Glee Tackles the Tough Topics
Helping kids go back to school

The TV musical sensation GLEE has been a magnificent success in its second series, bringing more show stopping tunes, dazzling dancing and witty one-liners. But most importantly, Glee has also brought to our screens contemporary issues in society and has tackled these tough topics in a sensitive yet effective manner. Here are some examples we have seen this series:


One of the biggest issues Glee has covered this season is bullying. All members of Glee are continually subject to bullying as they are considered to be the ‘school losers’ and are frequently drenched by slushies.  The New Directions have a strong attitude against the bullies and stick up for each other. Kurt in particular, played by Chris Colfer, experiences the brunt of bullying at McKinley High to the extent that he decides to move schools to Dalton Academy where a strict anti-bullying policy is enforced. It is testament to Glee and their effective treatment of this issue that Chris Colfer has gained leading status and reputable accolades including a Golden Globe award, demonstrating the worldwide appraisal of the series. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus have admitted that they have been subject to bullying and Demi Lovato has openly spoken about being bullied. Demi has also created a ‘Teens Against Bullying’ video to increase awareness and to help combat the problem.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Cleaning every grape individually, organising pamphlets on the desk and turning rigid at the thought ofanything being messy. These are just some of the examples Emma Pilsbury’s OCD, a condition that is often not acknowledged within TV series. Glee illustrates the different characteristics of OCD and shows the help that is available for those who are living with it, as Emma herself decides to finally accept medical advice to control the disorder in Season Two. However, it is refreshing to witness Emma’s approach to her OCD, accepting that it is part of her and part of her personality with the overall message hopefully helping those who are dealing with OCD on their own. Several celebrities also suffer or have suffered with OCD, including Jessica Alba, Leonardo Di Caprio and Cameron Diaz but all have made their peace with the condition to prevent it from ruling their lives.


In a school like McKinley High, being popular is a massive issue and the school social ladder is a continual theme running throughout the whole of Season Two; several characters including Santana and Quinn are desperate to be at the top and be the most popular girl in school. Yet Glee and the members of New Directions show that as long as you have a caring group of friends that will always stick by you and you are happy with yourself if doesn’t matter what your school status is. Being popular isn’t everything! And the ‘Born This Way’ episode epitomises this as the Glee members all wear t-shirts with their insecurities written on them. For instance, Finn’s says ‘Can’t Dance’ and Mike’s says ‘Can’t Sing.’ Parents should remember that Glee shows teenagers that they should embrace these and be proud of who they are!

List of Episodes

1. Audition
2. Britney/Brittany
3. Grilled Cheesus
4. Duets
5. The Rocky Horror Glee Show
6. Never Been Kissed
7. The Substitute
8. Furt
9. Special Education
10. A Very Glee Christmas
11. The Sue Sylvester Shuffle
12. Silly Love Songs
13. Comeback
14. Blame it on the Alcohol
15. Sexy
16. Original Song
17. A Night Of Neglect
18. Born this Way
19. Rumours
20. Prom Queen
21. Funeral
22. New York

I don’t even know how to begin reviewing my absolute favorite show in the history of shows.  I am one of the biggest “GLEEKS” in the world and it is all because of the music.  I love every genre from hip-hop to rock, from Broadway to country.  Glee does it all!  That is what makes Glee so fantastic!  They can preform a classic song that has been around for ages and make it sound new, like it was just released.  When my kids listen to the radio, literally half of the songs we hear have been on Glee.  They assume that all of these artists have copied their songs from Glee!  I don’t let my kids watch the entire episodes, because they are too young, but I will fast forward to the songs and they have a blast dancing and singing along.  Another great thing about Glee is that they bring to the surface topics that teenagers are dealing with everyday at school.  Whether it is bullying, eating disorders, alcohol, or self-esteem, Glee can help teenagers see that they are not alone.  I think I could go on for another 10 pages about how much I love this show, but you want to get to the giveaway right?

Here's a super fuzzy picture of me at the Glee concert in LA with my awesome licence plate :)

GLEE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON DVD includes all 22 episode from season two, plus bonus features.  It can be purchased at your favorite retail store or on Amazon.  The ARV is $59.98.

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Disclosure: I received GLEE: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON for free in order to try the product and form an opinion for this review. I was not compensated in any other manner. The opinions expressed above are my own.

About Ashleigh

Ashleigh is a mom of five children ages 4-14. She loves to keep active by running, playing volleyball, P90X and chasing her kids around! She also enjoys Bunko, playing and teaching piano, cooking, ping-pong, getting packages, watching Netflix, and trying out new stuff! She loves being a mom and sometimes feels like a 12-year-old kid when she gets to try out new toys and games with her kiddos :)


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