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Fox's new musical comedy 'Glee'

Is Ryan Murphy's new show about high school choir kids 'very clever,' or 'trying way too hard'?

Fox’s “very clever, very original new comedy” Glee brilliantly captures the “supreme competitive dorkiness of high school show choir,” said Heather Havrilesky in Salon. The show’s sneak preview episode, which airs Tuesday night ahead of the series premiere this fall, will appeal to “pretty much anyone who remembers the merciless absurdities of high school life a little more vividly than they'd like to.” (watch a preview of Glee)

“Glee works as a musical,” said Maureen Ryan in the Chicago Tribune, but it remains to be seen if it “will work as a satirical dramedy about the cutthroat social environment of high school.” Some of the characters are “thinly sketched,” which, to be fair, is often the case with TV pilots—“there's not a lot of time to establish the show's world and offer complex portrayals of the people in it.” But the real test will come this fall.

“Maybe there's a good show here,” said Alan Sepinwall in New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger, “but the opener is trying way too hard just to make an impression.” And the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy—who also created Nip/Tuck—has a tendency to “get your attention by any means necessary,” which can seem cheap. And with Glee, “the jokes tend to wear thin quickly.”

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