If you ask teens they’ll say things like:
“I like the music”
“I like the dancing”
“I like the characters”
The Glee Club
Or as one astute student said ~ “Its popular because it captures the extreme stereotypes of high school. It blows up everything out of proportion, and just makes you laugh. But the sad thing is, a lot of it happens in real life as well.”
And it’s that last sentence that says it all! The reason that the show was so popular, was because teens worldwide could relate to the painful reality of trying to “fit in” and be accepted by their peers. Let’s face it, our teenage years are fraught with danger, excitement, good times, bad times, awkwardness and embarrassment. We’re on our biggest learning curve since we learnt to walk and talk?
Whether we’re teenagers or adults (to varying degrees) deep down, we all feel like “misfits.” That we’re flawed in some way and/or “not good enough.”
So is it any wonder that when a show like “Glee” came along, that’s about a diverse group of people from different races, colors, religions, shapes and sizes coming together through their love of song and dance, to form their own group or “clique,” and face life’s challenges together, that it was a world wide phenomenon?
And of course it shared the same winning formula as every successful movie script ie: a demon or a horrible situation that creates havoc in every day people’s lives, but who together find a way to unite and conquer!
DID YOU KNOW THAT? :
The show was the brainchild of Ian Brennan and based on his own experience as a member of the Prospect High School show choir in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
The pilot show averaged 9.619 million viewers and rose to 11.07 million viewers for the season finale, giving Glee the highest finale rating for a new show in the 2009–10 television season.
GLEE WAS A WORLDWIDE PHENOMENA ~ IF YOUR A PARENT, TEACHER, PRINCIPAL OR YOUTH LEADER
Find something that teens are watching today and watch the show, either with or without them. Create classroom discussions about the issues raised, and lessons learnt from each episode.
Teens need opportunities to join their own clique/focus group/tribe that has a responsible adult at the helm. This gives them a sense of belonging, a sense of safety and security, and a sense of being wanted needed and appreciated.
In school environments find ways to engage disengaged students by appealing to their strengths. And then encourage them to join existing groups or create their own groups, based on their strengths.
Everybody is born with unique “gifts” and it’s our job as adults to help teens discover their “unique gifts” and provide avenues for them to develop them to the max!
Everyone who ever succeeded at anything, had someone that encouraged them and believed in them! BE THAT PERSON and watch as the teens in your world blossom, grow and develop to their true potential!