There are few in the television industry that can compete with Ryan Murphy — the acclaimed screenwriter has created some of the greatest series' in #TV history. Currently helming American Horror Story, American Crime Story, Feud and Scream Queens, you could argue that Murphy is at the highest point of his career right now and you'd probably be right.
However, if it weren't for the musical dramedy Glee, Murphy would not be where he is today. Whether you loved it or hated it, Glee changed the landscape of television — and the Billboard charts — forever, single handedly made musicals cool again, and made stars of the both the cast and Murphy.
The musical phenomenon was one of the biggest shows ever to air on network television and the success of the show resulted in the production of various CD's, concert tours, concert films and more merchandise than you could possibly imagine. The show was also critically acclaimed and won a number of Emmys and Golden Globes during it's first two seasons. However, the success of Glee was became overshadowed by rumors of on set drama, unusual storylines, bizarre episodes and the death of Cory Monteith.
Since the show's conclusion, Murphy has never looked back and neither have the cast. The CW found their Flash and Supergirl from Glee's alumni — Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist — and Darren Criss will be taking part in the upcoming Supergirl/Flash musical crossover episode reuniting the actors once more. And let's not forget that Lea Michele is slaying on Scream Queens.
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Murphy Reveals His Least Favorite 'Glee' Performance
In his recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live, Murphy was quizzed by Andy Cohen on several topics, one being the theme of American Horror Story Season 7 and the other being his least favorite Glee performance. It's a tough choice — over the course of its six seasons, Glee had over 700 musical performances and, although most of them were amazing, some of the later seasons had some questionable song choices. In the end, Murphy's choice was pretty fair, even to a Glee fan like myself, choosing "Gangnam Style."
“I’m mortified that we did ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy. I will say, like, not our finest moment.”
It was back in Season 4 when the New Directions 2.0 performed "Gangnam Style" at Sectionals and even then, it felt like the show was only doing it to capitalize on the success of the hugely popular song. Having no relevance to the storyline whatsoever, I found it incredibly hard to believe that the kids would perform a non-English, part rap song in a singing competition. Having said that, this was during the fourth season of the show which was — and still is — arguably the worst.
Back then, Glee was struggling to decide if it wanted to follow Rachel and Kurt — the graduates and lead characters — to New York or start fresh with the new kids at McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio, so it did both which didn't work at all. Looking back now, it's clear that they should've proceeded with the graduate storyline in full and dropped the new characters.
The newbies just weren't holding the audiences interest — especially because they were busy performing "Gangnam Style" while the New Yorkers were playing dress up with Sarah Jessica Parker and performing raunchy dance routines opposite Kate Hudson. The New York storyline was exciting, fresh, original and most importantly, full of our favorite characters. Thankfully, they did cut the high school storyline in late into Season 5, but the damage had already been done.
Re-live the moment where it all began and break into song with "Don't Stop Believin'":
"Gangnam Style" definitely wouldn't make a list of Glee's greatest performances, but it's by no means the worst either. Regardless of the lack of relevance to the storyline, the cover itself is actually pretty good. However, from a screenwriting point of view, I can see why Murphy's not particularly fond of it.
Nevertheless, all this talk of Glee makes us reminiscent of a time when our favorite show choir of misfits would randomly burst into song. Despite some questionable creative decisions, we would gladly have Glee back on the air if it was possible.
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