2011-2012 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Glee’s third season

The 2011-2012 television season has been over for almost a couple of weeks now, which means a sufficient amount of time has passed and we are primed to reflect. Over the next handful of days, I will be producing some pieces and lists looking back on the season that was. I missed out on a … Continue reading 2011-2012 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Glee’s third season

Review: Glee, “Heart”

By now, you know that my schedule/workload/life changes keep me from writing as much as I would like here at TV Surveillance. Of all series I miss writing about, Glee someone still tops the list (well, since Community is still trapped out there in the ether). I don’t even understand how that’s really true, but … Continue reading Review: Glee, “Heart”

Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

I received the book Prime Time, Prime Movers for Christmas and have been plowing through it over the last week or so. As these things go, reading a book about the big individual creative forces in television history has me thinking about contemporary writer/producers. Therefore, today, I debut a new occasional feature where I will discuss … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Ryan Murphy = Matthew Weiner (Except, you know, awful)

Season Premiere review — Glee, “The Purple Piano Project”

Glee is a formulaic series. For all its insanity, uneven character work and ridiculous logic, we pretty much know exactly what to expect from the series on a weekly basis. Ryan Murphy and company have pin-pointed a few things that they think the audience enjoys and they just keep hammering away with them. This isn’t … Continue reading Season Premiere review — Glee, “The Purple Piano Project”

2010-2011 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Glee’s second season

The other day, I mentioned that ranking the episodes of Community's second season was one of the most difficult lists I had ever done. Doing a similar list of Glee's second season was, well, less difficult. I wrote about Glee a lot this season and realized that I would really just be repeating myself if … Continue reading 2010-2011 season wrap: Ranking the episodes of Glee’s second season

Season Finale — Glee, “New York”

Earlier this year, The A.V. Club's Todd Van Der Werff wrote a great piece with an unfortunate, yet completely valid headline. It reads, "Community and Glee are pretty much the same show." Obviously, the headline alone was enough to send the AVC community into a tizzy, but Todd's piece is basically completely on-point. The first … Continue reading Season Finale — Glee, “New York”

Glee, “Funeral”

Note: I'm traveling today, so this will probably be shorter than normal.  Glee has a problem with penultimate episodes, apparently. Last season, FOX swapped the intended penultimate episode "Theatricality" with "Funk" because they wanted the former's Lady Gaga-centric content to line up with the release of the latest soundtrack. This of course brought us the … Continue reading Glee, “Funeral”