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, “On My Way”

Watching and writing about television is a pretty painless experience in the grand scheme of things. But disregarding the world’s real problems for a moment, watching and writing about Glee can be fairly traumatic, you guys. Every time I think the series has lost its way for good, it pulls me back in with a…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “On My Way”

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)

Review: Glee, “Hold on to Sixteen”

At this point, there are so many problems with Glee that is much easier to just say “it sucks!” and move on. Fortunately (or more likely, unfortunately) for you folks, I am much more verbose than that, and I am also so intrigued by the reasons that Glee has so many problems that I cannot…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “Hold on to Sixteen”

Review: Glee, “I Kissed A Girl”

Despite all its issues, Glee has had a lot of success with exploring the challenges of being gay. I have some issues with how and why Kurt jumped to Dalton last year, but the only good part of season two was his season-long journey to coming out and self-acceptance. The series took Kurt’s challenges and…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “I Kissed A Girl”

Review: Glee, “Mash Off”

Glee has never been a consistent series. Even in the now-halcyon days of the first 13 episodes, the series stumbled on a fairly consistent basis, it just happened to get the raw, emotionally wrenching moments right more often. One of the biggest problems with season two was its wild inconsistency, not across episodes, but within…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “Mash Off”

Review: Glee, “The First Time”

When I read sometime last month that Glee would be doing an episode centered on Rachel and Kurt losing their respective virginities, I shuddered. A few times. Even though this season of Glee has been relatively solid (let’s just pretend last week’s episode never, ever happened OK?), I am always worried when the series decides…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “The First Time”

Review: Glee, “Pot O’Gold”

Well, I guess there was no way that could last. It’s been a while, but when the first three episodes of Glee’s third season aired nine months ago, it was somewhat staggering that all of them were pretty solid, with the last aired episode “Asian F” being one of my favorites in a very long…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “Pot O’Gold”

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 9 — Will Schuester is a horrible person

In the latest edition of the TV Surveillance Podcast, I’m joined by my buddy Austin Morris for a discussion of all things Glee. Remember, you can subscribe to the TVS Podcast on iTunes, if you like.

Review: Glee, “Asian F”

In my review of the Glee season three premiere a few weeks ago, I spent some time talking about how formulaic the series’ has tended to be. For some reason, instead of trying new things with the characters, the production staff loves to have them repeat similar or near-exact stories that worked (and worked better)…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “Asian F”

Review: Glee, “I Am Unicorn”

If Will Schuester runs for public office against Sue Sylvester I will burn down Fox Television Studios, never watch television again and quit Twitter. Glee has had some terrible ideas in its first two-plus years on the air, but the political campaign portion of season three is already at the top of the list. Having…… Continue reading Review: Glee, “I Am Unicorn”

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”

2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

I’ve done my wishful thinking, now it’s time to make some last-minute official predictions for this year’s Emmy nominations. As you might notice, this “ballot” is much different than my dream one. This makes me sad, but oh well. I’ll have some reflections on the nominations after they are announced on Monday THURSDAY (thanks to Myles…… Continue reading 2011 Emmy Nomination Predictions

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