Cory Monteith, passed away, changing the outcome of the show significantly and changing the cast and crew as well. Glee has been such a part of people's lives in the past years. Not only has it been an uplifting show at times, teaching viewers that following their dreams could have great outcomes, but it has also allowing parents to talk to their children about heavy subjects like homosexuality, bullying, drugs, domestic violence, and depression. For the people who watched this show, it will always be a part of us and we will always remember it's fallen star, Cory Monteith.
Where can you find it now: Glee can be found streaming on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video and reruns of the show can be watched on the Oxygen channel. You can catch Lea Michele in creator Ryan Murphy's new pet project Scream Queens, coming to FOX next fall with Emma Roberts and Joe Mangianello and New York Times' best-selling author Chris Colfer will be releasing two more books in his Land of Stories series, the first of which is set to be released in July of this year. This talented group of young actors will continue to inspire us and create amazing new things. Be sure to tune in tomorrow night for a special two-hour series finale! In the meantime, let's flashback to this iconic musical performance from the pilot episode.
-- Kelly Lee