We have had a lot of requests from our readers to delve into some of the popular TV shows and talk about how parents and teens can watch these shows together. We write a lot about ‘teachable moments’ where parents can use experiences to talk to and teach their teens important values and lessons. TV shows can actually be great opportunities for parents and teens to talk! In the next few weeks we will be posting about some of the episodes of popular shows that parents and teens can watch together along with talking points!
What is Glee?
Glee is a great show to bring up interesting discussion points with your teens and family. The show brilliantly (and often humorously) brings up important issues for all modern teenagers. I encourage families to actually watch the show together and talk about issues that arise during each episode.
Summary of Glee Season 2 Episode 3
Glee takes on the risqué performance of Rocky Horror in this Halloween episode. Emma’s current relationship with Carl, the dentist, frustrates Will Schuester, especially upon hearing of her “transformation” from a germaphobe to a Rocky Horror fan. This fuels him to encourage the Glee Club to perform the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the upcoming school musical. Sue Sylvester, who strongly believes in the fear of children during the month of October, is enraged, though she lets them express their view on arts with the idea of throwing the idea under the bus through her televised sitcom “Sue’s Corner.” During this episode, Will pushes the boundaries of his promise with Carl to stay away from Emma, while the students are pressured by their physical appearance thanks to their raunchy costumes.
Glee Conversation Starters
1) Does Sam bring up a good point by stating that “If I want Quinn, I have to look like the part.”
2) Do you believe that Will is fighting for something he really loves, or fighting for something he wishes he still had?
3) If Glee students are not allowed to put on a performance wear minimal skin is hidden, why do school dress codes permit girls to wear short skirts and boys with sagging jeans?
4) How do you feel about Glee’s blunt, racist comments about other races (i.e. “Mexicans! Terrorists! Mexican Terrorist Ants!”)?
5) Is Finn being rational about being insecure of his body? How would you feel if you were in his position?
Then make some of your own! Watching television does not have to be a passive experience, be sure to take advantage of the issues that your shows bring up.
Stay tuned for more posts and co-viewing guides for some Modern Family episodes, Gossip Girl, Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Glee and more!
- A Parent’s Guide to Glee Season 2 Episode 3: Conversations Starters About Glee (radicalparenting.com)
- A Parent’s Guide to Glee: What Parents Should Know While Watching Glee (radicalparenting.com)