Ryan Murphy is without a doubt the reigning king of #TV and, with new seasons of hit series like American Crime Story, Feud and American Horror Story on the way, his success is likely to continue. This may be Murphy's time to shine but there's no denying that he owes much of this success to his musical dramedy series Glee. The Fox series was an immediate hit and introduced the world to stars like Lea Michele, Chris Colfer, Grant Gustin and Melissa Benoist, before coming to an end in 2015, after more than 700 musical performances.
However, as joyous as the show was, not everything about Glee filled us with, um, glee, including some of those performances. #LeaMichele spoke about her time on #Glee during the latest episode of Watch What Happens Live, and host Andy Cohen asked her to pick the worst song performed on the show. Michele wasted no time in giving him an answer. Hint: it's probably your least favorite too.
What Does The Fox Say?
Before asking, Cohen reminded Michele that Glee creator #RyanMurphy recently revealed that his least favorite Glee song was "Gangnam Style," which was performed during the show's fourth season. Michele evidently disagreed before revealing that her least favorite musical moment was, without a doubt, "What Does The Fox Say?"
"No. I think the worst was the 'What Does The Fox Say?' song. It was like an internet sensation song that we did with like, puppets. That was definitely my least favorite song that we ever did. "
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Is 'What Does The Fox Say?' Really The Worst?
There's no doubt that Glee had some questionable musical moments in its six-year run and, as any good Glee fan knows, many of those moments occurred in the later seasons. "What Does The Fox Say?" is definitely not among the show's greatest hits, but is the fox themed, puppet performed song truly the worst?
Let's go back to the performance: Glee was in somewhat of a limbo during the fifth season as the scriptwriters couldn't decide who they actually wanted the show to be about — the original characters, including Michele's Rachel, in New York or the newbies in the glee club back in Ohio. While it was pretty obvious that viewers wanted to the show to focus more on the New Yorkers, it took several years before Murphy and the other writers realized this.
One of the show's lower points occurred in the fifth season with the high school-centric episode "Puppet Master" which involved Blaine and a series of other McKinley High sophomores hallucinating puppet versions of themselves. It was as unusual as it sounds and a far cry from the Emmy-winning, character-centric episodes of the earlier seasons.
Before "Puppet Master" reached its conclusion, Blaine used his (conveniently never before mentioned) sewing skills to produce these puppets in reality. He also sent the New Yorkers a box of puppets and the episode culminated with both the high school newbies and the New Yorkers singing "What Does The Fox Say?" with their puppet friends.
While Michele does an excellent job with her powerhouse vocals to make the song somewhat bearable, this performance was a huge indication that Glee's heyday was in the past. The show had lost its way by the fifth season but not all hope was lost as Murphy and fellow creators Ian Brennan and Brad Falchuk finally dropped the newbies to focus entirely on the graduates following the show's 100th episode, returning Glee to a higher standard before it concluded in 2015.
While there is no doubt that "Puppet Master" is one of the worst Glee episodes of all time, "What Does The Fox Say?" isn't all that bad and the cast did a wonderful job at making it a somewhat decent track. Whether or not it's really the worst musical performance is a tough question but it definitely pales in comparison to the performances seen in the earlier seasons like "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "Don't Stop Believin'."
Is "What Does The Fox Say?" really Glee's worst song?
[Poll Image Credit: Fox]